Saturday, August 25, 2012

Photog Day!

Well my last post was a bit of a downer, I wish life could be hunky dory all the time but ANK...it's not so anyways as I had hoped I got out with my sister when she visited and it was a beautiful day! Cool and breezy, fall is on the way.  We visited the state park that is less than 5 minutes from my house so I guess I should be making my top 10 list of things that help me defeat  the grumpies? eh? I will save that one for another time.



The water lilies were really showing off today! The lake was full of flora! Ran into some other "amateur photogs" and we compared notes on what was interesting at the lake today..They got a good shot of the Blue Heron my sister and I flushed out of the back cove of the lake.  We didn't get a shot of him but sure enjoyed hearing him ONK at us as he flew away with long legs dangling..I like the wavy reflections of the trees in this photo and the little yellow flowers on this bush too!

                  

Once again I enjoyed the cattails by the water they are starting to bristle out with seed...


I don't know all the plants I encounter, I do love this one..the red flower/leaves just really drew my interest!



I didn't plan this shot but it sure looks planned! I love when good things JUST happen don't you?



this was a PLANNED Depth of Field shot..I don't know the person in this kayak but I think the kayak in the bokeh really helps support the "witness" of the reed stalks in the foreground! Whatta you think?


We've had a fair amount of rain lately and mushrooms are all over the place, my dogs (the girls) LOVE to go "shrooming" they know which ones to eat, I DON'T so I watch...but apparently butterflies know which ones to eat too!

The eastern tiger swallowtail male and female


A lady strolling a very cute boy of about a yr old pointed out this lovely writing spider...

                 

IT looks like all the turtle nests have been raided and only the wrinkled and dried up shell casings remain...Raccoons maybe? I'm only guessing these are turtle nests..you can see the hole where the eggs were dug up..


Around the backside of the lake my sister who has a great eye for spotting, found 2 Woodstocks resting in the high limbs of the Cyprus trees..




               
and here is the other one...they were a bit far away so some grain here...



                                  It was a fun day out!!! I was hugged by nature!!





PEACE

14 comments:

  1. Hugged by nature; love that phrase Sondra, and you certainly were.
    A great selection. Those water lilies in the first just jump off the screen.
    Love the trees round the lake, and the kayak is a stunner.

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    1. Thanks Keith, I always enjoy your walks round the north and south lake....so glad you enjoyed my walk.

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  2. Hi Sondra...I have a lot of down days having to deal with depression and it's affects that creep up on ya!!
    Fabulous water lilies...I can remember how wonderful they smelled one of the things I miss now that the old sniffer has shit the bed!!lol
    The M&F swallowtails are sweet!! That bird I have never heard tell of what a beak on that guy!!: }
    Glad you had the day with your sister that cheered you up and you have so wonderful photo from it to!1
    Grace

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    1. LOL...well we better change those sheets Grace! The woodstorks are HUGE...I dont know how they ever got into those cyprus trees without wrecking a wing!

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  3. Haha, glad to see you had a great outing! I second what holdingmoments said about the "hugged by nature" phrase.

    SO jealous of your storks!! That spider is super creepy, love the lilies and the cattails, that sunset is gorgeous... Lots of wonderful stuff here- it's essentially a list of things that get you out of the grumps!!

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    1. TRUE JEN, this is sort of a top 10 of GOOD THINGS! I hope to have more of these kind of days in my future! THOSE Storks have a HUGE beak..they knew we were around but Im sure they said "Screw it, aint flying away worked too hard to get on these limbs.." its rare to see them on this lake, but Ive seen them in this county a fw times before.

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  4. A stunning series of photographs. While they are all beautiful, I like the water lilies the best:).

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    1. YEAH!! There was soooo many and all lovely, IM reminded of Chinese lanterns for some reason the way light plays through them.

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  5. I'm glad you can get away and be hugged that way. I bet we can guess your number one way to defeat the grumps. Gorgeous pictures, as always. I remember the first time I saw a wood stork - I had no idea what it was! It looks nothing like the cute bird who delivers babies.

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  6. Gorgeous pictures; glad you have a getaway place and that you and your sis had such a nice visit. I love great blues, but one time years ago we were just floating out on the river and I fell off our raft because one flew up making that Onk noise and scared me nearly to death!

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  7. Stunning colours in some of those shots Sondra. Would love to see the Storks as well.

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  8. Sondra, You certainly was hugged by Nature! Very beautiful and clear shots my friend! BTW...loved the spider and Wood Storks.

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  9. What a gorgeous day, what a lovely spot and what great photos! All things to put the grumps on the back burner even if for only a day. Laughter is the best of medicine ... better than grumps ... for healing the blues ... and who better to tootle off with but Sis.

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  10. You're right, it's perfect when good things JUST happen, who wouldn't agree? The shot with the trees is great. And "hugged by nature"? What a wonderful phrase I need to remember! :) Your fantastic photos are reflecting a walk you must have enjoyed.

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