Tonight’s full Wolf Moon in a cloudy sky
I am working on some quick abstracts for my little photo group presentation. I set up the lemons and couldn’t help but see them as facing each other with their little lemon noses. Should I have put masks on them?
My Christmas pelican is still at Watson Lake. Last week, I received a certificate from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game thanking me for reporting his tag and giving me some information about him/her (they don’t know the gender). Basically, they informed me that the pelican was too young to fly when banded in 2020 near Minidoka, Idaho. I’ve always seen pelicans in groups, but this one seems to be alone; I’m hoping friends fly in soon!
My photography resolution for 2022 is to get more creative- I have lost my mojo! In fact I volunteered to give a presentation to one of my photography groups on “Create Photography Abstracts Wherever You Are”- in order to make ME go out and find SOMETHING I haven’t shot before. I have had a lot of trouble in the last few months finding photo subjects, so I needed a kick in the pants to force me to get more creative.
I usually get inspired with macros, so I used my iPhone to take closeups in my kitchen. This was captured looking down at a Pyrex measuring cup. Yup, I was that desperate!
Christmas Day was quiet at our house with just the two of us, but around noon we took a walk at Watson Lake. There were many ducks, a very few cormorants, one heron, and one pelican. We were hoping to see some sandhill cranes, because we had spotted some flying over Willow Lake a few days before, but did not see any at the lake. We suspect they kept flying, heading south.
Almost immediately after we spotted the pelican, it took off, and I was able to see the tags on his wings (there is a band on his leg as well). I took the time today to report the tag number to the North American Bird Banding Program, which I think will let me know where the bird was tagged.
Merry Christmas to you all!
I spotted this little tree on our October trip to Flagstaff and had to stop and take its photo. It was snowing, and I loved how the little tree was framed by the larger ones. Despite being overshadowed (literally), it grew, and showed its perfect form when covered with snow. The little tree that could!
This is the solstice, the still point
of the sun, its cusp and midnight,
the year’s threshold
and unlocking, where the past
lets go of and becomes the future;
the place of caught breath, the door
of a vanished house left ajar.
~ Margaret Atwood
A horse closeup photo from a few months ago- I had fun using textures and painting effects to change things up.
Above is a diptych I created for my photo group- two images of sunset over Kachemak Bay, Alaska. The assignment was to choose two favorite images from 2021. Sunset over water at 11:30pm was an unforgettable sight as we celebrated our 50th anniversary last July!
We took our youngest grandson to our local zoo on Saturday, and I didn’t take my regular camera. This shot of a lynx was taken through the glass barrier with my iPhone, and I thought it did a pretty good job. Those paws are huge1
Over the river, and through the wood,
To Grandmother’s house we go;
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh
through the white and drifted snow.
Over the river, and through the wood,
to Grandmother’s house away!
We would not stop for doll or top,
for ’tis Thanksgiving Day.
We have something to be very grateful for this Thanksgiving- for the first time in at least four years we will have family with us on Thanksgiving Day! Our son’s family will be driving- not through the snow, but through the DESERT and over the MOUNTAINS to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with us! And of course we will be zooming with our Alaska family also. I hope your day is full of Thanksgiving blessings as well!
This was taken last summer on our drive to Homer- somewhere near the Kenai River, I believe. Nothing but GREEN!
I can’t believe I didn’t post this right away after our Alaska trip. This is Denali- viewed from a gas station in Eagle River. We actually saw it on two consecutive days in the middle of our trip. We had never managed to see it without cloud cover on our 5 previous trips, so we were delighted with this view!
I enjoyed a presentation by Hazel Meredith last night at our camera club, so I used some of her techniques in Topaz Studio 2 to edit this rural scene shot in Alaska last summer.