Posts tagged “nature

Shades of Blue and Gold

A variation on  theme


Happy

Isn’t this a happy scene? This photo pretty much just took itself.

We drove over to Granite Basin Lake a tiny lake at the base of Granite Mountain here in Prescott and walked around for awhile, enjoying the scenery and taking a few photos. We spotted some dragonflies and dozens of butterflies, but only one single bird, a hummingbird. We are talking about going over again and bringing our lunch.

 


Can’t get enough of . . .

the swans! It was such a treat to see them in the wild- hope to go back before they fly off somewhere.


Swans!

Friday night, we learned from Facebook that there were swans out at Willow Lake! We are accustomed to seeing ducks, geese, eagles, hawks, herons, egrets etc.- but this is  the first we’ve heard of swans. So on Saturday morning we headed over to see what we could see. This would be my first walk in nature since my knee surgery, so I was pretty excited- so excited, in fact, that when we spotted the swans, I realized I had left my zoom lens on the kitchen counter! And what was on my camera, you ask? My macro lens! So I watched the swans as a hawk perched above them in a tree and a heron stood intently searching the water for his breakfast and tried to content myself with occasional macro shots.

After my genealogy meeting in the afternoon, we drove over again. The swans were starting to tuck their heads under their wings, but eventually all four swam around where we could see them  in the late afternoon light. I haven’t gone through all the photos yet, but here is a shot of three of them.

 


Your Basic Alaska-ness

Everywhere you look you see this GREEN! We were there only a few weeks ago, but I imagine that there are spots of fall color already. Summer is short and INTENSE!


It was about the light

The light shining through the pine needles was what caused me to snap this photo; it looks like fall, but was just golden light.


By the Pond

Just a peek over the reeds at Watson Pond


Nature’s Watercolor

Like every other photographer, I’m drawn to reflections. This one caught my eye at the Eagle River Nature Center in Alaska. I loved the contrast between the bits poking above the surface of the water and the watercolor swirls beneath.


Beach Yoga

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Bed Head

Another apache plume for today- I love their inherent messiness!

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Windblown

These apache plume seed heads weren’t really blowing in the wind, but they look that way to me.

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Weedy Wabi-Sabi-ness

Perfect imperfection and impermanence!

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Lost and Found

I was at the right place at the right time last week and was able to bring home this sweet bird nest that had fallen out of a tree at a friend’s house. Sadly, little egg shells were nearby. I intended to spend all of Mother’s Day morning in my garage studio photographing the nest (and beautiful Mother’s Day flowers from my daughter) using different lenses and backgrounds. However, rain and hail put a stop to the project after an hour.

Here are a couple lensbaby shots of the nest. More to come!

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Painted Butterfly

I had fun yesterday giving this butterfly a painted look with three textures and two different Topaz Impression filters. It somehow satisfies my childhood desire to be a painter.

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Upcycled Cardinal

I’m back among the land of the living again! I haven’t quite returned to photography as yet, so today’s photo is a reworking of one I took last summer in Tucson. I played with it in Photoshop and added some textures to create a painterly look.

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