Something different happened earlier this month. The lake froze. Not that common around here, but it does happen.
I’ve never thought that much about ice. I try to avoid it as much as possible. We lived across the road from a lake before we moved here. It would freeze and people would cut holes in the ice for ice fishing. Other than falling on ice and putting cubes in my iced tea, that was about all I knew about ice.
But around here there is time. Time to walk and time to really look at things.
One morning while walking along the lake I looked down and noticed the water had frozen in waves as it reached the shore. Cool! Then I noticed that the ice was not all the same. Different patches where I was walking had frozen differently, creating different textures and patterns.
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Later in the day I went back to the lake with my camera and took some pictures, focusing on capturing texture. The only thing I worried about in composition was how I included the ice.
At one point I went out on the dock, held my arm straight out over the water with the camera facing down and took a shot. The result was a stepping stone type of pattern in the ice.
Take a minute to really look at something you may take for granted. What you see might surprise you, it might even change you.
Remember to take the camera. That’s it. This first step to taking good nature photos is to take the camera with you. You will never get the perfect once in a lifetime shot if you are out in the woods and the camera is sitting at home an hour away. Don’t even ask how many I’ve missed — like all of our eagle sightings.
This post does not have a photo because of course… I forgot to take the camera.
I am very pleased to introduce our October Follower of the Month Natalie Scarberry. Natalie blogs at Sacred Toucheswhich is a favorite of mine. I love her photos, quotes and writing and I’m sure you will too. She also has an October birthday. Please Stop by and visit her.
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We live across the road from a lake/nature area that is one of our favorite places to walk. We do see wildlife there, like the turkeys that took over the road last week. But this kind of up close and personal wildlife sighting is unusual. This time I had the camera which is unusual.
When we first say the fawns they were directly in front of us on the sidewalk. Mom was nowhere in sight. We stopped in amazement at these two little ones, still with their spots. Then we started walking very slowly toward them talking quietly and gently. I was able to start taking an occasional photo without frightening them.
Mom intervenes and eventually gets the fawns into the tall grass.
They stay in the tall grass, feeding, until finally, the white flags fly and they go bounding across the field, disappearing over the ridge.
Grabbing the jacket from the doorknob I felt a flutter. Startled, I saw a monarch butterfly flying out of the jacket.
When it landed Bob said “get the camera.” The butterfly remained in one place as if posing, letting me take photos.
When it had flown across the room I saw the cat stomping something. Fighting the cat, I gently picked up the butterfly I was sure was dead and headed for the patio door. Wings started rustling and it fell to the floor. While I restrained a determined cat, the butterfly found it’s way to the patio. Then as quickly as it made it’s appearance it took off, landing briefly in the tree, then flying away.
Life is hard. Sometimes it seems all we do is struggle and suffer. Then we are surprised by joy.