…fortunately there’s no law that says I can’t enjoy his flowers. That is what I was doing today while Bob helped Alison adjust the new gate she designed and constructed to keep the Mabel and Cooper from dashing down the driveway, barking at people that walk past the house.
When I was a girl, my mother would try to encourage me to take an interest in the flowers she loved. As winter waned and warmer temperatures hinted at the coming of spring, she would pour over the seed catalogs that came in the mail. When spring finally arrived and the ground was warm enough for planting, she spent hours digging in the dirt, planting, transplanting, and weeding, and we always had vases of cut flowers in the house. Mother loved her flower gardens. Unfortunately the proverbial green thumb passed me by, but thank goodness I can occasionally sneak into Mike’s amazing garden and take a few pictures. Although I may not enjoy the process of growing flowers, I do enjoy the process of taking pictures of them to hang on my walls and post on my blog. When fall gives way to winter and the flowers of summer slowly fade and die, I miss the color. Gray is the predominant color of winter, and it just doesn’t bring me much joy.
While I wandered around Mike’s garden with my camera, the work on the gate continued with the help of Mabel and Cooper…
Before long, the job was finished, and we headed home where I was greeted by a surprise; a colorful butterfly had discovered our new swamp milkweed plants. That’s color that doesn’t require digging , planting, and weeding…my kind of color!
When I set off this morning, my destination was the dentist’s office for my semi-annual checkup; however, as my dentist’s office is over halfway to the arboretum, I thought to myself, “Why not?” As in why not go to the arboretum after the teeth-cleaning routine is over and done? So that is what I did, and, HOORAY!, the cloud-cover dispersed, turning an overcast morning into a beautiful day.
My first stop was the butterfly garden, just in case a few monarchs or other species had postponed their migration. Unfortunately, there were no butterflies, but I still enjoyed a delightful bimble through the garden. I ended my visit with a stop at Lotus Pond where a frog favored me with a photo opp, an unusual occurrence, because frogs usually plop into the pond before I can press the shutter button. This frog sat still as a statue, almost as if he wanted to have his portrait taken, while I tiptoed around him, searching for the best angle to snap his picture.
Most of the pictures I took today were flowers. With autumn advancing faster than I want it to, there will soon be no flowers left to photograph. I’m thinking I will soon have to plan a trip to the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Meanwhile, I’ll make the most of the autumn’s beautiful colors, one of the very best reasons for living in northeast Ohio.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the slide show.
Carolyn aka Skip
I learned a new word this week that was used by several blippers on my Blipfoto website. Bimbling refers to a style of walking. Think saunter or stroll for example. It is a perfect description of what I do when I set out for a photo walk in the park. Bimbling comes naturally to me. Yesterday I bimbled in North Chagrin Reservation, which is where I captured most of these pictures. Today I went walking, not bimbling, in my neighborhood and blipped the pictures of the young fawn and the turkey. Today’s walk was not a bimble, according to the definition I read here, because I had a specific purpose for my walk, which was to walk for at least 45 minutes and get some exercise and a few pictures that make me happy. But bimble or not, I enjoyed both walks and came home with some keepers. I hope you enjoy them too. I’m particularly happy with the photo of the killdeer. It’s definitely not the best of the lot, but those little birds are very shy, and I feel lucky to get a decent picture of this one. It’s another of the birds on my spring-summer birding list that I can now check off. Wahoo! Remember, you can click on any one of the pictures to bring up the larger version.
FYI The above link to the definition of bimble will take you to the Blipfoto journal of a cyclist/photographer from England. His journal is filled with wonderful landscapes. If you have time, browse in it for a while.
That’s it for today from the south shore of Lake Erie.
See you again soon.
I took a little nature walk with my friend Marti after supper. and our timing was great for getting some good light and several critters in North Chagrin Reservation. Walking across the boardwalk through the marsh, we stopped when someone said, “Did you see that frog?” And there it was, sitting on a lily pad.
We also saw a lazy little gosling sitting beside the marsh while Mama, Papa, and the siblings took an evening swim.
We searched for a heron that we heard was standing close to the shore…”Closer than we’ve seen it in a while,” according to two walkers, but it had vanished. Camera shy, maybe. The last animal we saw was a snake. We would have missed it without the help of a little girl who first asked us where it was, then discovered it herself and called us over to see it. It was pretty big, but hopefully harmless. A black rat snake maybe? It was happily napping and didn’t pay any attention to the excitement it was causing among the walkers.
That’s all the animals that posed for photo opps on this evening’s walk. I did photograph a wildflower, a definite contrast to the snake and frog, but we never saw the heron!
That’s it for tonight from the north coast of Ohio. Thanks for stopping by for a visit.
I probably should title this post “Learning the Hard Way” because I learned something new about my camera this week, and it has improved my image quality and lessened the amount of post-processing I have to do. Happily, I am much better pleased with my images. Unhappily, this is something I could have done a long time ago. Because I have been dissatisfied with the quality of my images straight out of the camera, I decided it was time to experiment with the My Menu setting on my Nikon D90. One of the settings I changed was the white balance. I have been playing around with setting the temperature value (if that is the correct way to put it) rather than just using the setting for shadow or shade or daylight. I have a lot to learn about this, but this week I have discovered that it works much better to choose my own color temperature, e.g. 5880K or whatever seems to work well with the scene I am shooting. The very first time I tried it, I noticed a difference in my images. There were a lot more keepers (by my standards at least, and I honestly try to set my standards fairly high). That was the Eureka moment. Here are a few of the photos from my recent photo walks. All of them were taken in our neighborhood park over the past three days.
That’s it for today. Thanks for indulging me in my “aha” moment. I’ve been having so much fun and just wanted to share the results.
Walking along the edge of Corning Lake this afternoon, I paused when these faded blossoms caught my eye…
They are clearly past their prime. Their colors have faded, and they no longer possess the vibrant blossoms and upright stems that would have drawn my attention a month or two ago, but they have aged gracefully, and they now possess a new kind of beauty, the beauty that drew my attention today.
I know an older woman, well into her ninth decade, of whom we could say the same. She’s not as vibrant today as she was when I first met her 30 years ago, and she doesn’t stand as tall, but she has undeniably grown more beautiful day-by-day-by-day.
Maybe that is something we should all aspire to as the years roll by. Let’s not give in to the ravages of time! Let’s age gracefully! Paste a smile on our faces, stand up as straight as we possibly can, and bloom, bloom, bloom.
Here’s some more of the beauty that was “blooming” in my corner of Ohio today:
Thanks for visiting. I hope you will join me for another photowalk soon.
On a chilly, mostly cloudy fall day, I ventured to the Holden Arboretum to have fun with my camera. My current challenge is to get the exposure and focus of the image just the way I visualize them when I snap the picture. Although my finger pressing the AE-L button got more than a little cold, I still had fun. Below are two of the images I captured; others can be seen on Skip’s Photoblog.
I would be glad to know what you think. Constructive criticism is appreciated.