Color on the Lake
Thank heavens we got a break from the high wind we got yesterday. But today was still a dark cloudy day. I had to get a new medication from the drug store so I went around Fern Ridge Lake on the way home. I was blessed with some color reflected on the lake by a break in the clouds. The lens used is not considered to be the sharpest lens on the block and that can be discerned in the result, but I still love the results I got. I don't consider always being tack sharp to be essential.
Yes, they are artificial, but what about the light? :)
I just couldn't resist a photo of this attractive table setting even though the flowers are not the real thing! I think they look fairly realistic, and the light does make them look nice.
Peacock by the Door
Carol has some nice peacock themes around the house, including this one on the porch, by the front door.
Angie's Old Chair
Another afternoon shot, with sidelight on Angie's ornate old chair. I wanted to highlight the design so shot the picture from the back. Hey, when your wanderings are around home, you have to look for subject matter! :)
This old pump head looked great to me in nice afternoon directional lighting. The arrow shows me the way home. :)
Now Blown Away!
I love the detail in this Dandelion seed head. I think most of us think of dandelions as weeds, but in some places they are is considered to be beautiful flowers with health benefits!
A Couple Really Cute Chicks!
I was limited to getting my walk in around the place. I had to take a close look to find interesting subjects, but I did find these really cute chicks! I think they are! Don't you agree?
Mohawk Valley Barn in Snow
I shot this photo of a barn out in the Mohawk Valley during the winter a few years ago. (Oh wow! I just realized it was ten years ago!) I had it put in a real barn wood frame for a show at their grange hall where it was displayed. I always thought the frame was a perfect match. What you have here is a photograph of a photograph. :)
Sunlight on The Waters
A break in the clouds and rain caused the sunlight to reflect on the water of Fern Ridge Lake. I love the way the light shimmers and adds interest. The light was so bright I had to underexpose a good bit to avoid burning out the water completely. The distant clouds reminded me that they would soon close in and the shimmering lake was become ordinary again.
Teasel, Both Good and Bad
I always thought teasel can be pretty in its various stages. But I didn't know it is considered invasive in the United States. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about it: "Teasel is also considered an invasive species in the United States. It is known to form a monoculture, capable of crowding out all native plant species, and therefore is discouraged and/or eliminated within restored open lands and other conservation areas."
On the other hand, teasel root is considered beneficial in the treatment of some diseases.
The Lowering of the Lake
It is always enjoyable to see Fern Ridge Lake in the summer, when the water is kept at full capacity. During late fall, the water level is lowered in anticipation of the winter rains. This explains what type Fern Ridge Dam is, a flood control dam. It was built to prevent the annual flooding that we used to have. The lake is sure not as pretty as it is during the summer, as one can see in this photo. In summertime, the water comes up to the green grass in the foreground.
Horses in Early Afternoon Sun
I took advantage of a break in the weather to go pick up meds for Carol. When it rained today it was a very heavy rain. But there were some welcome sun breaks. It was a chance for me to get out for another drive, and I went around the lake and back toward home on a short stretch of highway. I still have some difficulty getting in and out of the vehicle, but it was a good opportunity to test myself, and to get out of the house. On the way back, I came across this scene, beautiful horses in a green field backlit with afternoon sun. It was about 2:00 pm.