Fall is gone, but it left its leaves!
Hard to believe that fall has already flown by. But for me, this fall has been a blur. That's because I was preoccupied with other things, like rehap for my new hip joint. Now, the whole year is heading for the door too! The older you get the faster time flies! We leave footprints as time passes. I guess that fall leaves leaves. :)
King of the Hill!
Carol and Angie's horse, Cloud, has an eye disease that left him with little vision. It is something like Macular Degeneration, I guess. Anyway, the poor fellow can't really see much. So when Angie called to him to get some hay, he took the straightest route to her voice, which happened to be over a mound of dirt in the pasture. I got this shot of him going down the other side, and Angie responding, "Cloud, what are you doing?"
To us he is king of the hill!
Our daughter, Angie, has this flower arrangement on her front porch, framed by the window behind it. To me, it looked attractive that way.
Give everything a second look. You just might see something in a whole new way.
Sunlit Clouds Over Fern Ridge Lake
Until I am able to venture farther afield, I am limited to the area not far from home and can take some pictures when I have to go for meds. Fern Ridge Lake is close, so on the way home I sometimes take the route around the lake on the way home. In this photo, I was greeted by some sunlight and big clouds. The combination, plus the muddy areas left by lowering the lake, made for a colorful scene and varying levels of light. To me, this made for a interesting and pleasing landscape.
Winter at the lake is so different! In the summer, the lake is full, the days sunny, the park full of people and lots of activity on the lake. In winter, it is pretty much deserted and bare. The lake is farther away and mudflats are in between. It is not such a pretty scene, unless something is going on or the weather produces dramatic conditions.
A shot of a Great Egret landing in a tree at Kirk Park. This is a photo I hadn't posted yet. I love trying to get images of birds in flight (BIF).
Light Makes the Difference!
We would be lost without the light, both figuratively and physically! It is so essential to our existence, and also to our enjoyment of the beautiful things around us. Light is a wonderful thing that we should appreciate and wonder at. That light has the capability of reflecting any pigmentation in a subject so that it transmits the color to us. Light reveals all, the beauty of especially the natural creation found throughout the earth, and also it reveals the works of humans. Those who want to hide what they do, do so in darkness. So light is revealing and pure. It brings out the best in what we see, as I hope it does in this photograph. Photography is 'writing with light'!
Egret Beach Party
Whenever I go to the drug store to pick up meds, I drive a little farther to the north side of Fern Ridge Lake, just to see what I can see. I was fortunate to see this egret beach party! :) It had to be because when I first got there I saw only one egret, soon another joined it, then a little later another one came along. Then they were joined by a youngster, perhaps a heron, just wanting to see what the occasion was. It seemed to be a boring party, I didn't see much going on. So I spent my time trying to get pictures when they all had their heads up. That was a challenge!
The Woods Next Door
I enjoy the woods next door,
I will look and look some more.
I never tire of the changing look of the wood,
It's a timeless change I wouldn't stop if I could.
From spring to summer, then fall and winter arrive,
But still the scene is one from which joy can derive.
At times, animals visit the woods, cattle, horses and deer,
Though some deer didn't survive hunting season, I fear.
Still, when I need a lift or an inspiration to grow,
All I have to do is look to the woods, this I do know.
When the winds blow as they did at times through the day,
The trees come alive as they both bend and sway.
Finally, as picture subjects they never will fail,
And I want to thank you for listening to my tale.
Vern Rogers (fotabug)
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! :)