December Photos

Despite cold temperatures and seemingly infinite clouds, Pat and I were able to get out and get some pictures. The captions pretty much explain the pics. Hope your Christmas was merry. (We got our 7th grandchild!). Best wishes for a happy and fulfilling New Year.

Deer Tracks & Frosted Twigs

Deer Tracks & Frosted Twigs


Lime Lake Sunrise

Lime Lake Sunrise


Wheels in the Woods

Wheels in the Woods


No Trespassing with Flowers!

No Trespassing with Flowers!


Back-lit Leaf

Back-lit Leaf


Window to the World

Window to the World


2 Knots, 3 Nails

2 Knots, 3 Nails

Number 1 for 2014

In contrast to the #2 photo, the top photo of the year came as the result of a surprise moment. I wasn’t out seeking photos, but was simply walking past our small flower garden to our front door when I saw the daisy and frog duo below. I got my camera as quickly as possible and came back to find the frog willing to pose for a few shots. No high contrast or shadows (as it was near mid-day), but I love the diagonal line of the stem that takes the eye straight to the subject of the photo. Hope you like it too.

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In Second Place

This picture was taken at Naples Botanical Gardens in Naples, Florida in April. I was quite startled by what I thought was a giant grasshopper (4+ inches), but recovered enough to enjoy the wonderful light-and-dark contrasts, shadows, and lines of the setting. I later found out that the grasshopper-like creature was a lubber. This variety is found throughout much of the southeast United States. Anyone know the name of the plant in the photo? I also enjoy hearing your thoughts.

Number 1 will be revealed next Monday.
lubber

Three for 3

Number three in the countdown of top ten photos from 2014 is this trio of trumpeter swans. Panning to capture something in motion is often a combination of technique and luck, These three were traveling just above the pines which added enough interest to make the shot work . . . at least for me. ๐Ÿ™‚
3 trumpeters

Sunrise and Falling Leaf #4

Number four in the hit parade as determined by the panel of judges (aka me) was this autumnal image. I knew I had the sunrise flare, but I wanted a singular falling leaf in the image as well. I waited patiently for one leaf (not more) to be in the frame and in relative focus. I’m not an Ansel Adams, who would often wait for hours for just the right light, but I did wait for minutes (about the limit of my patience!).My patience was rewarded with this shot.
sunrise falling leaf

#5

This summer seemed to produce more dragonflies than usual. I love the delicate nature of these flying dragons; much more gentle than their name. This is my favorite. It was taken in our garden in late July.
red dragonfly

Fowl Ice

I thought I would insert a brief interlude in the 2014 countdown (#5 will be revealed on Friday). Yesterday morning Pat and I braved the low 20’s temperatures to visit one of my favorite bird sanctuaries. The low temperatures had caused ice to form near the shores, except where the sanctuary had underwater bubblers to help keep some open water available to the swans and other fowl. The ice provided some great photos and some occasional comedy. None of the fowl were stuck in the ice. I think the pictures and captions tell the story.

Now What?

Now What?


Duck on Ice

Duck on Ice


Walking on Water

Walking on Water


Keeping Up Appearances

Keeping Up Appearances


Slippery Landing

Slippery Landing


Cold Trio Walking

Cold Trio Walking


Open Water

Open Water

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