Posted on December 26, 2014
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.
Posted on December 22, 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.
Posted on December 15, 2014
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.
Posted on December 11, 2014
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. 🙂
Posted on December 8, 2014
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.
Posted on December 5, 2014
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.
Posted on December 3, 2014
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.
Posted on December 1, 2014
I rarely do landscape photography – preferring tighter, more detailed or close-up images – but this image is one I took and like. I think this image has a peaceful and mystical (or “mistical”) quality that is often hard to capture. This shot was taken on a morning photo outing with my friend Pat. This mist was just beginning to lift when we stopped by a bridge overlooking this river. There was a wooden railroad trestle on one side of the bridge and this view from the other.