Last week, the temperature dropped very fast to 2 degrees. The river in the backyard was literally flowing while it froze. This created amazing texture on the surface, which when captured at sunset gave a gorgeous blue glow to the textures. Each image is unique and different. Enjoy!
It was time. It is never convenient, but to avoid an emergency, I upgraded my iPhone 5s to a iPhone 6s. Now I will see if it really has a better camera!
Here are a few of the first images, taken while I was walking through a local forest preserve. Since I’m interested in Bur Oaks lately, I focused on new, baby Bur oak leaves.
Spring was arriving. Green shoots were poking through the ground and dead leaves. A few early bloomers were showing off their color. And then, the Polar Vortex dipped south. The Polar Vortex and I have had encounters before.
Then the snow came. Not a lot, and it melted fast. But it is cold outside! The cold has made the daffodils wilt and buds are likely damaged.
And the little bit of snow brings photo opportunities! I had my iPhone 5s with me and I found interesting images in the snow.
Is this the last snow? Every year, summer arrives. 2016 will not be an exception!
Eagles on the Mississippi River are plentiful in winter, if the temperatures are right. Lock 14 has a viewing platform that gets filled with photographers trying to capture eagles, especially when they swoop down to grab a fish. It was about 15 degrees, and we were out about four hours, so being bundled up somewhat hampered movement. Or you just got cold hands.
My city is surrounded by Forest Preserves. We have lots of nature, places for hiking, photography opportunities, and a good view of the changing seasons in the Midwest. One of the newer Forest Preserves is St. James Farm, using property that was once a horse farm and equestrian showplace. I’ve been visiting St. James since the property was purchased. I’ve enjoyed visiting for walks, 5k runs and, of course, photography. Today I saw something I don’t remember seeing before: a gate that goes nowhere.
At some point in history, this gate likely was joined to a fence and allowed entrance to some aspect of the equestrian showplace. Today, it stands alone. There is no path visible in the snow. There is no fence connected to it. There doesn’t seem to be any reason for the gate to be there today. But as you travel through natural areas, you often see remnants of human occupation. It might be a cement foundation, or the remains of a building, or even pieces of glass or paper wrappers.
We leave a trace of ourselves in all natural places. Sometimes, it takes a major restoration to return a preserve to its former “natural” state. Sometimes, the human evidence become an abandoned building, falling apart and dangerous to enter.
Here, it is just a gate. That goes nowhere. I wonder what it was used for?
These are a few of my favorite things….spring flowers! Every Spring, I get out to capture flowers as they emerge from the ground, bloom, and even die back. I have almost 900 in my Spring Flower catalog and was trying to find the best one for the Nature Challenge. These didn’t make the final cut, but they are some of my favorites.
I posted on the Nature Challenge on Facebook a macro image of Beargrass. It was prolific in June 2013 when we visited Glacier National Park. It looks like a mound of grass, then a spike comes up and the white flowers begin opening from the bottom up.
Here’s the Nature Challenge Beargrass post.