Liquid Work of Art

9-26-13 b There is something about moving water that fascinates me, especially when the water is natural and not forced as through a fountain nozzle. Fire, on the opposite end of the spectrum, can have the same appeal…hard not to be enchanted by watching it.
This afternoon I needed to get out of the office for a few minutes to stretch my legs and enjoy the beautiful weather. I drove to a nearby wooded park with a running stream called Mill Creek. From the vantage point atop a walk bridge I noticed a shallow area where water was moving quickly over rocks. Then, the leaf caught my eye. I decided to take a closer look and proceeded to make my way down the steep bank to the creek. As I knelt to study this site I marveled at the fact that this maple leaf had become trapped with all that water flowing over it-like it was painted on the rocks. The sun was illuminating the leaf and I realized that I had better capture this image before the water carried it off. I selected two of five images to share… a liquid work of art.9-26-13 a

Another Walk in the Park & A Look Skyward

9-13-13 Craig's Crossing 007 This morning, while on my way to view the progress at a construction site, I witnessed this most astounding sky at sunrise. I couldn’t help myself so I stopped and shot several photos. I hope you like orange!9-13-13 Craig's Crossing 0089-13-13 Craig's Crossing 0109-13-13 Craig's Crossing 011After being inspired by what I just witnessed, I again decided to swing by the same local park and take a quick hike and shoot a few more scenery photographs.The park, called Craig’s Crossing (a long forgotten railroad stop), is on the way to our construction site which made it convenient to pause before becoming absorbed in multiple tasks of urgency for the rest of the day.9-13-13 Craig's Crossing 0219-13-13 Craig's Crossing 0229-13-13 Craig's Crossing 0249-13-13 Craig's Crossing 032As I was completing my walk I came upon a Blue Heron standing in the park’s pond, fishing (and doing a fine job of it). I caught him standing and then flying away. I wish I had a higher power telephoto lens, but I was pleased just to see this guy and get a couple of shots. The wing span of these birds is up to four feet and they stand at least three feet tall with neck outstretched. Absolutely beautiful.9-13-13 Craig's Crossing 0459-13-13 Craig's Crossing 058

A Walk In The Park

Canon 60D 050Recently, I had the privilege of taking an early morning walk at a local park. This suburban park is bordered by railroad tracks with a field of wild grasses and flowers, a residential street and woods at both ends. It contains a small lake where beavers have made considerable progress and birds are often found resting on the calm water. This particular morning was unusually cool with a high level of humidity…condensation was on everything which made for a wonderful, eye-catching experience. I brought along my new camera, and set about taking some photographs. I soon found myself gravitating toward the macro end without a macro lens, so I shot with my zoom and played with various settings. The light was perfect. Below are several shots of what I experienced. I hope you find nature as awesome as I do. No matter how creative man becomes (and he is), there is nothing more beautiful than God’s natural, magnificent creation.Canon 60D 055Canon 60D 056Canon 60D 058Canon 60D 066Canon 60D 067Canon 60D 069Canon 60D 051Canon 60D 081