In the Park

The day I took these pictures, it hit 95. What saved it from being absolutely stifling was a drop in dewpoint, from 73 to 67. That made all the difference.

I took these early, though–around eight in the morning–and although it was humid with no breeze, the walk was pleasant. I have noticed when I’m taking photos, however, I don’t notice things like temperature and humidity. Once, while chasing a dragonfly, I spent a lot of time in direct sun and ended up with a light sunburn.

The first thing I noticed was this display in the front yard of a new resident. Okay, it’s a little corny–strings of beads representing falling water–but it definitely caught my eye when the sun made them sparkle as they turned in a light breeze.

Also spotted this colorful flower. I don’t know what it is, but it might be related to a bird of paradise plant.

There was a fire overnight, and smoke was still hazing the air. I could smell and see it.  Graphic software helped clear that haze away. Notice the limpkin fishing in the water behind the stand of plants on the right? Click, and you’ll see him.

Across the lake, the town was lit by morning sun. Gorgeous, eh? Beautiful day.

A different limpkin made an appearance as I was turning toward home. He insisted on staying in the shade, and he was vocalizing mating sounds.

See you next time.

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Fenraven happily lives in south Florida, where it is really hot most of the year. Find him on Twitter and Facebook by searching on 'fenraven'.
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4 Responses to In the Park

  1. Lindsaysf says:

    Lovely! You remind me of the beauty of mornings. Drat, I should be outside rather than at this computer. Bye for now!

    • Fenraven says:

      LOL I used to hate mornings, but getting older made me reevaluate that attitude, as it’s hard to get a proper night’s sleep anymore. So If I’m up, I usually go for a walk before it gets too hot. This morning I did that and then rode the moped down the road to a boat ramp, where I took some photos. Lovely way to start the day!

  2. Bryan Spellman says:

    After reading this post, I was at our local drug store and they had a solar watering can just like the one in the top picture. The store owner told me he had sold many of them. Not really what I want in my yard, but to each his own. On other fronts, dps just printed a post on macro photography. Personally, I think your work is better than that done by the author, but I thought you might find a nugget or two in the post, or in the other posts linked in the article


    • Fenraven says:

      Thanks for the compliment. I enjoy macro photography because it’s challenging. Capturing tiny things requires a host of decisions, and if you get any of them wrong, you’ve blown the shot. I’ve gotten better at it because I’m persistent. I recently took a photo of a paper wasp that has so far gotten over 500 likes onlilne. That’s a personal best for me, and I was thrilled. (That photo is on an upcoming post.) Photography is one hobby that rarely bores me. There’s always something new to capture.

      I read the article. It’s geared toward beginners, and it contains some good info.

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