Posted on December 31, 2013
Posted on December 30, 2013
I was getting ready to look though some more 2013 photos with the idea of another “Best of 2013” post. Across the room my wife was trying to figure out how many dragonflies she had photographed this year. As she announced she had found eighteen, I realized that she had done all my work for me.
Particularly meaningful to me is that not that long ago I would be asked to photograph bugs, birds, or flowers that she found interesting. She apparently felt that she would never be able to do it as well as me. But with a new camera, and some encouragement, she started out. So what follows are those eighteen pictures which reflect her adventure into the world of dragonflies.
Posted on December 29, 2013
I was looking at a photograph and thinking back,
and after a moment,
not just of that picture but all the pictures
and all the times I’ve been in a beautiful place,
part of a beautiful flower,
stopping, seeing, listening, being embraced,
and for a time both then and now,
Posted on December 27, 2013
It was the morning of the day after Christmas and seemed like a good time to go for a long walk as a way of atoning for the sins of the last few days. Being a rather windy blustery day we didn’t anticipate seeing many birds so we decided to keep the equipment light.
We walked for some distance along the Griggs Reservoir and, not seeing many birds, were kept busy picking up bottles and cans deposited along the shore by high water caused from recent heavy rains. Continuing to an area along the river below the dam, debris was clinging to trees indicating that the water level had been much higher during the previous two days. The water was still running high, swift and muddy.
We noticed a solitary fisherman, and given the time of year and conditions, couldn’t help but think he was wasting his time. But to our surprise, he motioned us over, and low and behold, he’d caught a nice small mouth bass. It’s appearance was ghost like compared to the summer but it was a small mouth and we were amazed. It was released it soon after the picture.
The small mouth seemed to be an omen of things to come because not long after we took the picture of TJ with his bass, a flock of about 30 Blue Birds flew overhead and we then started seeing Downy Woodpeckers, some Golden-crowned Kinglets and even a White-throated Sparrow hiding in the brush near the river.
The walk definitely exceeded expectations and I’m now thinking there may be room for another piece of pie.
Posted on December 25, 2013
Below are some of my favorite pictures from this year. Not always because they were the sharpest, best composed, or otherwise exhibited technical excellence, but because they made me smile or invoked a sense of wonder.
What makes them really special is that they were all taken within a 50 mile radius of our house. Those who have visited Columbus Ohio may have left with the thought that it’s a pleasant enough place but not on your list of destinations that possess spectacular natural beauty. What probably would be noticed, more than the city, state and metro parks such as Clear Creek Metro Park, Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, Alum Creek Metro Park, and Glenn Helen Nature Preserve, are the numerous shopping malls, freeways and sprawling housing developments, none of which seem to be part of any vision of a larger overall aesthetic.
So our goal has been to dig deeper, look closer, and wouldn’t you just know it, every once and awhile, beauty appears that rivals that experienced on any of our far away travels.
Posted on December 20, 2013
Posted on December 13, 2013
The winter morning sun slants into a kitchen window
Maybe we should go for a walk
Looking through frosty air at the thermometer on the garage
It’s six degrees, maybe we should wait
Later, after another cup of coffee, we bundle up and start
A gentle, but still cold, wind stings our face
Snow and ice give way to foot steps with a brittle crunch
Shadows and snow paint in blue and white
The sun plays hide and seek among the tree branches
Soft gives way to hard as ice forms along the reservoir shore
Snow and ice both reveal and hide features of a familiar place
A Robin huddles
Returning home, a snow angel has appeared
Christmas must be near
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