This is one of a series of shots I took in my yard yesterday afternoon. I used some of the tips I learned from Mike to increase the color saturation. I thought (in the abstract) that it would make the photo look fake, but I find that it enhances the detail and makes it easier to really see the grasshopper. Of course, there’s still a lot to critique. No, one class plus one hour of practice didn’t make me a pro. As the bumper stickers say, if these pictures are looking better, thank a teacher. If they aren’t, keep in mind that you just can’t teach some people.
This photo is the last of the batch from my exploration of the Dolph Nature Area last weekend.
This weekend, I wandered around the blogosphere instead, and here’s what I found.
Bev at Burning Silo found a Gray Treefrog whilst making homestead repairs. Two great pictures, in and of themselves, that show the change in the frog’s color in less than an hour. Over at SwampThings, another Gray Treefrog and also a Green one.
The aforementioned posts by Swampy were from her ramble in an unidentified natural area. FC, over at Pure Florida, had a close (but safe) encounter of the deer kind in the Devil’s Hammock Wildlife Management Area. Con Daily of Con’s World took some fabulous RoadRunner pictures while on the road in Texas, and NatureWoman and Mon@rch gave us two different sets of words and pictures from the same outing in Allegany State Park.
The Wonders of Home
Dreams came true for Laura at NurturingNature when she welcomed two beautiful horses onto her property and into her life. Wayne shares a lazy afternoon at home, complete with cat. Susannah of Wanderin’ Weeta has pictures of house spiders (Thanks!) rather than house cats, and I’ve already mentioned Bev’s “home work” and her delightful discovery of a tree frog.
Thank you all for sharing your adventures, your discoveries, and your joys.
I went out walking this morning in the Dolph Nature Area. Sunday mornings are good times to be out and about, because not many people are. The nature area was quiet though not deserted, but I arrived too late in the morning for significant critter pictures. I did see catbirds, chipmunks, red squirrels, blue heron, mallards, and a warbler – mostly at a distance, or partially hidden in the leaves. The insects were equally uncooperative, but the plants were rooted in place and could not hide. So I have pictures of … plants.
I’m particularly fond of trees and shrubs that produce berries, because they are such good food for birds and other wildlife. I’m not sure exactly what these are, other than abundant.
On International Rock Flipping Day I was not flipping rocks. Instead, I was attending the wedding of Mr Wren’s cousin and her betrothed, a truly lovely young man she met at work and who has stood by her through thick and thin. It was a beautiful, outdoor ceremony followed by a reception that was more fun than any party I’ve been to in a long, long time. Plus we got to catch up with family members and friends we hadn’t seen in a while.
So, sorry rocks – maybe next year.
In the meantime, here are some photos of a very large mushroom that I found in the front yard.
Portabello sandwich, anyone? Make sure it’s made with a real portabello mushroom, not something from the yard.