Today I wore gingham and ate a hot dog. That should have felt summer-y, but it didn’t.
It has been gray and rainy for days on end, making it hard to believe that it will be June in a few days. Consequently, I’ve been a bit out of the photo-taking mood. I need to get over it this weekend, though – I start the Picture Color – Thirty Days of Colorful Clicks project on June 1st. If the class had been entitled Picture Gray – Thirty Days of Sad Snaps, this weather would be perfect for it!
Today’s photo challenge was hard. The assignment – take a “bright, cheery outdoor photo.” The problem? It was cloudy and gray here for most of the day.
The sky partially cleared later so we went to Sidecut to walk in the meadow. There are all kinds of yellow
weeds flowers out in the field, along with the most vivid violet thistles and other assorted foliage. Well, I love green/yellow/purple palettes and it looks fairly bright and cheery. Problem solved.
The racquetball courts at the Lucas County Rec Center, or whatever they are calling it now – site of the almost knocking out of my teeth by my sister when I was 12 and I walked into her backswing by mistake. Good times, good times.
You keep breaking up, ice…
Harbinger of spring or just some freaky warm days in January?
Out at Sidecut on Sunday for a 4 mile hike extravaganza…not sure what these plants were…red leaves on tall stems with light green undergrowth and the light filtering through…love the colors!
Full disclosure: I burned out the lower part of the sky when I took the picture so I tweaked the colors to restore it and make the picture look closer to what we actually saw…
Walking the dogs at Side Cut tonight…father down toward Waterville, in the meadow under the Fallen Timbers monument when suddenly my husband says, “what’s that??’ We look over and there is this ancient looking metal BABY CRIB sitting in the grass. This was so strange I decided I must take a picture.
The weirder part was that we were a few feet from a clearing, where we stopped to throw something in the trash, then we turned back….and it was gone! We knew we were in the right place because 1. We never moved more than about 30 feet from it and 2. It was right next to one of the trail markers. So strange, someone grabbed it and was gone that fast.
I came home and decided to soften the focus to make it look a little otherworldly – fitting for a mysterious disappearing crib in the middle of a field. So, I processed it to within a inch of its life – but I do think it came out not too bad!
Didn’t get a chance to go out and take anything today, so here is another picture from yesterday’s trip to Fort Miami. Daughter had come along for the ride and was relaxing on one of the hills.
Daughter at the top of a hill in her usual stance. Her standing there like that somehow made me think of Peter Pan. She did not like that. I meant that it was reminiscent of eternal, confident, defiant youth.
Overexposed the sky, but like the rest of it.
Daughter and one of the dogs on the bridge at Fallen Timbers after one of our evening walks…
Our park system is a never ending source of cool, yet inanimate, objects for me to take pictures of. There used to be a canal system (which is now one of our main roads) and a series of locks connecting it to the Maumee River. There are a few parks in the area (Side Cut and Providence) that still have remains of the lock system, and they are kind of cool to look at – you can stand at the top of one and look down the line through three others headed toward the river. This is down at the end of one, the trickle of water that still sits there makes a small waterfall and I experimented with the settings to see the resulting effects on the flow of water.
Went back the next day to redo because the light the other evening was coming from behind as the sun set – so I got a nicely lit picture of the statues’ asses….returned early next morning when the sun was a bit off to the side of the front of the monument. Much better!
This is the battlefield I was talking about earlier…I would love to get out there and explore (and yes, I know you’re not allowed to take anything), I hear there are lots of musket balls, arrowheads and other artifacts from the battle. I liked this just because of how great the day looked with blue sunny sky and green fields…so give it up for the beautiful day!
Now, if you are facing this field and you do a complete 180 degree turn, you are then looking at the big new mall – a very different view!!
If you enter Side Cut Park in Maumee (on the side that still has the canal locks) and take the trail that goes out to the Fallen Timbers monument, it takes you in and out of the woods and through a meadow. The trail bypasses a local cemetery by winding around it from behind.
We were walking the trail last night (as we have done many times before) and this marker is tucked in the trees at the top of a small hill along the trail. It looks interestingly out of place there, though I know it is part of the cemetery, (probably an old boundary marker or fence post for the property). We did find another one when we accidentally walked up the cemetery’s service drive looking for an alternate way to join the trail. I just always wonder exactly what they were for and how long they’ve been there.
My husband was envious of the cars…I was envious of all the people I saw taking pictures with fancy cameras…
Headed out to the park this afternoon and saw a crane. Someday I will get a crisp picture of one, but until then this is probably the best one I’ve been able to get yet…
Today sucked so awesomely that I decided to just go home and put my jammies on and go to bed, so no picture taking today…plus the weather was gray and rainy. So, here’s another picture that I took yesterday near the Commodore Perry monument in Perrysburg. To get down close to the river we had to go down some insanely steep steps, and this was taken at the bottom. There were decorative spheres on the railing at intervals, and this is a picture of one of them with the park in the background.
Well its been so busy at home and work that I haven’t had a chance to do much with the camera in the last few days, so I’m going to the vault for some recent pictures that I haven’t posted yet.
This was taken about a month ago…I really like the colors here…I do find it interesting that the moon never looks as big when you look at it through the camera.
Some guys right next to the dam outside of Grand Rapids, OH catching a fish. I was too slow to get a picture when they held it up, but is was huge – looked at least 14 inches. They showed it off, then released it.
Right now the Walleye Run is on, which always brings thousands of fishermen and women from all over to our section of the Maumee River. It was a bit quieter in Grand Rapids than in Maumee, but there were still plenty of people out with their poles.