Winter “Walk About”

Posted: January 12, 2017 in Uncategorized
walk·about
noun \ˈw-kə-ˌbat\
: an occasion in which an Australian Aborigine goes on a long walking journey on land that is far from towns and cities
Walk-about is a time of reflection in solitude from community and routine, a time to detach and fortify the spirit.
Last year I had the need to “walk about” at a local park, escape from community, routine, and fortify the spirit. Of course had to do a little drive about to get around.
Yesterday I posted about using a point and shoot for macro/close-up work, so I just carried my point and shoot. My G16 has a HDR mode and used it on all the images.
The best part of visiting the parks this time of year is I basically have it all to myself. I saw no one on my travels, and that is what a walk about is all about.
I plan to do another “walk about” this winter 2017 and plan to take my DSLR.
Come along on my “walk about”.

 

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I first went to Stony Creek lake to check out the lake edges for things to shoot. Ice is just starting to form.

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One of my favorite subjects to shoot are leaves and I knew I would find some at the edge of the lake. Here is a leaf on top of the ice, and the darker leaf on the sand underneath the ice. Some specs of snow add texture.

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I found this leaf lying next to some interesting patterns in the mud.

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Along the lake in the mud I found a frozen foot print.

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While wandering by the lake I found a big Beech tree which had all kinds of stuff carved into the bark. This one must have been from the sixties, Purple Haze, a Jimi Hendrix song.

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Once I was done at the lake I traveled to the nature center and visited Stony Creek and some ponds. Here’s the creek the park was named after. Looks more like a river than a creek.

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At one of the ponds I found this birch tree that had fallen into the water and is now frozen in place.

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I found leaves, pine needles, and some cedar locked in the ice at the edge of the pond.

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Here is a branch from another birch tree in the ice with streaks of snow.

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As I headed back towards the parking lot I wandered through the woods a little.

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A pine tree had been blown over from high winds and part of a branch and needles rested on this tree trunk.

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I found this really large oak leaf on the forest floor. It was larger then any oak leaf I’ve ever seen. The colored leaf on the left is a normal size oak leaf and the one on the right as you can see is way larger then the normal size leaf. That is one humongous oak leaf.

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I looked for some interesting tree trunk patterns to shoot but wasn’t having much luck, so I did shoot a trunk and with a little help from Topaz Glow I came up with this cool abstract of the bark.

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When I exited the woods I past an open field on the way to the parking lot. You can see the oak tree is still clinging to it’s leaves. The oaks hold their leaves for a long time before they finally drop.

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In the field I found some old milkweed pods and all were empty but one. Added a little Topaz Glow.

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Back to the car now and heading to another part of Stony Creek lake where I also find lots of leaves frozen in ice. Here’s the area I will be searching along.

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Found this half leaf along with some nice patterns from stones under the ice.

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Stones underneath the ice make a nice abstract.

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Here’s one more group of leaves in textured ice.

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For my last stop I headed off to a beach where I was hoping to find some feathers from the local geese and gulls. Wonder why no one is at the beach today.

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Not as many feathers as I had hoped for but did get this one shot of two feathers together, which is not very common.

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On the way back to the van from the beach there is a playground of things that kids can climb on. This was a small area from one of the jungle gym.

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So that was my Walk About and hope you liked traveling with me. I wasn’t all that impressed with what I shot on this trip, and not sure if any will make it onto my website. I didn’t really care if I got any great shots or not, as I said early in the post, I was just trying to escape from community, routine, and fortify the spirit, which I happily accomplished.

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Comments
  1. jmlecocq says:

    Thank you!

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Jennifer Benton says:

    Thanks for sharing. My favorites are the textured leaves near the end of the post and the tree bark. When I first saw the tree bark I thought it was an elephants eye. Thanks for your posts.

  3. Sharon says:

    Thanks for sharing – several nice shots, and great inspiration for my own walk-about! The pattern from the jungle gym was a nice surprise.

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