I was a little surprised to see ice on the river today, with all the warm weather we have had. The open spot keeps getting bigger all the time.
I started today’s walk a little bit downstream, there was nothing that caught my eye to take a photo of till where a tiny stream flows into the river. It was cold enough to freeze last night and the ice on the stream had formed some nice interesting shapes.
Ice over a Stream
I took quite a bunch of pics of the different shaped ice all the while looking for an angle that would really stand out. Never did get anything outstanding. Some pics were interesting, but if you didn’t know what you were looking at… It was kinda… Huh!
A little further upstream there’s a place where you can get down to the water and step out on a rock. (When the water is low enough.) Stepped out on the rock… Water was open downstream for a little way and partly frozen over upstream. The light looked good with the thin sheet of Ice coming close to the rock.
How to catch the beauty and wonder of Nature in a photo? Well… I snapped a couple of pics standing on the rock. It wasn’t really the best composition, but worth a try. Then I crouched down and snapped some more pics. Better, but still nothing too great.
In the end I got down on my knees, with the toes of my boots in the water, leaned forward with my hands and camera slightly above the water and took a bunch of pics. Tried different angles and heights above the water for the pics. Anyway… Here’s my pick for the best of the bunch:
What do you think, did I get a good photo that captures a tiny bit of Nature’s beauty? I tried my best to do so.
Came home with a photo of the dog smelling a trail she was following. Only took a few photos this morning on a walk along the edge of the Mississippi river. Saw some interesting tracks, but nothing that looked like a good photo.
It looked like the cat had been out hunting and made the tracks the dog was following, she poked her nose down in every footprint as she followed the trail.
I was lucky enough to get ahead with the camera and take a few photos. It’s always a guess how they will turn out when taking pics of a moving critter.
I was happy to see that this turned out okay. The lighting and background were decent with some nice contrast in the scene.
Walking on the ice got me to thinking about when it would go out and the river open up all the way… It usually happens sometime in March. When, just depends on the weather. Could be almost any day if it really warmed up or rained, or might wait a few weeks yet.
There were a pair of Canada Geese in the Mississippi river this morning. The first hint of them was their honking and splashing. I caught sight of them as they were flying upstream, pointed the camera and snapped a pic. Didn’t have time to zoom in or frame a shot. In order for them to show up in the pic it had to be cropped and zoomed in.
Canada Geese Flying
Not the best photo with one goose behind some brush a pretty blah background. Wish there had been time to zoom in and frame the shot… Wildlife just doesn’t seem to cooperate all that well most of the time.
Here’s another pic taken after they landed in the water and climbed onto the ice.
Not the greatest pic of geese, tho I do like the glare from the Sun and reflections in the water.
And… Here is my favorite pic from this morning, a set of animal tracks in the snow heading across the river into the Sunrise. There was just something about the angle going across the river and the lighting that looked like a good photo.
I took quite a few pics with different perspectives, with this one being my pic for the best of the bunch and of the morning’s photos. Didn’t I have a Great morning for taking some pics?
This morning was another great day with a clear sky and decent light for taking photos. It’s much more fun to go out taking pics when it’s a nice day. There is always something to catch a photo of, even if there is nothing extra special.
Of course the dog was along and enjoying herself, checking out smells and exploring. While trying to get a few pics of the Sun reflecting off flowing water, I glanced over and saw the dog laying down, turned around and snapped several pics. She usually isn’t a good subject because she moves too much.
I also noticed most of the Goldenrod Galls had holes in them where a bird went after the Goldenrod Gall Fly larvae. Honestly… I had one heck of a time getting a decent close up pic of one. The light and exposure were tricky while getting a nice focus with a good background. I don’t know how long I crouched down getting this pic.
This last pic is one of the first ones I took of the Sunrise and became a black and white. The tracks in the snow looked like they would make a decent photo, so I snapped quite a few from different angles and positions with different exposures. It’s interesting how a little different position can make a big difference in how a photo looks.
I wonder if I’ll ever get tired of the Mississippi river and walking along the bank in the morning with a camera, hoping to catch a picture of the Sunrise?
My picks for best photos from this morning’s photo walk all ended up being black and white. How likely is that to happen? It might have been the slightly overcast sky that made for good black and white photography. I really don’t know.
Anyway, here are ones that I thought were decent:
Frost on a Branch
Tracks on the River
Sun in Partly Cloudy Sky
And… Finally, My pick for the best one of the Bunch:
What do you think? Did I pick the best one, or is one of the others better?
There was quite a bit of frost on branches and grass along the Mississippi river bank, especially near the spots of open water. The light and conditions were not real good for getting a good photo, even so, I tried. One of the hardest things for something so wispy as frost is getting the focus and exposure right in a close up. It’s also a challenge to find a background where the frost will show up.
I still appreciate the beauty of Frost, even when it doesn’t make a good photo. It’s one of those things in Nature that is so beautiful while it lasts, so you have to enjoy it while you can.
This past week has been cloudy and snowy, not real good weather for taking pics. I was so glad to see a clear sky this morning! Went out with the camera and got some Sunrise photos. It was a tad brisk with a temp. of -9F/-23C. Not bad at all with no wind, when you dress for it.
Here are three photos from this morning:
Catching the Sunrise thru the trees, lighting up the frost and snow on branches, was taken near the start of the walk. Finding a spot where the Sun and light bring out the best in a scene is a fun challenge.
Catching the Dog at the river bank involved quite a bit of luck. I was snapping pics of the Sunrise shining on the river water and ice, the dog came over to see what I was doing. Luckily I was able to move back and crouch down getting the dog in a few pics. Of course she didn’t pose nicely in the other pics.
Last nights light fluffy snow was pretty sitting on all the dry grass and branches along the river bank. It was worth a try to get a few close-ups of the snowflakes on the grass. Getting the focus right and having the detail show up is always a fun challenge.
These photos are available on Greeting Cards or Prints, along with many of my other photos.