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A Lovely Evening

Sometimes all I need to lift my spirits is an evening out in nature, enjoying the scenery, with some great light, and my camera.  Evening time is by far my favorite time of the day – I think clearer, my heart is lighter, and my senses are fully open.  I love the cool breezes, the stillness, and the glowing light of a sun setting.

Annie and I have this great spot, high on the side of a mountain that over-looks town.  I caught a glimmer of Old Town last week and then noted a few days ago that the glimmer would be best at around 7 pm.  So we headed up around then and have to pass by some old settling ponds – look at what Annie spotted.  I had my big 300mm prime lens with me so snapped it on and got this shot before the couple darted off.

Not all that awesome of a shot as I was still in manual mode and the lighting was hard to adjust for, but I do like how you can see the blue in the female’s wings.

And this was the shot I was “shooting for” – pun intended.  The shot I got before was in the middle of the day when the light was more flat, tonight I got sparkle and that made me pretty happy.  In the picture is the “Old Bridge” which was built in 1901 and is still in service, the Old Hotel and a few other buildings from the 1800’s.  This was the booming part of town, built right along the river and within walking distance to the one room schoolhouse and the old Congregational church which are both still standing (the Schoolhouse is now a library.)

I turned around, almost directly behind me from the Old Town shot, and here’s our place.  Our barn in the far distance, and the house with the shop closer with Hank watching for deer or activity in the woods beside us.  It’s always nice to know a dog is on the watch.

And here’s our barn with the Mud Ranch flock taken with my 300mm prime again.  Quite a big difference, eh?  I love all the green, it’s so vibrant and the peacefulness of the evening just glows.

Annie, Hank and I all went back down to the settling ponds and took some more photos, this time of what was happening right around us.  Annie loves to race around the embankments of the ponds.

Then settle down next to her favorite dog – a perfect ending to a perfect evening.

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“Oh What a Beautiful Morning!…”

We had such a gorgeous morning here at Mud Ranch – One of my favorite weather conditions, Hoary Frost.  There were little white spikes all over everything and it made the landscape have a beautiful texture that is hard to describe.  Of course, I had to go out and take photos, so here’s some to enjoy.

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I loved how the blue skies would peek out from behind the fog here and there.

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And a close up of what the frost really looks like, it found it’s resting  place here on some wild rose hips.

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Hank, Harry, and I walked up to a couple of settling ponds that are very seasonal.  Annie and I catch Pollywogs here in the spring.  Now they’re very much frozen over.

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Hank will now demonstrate how to break the ice to have a nice cool drink (he’s nibbling on my arm as I type.)

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I loved the colors and textures of this water grass, which is very sharp by itself but now has a special ‘edge’ with it’s new frosty look.

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Harry, despite his very cold paws, couldn’t stand not to come along.  He thought I was crazy at a couple points but continued to follow anyway.

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I knew that if I hunkered down and called his name, that I’d get this next photo…

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And effortless leap, all fours off the ground!  What a good kitty.

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And just to add some ‘punch’ to a couple of my hoary frost photos, the Orton Effect.

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This last one was my favorite.