Here’s lookin’ at you.
Have a safe and wonderful holiday.
If I had to eat like this every morning, I don’t think I could do it!
I watched these mallards and several others for quite awhile this morning. They bobbed up and down like true Olympic synchronized swimmers (I might be dating myself with that…do they still have synchronized swimmers?). At one point, there were at least six bottoms up at the same time. I spent more time laughing than shooting. A great way to start the day.
Or maybe that should be ’til the cows GO home??
I was reorganizing my catalog of photos and came upon this one from last year. I had gone home at lunch to walk my dogs, but was short on time. I needed to quickly (or so I thought) get back to the office. As I came around the curve, I encountered these “ladies”.
Thankfully, having grown up in this area, I am accustomed to deer, rabbit, dogs, and other critters running out in front of me–so I don’t generally speed across country roads. These ladies were a bit of a surprise. But there they stood, in all their glorious black and white bovinity.
They came closer. I backed my car up. And then they moved forward. I backed up a little more. Whatever way I moved, they moved with me. They were persistent. And let it be known, should this ever happen to you, the phrase “Shoo cow, shoo”–doesn’t work.
I snapped several of these with my blackberry and emailed them off to my secretary with a note that I’d be a little late for my 1 pm meeting. No one would have otherwise believed me.
I was experimenting with shutter speeds and capturing motion. I spent close to an hour watching these magnificent steelhead jumping upstream toward their next destination. Literally hundreds of them were gathered at the mouth of a stream feeding into the Great Lake. Every few moments, one would gather enough energy and jump to the next level. Some made it, stopping to rest with the others who charged forward, while others fell and plunged backward with the force of the rapids. Not one of the fish who fell back was deterred. Not one I observed returned to the calmer waters of the lake, instinct and perserverance driving them forward. Who would have thought it more admirable to be a fish rather than me in one of my darker moments? I find lessons everywhere.