Friday, February 27, 2015

Ordinary Things - Ice, Shadows, Skies and a Duck!

I like it when I have an exciting destination for my photography expeditions (like Hogg's Falls featured in the last two posts), but along the way I see lots of other 'ordinary things' that attract my camera.  In part I have the memes established by other creative bloggers to thank for opening my eyes to these.  So here are a few of the 'ordinary things' I've seen the past few days.

Many of the edges of the Boyne River were decorated with bands of ephemeral ice just above the waterfalls.  I'm sure that this edge of ice comes and goes, or at least changes, every day, but it's pattern intrigued me.

And as I left the waterfall heading back up the valley to the car, the sun was shining down through the woods on the west slope, creating an interesting pattern of sunlight and shadow on the snow between the trees.

Today I drove to Lake Eugenia to check and see if the river was open at all yet.  It wasn't (it runs right through this picture), but the sky was beautiful.  The dark spots are stumps; this is a lake created by a hydro dam, and they drain it in the fall to be ready for the spring run-off - so all the old stumps show up over the winter.

And I saw a duck, down in the Beaver River at the bottom of Bowle's Hill.  Can you even see it?  I've seen so little bird life the past month of frigid arctic conditions I'd almost given up.

And I did get one closer shot before it flew - it's a Common Goldeneye, marked by the white sides and that small white patch below it's eye.

And those are some of the 'ordinary things' I've seen this week.

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18 comments:

  1. The waterfowl are headed back your way -- in spite of the cold and ice spring's coming!

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  2. Maybe everyday to you Northerners, but for me, this is magical wonderland, every one.

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  3. He must be one cold little duck!! The ice patterns are so pretty.

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  4. Nothing so extraordinary as the ordinary.

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  5. Amazing photos! What a gorgeous place for a hike, but it does look cold :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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  6. Beautiful pictures. I especially love the ice formations in that first one. :-)

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  7. Water flowing among the snow banks is such a lovely scene.

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  8. That ice reminds me of the Norwegian coast line.

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  9. Wonderful photos ! Some times the ordinary can be extraordinary in the eye of a lens . Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend !

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  10. Terrific shots - You have an eye for photography for sure!!

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  11. Wonderful places for you to go to take shots. Yes I saw the duck and the close up shows that it is a fine specimen.

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  12. great skies and the duck is pretty.

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  13. Beautiful places and you've captured them well.

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