176: Bird flying through a wave*

(Sunlight on the pond.)

Doesn’t that sound lovely?  Almost poetic.   I don’t have a bird flying through a wave, in a photo or otherwise.  This is just another search engine term doubling as a post title.  I do, however, have some waves and some birds.  You can put them together in your imagination and come up with a bird flying through a wave if you like.  Or, if you’re in the mood to think metaphorically, you can think of this post as a bird passing through a series of waves, touching on different experiences (subjects).  I don’t think I’ll be sticking to one subject today.

Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space.  It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe.  It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished.

~ Michael Strassfeld

While out for my walk yesterday, I took photos of the sunlight on the water.  I am fascinated with the way the light plays on water, as well as how the sparkles of light appear to the camera.

In the image above, for instance, the sunlight on the water reminds me of stars or little suns (which are stars, after all) in a wavy, dark sky.  If you look carefully you’ll find one of the little stars is heart shaped.  Did you find it?

I also like the texture of water in close-ups.  There are times when the camera makes it looks silky and soft even though I can see the wind is making it choppy with sharp waves.  It can also come out smooth as glass, rippled, or ruffled and ridged as if it is icing over.

(Rocks in a stream.)

For me, one of the fun things about photography is the discovery of how my camera interprets what I framed and captured.  It isn’t always what I think it will be, nor is it always what I thought I captured at the time.  Since I can’t see through the viewfinder all that well (well enough — I’m not blind but even with my glasses it’s sometimes not all that clear), and since the LED screen isn’t much better, I am frequently surprised when I upload my photos to the computer.  I love, love, love that element of surprise.  The surprises might not always be good surprises, but I chalk those up to learning experiences and enjoy them almost as much as the good surprises.

(Leaf preserved in the pond.)

It is a little like what happens when the snow and ice melt, and you finally get to see what’s under there, such as the little bits of green (the crocuses) I showed you when we had our first snowmelt of the season.  Or a leaf that has retained some of its color throughout the winter months as it floated under the ice, something I couldn’t see until the pond thawed.

(Male mallard standing guard near the pond.)

Another thing I find fascinating is the way my camera sometimes turns a photo into an almost painting-like image.  I often wonder if all cameras do this.  I never noticed it with my old camera.  I thought it was related to camera shake (blur), but I’ve seen it happen when I’ve used the tripod.  Not that the tripod is a guarantee there will be no shake, especially on a windy day.

(Last night’s moon.)

We had a beautiful evening here in the Bogs last night.  It was warm with a light breeze, the almost-full moon surrounded by a halo and giving off a watery light.  The exciting part was hearing the chorus of spring peepers for the first time this season, the males courting the females with their song.  I have never, ever seen a spring peeper.  If you’re unfamiliar with the spring peeper, you can learn a little about it and hear it here.  If I have time tonight, I’ll go out and see if I can record their sound on my own.

A blackbird in Florida

I’m posting early today because I’m going on an outing that will involve lots of picture taking, image making, photography — call it what you will.  I have another such outing planned for tomorrow, too.  One will be a feast for the senses.  The other will be a learning experience, as well as a tasty treat.  I’ll tell you all about both soon.  Tomorrow, I hope.

In the meantime, it’s time for this bird to fly away for a little while.  Happy Weekend!  😀


30 Comments on “176: Bird flying through a wave*”

  1. Marianne says:

    Beautiful photos, Robin. I like that painting effect of the mallard also. The moon is gorgeous. I hope we have a clear sky this weekend. The sunlight on the water is very beautiful also. I think I spotted a heart shape near the top right corner, but it looks like it involves a few stars clumped together. Hope you have lots of fun on your outing.

  2. Marianne says:

    Forgot to mention: today’s quote is hilarious and so true.

  3. I love seeing flowing water! Don’t get me wrong, ice can be beautiful, too… but after a while, I’m just DONE with it! Very pretty! We’re supposed to have a “Supermoon” tomorrow night, this will be the closest that the moon has been to the Earth in almost 20 years! You can bet I’ll be trying to capture THAT! I love your moon shot – the framing is great!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Holly. 🙂

      I’m with you one hundred percent on the flowing water. I’ve had enough of ice for now.

      The moon put on a great show tonight. Can’t wait to see how you captured it.

  4. The moon is amazing! And I found the heart!!!!!!!!!!!! How fun——-

    Not in Haiti Anymore 😦
    Kathy

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Kathy. 🙂

      I’m sorry your sad not to be in Haiti anymore. I hope the post-Haiti blues go away soon.

      Hugs from the Bogs.

  5. SWK says:

    I love the way the water seems to be glistening. And that moon picture is gorgeous.

  6. milkayphoto says:

    ooooh, such sparkly things happening in the bogs! Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

  7. Gotta love that moon photo. The reflections in the water are neat. I really like the patterns in the water with the rocks. The colors work well together.

  8. The leaf under the water is a-ma-zing; the colors and textures are stunning, Robin. You’re such a creative photographer, and visiting your blog is both a treat to the senses and an inspirational experience.

  9. Bo Mackison says:

    Water is such a great subject–so many lovely variations in this post. Do love that red leaf all shimmering…

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Bo. 🙂

      I’d really like to get a water camera and try some underwater shots. I thought about it a lot in Florida. The water was so amazingly clear there.

      • Bo Mackison says:

        ooooooh– a water camera! Yes! I bought a cheapie years ago when we were snorkeling in the Caribbean. The only time I ever successfully snorkeled, because I had my feet on the ocean floor. Great fun though, underwater photos.

  10. Karma says:

    Love the water sparklies! And I found the heart too.
    Can’t wait to read about your photo-taking experiences and treats!

  11. penpusherpen says:

    Lovely, lovely photo’s Robin, and the way the light plays on the water is fabulous. And I love the recalcitrant moon ( I only use that word because I love it’s taste on the tongue :-)) shot through the branches of the tree.
    Have a wonderful week-end, and catch up soon my friend…xPenx

  12. Kathy says:

    What a lot of beautiful pictures! Your photography is really impresive, Robin. From the sparkles on the water to the underwater rocks to that preserve leaf–all very beautiful. (And, of course, the moon.) Happy Equinox to you!

  13. Barbara Rodgers says:

    ♫ Sunshine on the water looks so lovely! ♫ (John Denver?)

    I love the light on the water pictures and that is a stunning moon shot!

    I know what you mean about being surprised when you upload your photos to the computer. Some photos that I’ve thought would be terrible were good and some that I’ve thought would be winners were disappointing.

    I had that “painting” feeling happening with the camera on this September day:
    http://ingebrita.wordpress.com/2010/09/09/greeting-september/ The shots looked Impressionistic to me.

  14. The leaf is beautiful as well as the sparkles in the water. I found the heart too! Im so glad spring is finally here!

  15. Goodness, I am SO behind!!! Or maybe you’re just blogging too fast 😉
    That first one is just beautiful, and the leaf in the water.


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