Thursday, October 6, 2011

Run*A*Round Randomocity

About a month ago, I strolled around the pond and yard with my 70-300 mm lens, which also has a macro setting.  Here's just some random shots from that morning.

With the extremely hot and dry summer, we've had a lot of premature fall-off from our trees.
I think these are alder?  I don't know my trees very well.
Acorn clusters

and singles.
A close-up of a turtle shell hanging on the back wall of the house.  No, it's not in soft focus.  As the shell weathers and ages, the keratin scutes are beginning to lift off the bony shell surface so it appears a bit 'fuzzy'. 
A deceased dragonfly had taken his last nosedive into the grass.
There's still drilling activity in Texas.
Sometimes you have to look closely to find it.
Don't be shy; look at me.

Or just look into the sun, that's okay, too.
A touch of greenery in an otherwise brown world.
The weathered skin of my favorite pond-side dead tree.
A heron or egret track left in the mud.
And a few long-forgotten 'treasures' unearthed by the drought (or would that be 'earthed'?)


Linking to Deb Duty's This or That Thursday

114 comments:

Bruce Clark said...

For some reason I am drawn to the close up of the turtle shell. Very nice shots one and all.

Joe said...

I like the shot of the turtle shell also.

Elisabete said...

Your photos are very beautiful!

trav4adventures said...

Beautiful photos! Isn't it interesting how we can find stuff right at home to photograph? Sometimes I just head out around my neighborhood!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Just goes to show that beauty can be found in everything (even a drought) if you just look (focus). ;) Very nice photos!

Catherine said...

Theere is always something to see and take a photo of ~ if we look closely enough!

Poor dragonfly! :(

Very pretty!
xo Catherine

Lynne said...

Amazing photos!

Jill said...

You've done an outstanding job once again.

Congrats are having your photo select for Post Of the Week!

Barb said...

Your photography is fantastic - I love all the textures, and colours. I especially like the acorn cluster and that buried pot - love it!

Clint said...

What I like about this is the fact that there is wonder in everything if we will just stop to look closely. Great pics!

Deb said...

my favorite kind of posts....

Mike said...

I'd be earthen' that milk barrel and puttin' it on the porch.
I reckon that deep diver should've been replaced by a top water lure. ;)

Negerigeletschtempoit said...

A neat collection of pictures, Ms. T! That foot print is my favorite, although they are all great.
xxxxx

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Love the macro shots - the turtle shell is my fav.

Gone Country said...

Great shots! The poor acorns never had a chance to grow. How cool to find the old milk can! I hope you unearthed it and put that baby on display!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Loving the unearthed treasures in the pond. Looks like a collection is starting to form. :)

Sandra said...

wow, you did all these with the long lens, amazing. and no hours of sitting at the table trying to focus. these are amazing and also amazing you got them with that big old lens. i love the found treasure in the pond. the cluster of acorns with leaves is my most favorite of today. we have drilling in our back yard, if i had your lens i could get the shot, it is above what my lens will grab. tiny woodpeckers about 3 stories up on the tip of bamboo, they make us laugh, it is swaying back and forth and they just peck and cling and the funny thing is the tip is smaller than a pencil and they drop from the sky and grab on.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

What a fabulous assortment of pictures! i like the macro shots,but all of them are just great.Have a wonderful day.

Ginger said...

Love these shots!

Debbie said...

i love this collection....so interesting.

i tried to pick a favorite, it can't be done :)

Woody said...

There's a lot to like here!! I like your caption on the dragonfly.

polkadotpeticoat said...

unbelievably amazing....

bailey-road.com said...

Wonderful group of photos!

Chip "Rocket Man" Allen said...

I took THE BOSS by the courthouse last week to pick up a dog license for Molly and she said the lawn in front of the building is practically buried in acorn, a sure sign of a tough winter ahead. Wouldn't it be great if we could sort of combine our unusually weather with your desperately dry?

Jan n Jer said...

Only through the eyes of a lens...these are great macros! It's amazing what we can find when we really look!!!

Tricia said...

poor poor dragonfly... great shots, twg

beth said...

did you bring the dragon fly inside? i'm weird that way when i find perfect dead things....i love to put them in my studio.

ellen abbott said...

some great shots there. when we moved to the country house, in the storage shed at the back of the property was a milk can just like that. eventually it's going to become the base of a garden table.

Samantha said...

LOVE the turtle shell and the acorns..perfect.

Sall's Country Life said...

Love that old cream can! I agree with Mike, I'd be puttin' that up on the porch also!
B.T.W...thanks for all the time and love you put into your blog, I truly love stopping by every day and checking out what texwisgirl has to show us today!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Wonderful photos! I truly enjoyed meandering around your property. :)

Lisa RedWillow said...

These photos are just gorgeous. I love to find treasures but it doesnt happen often.

Judy said...

I love random shots...I love the old butter churn.

barbara l. hale said...

I love all of these. The dried flower looking into the sun is soooo great! And the turtle shell and the poor deceased dragonfly and the acorns...well, I could go on and on.

Montanagirl said...

Love this series and your narrative as well! Are you sure that isn't some sort of dinosaur track? lol

Karen said...

Wonderful shots from your own backyard! Of course you have a pretty wonderful backyard!

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

This are all great shots. You make the ordinary things look beautiful!

Julie G. said...

Simply beautiful, delicate images. All lovely! It's amazing what can be seen if we would only take the time to look a little closer. Wonderful post!

Farm Girl said...

Wow now I know I need a new camera, nice shots, Tell me you rescued that milk jug container. That is so awesome. When I was a little girl and my Dad hadn't drilled a well yet, all of our water had to be brought out from town and those are what he used. Such treasures.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That was a nice series of pictures and I enjoyed them all. Liked the fishing plug at the end. I kept thinking while scrolling down "I wonder what kind of post we will see when the drought is broken and rain falls? She will go ballistic with words, pictures and jubilation."

Hound Girl said...

Great pics, I dont have a macro lens - I thought about it but most of my pictures are of people and animals so a macro wouldnt be used as much as some of the other lens I have. I love the woodpecker holes - they drive met nuts in my backyard!

Kathy said...

Such great shots! All of them!

Furry Bottoms said...

I was wondering how on earth you managed to get such a perfect picture of the dragonfly. OH, its dead!! That would make it so much easier, yeah? The wings are just so intricate... I love it.

Kerry said...

So many treasures here! All beautiful and special.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

wow!

stunning shots, fantastic colours!

Manzanita said...

Fascinating shots. How come you can grow oak trees and I can't in Montana? Minnesota used to be full of them and I thought they are a cold weather tree.
Manzanita@Wannabuyaduck

Marissa @Life On Our Side Of The Mountain said...

These are fantastic close-ups!

Is than an old milk can I see?

KAT said...

my favorite photo is the tree bark

- KAT -

Susan said...

Love the pictures - the egret track kinda looks like an old dinosaur track. Cool. The old milk can is so cool. Fish that thing out and make a fountain out of it. Love the tree pics and the texture. Great pictures girl!

Denise said...

Is that an old milk can? I love seeing rust and decay on old metal objects. I've been thinking about a 70-300 to use instead of my 55-200. Thinking very very seriously....:-))

Sylvia K said...

What a great and interesting collection of photos! I love them! Amazing what we can see/experience when we "zoom" in! These are terrific! Hope your week is going well -- hard to believe another one is almost over and the older I get, the faster they go!! Enjoy!


Sylvia

gowestferalwoman said...

I am so gonna come back and enjoy these photos again and again - you caught a nice crisp autumn morning in macro!

and tag alder is only good for when you have to cross a wisconsin swamp and you swing clump to clump...theres no bottom to some of those swamps lol

deb duty said...

Oh wow! So many awesome photos! I love every one. Funny we both decided to take acorn pics but you found lots of other beautiful things around you!

Mom of M&Ms said...

these are beautiful.... and that old milkcan, I need it full or flowers by my front door..love that!!!

SweetMarie said...

I love all of these photos! My favorite is the cluster of acorns. And I love the pic and comment, "still drilling in Texas"...sooo funny!

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful shots,really shows how dry it's been where you are.

Andrew said...

Great images all lovely to see...
You have an eye for the unusual.

Martha Z said...

Isn't it fun to see what you can find with your macro lens. You've go quite a collection here.

laurak@forestwalkart said...

very cool pictures!!

i was getting quite thirsty...with all the dried acorns, leaves, grass and flowers...but then you stopped by the pond...even though it's low...it helped to quench me. :)

i LOVE the turtle shell (of course!) and the weathered wood...and the old metal jug (or whatever)...and the long lost lure...OH and the poor little dragonfly...

Angela said...

Those are all such interesting shots from around your place! Great pictures!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Texwisgirl, "Drillin' in TX" seems to be a career opportunity for the woodpeckers that has had it's territory expanded to TN! HA! Fun pictures. Have a wonderful day!

Ellie said...

Lovely shots, very bright and crisp.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great group of pictures, Theresa... Isn't it amazing what happens to our earth when Mother Nature gives us strange things (like drought, floods, heat, blizzards, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc.)...

It's sad to see things in your area.. Makes one wonder what will come back, doesn't it??? BUT--knowing our earth, it probably will.
Hugs,
Betsy

Robin said...

T, wonderful. I really like these kinds of shots! It's interesting what you can see if you look! Photography has made me way more observant than I ever was. Always looking for the next shot!

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wayside wanderer said...

These are so interesting. I especially like the pop of color from the blue dragon fly.

Joop Zand said...

As always.....very nice to see your lovely photo's.

greetings, Joop

Pricilla said...

Studies in brown

Dawn said...

An explore for sure. The boys and I like the turtle shell!

Sharon said...

Think I would save the dragonfly and the milk can, although the bottom is probably rusted out. Cool observations, nice display.

LauraX said...

thank you for sharing your journey and discoveries with us...so nice to take a slow walk and really see what is right in front of us.

Evelyn S. said...

I keep hoping for rain for you, especially as we've had three days of it now. LOVE that old milk can....I don't remember when I last saw one of those! I love seeing the results of photo walks like yours.

Ms. ~K said...

I always enjoy my visits here... :)
~K

Annette said...

I love your macro shots -- especially of the drilling activity.

Cindy said...

Another great field trip! Are the berries Chinaberries? We have some like that, they are usually white but with the drought, they have turned a red color. I am not good with trees either..
Beautiful study...

Nezzy said...

Now those are some close up and personal beautifully shot photos.

I'm just in awe of the turtle shell!

God bless ya and have an incredible day sweetie!!! :o)

Giga said...

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Berts Blog said...

What great photos.....loved each and everyone of them. Especially the dragonfly which is one of my favorite flying critters.

I have tried and tried to get a good picture of one. Even dead they are beautiful, don't ya think.

thanks
bert

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful series of photos! I like that kind of drillin. The turtle shell is neat, Thanks for the lovely tour.

Linda R. said...

Ahhhh... That poor little dragonfly.. He still looks good!! Your macro shots look wonderful.. I love the shot of that turtle shell..

Hugs, Linda

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

These are my favorite kinds of walks--The ones where you find these little treasures! Great shots!

Bob Bushell said...

Right on babe, who said that, I dunno! Lovely pictures, especially "A heron or egret track left in the mud". Brilliant.

Fjällripan said...

Wonderful photos and I like everyone of them!

pattisjarrett said...

Cool stuff! This was a real smorgasbord. So THAT'S how to get a good pic of a dragonfly. So pretty, but so sad to see it motionless.

Roan said...

Wow! Lots of cool finds. I really like the acorns still attached to the leaves.

Adam Tilt said...

Excellent randoms. Some really nice macros there.

troutbirder said...

Terrific photography. I like it!

The Wife of a Dairyman said...

There is so much to see around your place! GReat shots!!!

Pam said...

Each one is simply stunning, Theresa. My husband would love the lure.
hugs,
Pam

Rose said...

You need to get that lens out more often! I really liked these!

Chatty Crone said...

A magnifying glass - to see life up close. sandie

edenhills said...

These are wonderful shots! I love my 70 - 300 lens!

Teresa

Inger-M said...

I love that acorn cluster shot, the light is so beautiful!

Michaele said...

I just love macro photos! You have shown us the beauty in the dry and lifeless and that shows your talent.

Larry Ostby said...

I love up close and details. Looking into the sun and the dragon fly are my faves.

MarieElizabeth said...

Those tiny acorns show the stunted growth from the drought. Here's to hoping more of the rain makes it your way.

Amanda said...

Amazing shots...reminds me that fall is in the air!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A great walk! As you may remember, I love random walks! That drilling in Texas? I can live with that!

missing moments said...

Close up of the world is always wonderful!

Margaret said...

His last nose dive... loved that. What a fun, observant walk you had! I will have to do the same around my neck of the woods ... open my eyes to what is hidden and tucked away.. Very nice post.

Randy said...

There is beauty in everything.

heyBJK said...

Gorgeous, T! I have a hard time picking a favorite. It's fun to find great shots right at home. Sometimes you just have to get close. Beautiful photos!

stardust said...

Wow, your attentive eyes caught so many interesting things around you!

bon bon said...

so many goodies with wonderful detail. it's looking pretty autumnal around the run*a*round! :o)

SquirrelQueen said...

I would have to wade in and rescue the old milk can, that is cool. Great macro shots, I really like the turtle shell.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - just back from a week away - pictures to follow!

For some reason I think I like that last shot best - something about man and nature - or the found and the natural. But I like it.

Cheers - Stewart M

JDaniel4's Mom said...

How wonderful to get to see the objects in more than one picture and at different angles.

georgettesullins said...

The bark beetles certainly bored some holes in 5 of our pine trees. :(

Angad Achappa said...

Love the 3rd pic.. :)

littlethingsoflife said...

I've had trouble getting my comment to post -- hope it doesn't show up twice!

I always enjoy your great photos -- and have fun reading the captions, too.

Especially like "still drilling in Texas." ;)

Poppy said...

Great shots as always :)

Here I Am/Carrie said...

Boy would I love a lense like that. Maybe better just start with a better camera. Really great shots. I would be pulling the old milk can out of the water and cleaning it up. I love finding treasures like that. Well I should be off for my walk. I so love visiting here and catching up on what I miss. Wish I had more time so I don't have to rush thru. Keep up the wonderful blogs and have a great weekend.

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

You've got a great eye! Each shot was just superb... thanks for sharing them!
Grace

MICKAN¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

Oak! Thats my favoritetree. Querkus robur in latin.

You did it again with your picture :D

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