Posts Tagged ‘nature photography’

I walk for exercise three mornings a week, carrying my iPhone because photo ops happen all the time at the park.  I keep track of my walks on Map My Walk and was relieved to discover the “Pause workout” button, enabling me to stop for photos without having my pace impacted.  But every so often, I take a photo walk, carrying my Nikon with telephoto lens as well as my iPhone.  I don’t map those walks, as a distance that takes about 30 min. on an exercise day may take as long as an hour and a half on a photography day!

Last week, my photo walk day turned out to be cloudy with the threat of rain.  I packed a plastic bag in my fanny pack to cover  my camera if necessary.  I wasn’t sure if I should expect much in the way of animal life, but perhaps because it still seemed like night or because there were hardly any other people, it was an excellent day, as you’ll see from the following photos.  This is true soul food.

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 One of the things I miss about my s-i-l and b-i-l no longer living in Provence is being able to buy bags of lavender at the markets.  But my s-i-l has done a wonderful job with their gardens and land, planting lavender in many places, where its perfume attracts bees, butterflies and me as well.  I share a few shots today with you for the Phoneography Challenge theme, “Nature.”  Be sure to click on the link to find other beautiful photo offerings.

The air was fragrant with a thousand trodden aromatic herbs, with fields of lavender, and with the brightest roses blushing in tufts all over the meadows…
~William Cullen Bryant

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Here’s your sweet lavender
sixteen sprigs a penny
that you’ll find my ladies
will smell as sweet as any

~Lavender Sellers’s Cry, London England CA 1900

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We shall find a cleanly room
lavender in the windows
and twenty ballads stuck about the wall.

Izaak Walton The Compleat Angler 1653-55

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Spring has been a long time coming in the Chicago area, but one day I looked out and the grass was green, daffodils were open and, at least some days, the air was warm.  Today we went for a walk in a nearby park, one of many in the Chicago metropolitan area, and looking carefully, I spied some delicate signs that spring is really here.

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.”
~Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Our path, turned into a pencil sketch courtesy of Picasa 3

Our path, turned into a pencil sketch courtesy of Picasa 3

 Spring has sprung, the grass has riz.  I wonder where the flowers is.

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“Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.”
~Virgil Kraft

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“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

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“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”…
“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”
~Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

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[in Just-]
By E. E. Cummings
in Just-
spring          when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman

whistles          far          and wee

and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it's
spring

when the world is puddle-wonderful

the queer
old balloonman whistles
far          and             wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing

from hop-scotch and jump-rope and

it's
spring
and

         the

                  goat-footed

balloonMan          whistles
far
and
wee 

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Although I know spring is coming, winter isn’t ready to give up its grip and a beautiful grip it is.  You can enjoy the beauty from the warmth of your own home without having to put on a coat.

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