Cold As Ice

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Things That Are Cold.

Here in the eastern Sacramento Valley, even in winter it rarely gets cold enough to snow.  Sometimes we do get a serious freeze — and on this particular morning I discovered the tiny “pond” in our old wheelbarrow had frozen over.

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I couldn’t resist grabbing my camera and playing with the ice!

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That’s ice.  Ice, baby.

 

 

A Snail’s-Eye View, Part 2

What really helped kick off my current obsession with ground-level macro was my discovery of photographer Kim Leuenberger and her completely awesome Traveling Cars Adventures series.  I wanted to put my own spin on her idea, so I took a tiny ’55 Chevy Nomad and a mini 2001 Mini Cooper to the coast with me and played with a couple of locations.  The backdrops were awesome but… I was still trying to get the hang of this.

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After coming home, I made good use of a rainy day on the shores of Lake Natoma; I’m more pleased with how these shots came out.

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I’ve found the cars a really fun tool for helping me shift my photographic perspective.  But with or without the cars it’s good to remember — no matter how beautiful the clouds and the sky look, take some time away from admiring the big picture and appreciate some of the amazing stuff going on just under your feet.

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Thanks for reading, and a special thanks to those following my blog.  I really appreciate you all!

 

Clear Lake, Sunny Days

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Things That Are Hot.

It’s late May, and we are staying in a small cabin on the shores of beautiful Clear Lake — one of the oldest lakes in North America — during our annual fishing trip with family and close friends.

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Yesterday I spent a couple of hours on the deck of an open bass boat while the Big Guy chased after some elusive and surprisingly clever bass.  Every time I felt the sun was about to melt me down to nothing, we’d run a little way in the boat to get cooled off.  These little jaunts never last long enough for me.

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Next morning I set out for a walk around the area near our campground.  Even as early as 8:30 in the morning, the temperature is starting to climb as I hike to the top of a nearby hill to enjoy the view.

It’s a steep climb, but the view is well worth all the perspiration.

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Flowers are bursting out in the warm spring weather.

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And while the temperature cools quite a bit in the evening, that California sun just keeps on glowing long after it’s dropped below the horizon.

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A Snail’s-Eye View, Part 1

Two of my very favorite books growing up, and even to this day, have been Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Alice was always shrinking and growing and being forced to examine her world in completely new ways.

I liked to play at being Alice:  peering toward the edges of mirrors and pretending that backward version of my house was waiting for me to come exploring; lying flat on my back on the floor and imagining the ceiling had suddenly become the floor…

Because of my short stature and tendency toward social awkwardness, even now I often feel overlooked and ignored in life — so it’s refreshing to take a look at the world from a perspective even tinier than mine.

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Here in California after nearly 5 years of drought any rain is a welcome sight; and this January has been a satisfyingly wet month.  Lush green plant life carpets the ground and the fallen logs, mushrooms and toadstools pop up everywhere, creeks splash and tumble excitedly, and moss on the rocks and trees seems luminescent…

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Taking a walk on a grey January day along oh-so-familiar trails, past places that I’ve seen so many times before, I find that instead of rushing past I’m taking the time to get down on the ground and look at the details from a very different angle…

 

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Mossy log

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Part 2 coming soon…

(Featured image of snail courtesy of Pexels.com; all other photos are mine.)