The sun was bright. The blues of Irondequoit Bay Inlet and Lake Ontario beyond were soothing to the eyes. The quiet of color reached the soul producing moments of serenity.
Such was the the mood during my mini-adventure to the inlet, scene of many and varied ducks during the cold winter months. Today I saw but one pair of long-tails, a couple of double crested cormorants, a lone loon, mute swans and assorted seagulls.
I was glad no “had to photograph” birds were around. My camera was equipped only with my wide angle lens (Nikon 20mm 2.8D). My goal was to get experience using it. My photo backpack was at home and not in the car. This is one more thing to remember. Even if I intend to use only one lens for a photo-shoot, it is wise to have my selection of lens available should that one shot demanding a different lens appear!
Though the swing bridge is now open to allow boats of all sizes to enter and leave the Bay, there were few water craft out and about. The temperature of the lake waters and the breeze blowing over it was bracing.
But letting the sun bathe one in a more sheltered spot was so welcome after Rochester’s cold dark winter months.
On the way home from a recent visit (April 4) with daughter Amy, Mark, and their three girls, I stopped at the overlook for Taughannock Falls. It was rainy and the Creek was flowing strongly. The result was much water making the drop.
The cloudy day makes it easy to get the exposure right for taking the picture.
Truly I am blessed to live in an area with so many natural wonders.
The short blues are through the ground and blooming. Friday morning with the sun shining and the temperatures cool, I took my Nikon D700 camera with my Garmin GPSmap 60CSx connected and headed out. I went to Highland Park in Rochester, no more than a couple miles from my home.
The short blues, Siberian Squills, were beautiful. Large concentrations of them gave the look of a blue carpet covering the ground under and around trees and bushes. The color is one from a distance, but a closer look at the bloom reveals a dual coloring.
One patch of daffodils was blooming. This patch was on a bank that gets direct sun from early morning through early afternoon.
While there I saw Ginger whom I know from our time together with Third Church folk. We helped with restoration work in New Orleans. She was out for morning exercise so our visit was short. This sort of happening just adds to the enjoyment of the moment.
After an early morning of enjoyment taking pictures of the flowers, I headed off to the rest of my day’s activities.
This first post starts a record of my Adventures near and far. As the first post, it is highly experimental. That is, I am experimenting using the features of this blog. For example, I am trying out different themes to get one with which I feel comfortable. Second, and as important to me, is the ability to use digital images in the blog itself. Finally, I want to be at ease in writing short descriptive records of my adventures for both myself and others. Practice, it is said, is the secret.