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Photo Challenge: Focus

Barbed Wire, Neumann Ranch, Eastern Montana. Photo: TLClark, 8/13/2012.

I was eager to play with my camera in response to the Tuesday Photo Challenge: Focus. But rain one day and wind the next made focusing more of a challenge than I cared to attempt. I perused my digital photography files instead.

The barbed wire photo was a surprise! I took pictures rather than help Dad water the garden at the Neumann Ranch that day. There are other fence pictures in the batch none that fit the challenge so well.

Wild Plum and Leaf, Neumann Ranch, Eastern Montana. Photo: TLClark, 8/16/2012.

Picking wild plums is a fond memory of my childhood. In a good year there were more than enough plums to eat your fill and fill-up a bucket so Mom could make plum jelly. It was fun to find plums ripe enough to pick six years ago when back for a visit.

Wheat, Eastern Montana. Photo: TLClark, 8/26/2008.

While I live in corn and soybean country these days, the grain grown where I grew up was wheat. I remember wishing I had more time to try again after reviewing the wheat pictures I took there more than a decade ago. Nevertheless this particular one seems to fit the challenge: a few heads of grain in focus, the rest caught in the wind.

FOTD: Zinnias at the Iowa State Fair

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Zinnias, Discovery Garden, Iowa State Fair.  Photo: TLClark, 8/13/19.

One of our customs when attending the Iowa State Fair is to stop and enjoy the flowers in the Discovery Garden.  Click here for information about the garden.

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Zinnias, a Marigold and a Fly, Discovery Garden, Iowa State Fair.  Photo: TLClark, 8/13/19.

The zinnia with a fly isn’t a dahlia and a bumble bee as shared by Cee in her Flower of the Day photo challenge (click here) but her rules are simply to post a picture with a flower.  It’s a great challenge to follow for a little color, a little happiness no matter what your day holds.

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Zinnia, Discovery Garden, Iowa State Fair.  Photo: TLClark, 8/13/19.

The red zinnia caught my attention when at the garden but it wasn’t until looking at the pictures at home that I realized it was the rolled-up edges of the petals that made it look red and white.

Great Blue Heron

A beautiful morning for a walk and for watching this great blue heron!  After startling him (her?) into flight when I got near the pond, I paused awhile to watch.

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Walking along the north bank of the pond.  Photo:  TLClark, 6/13/19.

When I wasn’t quite paying attention, he flew back to the south side of the pond to do a little fishing.

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Catching something small.  Photo: TLClark, 6/13/19.

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Posing.  Photo: TLClark, 6/13/19.

Crossing the pond again and this time I was ready!

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Great Blue Heron in Flight.  Photo: TLClark, 6/13/19.

After capturing a picture of the heron flying I continued my walk down the bike path.

On the way back I found him playing with his food … dropped the fish on the bank (behind where he’s pictured), picked it up, carried to the pond, rinsed it off, and finally swallowed it whole.  I wouldn’t have guessed there fish that big in the pond!

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Breakfast!  Photo: TLClark, 6/14/19.

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A Drink to Wash the Fish Down.  Photo: TLClark, 6/13/19.

Rather than repeat what others have written, click on the following links to read about this majestic bird:

Photo Challenge: All Lined Up

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Iowa Fields in Spring.  Photo: TLClark.  5/30/19.

It just makes me smile to see rows and rows of corn in the field.  Looking one direction, the rows are clear.  Move around the field 90 degrees and the rows disappear.  This photo is proof that at least a few farmers in Iowa have been able to plant this spring – before or between rain storms.

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Branch of Honeysuckle.  Photo: TLClark. 5/30/19.

The honeysuckle blossoms were the brightest things on my walk Thursday morning.  Only when I stopped to take Another LQQK did I realize they grow in a row on a branch.

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Honeysuckle Blooms.  Photo: TLClark.  5/30/19.

Saw a post for an “All Lined Up” photo challenge, I couldn’t resist joining the fun with pictures that had yet to make it into a blog post!

 

Late Spring Leaves

No lightening, no thunder, no dark clouds this morning.  So I went for a walk down the neighborhood bike trail, pausing to take pictures of late spring leaves.  I’m always a bit surprised by the colors and continue to be amazed at how new leaves unfold.

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Silver Maple.  Photo:  TLClark.  Woodland Reserve, Ankeny, Iowa.  5/30/19.

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Swamp While Oak.  Photo:  TLClark.  Woodland Reserve, Ankeny, Iowa.  5/30/19.

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Photo:  TLClark.  Woodland Reserve, Ankeny, Iowa.  5/30/19.

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Quaking Aspen.  Photo:  TLClark.  Woodland Reserve, Ankeny, Iowa.  5/30/19.

Morning Walk

My initial intent was simply to go for a walk this morning.  But I grabbed our Sony Cyber-shot camera as I headed out the door.  Two miles, 45 minutes, and 118 pictures later I made it back home.  About half the photos were deleted after being downloaded – a great bonus of digital photography.

More than once I wished I’d had my Canon EOS Rebel XTi.  Nevertheless the zoom feature on Sony means I have pictures of geese, ducks and a cardinal!

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Watching You Watching Us.  Photo: TLCLark, 5/2/19.

The ducklings had been following the adults but decided a swim would be easier than hopping over the rocks.  I was surprised to see I’d captured an adult male jumping in.

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Not without Me!  Photo: TLClark, 5/2/19.

The cardinals are very vocal this time of year so they’re often heard even if not so often seen.

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Heard and Seen!  Photo: TLClark, 5/2/19.

All three pictures shown above were cropped from the original.  The next two pictures are unedited.

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Mushrooms.  Photo: TLClark, 5/2/19.

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Smells like Honeysuckle.  Photo: TLClark, 5/2/19.

One last picture, cropped slightly.

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Crab Apple Blossoms.  Photo: TLClark, 5/2/19.

What have you seen while on a walk lately?