Category Archives: Nature Beauty

The welcoming committee

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My husband and I took a few minutes this evening to walk by a nearby lake and enjoy the sunset. As we were headed back to the car, a¬† trio of snow white ducks got out of the water and walked over to where I was standing. I assumed they were looking for a food handout and that they’d start squawking at me when they realized I didn’t have anything for them.

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When they got to me though, they stopped.

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And they just stood there, calmly regarding me with their dark eyes and cheerful orange feet. This went on for several moments, with me snapping picture after picture and with them just silently watching.

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Then, they turned to each other and had a lengthy conversation amongst themselves while I stood there and laughed  at how cute they were.

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Finally, as quietly as they came, they turned in unison and headed back to the lake while I walked back to my husband feeling utterly charmed by my encounter with the welcoming committee of Rockaway Beach!

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Supermoon!

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I’m kinda obsessed with the moon anyway, so I couldn’t resist the urge to try to capture it tonight. I drove out on some country roads nearby until I spotted it coming up over a farmer’s field.

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It took several dozen shots to get these two halfway decent ones, but oh, it was gorgeous!

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Moonstruck

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I’ve always loved the moon – I even remember standing in the back yard on July 20,1969 hoping to catch a glimpse of the astronauts walking around up there. ( hey, I was just a kid, ok?)

But lately it’s become an obsession. It started a month ago when my son called me outside to see a sight I’d never seen before – a perfect ring around the full moon!

I don’t know how to take photos at night so I was excited when I managed to get this shot. (I’m sure my neighbors were also amused if they happened to spot me laying in the middle of the driveway to shoot it!)

So, a couple nights later when my son’s girlfriend called to say the moon was coming up big and orange I hurried out to capture it. I had to drive a little ways to an open field but I did it!

So here we are, a month later and another full moon tempting me to try to catch it.

Last night I had mixed results – this picture of the moon shining through the woods behind our house isn’t as clear as I’d like but it does have kind of a spooky Halloween look to it, don’t you think?

I had another chance this morning though, when I spied it setting over an old barn. I especially liked the soft lighting from the sun that was just coming up.

Uh oh, it’s getting dark now – time to grab my camera!

Why I’m late for work…

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I loved how the sun’s reflection gave some of these photos a sepia tone look!

The wonderful lighting of these autumn mornings is irresistible to me – every day I see something that inspires me on my way to work. Usually I sigh and just keep driving but this morning I stopped when I saw the mist over Lake Springfield and took a few shots.


I was a few minutes late for work, but it was worth it!