Sunday, April 18, 2010

(Day 108) The happy wanderer

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than to go wandering in the creation. A number of us set out this afternoon for a stroll through what appeared to be an abandoned park. There were signs of order from bygone days - picnic tables now dry-rotted and collapsed, washroom facilities now overgrown, a drinking fountain now dry and cracked. But there were well-trodden paths since it appeared that people could still enjoy a walk in the creation without all the 'modern conveniences'.

So our merry little troupe set off, with your intrepid photographer tagging along. Photo opportunities abounded, however, and it wasn't long before yours truly became so engrossed in capturing the marvels of spring, that I became hopelessly separated from the rest. Ah well, each enjoyed the wandering in their own way and we all met up again in the end. For me, photography is a pursuit best enjoyed alone, with the fruits to be shared later.

(70-200mm  f22  1/80 sec  ISO800)
















(18-55mm  f22  1/100 sec  ISO800)
















(60mm  f8  1/500 sec  ISO800)

24 comments:

Tim said...

Hey, just now read a comment you left on MY blog in February...clearly I've been away for a bit.
So, anyway, I stopped over here and discovered your 365 Day Project. I did this in 2009...one heck of challenge! Did you follow me then??
Well, congrats on reaching day 108 and I wish you luck with the many, many days ahead!

darlin said...

Sounds like a fabulous day Rick, love the photos once again. You are amazing with that camera, I'd give up my day job if I were you! :-)

Scott said...

Nice shots Rick. It is nice to get off on your own and be able to concentrate on what YOU are there for. I look forward to your post every day.

CherylK said...

You certainly chose some lovely subjects to capture. Your merry little troupe probably didn't even realize you were gone :-) That's what relaxing is all about! Sounds like a fun day.

Rick said...

@Tim - thanks for stopping by and following - always appreciated. I was following you but it looked like you had stopped. Glad to see you're back, and posting great shots again. Congrats on completing the 365 - it can be grueling (well, at least a challenge!) trying to shoot something worthwhile and unique for 365 days. in a row. I appreciate all the support from fellow bloggers - a great community out there!

Rick said...

@darlin - LOL - I'd love to make this my day job :) Thanks for the kind words.

Rick said...

@Scott - thanks Scott - I appreciate the support - provides encouragement and motivation daily!

Rick said...

@CherylK - thanks Cheryl; you're right - I think they're getting used to my 'ways' by now and leave me to myself when 'the gear' comes out :) It was a very lovely day, and I hope yours was too.

joey said...

Wonderful, Rick. A strolling photo shoot is about as good as it gets!

Chad said...

I like home grown flowers,but there is nothing prettier than a wild flower.I enjoy your comments as much as your photos.

lizzynash said...

Spring!!! I love those little glimmers of beauty amongst the brush... otherwise known as wildflowers... Beautiful photos :)

Kyria said...

I know what you mean! My boyfriend gets annoyed with me taking pictures when it's just us, but if he has a friend, it doesn't really matter. I am sure your group was fine. I really like the top shot! Great colors. See you ARE getting flowers. You're not too far behind us!

imac said...

Wonderful shots Rick, I also seem to wander off from the crowd, but odd times I have a friend who like me has a camera and we go head to head to see who has the best pics at the end of the day.

M. Hassan said...

Amazing shot of spring!

I also end up wandering alone, but as you said every one enjoys it in their own way.

S. Etole said...

You found some real beauty along the way.

Rick said...

@joey - thank you. I loved every moment of it!

Rick said...

@Chad - thanks, I'll try to keep things interesting and not too heavy :) Appreciate your comments.

Rick said...

@lizzynash - thank you Liz. I really had to keep my eyes 'peeled' to spot those top ones - hidden in the brush. And the ones already out were beautiful.

Rick said...

@Kyria - maybe the solution is to get your boyfriend a camera :) My wife prefers that I go it alone (unless we're on an outing together). Thanks for dropping by and glad you enjoyed them.

Rick said...

@imac - nice to have a 'friendly' competition - I'll bet you're both winners at the end of the day. Thanks for your kind words.

Rick said...

@M - thank you. Wandering together is also nice but each person is attracted to and sees things a little differently - makes for a more interesting world too.

Rick said...

@S. Etole - thank you Susan; it was great fun to discover!

Katherine said...

Such a beauty filled Sunday! I love the description of your day..just lovely.. a perfect way to spend a beautiful day..
And the photos are just gorgeous.. colourful & pretty!

Rick said...

@Katherine - thank you; I'm always amazed at the beauty we've been given to enjoy. Perhaps politicians and generals would get a different view of the world if they took time out to see it too!