Monday, May 10, 2010

(Day 130) The happy wanderer (II)

Have I mentioned before how blessed we feel to live out in the countryside ? Oh right, probably a few times. After dinner tonight, and after walking the dog, I decided to just walk around the property a little to take a closer look at what was growing out there. I saw a number of things that might make it to a future post, but my attention was drawn to an old stone foundation - first to the rocks themselves that were still laying in the outline of a building's foundation, then to the moss on the rocks, and finally to some of the plants that had decided to eke out a living among the rocks (likely not their decision).

I made a number of photos there and figured I would have a couple to post. I turned back to the house and warmth (yes, cold again today), but along the way I came across some low bushes/shrubs with clusters of little white flowers. The setting sun cast a golden glow on them and I knew they had to make it to the blog too. Another fortuitous bit of wandering around.

(60mm  f2.8  1/100 sec  ISO200)

wild raspberry















(60mm  f5.6  1/60 sec  ISO200)

wild grape















(60mm  f9  1/20 sec  ISO200)
















(60mm  f5.6  1/125 sec  ISO200)

21 comments:

Edward said...
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Edward said...

Great shots. Kath has told me about your property and it sounds wonderful. Looking forward to seeing some more.

S. Etole said...

Such beautiful light and bokeh ...

Katherine said...

Rick your backyard holds so many beautiful treasures as does your life from what I have seen. Thanks for sharing these, they are all beautiful & I can't wait to see the other photos you took.

Rick said...

@Edward - thank you Edward. It's like a small piece of paradise, but I think anyone can view their temporary place on this earth that way. Some days I 'see' better than others - still learning.

Rick said...

@S. Etole - the light was just so great Susan - I didn't want to go inside. Thanks for stopping by.

Rick said...

@Katherine - I need to be conscious of that Katherine - sometimes it becomes so easy to take things for granted. My cup runneth over. I always appreciate your comments - thank you.

M. Hassan said...

You're really blessed to be living where you are, I wish I could live in a peaceful countryside.

I live in a less active side of the town, but its not as quite as I'd like it to be and its not that interesting and spacey.

Love your spring shots, so keep them coming ;)

Rick said...

@M. Hassan - based on your photos M your area looks pretty nice too. btw I was surprised to find as much space as I did in Friesland; too bad I didn't make it to Groningen - perhaps next time :) Thanks for your comments M. Happy shooting today.

M. Hassan said...

My area is nice, but what you see in the pictures in not exactly where I live, I live in a rijtjes house and there's no free space a kilometer around.

The places you see on my photos are mostly from the outskirt of the city I live in. Nederland is very nice, but not in the center of its cities or towns.

Kerri said...

Sounds like a lovely place to live! Hoping your raspberry and grapes yield wonderful fruit that you can show us :)

Krista said...

I love where I live too; right on the edge of a great meadow with creeks and trees and grass and critters!

These photos are all so pretty Rick, I can't pick a favourite today! I love the way the sun hits the raspberry leaves!

Rick said...

@M. Hassan - it took us a number of years before we moved to the country (I grew up in the country - for a few years in Holland and my early years in Canada). Now you couldn't give me a home in the city - for free! I loved the towns and cities in Holland due to many historic buildings, canals, etc. btw Kampen has a beautiful park right in town. I understand your dilemma - good thing beautiful places are so nearby.

Rick said...

@Kerri - thanks, and I surely will. Friends of ours make jam from the grapes.

Rick said...

@Krista - sounds fabulous Krista; personally I think it makes for a peaceful life. I'm glad there are people who like city living also, otherwise they'd all move to the country :) Thanks for your comments!

imac said...

Hi Rick, you sure are blessed with beauty.

Rick said...

@imac - thank you imac. Glad to see you're back!

darlin said...

I STILL want your back yard Rick! lol

More wonderful shots, they are beautiful!

Rick said...

@darlin - visits are free! :) Thanks for stopping to have a look.

Jeanne Klaver said...

Love that light!

Rick said...

@Jeanne Klaver - it was absolutely sublime!