Monday, August 23, 2010

(Day 234) Hanging by a thread

Sunday Aug. 22, 2010

The weather forecasters sure were off today. We had traveled 450km/280mi yesterday to celebrate our twin daughters' birthdays, and a barbecue had been planned for today. However, a light drizzle had already changed our plans from a back yard event to an indoor one. The forecasters had predicted that a light rain in the morning would give way to sunny skies by early afternoon. I hope they didn't buy lottery tickets this weekend because were they wrong ! By mid-afternoon the light drizzle had given way to a steady downpour.

But I digress. I did manage to produce a nice batch of barbecued hamburgers before the downpour really got underway. While everyone was arriving, at our family's usual staggered times, I had done my inspection of the flower gardens (which we had created last year from a barren and quite muddy back yard). I noticed several spider's webs with droplets of drizzle suspended in them. And so, while the weather forecasters may have delivered lemons, the weather actually produced 'lemonade'.

(60mm  f5.6  1/250 sec  ISO800)
















(60mm  f11  1/100 sec  ISO800)

24 comments:

Krista said...

I LOVE all of those water droplets! They look like they are suspended in midair! :o)

I'm so glad you got the burgers done before the downpour, and happy you had a fun birthday party.

I hope your upcoming week is great, as well. :o)

darlin said...

Wonderful photos Rick, that's unfortunate that it rained but I love your attitude... you did get lemonade!

What are you doing in the spring? Want to come do my yard up? It's a small yard! :-)

Felmen Schinkel said...

It is a very beautiful photograph!
Are you using Lightroom since I gave it to you?

Lisa RedWillow said...

Beautiful

CarreraCaballo said...

Wow amazing how a drop of water can hang on a thread of a spider's web!

Beautiful :-)

Greetz,

Joseph

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

You really did make lemonade out of those lemons and it is beautiful.I love those strings of crystals.
Blessings,Ruth

becky said...

Looks like the weather was a blessing in disguise~
These shots are amazing, Rick... I can't decide which is my favorite!
I love nature photography... so much beauty is present in the little details that others might miss. So nice to find these treasures!
:)

imac said...

Beautifully captured Rick.

Rick said...

@Krista - thanks Krista! I got a bit soggy but the burgers didn't ! Thanks for finding a minute to drop by - hope your week is also great!

Rick said...

@darlin - I don't think the spider web would have looked as good had we not had rain - that was a bonus! About the yard - when should I be looking for a ticket to come out there ? ;-)

Have a wonderful week!

Rick said...

@Felmen Schinkel - dank je wel Felmen! Leuk om iets van je to horen via deze blog. Ja zeker gebruik ik Lightroom. Er is nog veel te leren maar ik importeer de fotos en dan kan ik daarmee verbeteringen maken. Nog een keer bedankt. Hoop dat alles goed met je gaat !

Rick said...

@Lisa RedWillow - thank you Lisa !

Rick said...

@CarreraCaballo - thank you Joseph. I was very careful not to disturb it, at least till I got some shots ;-) Actually I'm sure the downpour later likely knocked the beads off.

Rick said...

@Ruth's Photo Blog - thank you Ruth! They were there for the taking - I just had to find it and press the shutter release !

Rick said...

@becky - thanks Becky ! I find that I gravitate toward nature photography too. There's always so much variety, and it's usually so colourful and awe-inspiring. And you're right - it really sharpens your observation skills - if you work at it.

Rick said...

@imac - thanks mac ! (enjoying your tour btw)

teca said...

Ah... how amazing!

Kisses.

Rick said...

@teca - thank you teca!

Beijos !!

Costea Andrea Mihai said...

beautiful!

MedaM said...

These photos are outstanding. You also managed to caught a spider in her web. Those water droplets look amazing.

Rick said...

@Costea Andrea Mihai - thanks for dropping by and commenting Costea. Hope your Tuesday is splendid !

Rick said...

@MedaM - I managed to get these before the hard rain began. Thank you Meda - have a wonderful day!

Anonymous said...

You DO take magnificant photos!

Rick said...

@Anonymous - thank you very much *blush* !