Sunday, January 23, 2011

Kaleidoscope

I went out for a little while early this evening to a favourite spot. One of the reasons it's a favourite is that it seems to offer almost limitless photo opportunities. If someone has been there a few times and looks with non-discerning eyes, they might remark that they've seen it all before. Ah, but they would miss so much. Sometimes I need to stand back there too and look around with fresh eyes - then I need to get into the right frame of mind. And once I do that, it's like a brand new place.

Another reason it's a favourite place is because no one there hassles you about having a dog with you. In fact, there are doggie clean-up bag dispensers there ! So Sasha, of course, keeps me company and doles out great advice - mostly silence interspersed with the occasional howl. Here are a couple of shots I made - the second for Sunset Sunday.

(70-200mm  f11  1/6 sec  ISO200)

(18-55mm  f9.0  1/5 sec  ISO200)


33 comments:

Scott said...

These are both gorgeous, but I especially like the top one for it's colors, reflections and patterns.

Tricia said...

Ohhh L o v e the colors! Wonderful! =)

Lisa RedWillow said...

Wow.. Just stunning Rick. Love the reflection. Then name is perfect.


Thanks for the information on Maui.
Have a great night.
and I will let you know how we liked it.

Avery said...

That first shot is so great.

I'm so glad to see that you are still keeping up the blog. Even though it might not be everyday that you take a picture/post. I think most people that do a 365 just stop after it's over....some don't even make it through!

I look forward to every post, keep it up Rick!

And by the way, thank you for stopping by my blog so often and commenting. It means a lot and keeps me going. You're one of my (few) regulars! Maybe even my biggest fan - 2nd to my mom of course ; )

Carolyn Ford said...

Oh WOW! I love that sunset but I REALLY love that top photo. What dazzling color and light reflections in that water! Wowsers, Rick...that's nice!

ju-north said...

OOH! I just love that first one!

darlin said...

Rick, the colors are amazing in both photos. I was thinking that the first photo, maybe both, would make amazing puzzles. Hard to do but well worth the time and effort to put them together to see such beauty!

Have a wonderful week!

teca said...

I loved the photos, especially the first one. It seems that Sasha is a good companion of clicks. :))
Many beijos, my lovely friend and a special week to you and yours.

Farmchick said...

Gorgeous colors on the water reflection.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Fabulous shots,but the winner has to be the first one.It is stunning.
Ruth

marty said...

des couleurs à couper le souffle ! c'est
absolutely magnifique !!! merci pour ta
réponse en français, c'était cool et ça m'a
beaucoup amusée ! c'était en bon français !
j'ai aimé !!! plein de bisous français
multicolores !!!

chasity said...

what wonderful warmth in those oranges...
very beautiful.

Hilda R.B said...

This is beautiful pictures. I love the first one. So nice colour. Hilda

julia said...

Unos buenos reflejos y colores sobre todo en la primera.
Un saludo.

S. Etole said...

the colors are extraordinary ...

Cicero Sings said...

Like the first picture especially.

Gotta love places that love dogs!

I'm afraid my eye hasn't been fine tuned lately ... too busy with thoughts ... when it should be concentrating on enjoying the moment!

imac said...

1st, thanks for the memory of your title, days gone by, lol.
What beautiful photos Rick.

CarreraCaballo said...

Nice pics, especially the first one . . . Makes us those who are living in cold spots really envious :-D

Greetz,


Joseph

magda said...

Ooooo, fantastic photos, colors...
Thank you Rick.

Rick said...

Thank you Scott.

Thanks Tricia - the scene reminded me of an oil painting.

Thank you Lisa, and you're welcome. You'll love it - and may not want to come back !

Thanks Avery. I think doing the 365 whetted my appetite for more, although the pressure is off to find something different and interesting every day. Fortunately I still get to go out and shoot and on those days when I can't I have an archive I can look in. I appreciate you visiting and commenting regularly - it's regular visitors like you that keep me inspired and motivated. I find it really tough to visit all the blogs I'd like to on a regular basis - I'm still searching for a way to do that. And I love to visit yours - you have a great eye - keep it going !

Rick said...

Thank you so much Carolyn !

Thanks Julia ! I found the colours in the water captivating.

Thank you Darlene - I like your idea and might just follow up on that !

Ha ha - thank you teca ! Yes, Sasha never complains and is always eager to come along. I send you beijos and hope your week is going well !

Rick said...

Thank you Farmchick !

Thanks Ruth.

Merci Marty; I did my best and then checked it with the translator - glad you could understand it ;-) Today I can send you bisous chaud but a little wet - il pleut ! ;-)

Thanks very much Chas - glad to see you here again; I hope things are improving on your end !

Rick said...

Hi Hilda - thanks for visiting, and your nice comment. Feel free to drop by again.

Gracias Julia !

Thank you Susan; no one on earth can paint quite like that !

Thanks for your visit and kind words Eileen ! I can understand why your eye hasn't been focused.

Rick said...

Ha ha, I hear ya, Stewart ! And - thank you !

Thank you Joseph. But you have your new lens to warm your heart ;-)

Magda - thank you very much !

Kyria said...

Rick, both of those photos are great, but that top one really takes my breath away. You really captured the color, the lines, and the reflections SO PERFECTLY! That is my favorite photo so far! And there have been tons of great ones!

Rick said...

Thank you Kyria *blush* ;-)

Leovi said...

These two pictures are superior, especially the reflections of the first photo.

Rick said...

I appreciate your visit and nice comment Leovi !

Mamuchi said...

fantastic Rick, lovely

Rick said...

Gracias Maria !

You can never take too many pictures said...

Hello Rick, I guess we have 2 things in common, our Province and Our Love for Capturing the Beauty through our lenses....I just can't get over the reflection shot....what a Great! representation of how our photography is a Pure Form of Art.....our camera's are truly a tool just as an artist uses a paint brush or a handful of clay....

Your images evoke emotions too many to describe...it takes talent to touch someone's soul...and you give Nature a voice as well as lyrics to her song....Nice to meet you and I hope you take a peak at my site and enjoy my part of Ontario....The Muskokas and slightly beyond....

Jeanne Klaver said...

The first shot could be a watercolor. The second photo is still...reflective.

Rick said...

Thanks for dropping by and leaving such a nice comment, Susan. Yes, I agree we have that in common (even though we're wintering in Florida - I did manage to experience 3 weeks of winter in Ontario, hence my header shot). Getting 'lost' in nature is my favourite activity with my camera, although I don't limit myself to that. I made a lengthy visit to your site - glad to meet you too - 'time well wasted' ;-)

Thank you Jeanne - I certainly couldn't do it justice as a water colour. I also thought it could be an oil painting. The colours that evening were almost out of this world.