Saturday, April 30, 2011

Caught in the glare

It was one of those decision days again today - go shopping, or do some chores and then take the camera for an outing. Ok, I'll be honest - I wasn't invited to go along shopping - it was a ladies-only event. But I did get the chores done, which included mowing some parts of our lawn (don't you just love the smell of freshly-mowed grass ?).

I had a general idea of where I wanted to go, but I always leave myself open to be hijacked by other opportunities. My eyes do a weird split-screen as I drive - one eye stays focused on the road but the other is scanning all around ready to alert me if something interesting comes into view. Sure enough, barely 3 minutes from home I'm already forced to pull over as I caught the glare of sunlight coming through the still naked trees to illuminate something on my left.

I did eventually make it to my destination.

Note: please bear with me as I'm struggling to visit all of you. I'm not sure whether the recent wind storm knocked our fixed wireless access out of kilter (again) but our internet is quite slow (again). It can take many minutes to load some blogs, and more minutes to view photos and leave comments. At this pace it may take a week to make the rounds I used to be able to do daily. I'm not ignoring you - I will come for a visit. Thank you for your visits and comments.

(18-55mm  f7.1  1/1250 sec  ISO200)

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Dawn said...

Well I hope they bought you something for doing the chores;)

Nice find....although I though maybe the glare was the sunlight gleaming off a dropped coin;))
I actually forget what the smell of freshly mowed grass smells like. It feels like it has been centuries with this weather:)

Marty said...

Dear Rick ! aujourd'hui, le 1er Mai on offre un brin de muguet en souhaitant plein de bonheur !
je t'en envoie un tout parfumé
accompagné de plein de bisous !

ju-north said...

A great pic of signs of spring!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

As a nature photographer one has to always be ready to readjust the schedule.This stop you made was worth it.Hope that internet gets fixed soon.

Fábio Martins | Fotografia said...

Beautiful detail! Good composition too

teca said...

Hi, honey! For my part, don't worry about the visits. Go there when you can! I understand perfectly. (But be sure to leave a beijo while you're there... ^,^)
I also love the smell of cut grass. It seems that life is more alive.
How cool! You work in the garden, and have fun with the photos. That's good. Give harder, doesn't it? It's better than shopping... :))
Have a beautiful Sunday, honey!
It all right there.
Beijos and... love.

Soraia B. said...

Great shot!

Thank you, it's a he. It's not mine, is from a friend

Sharon M said...

I do love the smell of freshly-cut grass, especially after the winters we've had!

Tammy said...

Nature is full of little surprises. I like the way the light plays on this one.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

The light does make that a stunning photo. I can't wait to see a picture of your lilacs when they bloom! :)

Alexander Rozinov said...

Nicely done, Rick!

Leslie said...

lovely the way the light illuminates these pussy willows... and don't worry about the visits... hope your internet connection gets better, i hate waiting for things to load!

Rick said...

I think my reward was not HAVING to go along ;-) If people are losing coins on a country road shoulder, I'd have to question what they were doing there (making photos ?). Thanks, and have a great week, Dawn.

Merci Marty ! I hope you have a wonderful week and I send some light bisous your way over the great waters.

Thank you Julia !

Absolutely, Ruth - fits right in there with carpe diem ! Thank you.

Rick said...

Obrigado, Fábio !

Thank you for understanding, teca ! Despite my internet issues something is lost when I can't come to visit - so I exercise patience. LOL - yes, working in the garden AND making photos is SO much better than shopping ! Have a wonderful week teca - I send you many beijos !!
( ),,( )

Thank you Soraia !

It seems to smell best in early spring, Sharon - maybe because it doesn't seem like a chore after a hard winter ;-)

Rick said...

Thank you, Tammy - I like nature's (pleasant) surprises !

Thanks, Elizabeth; I'll be sure to make and post some !

Thank you for your visit and nice comment, Alexander !

Thanks Leslie - that's what caught my eye. I think my internet connection is working to instill patience ... Have a wonderful week !

Leovi said...

If you got to catch the light and discover these gentle and beautiful textures.

Jeanne Klaver said...

Oh these are gorgeous! So soft...

Rick said...

Gracias Leovi !

Thank you Jeanne !

Saz said...

Oooh, chores. How fun! I had to do some today too, very fun indeed.

Love the photo's. (: