Don’t Be Frightened


It’s just little ole me!

After numerous times in the past of trying to get a descent picture of myself I finally got serious about it. I set up my muslin background, a couple of lights, a reflector and plenty of patience trying to get myself in focus and in the correct position in the photo.

By the way folks. I am not vain about my wrinkles. I earned everyone of them.

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Lots of work

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!


Today I spent my thanksgiving morning at Turkey Run State Park. I knew there would not be as many people as usual on the trials so I chanced going this morning. I was rewarded with some solitude for a few hours. I met a few people on the trails ( I walked two of them) and then when I came back up closer to the Suspension Bridge I started running into more than I wanted to see.

It seems Turkey Run and I are old friends and I am beginning to think it is true as I see more and more of what it has to offer up each time I go.

The reason I like to go when there are not many people on the trials is that I can enjoy the solitude and take a leisure walk on the trails. I had no idea why but as I was leaving the park I noticed the parking lot at the Inn was filling up quite a lot. I also saw many people leaving the Inn lot and going out into the park as I was driving past it.

Here are a few of what I photographed today. It was chilly out for the first two hours but warmed up rather nicely just before I left.

At one part of the trail I came across a man with his dog. Dog lunged at me but the guy had a good hold of the lease so it was okay. As I walked a little further on the trail I ran upon what I know the guy had allowed his dog to do on the trail. Yep, smack dab in the middle of the trail was a deposit his dog had left for someone to step in to. It was no doubt his dog as it was very fresh. Some people have no idea how this can cause someone’s good day turn into a bad one.

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Celery Bog at another lake


All the times I had been to the Celery Bog in W. Lafayette and walked every trail they have on the property I never knew that they had separate lakes. I always thought there was only one. Well after a bird watcher told me yesterday about the other lake I made another trip to see if I could find the White Pelican and maybe get a few shots of it.

I did walk right back to the lake and found a good spot to sit and watch the birds and hope they would get closer to me. Just never happens that way ya know. I was watching and photographing one Blue Herron that just seemed content standing on a limb in the lake. He was about a third of the way into the lake. Still I took way more photographs than I needed of him but the White Pelican appeared and I managed to get a few shots with it in the background too. Wow, I felt pretty good just getting those shots.

I watched the White Pelican go behind an island so I waited for a while then moved over to where I could see the other side of it. There he was preening away. Of course he was a little over half way in the lake but that won’t stop me. After several what seemed like posed shot I moved around (a mile walk one way) to a paved walk that went around the lake. There were tall reeds (grasses) growing around that area and I had to shoot through them as they were swinging and swaying in the wind. At least I got a few descent shots.

A trip back to the other side and took a few more shots of the Blue Herron then I decided it was a day for me.

During my time there I did meet a group of young people. There were several Chinese women, one Italian male, one American male and one young Chinese girl probably around 8 or 9 years old. They were all very pleasant to talk with. I met them out by the lake the first time then up by the Nature Center before I left to come home.

Anyway, here is but a few of what I shot today. Enjoy! It was fun and exciting to get the opportunity to photograph them

 

Blue-Herron

This guy didn’t move much in the three hours I was watching him.

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A White Pelican came swimming up behind the Herron so I had to photograph it.

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I try to capture what I see

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Shroom gowing on the side of a tree that was rotted away a lot

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Question is, was this guy showing off. Even has his mouth open

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It was fun getting this shot with the wind blowing the reeds around in front of the lens.

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Celery Bog in the Fall


Bench

I have sat at this bench many time.

celery-bog

This was the highlight of the whole day.

 

Today was a very nice day and I didn’t want to pass up an opportunity to get out before the nasty old cold weather hits. Yeah I am a warm climate type of guy so why do I live in Indiana!

 

 

 

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Bird of Prey


This dreary wet morning I spotted a Coopers Hawk sitting in my dead tulip tree in my back yard. Now is my chance to get a shot of him if he stays long enough for me to get my camera and slip on the telephoto lens. I stepped out in to my driveway and shoot a couple shots of this bird but wanted a frontal shot of him for identifying him better. Well stupid me didn’t get the camera all set up to get some fast shots in case it bolted when it saw me. Just as I walked down my alley to get in front of him I started to turn as it was a perfect shot for what I wanted. Yep the moment I started to raise the camera up he took flight. I didn’t even have a chance to get one more shot of him. Oh how I wished he had stayed for a few moments where he was. Well this is all I did manage to get and I had to crop it so much it is pixelated to much. Shot with a Canon 5D Mark II and a 400mm 5.6 L lens. Exposure was ISO 1600, shutter 1/1000 at f/5.6.

I even had a tele-converter I could have used to bring it up closer but I didn’t want to take the chance of not getting the shot. Plus with the converter it would all be manual focus and it is not easy when there is little light out yet and so hazy. So…… I get what I get.

Falcon

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McCormick’s Creek State Park Trail 5


September 26th 2017. It was a warm day in the upper 80’s and a slight breeze which helped cool things down a little.

The map showed it was a 2 mile round trip on trail 5 beginning at the sign and ending just up the road a little from the parking lot for adventurers to explore trail 5.

Most of the time I venture out to State Parks, National Parks, and County Parks alone. I like to hit the parks from Tuesday thru Thursday as they are usually less people on the trails at that time. I love my time in the woods and with a lot of people out and about I cannot enjoy it as much. Being a solo hiker is okay but it sure would be nice to have someone who is interested in being in mother nature together so much better. A hiking companion is always a plus.

I took many pictures on this short hike and enjoyed every minute of being out there. This is but just a small portion of what I saw while slowly walking and observing everything my eye would be drawn to.

So without much further ado here are the some of the photographs I did take. Comments and suggestions are welcomed.

Enjoy!

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Beginning of Trail 5

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Just a tree that had broken/rotted off or was it struck my lightning

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So many downed trees all over the park

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First bridge I crossed walking this two mile trail

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Seating area for those who want to rest at Wolf Cave

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Wolf Cave

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To have to crawl to enter this

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Other side of the cave taken from under the Twin Bridges

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Love the cave wall under the Twin Bridges

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It was way bigger than you can imagine

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Bridge crossed as I hiked back to the car

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I call this running tree who fell down

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This growth of bark on this tree reminded me of a heart


 

 

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The Notorius Trail Three


Made a trip to Turkey Run State Park a couple of days ago. I am one of those who needs my time in nature to relax and see things in a better view.

Trail 3 has always been one of the roughest trails in Turkey Run. In fact they even have a t-shirt for purchase at the gift shop at the Inn that says “I survived trail 3.”

It seems each year it gets a little better with all the trees and debris that comes down with the heavy rains of the spring and early summer. Although I had not been on the trail for several years I chose to go when I knew not many people would be at the park. For this I was rewarded with the solitude of the trail except for an occasional couple hiking the trail. It was a very relaxing time for me. So much so that I even took some time to just sit on a rock or log in some of the canyons to enjoy the peace and quiet.

Enjoy!

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