Saturday, October 25, 2008

AS THE SEASON AGES...

The skylines' are changing with more views of the sky beyond the dark silhouettes of the trees. Just three weeks ago, I would see very little of the mauve, pink, orange and red hues surrounding a sunset. Not that a sunset in summer wasn't perfect in its' own right...it was perfect how it spread itself throughout all the leaves and vegetation in the woods. Casting shadows among the sun-kissed leaves, branches and trunks of the trees. The summer setting of the sun created beautiful contrasts in the woods. Now, I enjoy the contrasts of the trees against the clouds and the colors of the sky. When I want to see a more dramatic effect, all I have to do is gaze in the pond. It's very easy to get lost in a moment like this!
Temperatures have dipped as low as 29 degrees at night. We've had a good bit of sunshine lately during the past couple of weeks, but I think this will be the last of my waterlily blooms. My last two blooms opened slightly more than this one. More than likely, I'll have to appreciate this beauty as no more than the bloom it is now.
This was taken within the last couple of weeks...now, I know that a photographer would look at this photo and tell me all that I did wrong in trying to capture this falling leaf! Truth be told, I was actually trying to photograph a Mosaic Darner Dragonfly and the camera setting was on automatic. As I was viewing my photos after I loaded them, there was this perfect falling leaf, just floating in a sunbeam...it appears almost golden, doesn't it?
Faster than a speeding bullet! This large dragonfly is who I was trying to capture zooming in and out of the tree tops! It's too bad that you cannot see the greens and blues, contrasting with the black in this dragon...the lighting was too bright and washed out the color. I am going to miss my dragons so much...I can't wait until next spring!
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21 comments:

Pseudothemis zonata said...

Hello.
You write down a really wonderful sentence. In addition, the photograph such as a gem laid out is wonderful. My heart clears up calmly when I watch your blog.
You have splendid talent to express the nature beauty that you looked at.
I must thank for your natural ability and gentle heart.

Postscript
I am weak in English. Therefore I cannot write down my thought well.

Benjamin Burner said...

Photographing dragonflies must be quite a challenge, but you do it with style.

The view of the pool is amazing! The perfect reflection of the water rounds out the image to give it a completely tranquil appearance.

spookydragonfly said...

Pseudothemis...Thank you...I started my blog as more or less a journal for myself...on a whim! I find so many little things that bring me happiness here in the woods. Of course, with nature and depending on the weather, every little thing can change at a moments' notice(a whole different perspective).

You convey your thoughts perfectly!
It's always a pleasure to hear from you. My friend, I can't communicate in Japanese, so I give you much credit!

spookydragonfly said...

Benjamin...Photographing dragonflies in flight is a challenge, and my large dragons especially. Sure would help if I was a photographer and actually knew what I was doing!

I enjoy the sunsets from our ponds' view. I'm so glad we added a pond, besides watching the damsels and dragons doing acrobats over and around it...there's the ever changing pond surface and it's reflections I enjoy.

Whereas I enjoy and photograph small wonders of nature...there we have your blog, enjoying nature on a grand scale!

Patsi said...

There's something magical about trees after their leaves are gone.
Don't know how to explain it.
The pond is wonderful and the lily is perfecto.

spookydragonfly said...

Patsi...I couldn't agree with you more! Each season has it's own version of beauty! And yes, the lily bloom is so pretty...even if it doesn't open! It's perfect as is.

perennialgardener said...

You captured some beautiful views and the dragonfly in motion is fantastic.

spookydragonfly said...

Racquel...Thank you for your comments , I like the dragonfly in motion photo, too. That's a tough one to get!

Kanak Hagjer said...

Spectacular sunset photo, Kim. I agree with Patsi about the magical quality...Loved the golden leaf too! Not an easy capture I must say!

spookydragonfly said...

Hi Kanak...Thank you for your nice comments...the leaf floatimg down was luck!

Pseudothemis zonata said...

Good evening.
A figure of dragonflies disappeared from the range of less than 1 hour by bicycle from my home.

Modesto Viegas said...

nice photos in a very good blog!
congratulations!

spookydragonfly said...

Hello Pseudothemis...It is sad to see the dragonflies leave..especially for us who find so much enjoyment and peace with them. Have you witnessed a swarm of migration? I have read of them...and I know our mutual friend, Gallicissa, has seen this for himself. Yesterday, in the hard, cool winds...I still saw a few dragons. Today, we had snow flurries for a very short time...I doubt I will see them anymore this year!

spookydragonfly said...

Hello Modesto...Thank you for visitng and the nice comments...I'm off to view your blog!

spookydragonfly said...

Modesto...I enjoyed your blog! You have such a variety of photography...your latest...the sunset... is stunning!

Peek-A-Boo Street said...

Your pictures are beautiful and so peaceful. Thanks again for leaving a nice comment on my blog about my family's concern. Have a nice week.

Naturegirl said...

Love stopping by and seeing nature through your lens.

Lona @ Hocking Hills Gardener said...

What luck and what a wonderful picture of the falling yellow leaf.

spookydragonfly said...

Hi Lona...Wasn't quite what I was trying to photograph...but I'll take it!

joey said...

As always, stunning photos and haunting post. I'm beside you missing your/my dragonflies ;(

spookydragonfly said...

Joey...Thanks for the visit...I suppose we have something to look forward to in the spring!

Besides the new spring growth!