Sunday, November 30, 2008

SUNRISE, SUNSET...

This first photo is the sunrise in the wee hours of Thanksgiving morning, which the rest of the day turned out equally beautiful as well. I'm not sure if you can see the white plastic bottle in the pond at the farthest end, but if you do, that is where we moved the waterlillies to overwinter. Hopefully that decision comes through for us next spring, it was either place them deeper or take the plant out and store elsewhere in cool storage.

I am mesmerized by moonlit nights, a starry sky, thunderstorms, the sunrise and a sunset. These captures were just too beautiful not to share! This first sunset photo was taken after I walked halfway up our pinehill. It was taken on a different night as the other sunsets shown here. It really irks me that I am hesitant to walk my own woods due to wandering hunters. On Thanksgiving day we drove up north, three counties away to be with family. Upon our return the next day, I hadn't even got out of my truck when I saw a hunter close to the pond. Which means he was fairly close to the cabin. He was hiding behind a tree, but I happened to see him quickly take off his bright red-orange cap. My husband walked over to him, with our two large dogs. The hunter ended up being a neighbors' nephew, at least not a total stranger. My neighbors are aware of how I feel about hunting, and my neighbors all hunt. It would truly upset me to see an animals' life taken in my woods.
These last three photos are of the same sunset, just look at the changing blues, oranges and reds all within about a 15 minute time frame. The vivid colors that are produced in nature never cease to amaze me. The reds and oranges this evening were on fire! Almost unreal looking...too bad the sunsets don't last longer, but that just makes me appreciate them even more.

In this capture, at the lower right hand corner, you'll see the snow on top of the very first structure we built here in the woods. This is a simple wood storage barn, if my memory is correct, it's about 10 x 16. This is where we stayed and camped when we'd come out and build the cabin every weekend. That little building had it all! Cooking utensils for over the firepit, sleeping bags up in the loft, even a makeshift bathroom. On the back of our barn, we built an outdoor shower. After heating water over a fire, we'd pour it into a camping shower bag and hang it on the hook. I actually loved taking a shower and looking up at the treetops. My granddaughter was quite young then, she loved camping there and called it the E-I-E-I-O barn.
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32 comments:

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Thank you for sharing your corner of Wishnik Woods. It looks like a wonderful place--except for the hunters. I would think that could be quite dangerous. I can understand your frustration. I think sunrises and sunsets are an opportunity to stop and slow down that we often miss in our busy lives.

My LIttle Family: said...

Lovely photos. Reminds me of my years in Alaska.

spookydragonfly said...

Hello Morning Glory...Thanks for stopping by, the hunters usually stay in neighboring woods(that I'm aware of), but I don't want to take the chance of being mistaken for a deer, perhaps, by the wrong person! I agree with you on your sunrise/sunset comment!

spookydragonfly said...

Hi My Little Family...Thanks for the visit and comments. How fortunate that you lived in Alaska, that must've been quite an experience! My father was stationed there for awhile and always wanted to go back to visit. He always said the views were something to see.

JGH said...

I love the colors in these photos -the purple and orange together are stunning. Camping in your little shed sounds so cozy. How long did it take to build the cabin?

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

I took almost the very same pictures of the sunset here. It looked like there was fire in the trees or beyond the trees as the sun went down. The sunsets have been so pretty this Fall. Keep in the house starting tomorrow when deer gun season opens. We have so many who come from the city to the State Parks to hunt all around us that it gets frightening sometimes.I finished taking down my Fall decorations, put up Christmas, and mowed up those remaining oak leaves so I could stay in this week ;)

spookydragonfly said...

Hi JGH...It was quite cozy! We had some of the best times staying in there. We were diehards, too, we used a generator in the winter for the electric heaters. Let's see,we were building for three years(every weekend and vacations), then I talked my hubby into moving down here before it was completed, and no running water for about a year. It took about five years for the majority of the work. We then added an addition for my daughter, her husband and two grandchildren to move into. That went faster, just over a year. The plan was to give the kids five acres to build on, so they lived here a couple of years and saved money. My son-in-laws' brother was the victim of a senseless crime up in Cleveland. The kids then moved back to be near his family. To be honest, I don't think the country life was for my daughter anyhow. You didn't expect a response in "book" form, did you?! Thanks for the visit!

spookydragonfly said...

Hi Lona...I'm so glad you saw the same sunset colors! I was afraid the viewers would have thought that I tweaked the color...but,it was for real! I've thought the same thing about our fall sunsets this year, quite a few have resembled these photos. Our fall leaves weren't as spectacular this year due to our lack of rain. Our hunting season actually began a few weeks ago..turkey hunting! Between deer and turkey hunting seasons, there's a few months that I don't want to venture out in my own woods! I'm pretty stubborn about staying in, as my husband always expresses his worries when I go for a walk! Thanks for the visit!

perennialgardener said...

What a glorious sky on Thanksgiving! I've started paying closer attention at sunset and it just mesmerizes me everytime. The colors are beautiful.

spookydragonfly said...

Hi Raquel..Who doesn't love a sunrise or a sunset?! They just never seem to last long enough! Thanks for the visit/comments.

T and S said...

These images are beautiful. Sunset & Sunrise in the woods is always amazing and you have captured its magic very well.

The wild turkey in the earlier post is well captured and the post processing feels good as well...Thomas

spookydragonfly said...

Hello T and S...Thank you for stopping by and commenting! The sunrise and the sunset do hold a certain magic. We could have a Turkey farm here, with all that live in our woods!

Your country is in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

camellia said...

Yes, sunsets are gorgeous – and quite special if joined with a layer of snow. Black and white land, explosion of warm colours in the air. I can't get enough of it.

spookydragonfly said...

Hello Camellia...Next time we have a spectacular sunset, I just may have to take a photo from the end of our drive...from there I may get a great view of pastuer, trees and sky! Thanks for the comments/visit.

MyMaracas said...

Gorgeous photos, so rich and vibrant. We're still hearing gunshots around here too. I've been staying out of the woods, just to be on the safe side.

Some friends of ours up in Long Island have outdoor showers, and they are wonderful. There's nothing that frees the soul like gettin' nekkid in the great outdoors.
;-)

roentarre said...

The colour is mesmerising in deed!

spookydragonfly said...

Hello James...Thanks for checking out my blog and the comments! I just visited your blog, you have many interesting photos. I really enjoyed the Marrysville Waterfall...that capture was beautiful! I can see photography is a passion with you!

spookydragonfly said...

Hi Vicki...The sounds of the guns going off really bother me, especially when so close. Can't wait till hunting season is over! Yes, there is a freeing experience showering amongst nature! Thanks for the visit/comments!

Gallicissa said...

These are exceptional captures, spookydragonfly. Some of them look like as if the forest is on fire!
Thanks for sharing them. Sorry to sound a NIMBY but hunters are not welcome in my backyard.

spookydragonfly said...

Hello Gallicissa...Thank you, hunting is not allowed in my woods either, suppossedly this neighbors' nephew(the hunter) was walking through our woods to the woods behind our property... not to sure I'm buying that! I was told by a local, that they called our woods, "The Happy Hunting Grounds", well, not anymore! Do they have a "hunting season" in your area? Thanks for stopping by!

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

Your sun streaked woods are breathtaking and your pond is just lovely! Looks like your Thanksgiving day was beautifully special! It is still snowing here at the Teeny Tiny. We had to shovel snow off the original TTC roof today. It's an old structure--built as a hunting cabin in 1949. We don't have to worry about the new cabin though--It has metal roof and is pitched so the snow slides right off.
I enjoyed my visit!
Blessings to You!
Claudia O.

spookydragonfly said...

Hello Claudia...From what I remember, you had QUITE a bit of snow last time I visited you! From the looks of your cabin, it's a great place to be snowed in! We're bracing this weekend for more snow. It is great living in the woods during a snowstorm, isn't it? It's like living in a winter wonderland. Thanks for the visit/comments!

Gallicissa said...

The hunter will become the hunted if he had come done the same here!

We used to have an open season during the British occupation.
But at present hunting is banned.

spookydragonfly said...

Hello Gallicissa...You're fortunate hunting season was banned. I'm not familiar with what type of wildlife would be hunted in your country. I do know you have many precious gemstones mined there, I'm sure that takes quite a toll on your wildlife, too. It's claimed a necessity in our country to maintain certain populations...for the sake of mankind. There is the arguement that sharpshooters(which in my opinion is a little more humane)in all areas of necessary control would be too costly.

Again...Love that Glider in flight capture..that was great.

joey said...

Some amazing photos, Kim. Wow! Aren't you glad you had your camera near? I sure am ;)

spookydragonfly said...

Joey...Thanks for the visit and nice comment. I've always enjoyed photographing my gardens, but since I started this blog, I am a bit camera crazy!

Kat Wolfdancer said...

What beautiful pictures of your woods! May all the creatures that live within, be protected by a sphere of White Light whilst roaming in your environs and protection. JUST lovely. Blessings!

>^,,^<

spookydragonfly said...

Hi Kat...Thanks for stopping by and the comments! I pray a few times a day, asking that my family, and all my animals here in the woods are safe. I'm glad you're home now, I look forward to more of your posts! Hang in there!

Anne said...

What beautiful photos and what lovely memories in your little make shift cabin when you all were building your cabin. Sounds like a wonderful life...Thank you for sharing. Did I tell you that your pictures were just awesome! :-)

spookydragonfly said...

Hello Anne...Those were our camping days! My parents were big on camping when I was young, I think that influenced my love for the outdoors. My husband and I would always choose the primitive section in the campgrounds before we bought our property. I'll tell you, Anne, I wish I had your enthusiasm this year for Christmas decorating! Even your blog looks festive! Thanks for stopping by and the nice comments!

Thanks For 2 Day said...

I can't believe I didn't comment on this post when I was here the other day. The sun can look so beautiful as it accents the trees or sky as it rises or sets. Lovely photos:) Jan

spookydragonfly said...

Hello Jan...Thank you so much for stopping back! I appreciate your comments, too. That's one aspect about summer, with all of our woods surrounding us, I'm not able see the sunrises or sunsets as well. So, I do look forward to seeing them the other three seasons.