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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Unexpected Surprises

I almost didn't take my camera with me on Monday when I met my friend for a morning walk. I decided to take it, mostly so I could take some shots if I got there before she did. I did get there ahead of time and was taking some shots of the stream and was heading back to wait for her at the road when something caught the corner of my eye. It was such an unexpected surprise and I was so glad that I had my camera.
At first I only saw one web that was partly complete and then I realized that there was another which was joined to the first. At one angle it struck me as a portal to an enchanted world and then the other was almost like a CD.I was so excited about the webs that it made me forget the heat and humidity. Even meeting for an early morning walk before work, it's not ideal. It does help though to walk in the shade. I had another surprise photo opportunity that I almost missed. Not quite as dramatic as the webs but one I don't usually get on the trails I walk on. First I spotted a reflection when we were almost done with our walk and cooling down. Although I frequently do shoot reflection shots, I said I wanted to stop and shoot it if HB didn't mind. She was also cooling down and didn't mind stopping.
After I took the shot above which is why I stopped, HB commented on all the little fish swimming straight below. I hadn't even noticed them and I don't think I've ever photographed fish at this stream but I gave it a try.
The water was clear but the bottom was murky and the only way to photograph the fish was to zoom in since they were so small. The other issue was the reflections in the water made it hard to get them except at certain angles but it was still fun to have an unexpected fish photographic shoot.Now that I know where to look for them I'll have to try going at different times of day and see if there are better light conditions for shooting them.
The next shot wasn't a surprise as I'm always interested in the rocks but I think it's so amazing how this one has a little cut out. It almost looks like someone cut a spot for their coffee cup out of the rock.
The last shot makes me think of a hobbit hole. I can almost see someone in their vest with a pocket watch hurrying inside for tea.I am glad that I brought my camera. Although I always have my cell phone with me, I'm not able to get very good shots with the camera phone. Therefore, I'm glad that I had my good old trusty digital camera.

27 comments:

ellen b said...

I rest my case. I think you should take your camera everywhere :0)
Those are such magical shots you got...

jmb said...

Well Carver a cell phone is a cell phone not a high class camera. So keep carrying that camera, it's worth it as you show here. A walk in the woods with a special surprise.

napaboaniya said...

Always good to have your camera with you :) Snapping away happily beats wanting to knock ourselves on the wall, whenever there's something good to snap but we forgot our camera! :P

the donG said...

wow! this reminds me of the movie charlotte's web. amazing how they beautifully design their webs.

nice capture of a twin circular web!

Miss Melanoma said...

Wow! Impressive shots, and I especially love the spider webs. Can't wait to show my class when we do ecosystems. (I'm such a nerd.)

:)
MM

Vic Grace said...

You have a wonderful way with a camera. Enjoyed your shots.

Mar said...

Never leave home without your camera, Carver!! what great suprises and wonderful shots!!
Back and slowly catching up. Have a happy day :)

Carver said...

Thanks so much to everyone for visiting and commenting. Good to see you are back Mar. Lori, you aren't a nerd just a good teacher!

Floridogz said...

Those webs are like whirling dervishes; a dance in the trees. I have never seen webs like that.
I, too, hope you always remember your camera and take us all with you into those other worlds.
Love, K.

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
-J.R.R. Tolkien

Hayley Townley, Breast Cancer Survivor Extraordinaire said...

A camera is too small of an item to not pack, no matter where you are going.

Those webs are remarkable!

Sienna said...

That is incredible!

I could not figure it out until I saw your last picture, it was to my eyes, science fiction wonder.

What amazing webs they weave, so your spiders are techno savvy.

Just incredible shots.

I have never ever taken a photo of a fish-ever!

One of the pics looks so clear, the fish don't even look like they are in water, the middle shot I think it is, I can't get back there without losing this page.

Carver that is the most beautiful woods/forest you have nearby, it does remind of Tolkien stories and creatures..

You do what I do, start off for a set walk or something and then get lost in the wonder of the environment and beauty around.

Pam

Dee said...

I love the idea that the webs are a portal to an enchanted world! And, you know, I think your digital camera is also a portal to an enchanted world, so remember to bring it on your walks!! I love your photos, as you know! Stay cool!

Carver said...

Thanks so much to everyone for visiting. I enjoyed your comments a great deal.

AscenderRisesAbove said...

that's a web? get out of town; looked pretty ufoish to me. ;-)
its amazing the detail you picked up in it. however i know where ever there is a web like this - a spider lurks near :-)

Inland Empire Girl said...

What a beautiful post... and yes, we always need to carry our cameras.

Theresa said...

Hard to believe you almost didn't take your camera-thought it was joined to the hip of you :)

the spider web pictures are very cool, you captured them at just the right angle.

Rambling Woods said...

What great photos on a walk. Love them

Mimi Lenox said...

Those are amazing shots. I thought the web was a snake at first. It looks like a coiled up rattlesnake in the first frame. I held my breath! The fishies under the water are clear as crystal. These are real keepers. Nice work.

You've been royally tagged by Mimi Queen of Memes (aka I-hear-the-dungeon-is-really-hot-this-time-of-year)...

Somebody Get Me Out Of This Corset: The Needs Meme

Napaboaniya said...

Carver, please drop my blog at Its Not A Weekend,It's a LifeStyle to recieve an award I've got for you.

Carver said...

Thanks so much to everyone for visiting. Thanks Mimi and I'll try to avoid the dungeon. Thanks so much Elaine (Napoboaniya).

starnitesky said...

I'm glad you did take your camera to get these photos, the ones of the webs are really good.

Heart of Rachel said...

Those web rings are truly amazing.

Jazel said...

hi....wow nyc pics.... pls visit my site too... can we exchange link? thnks

system operator said...

Hi! Very nice and fun photos on your blog! It really caught my attention that teleport to other dimension. I first believed it had to be photoshopped, but then read again your posting about it. Strange what nature can do?

system operator said...

Hi! Very nice and fun photos on your blog! It really caught my attention that teleport to other dimension. I first believed it had to be photoshopped, but then read again your posting about it. Strange what nature can do?

Carver said...

Thanks so much to everyone for visiting.

marites1034 said...

i haven't seen anything like that before.those pics are very cool and seems enchanting. good thing, u had ur camera.