Almost beach weather…

It was a bit windy to be on the beach today, and of course the sun didn’t come out until we were driving home (rrrrr!), but it was still nice to be ON A BEACH.

I started and ended my day taking silly photos of my newest Blythe doll:

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I then took some black-and-white photos of the dunes using a circular polarizing filter:

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Know what a Saluki is? It’s a beautiful, slender dog with a long, thin, super delicate face and long, silky fur. This is “Daisy”:

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There were more shells, and more of a variety of shells, on the beach than usual:

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There were also tons of sandpipers about, but the light wasn’t great and those little buggers are FAST!

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On the Beach – in February!

We took a walk on West Island yesterday, and it was just what the doctor ordered – warm sun, clear, calm water, some little sandpipers feeding amongst the rocks and Brandt geese galore – heaven!

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All of these were taken looking through the water:

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And this one is my favorite for the deep purples and reds (also for sale on my Etsy shop):

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First Snow

Well, we finally had our first “real” snowfall this weekend, which is kind of unbelievable. I was starting to think winter was never gonna get here. (Not that I’m a fan of winter or anything, but the seasons have a schedule to stick to.)

Before, we had had a wee bit o’ snow that stuck beautifully to tree branches and such, so I had gone out with my 100-200mm lens and circular polarizing filter and got some nice shots (IMO).

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I love, love, love the light in this one!

Tree trunks

On Saturday we got about a foot, which is melting away as I write this, so yesterday I headed out with my 75-300mm zoom lens and walked around the Hawthorn Street area, hoping to get some nice abstracts of the beautiful, rambling Victorian houses while there was still snow on all the roofs, etc.

It took me a while to start getting the images I wanted, but eventually I figured out that I needed to be looking at houses a street away, not right in front of me, in order to see the compositions I was after. (It probably does not help that I have no depth perception!)

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Autumn Textures

I haven’t been posting much because I’ve been busy with other projects. I think today was the first day I’ve taken pictures in about two weeks. That’s not so unusual for this time of year, but it is unusual for me.

Taken today at the YMCA in Mattapoisett…

Leaves

While photography is still my bliss, I have let myself become discouraged by various contests I’ve put a lot of time and effort and hope into, and have been glad just to let it go for a while. I’ve gotten back into drawing (check out my blog here) and am finding it far more rewarding in terms of not feeling like I’m out of my league, which is how I sometimes feel when the person who wins the contests is always the person with the best equipment and access to the best wildlife. Traditional artwork is very different, because while people’s levels of ability may vary, the tools are pretty much the same. I have my lead pencils and Berol Prismacolor colored pencils that my dad bought me ages ago, and I can compete with the best of ’em. It’s a welcome feeling…

Footy prints

We went to the beach this weekend – the first time this season (we stay away during the summer months) and the first time since Hurricane Irene, which changed it a lot. It’s a lot rockier now. There were a couple people riding horses, but the light wasn’t good. Plus, there were trucks all over the beach, which was annoying.

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I found the dunes on the way to and around the parking lot to be the most interesting photographic subjects of our visit.

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The sun cast long shadows, which I love, and there were interesting tracks from mice and other critters in the sand.

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I can’t decide which of these two is my favorite…

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Jewel Tones of Summer

The weekend started out oppressively hot and humid, then we had storms, and then it settled down a bit to plain old hot and humid mixed with a sprinkle here and there. I got to take a walk on Sunday (it’s been a while) and really got into the jewel tones of summer.

ChickoryDay liliesRiver and Lily

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Cat tailsTiger lilyMonarch on Joe-Pye Weed

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Dragonflies mating