Today was the shortest day of the year here in the Northern Hemisphere, but where I am currently living, it was not cold at all. I took a walk around a park I like and took some winter solstice pictures.
Not cold, and not too warm and clear sunny days. So I thought I would take you on a photo walk with me.
One of my favourite walks is a park near a creek walking distance from home. It’s nice and shady with sunny spots and in spring so many plants and insects to see. Some of them not until I get home and see them in the photos I took!
So once I got to the park I was admiring the green of the pond so I head closer. So many interesting plants and flowers growing all around. This is one that caught my eye first.
Then there is the pond itself.
Lily pads! I have never really seen proper lily pads. I looked hard for frogs… maybe too hot in the middle of the day for them. Still I didn’t see what was actually lurking there…
Can you see the spider?
Off I go down the path. Shooting anything and everything that catches my eye. From more flowers, to the path with the trees and sky.
I was hoping maybe to capture some butterflies or dragonflies. They move so quickly and are so hard to get close enough for a good shot, but I persevered.
I continued taking shots of more flowers, and came across more insects.
This guy I didn’t get a great shot of, I tried to get too close and he moved faster than I imagined he would and disappeared. I don’t think I have ever seen something so iridescent green in the wild before.
There were other critters playing hide and seek as well. These two I saw move so I knew they were there. The first shot has a butterfly in it. The second, there is some kind of grasshopper or katydid.
Then there is this shot I was taking of the bee on a dandelion. I didn’t know until I was looking at the pictures at home there was something else there too. Hard to tell what it was, but from the bits I can see I am guessing a grasshopper or katydid of some kind.
Then there is this one. Couldn’t have missed it! It was HUGE, for a bug. I am not sure what it was. About 2-3 inches or so long. I thought at first a bumble bee but it’s so big and not quite right. Then I wondered if it could be a moth of some kind. Never did figure it out.
Heading back home I found a couple more sights to point my camera at and got these.
All in all, one of my better days for good clear shots. I recently had the camera cleaned, so that probably helped.
I really enjoy the long walks and the weather in the early spring here in North Texas. I can’t handle the heat of summer, so there won’t be as many walks then. Spring has all the new life and fresh growth going for it too.
So back home I go through over 900 shots, deleted it down to 699, named 278 that I liked, narrowed those down to 111 of the very best, then down again to the best of the best of best sir, of the 36 I posted here.
Anyway, that’s a glimpse into part of my process when I put on my photography hat. I hope you enjoy!