I went down to Crescent Lake before dawn again this morning hoping to catch the morning light as it spread across the lake. It’s such a joy to just stand on the edge of the water in the early morning stillness, before all the walkers and runners arrive, and just take it all in—the sounds, the smells, the movement of birds. Where did all the pelicans go that were here the other day? Where did that funny looking crested mallard go? How are ‘my’ baby Muscovy ducks doing? Will I find anything new today?
Of course I’ll find something new! There’s always something new! Today it was seven baby duck eggs hidden in a tree, one white checkered skipper on a flower, a lovely brown limpkin eating a giant snail, a sassy green heron perched on a fence, and a ‘Loch Ness Monster’ floating in the water!
I am a 73 year old retired teacher with an avid interest in hiking and photography. I am not a professional photographer, but spend almost every day exploring the natural world and taking pictures and honing my skills. When I review the pictures I have taken, I love researching information about the things I have found-- and then sharing my results with others. The time I have spent walking in the woods (including 4 months on the Appalachian Trail at 68) has always been somewhat therapeutic. When I added photography to the mix a few years ago, it quadrupled the therapeutic effect! Opening pictures on my computer at the end of the day is like opening presents. There are always surprises! It allows me to see so many details that were not visible to my naked eye! I have learned so many new things about birds and bugs, reptiles and mammals that I never knew before--and I have also found, that when I share with others, I invariably learn something new!
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