Jez’s Water Water Everywhere is an open photo challenge, to post photos with water. Right now his theme is reflections. Here are some of our water fowl, reflected on the water of our campus ponds.
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week has the topic Shiny.
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Textures. These photos were all taken in the past three months – winter months.
Textures on screens in winter
Textures on water and ice
Textures of tree bark
Three different textures in a still life on my mantel
Texture of my favorite sweater
Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week is photos with subjects starting with the letters B and W.
Water Bottle – macro
Best dessert!! 🙂
Water sustains all species on Earth.
It belongs to all life forms.
It’s to be shared by all.
Water is our lifeblood on Earth.
I took these photo on July 23, 2020 at Chicago Botanic Gardens and decided to post them for Jez’s Water Water Everywhere #39.
Equipment: Sony alpha 68, 55 mm lens
It is only 8:30 pm CDT here in Chicagoland, so I’m still on time for the LAST (Boo hoo!) day of Becky’s Square Perspectives!
Camouflage is nature’s way of helping animals protect themselves. Like this little frog…
I couldn’t believe my luck to spy this frog on a crinkly lily pad! At first, I thought it was fake! But later when I passed it again, the frog was gone.
Taken at Chicago Botanic Gardens on July 23, 2020.
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #104 is about summer. Ah, summer! My favorite season of the year! Even with the distancing measures of Covid-19, I can enjoy the summer. (Imagine if the shelter-in-place had been in the winter – we’d REALLY get cabin fever!)
Two recent photos of our senior community that represent summer:
Memories of summers gone by: on this day in …
Flowers in bloom everywhere:
In summer, people like to be in and around water.
The Cosmic Photo Challenge – which I believe I’m participating in for the first time! (Thanks, Cee!) – has the topic Shades of Gray. I took all these photos on the campus of the senior community where I live.
In mid November, I was walking around our campus on a frigid day, and noticed some blobs on one of our frozen ponds. From a distance with the naked eye, it looked like ducks frozen in place with their heads sticking out of the water. Of course, I knew it couldn’t be that – probably clods of dirt, but how did they get into the middle of the pond?
I didn’t have my camera with its zoom lens with me, just my cellphone, so I took a couple of pictures, which basically reproduced what I was seeing with my own eyes. It didn’t get me any closer to figuring out WHAT was on that frozen pond.
Here’s the image I took with my Samsung Galaxy:
What I found curious is that the blobs all had white streaks behind them, as if there was something just below the frozen surface.
I walked home as quickly as possible to get my husband and my camera. It was close to sundown already and I didn’t know if the phenomenon would still be there the next day, since the temperature was supposed to rise above freezing, so I suggested we drive over to the pond (which Dale calls “Swan Lake” when the swans are on it). We both brought our cameras and stood on the bank near the water’s edge. I fitted my zoom lens onto my Sony and magnified it to 300mm, the highest it would go. In the tiny image I could see on the viewfinder, I still couldn’t tell what it was.
Now, a couple of weeks later, I’ve finally gotten around to downloading the photos I took that day onto my computer. Here’s what I discovered:
The blobs were clumps of wet leaves that had blown into the pond just as it was freezing, creating the effect we saw. The white streaks around the clumps seem to indicate that due to the leaves, the freeze was slightly thinner in those spots; perhaps a few leaves had frozen just below the surface.
Meanwhile, here is another cellphone photo I took that day, of the other pond on campus. I liked the wavy ridges that appeared on its frozen surface.
Posted for Jez Braithwaite’s Water, Water Everywhere photo challenge.