March Mud Madness
Just for fun: About the only thing good in March (if you like basketball, that would be another thing), is that is ushers in spring and the promise of warm weather ahead. Otherwise, I could do without the transitional month and all its' mud! It isn't too bad this year given the little snow we've had. Still...the drab of orange yellow lingers on as we wait for the buds to open. I found this poem about March and thought that for most years, it is quite fitting:
It is the HOMELIEST month of the year. Most of it is MUD, Every Imaginable Form of MUD, and what isn't MUD in March is ugly late-season SNOW falling onto the ground in filthy muddy heaps that look like PILES of DIRTY LAUNDRY.”
? Vivian Swift, When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler's Journal of Staying Put
I've posted this image in a different formate (all color), but enjoyed this version of selected color. Home is a warm , comforting place in the DRAB of late winter / early fall. I learned a new way to do selective color and have been playing around with it. Looking at this image reminded me of the current month we are in. One more quote I've always thought was a humorous description of March, and then I will move on:
"March is God's way of showing people who don't drink what a hangover is like." Garrison Keillor, quoted at a Lutheran Conference as a special guest during......the month of March.
The Mighty Oak
Showing off its' strong and amazing structure, the mighty oak is beautiful even without leaves.
A Rare Sight!
Another winter day without measurable snow. But we were treated with some snow squalls earlier this month just to keep us on our toes.
Maureen wanted me to post this. We photograph these falls about every time we visit the arboretum. What made this particular adventure different was experimenting with speeds to get that dreamy effect of moving water. Unfortunately, we did not have our tripods with us. Since we were standing on a bridge, we used that solid structure to steady our cameras as best we could. There is still some blur as the speed was at one second. Still, not too bad for improvising. Part of the fun of photography is experimenting with settings, lighting, composing, you name it! LOVE this hobby!
Des Plaines River
A non photography friend joined me on this adventure on a cold, crisp winter day. She enjoys going to a photo shoot with me now and then commenting how interesting it is VS the usual, "Let's go out to lunch and shop" (which is also fun) girly girl trip. We suddenly appreciated the importance of this river as we visited an old Indian burial site near here. Behind us was a farm taking advantage of the rich soil on the river bank. Ahead of us was MUCH wildlife living along important industry that uses the river for shipping. From ancient days to modern days, this mighty river has served mankind well.
A peacock protecting his territory....as though he paid for this space! ;) A zoo staff person stopped and explained to us that there are 23 peafowl at the zoo roaming free. Males are peacocks and females, who do not have these long, beautiful tails, are peahens. Peacocks lose their tails after mating season. They fan them out to impress the girls. The feathers are lost and regrow as the new mating season begins. Good thing as this peacock bent a feather in his confrontations with his foe here.
Inside A Spent Hydrangea
Macro shot of a spent hydrangea flower.
Friend in the Woods
CMC member, Maureen, capturing the beauty of Spruce Hill pine trees at the arboretum. It was a very cold day, but much to photograph. A snow dusting added to the beauty. And photographing with a friend is always icing on top of the cake!
Polar Plunge Photography
A young woman waits patiently for a polar bear to take a dip.
An Amur Leopard gives me a sweet pose at Brookfield Zoo.