Feeling Nostalgic

I’m back to my regular neighbourhood walks and today I’ve come across a vintage car. It’s not something you see very often in my neck of the woods and so it must be documented. I’m feeling nostalgic seeing this and wishing for simpler, stress-free days.

Old Car

Old Car

I gave this photo an old-time feel when I processed it. I wanted the photo to feel like it was taken with an old film camera.

With nothing much else happening on the street I headed down to the creek path to find some macro goodies.

Sqaurrose Knapweed

Squarrose Knapweed

This gorgeous Knapweed flower is blooming all along the creek. I still can’t get over how many flowers are purple. It’s so strange that I never really noticed this before. 

Vines

Vines

Heading further down the path, into a more overgrown area, I spotted these vines blocking part of the path. I’ve definitely come across this same set of vines before. I guess when they cut the grass in this area they don’t bother with the things that can attack from above. Which I am very happy about as I wouldn’t get a shot like this otherwise.

A Hopping Good Time

Do you find that some flowers look strange when they’re growing? Take for example this Queen’s Anne Lace below. It’s currently unwrapping itself in such a way that it looks like the letters T and I. Also, did you notice that each little flower petal looks like a bug?

Uncurling Queens Anne Lace

Uncurling

It’s so very strange. Typically you see a little bud that grows big and eventually opens up into a flower. But not Queen Anne – nope, she has to be different. The good thing is I like different. Different is fun to photograph. 

Purple Loosestrife

Purple Loosestrife

Moving away from Queen’s Anne Lace, over a bridge to the meadow on the other side, I spotted these purple loosestrife flowers. I love how they pop against the pale grasses behind them.

As I walked up to the high school track something jumped away from me into the bushes.

Carolina Grasshopper

Carolina Grasshopper

When I took a closer look I saw this Carolina grasshopper sitting on a leaf. I was able to get a couple of photos before he got nervous and jumped further into the greenery. I was so happy to end my walk with this find. 

Unique Views

I can’t believe that since mid-March I’ve been expanding my macro photography skills by just shooting around my neighbourhood. Am I starting to get bored with just shooting macro all the time? Absolutely not because there are always unique views to find.

Unique views - Burdock

Burdock

Every time I head out I expect to see the same things, but there always seems to be something new to photograph, even if it’s from a different angle or even a different stage of something’s growth.

Flower

Flower

Of course, not everything I shoot with my macro lens is something up close or small. Sometimes I try to sneak up on a bird that’s balanced on a skinny branch.

Bird Silhouette

Bird Silhouette

Who then promptly flies away. Still it makes for an interesting image, don’t you think?

Make a Wish

Out on my walk today I noticed this interesting colour variation on a Queen Anne’s Lace flower. 

Edges of Pink

Edges of Pink

I have never seen one that had pink along its edge. All the ones I have seen have all been white. Could it possibly be a different flower? I have no idea but I do think it’s pretty cool looking.

Make a Wish

Make a Wish

The seeds on the Jack Go To Bed at Noon are blowing away in the wind, so I snatched one up to make a wish before heading home. Do you still make wishes on dandelions or its cousins?

A Good Day

I thought for today I would focus more on different types of plants than I typically do. As I wandered the meadow behind the school this pale coloured plant caught my eye.

Ephram Flower

Wild grass

This seed head was the only one that was this pale yellow. All the others were a dark green. I wonder what caused this one to be a different colour. 

End of the Day

End of the Day

I was out a little later in the day than normal so I was able to catch that beautiful late day light as the sun shone through these reeds.

Damselfly

Damselfly

That light wasn’t just perfect for those reeds but also for this white damselfly that was taking a rest on a blade of grass. Usually they are hard to photograph but it looks like later in the day they are not as active. Or I’ve been extremely lucky.