The End of the Day

After a couple of days of some dramatic star shots, it’s back to my neighbourhood walk. I headed out towards the end of the day to get some better light.

Dahlia

Dahlia

Now, these yellow flowers I think are dahlias. I could not find anything that looked close enough. If any of you know what they are please let me know in the comments. It’s been driving me nuts.

Vine Covered Fence

Vine Covered Fence

The path to the right of this vine-covered fence leads to the beat up track that goes around the unused football field. Back when I was in high school here we did not have a football team. We did, however, have an amazing basketball team. So, although the grass gets cut and the track gets graded in the spring, no one really uses it as it was intended. It makes me a little sad, but at the same time, things like these vines of morning glories growing on the fence, are left to their own devices. This makes the photographer in me very happy. 

Sun Streak

Sun Streak

And so does this light. Look at that great sun streak coming in! It’s summer evenings like this that really make my day.

Creepy Critters

The old high school track behind my house has become overgrown in some areas. This is great for me because it means I have more to photograph. Native plants have started to grow on the edges of the track, like these Red Clover and Butter & Eggs flowers.

Clover

Clover

Letting everything go wild definitely has its advantages. One being things look so much nicer with all the wildflowers and two, there are more insects like this blue damselfly around.

Blue Damselfly

Blue Damselfly

This blue damselfly rested on the blade of grass for quite a long time. I was trying to figure out if he planned on claiming this blade to sleep on or just needed a break from catching all those pesky small insects.

As I was walking home I noticed a few webs along one side of the bridge that crosses over the creek. When I looked closer, I noticed these creepy faces staring out at me.

Hidey Hole

Hidey Hole

There were three of them poking out of their adopted holes, waiting patiently for something to land in their webs. I didn’t stick around to see if they were successful, but I’m sure they would be.

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?

Garden Finds

My first stop on my neighbourhood walk today was my own backyard. We have loads of stuff growing in the backyard and one of them is my favourite thing to eat – raspberries.

Raspberry

Raspberry

This raspberry bush is one that keeps on giving all summer long. And now that we have quite a few plants there should be plenty to eat in the coming months. Next to one of the raspberry bushes, I found this pretty black butterfly on the dill flowers.

Black Butterfly

Black Butterfly

I wanted to make this photo very soft looking so most of it is blurry except the butterfly’s eyes. 

I only have one interesting photo from my walk today. I took a shot of this rough-looking daisy that caught my eye. You know what didn’t catch my eye – the beetle crawling up onto it. LOL

Beetle on Daisy

Beetle on Daisy

Sometimes I get a little too focused on getting the shot focused and exactly the way I want it that I don’t always notice things crawling onto my subjects. I did eventually notice it for my next shot but I liked this one a little better.