Monday, March 15, 2010

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

Ok, before I even start, let me tell you that I’m lying about the kittens. Sorry folks, but if you really want to see kittens, go here.

Here in my world today, you’ll only find a series of raindrop photos. It’s something I decided to do after reading this post by blogging friend, Tracey, at These Nine Acres. Tracey posted a series of photographs with the theme of ‘resting places’. Although I’m not feeling quite 100% yet, I did manage to venture outside today with the macro lens and my Joby gorillapod (it’s a little bendable tripod) determined to get at least five photos for my series of raindrops. Because raining is all it’s been doing these past four days.

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I bundled up even though it’s really not even chilly but I’ve had this darn cold. I also grabbed my small camera bag to carry an extra lens (just in case) and of course, a tarp in case I need to get on the ground.

So there I was, walking around the edge of the property, bundled up in my waterproof winter coat, my crazy hair flying, camera on one shoulder, camera bag on the other and in my arms, a plastic tarp. This is quite fashionable attire in my neck of the woods, just so’s you know.

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The raindrops were difficult to find, however. The wind had begun to blow. But I was determined. The shot above is SOOC (straight out of camera).

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This is a branch of the dogwood tree next to the house. I can see the reflection of the other branches inside this little droplet.

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Another SOOC. These colors had me mesmerized.

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The tarp came in handy. It’s not good to lie on the wet, muddy ground without some protection. I found this little droplet hanging of the Autumn Joy Sedum along the side of the house. I was thrilled to have found them coming up.

As I walked, I thought about how long I have been taking pictures and mentally thanked my husband again for buying me this cool camera (my Nikon D80) in the first place on my birthday just over two years ago. I also wondered if anyone could see me because I must look like a wild woman in my pale blue North Face jacket, my curly hair flying in the wind, chasing after the tarp that the wind had just plucked from my hand.

And then I realized I didn’t care if anyone could see me. I yam what I yam.

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I am calling this one Puff the Magic Dragon (with a honeysuckle necklace).

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I’m glad you came by today. If you want to do a series of 10 or more photos like my friend Tracey above, link it here on her blog. She began the series “to encourage other photographers to choose a theme and develop an essay of images related to that theme”.

Until tomorrow, my friends . . .

34 comments:

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Kate:
I love your writing as much as your photography. Not only can I see your day through a lens, but I can "see" you taking those photographs through your words. Quite an accomplishment, when you consider that both are done so well.

My husband was a professional photographer for many years - commercial/industrial/marine...where you constantly find interest in the close-ups. I have to tell you, I'm starting to covet your camera! (He's promised to purchase a new one for me.)

Have a great week, my friend. Hope you'll visit Brynwood tomorrow. I'm celebrating my first blog birthday with a big giveaway.

xoxo
Donna

Ronald Rabenold said...

Once again, simple yet stunning with that camera...I just added you to my blog list on my site...gotta share this stuff!...THANX

Country Girl said...

Thanks, Ronald. Always a pleasure to see you. And Donna, that is so sweet. I will stop by tomorrow to wish you a happy 1st Bloggiversary!

~ C.G.

A New England Life said...

We have plenty of raindrops for you to photograph in case you run out ; )

So nice to see green making an entrance once again. Come on Spring!

These Nine Acres said...

Congrats on the beginning of your photo essay! It forces you to be creative, does it not? LOVE the last one in the series. Hugs for the links.

xoxo

Julie Harward said...

Loved them...the drop entwined with the thorn..I like. And puff is cute too! Come say hi :D

Julie Harward said...

Loved them...the drop entwined with the thorn..I like. And puff is cute too! Come say hi :D

Char said...

it was windy here too while i was out and about with a macro. great series on raindrops

Chrissykat said...

You have the raindrops on roses, I have the whiskers on kittens (well, okay cats). And the link to those cat pictures...amazing!

I have always loved rain so especially enjoyed the series of photos. The photographers eye you do possess!

I had to laugh at your description of yourself as I too looked quite similar today...only I was out in public! ;)

tj said...

...[singing]"Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens"
"Brown paper packages tied up with strings"
"These are a few of my favorite things"...

...[still singing]"When the dog bites"(George would never do this)
"When the bee stings"
"When I'm feeling sad"
"I simp-ly remember my fav-o-rite things"
"And then I don't feeeel soo bad!"
...*giggle*...:oD

...Oh Kate, I love the third photo! So beautiful! Have you ever thought how your life would be different had you husband not purchased that camera for you? You are like an artist with a brush with that camera girl! Wicked good! ;o)

...Glad to hear you're feeling a little better!

...Blessings... :o)

tj said...

...Oh, and btw, love the header - that is beautiful! :o)

Low Tide High Style said...

Beautiful shots and we are all happy the your wonderful husband bought you a camera too so that we could get to the know the artist that is you!

Kat :)

Cheryl said...

When I need a new camera, I'm calling Mr Country Man. He did a great job with yours!

Raindrops, great photos!

Hope your feeling better.

beth said...

I yam what I yam.....you crack me up, popeye !

BUSH BABE said...

Great shots - are you inspired by that last mad photographer who got worms in his feet shooting lions in Africa? Heh. Intrepid Kate.
:-)
BB
*strolls off humming some Julie Andrews*

Caroline said...

I am glad I came today too...lovely peaceful photos.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Gorgeous! (the photos)
Hilarious! (your description of yourself, esp. the hair because I so understand)

Linda said...

I love all of these....my favorites are the one with the other branches reflected, the other SOOC with the greenery behind it, and your "puff the magic dragon"...though I thought it looked more like "the hand of God", myself! Thank you for your comment on my Textured picture...I'm SURE textures are addicting...I have a very addictive personality to begin with, so I must be very careful, lol!

Mental P Mama said...

WOW! That dogwood and the succulent ones are awesome! But then again, they are all awesome;) Feel better my friend.

altar ego said...

Great photos. I'll check out Tracy's link. I like themes and challenges because they help me focus on something I wouldn't think of, or see something I wouldn't see. My days are so much alike (the work varies, but I sit at my computer an awful lot!), so this is one way I keep from getting stale!

mrs mediocrity said...

Wow, these are incredible, and kudos to you for going to extreme measures to get them. Okay maybe not as extreme as Greg du Toit but still...
And you should see me when I go out to get my mail, (usually in crazy pajamas) sometimes I hide in the bushes if a car is going by!

Ms. ~K said...

I always enjoy my peaceful visits here.
~K

Teri said...

-LOL- Your honeysuckle vine reminds me of a young rhino!

Kerri said...

Wonderful shots Kate! Hope you are feeling better!!

Daryl said...

Looks like a mitten'd hand to moi .. and I am loving the raindrops

Diane said...

Lovely images as always! Hopefully you have not been hit by the same winds as the girls in Ct.

Thanks for being such an inspiration to go pick up my own camera!

{Simply} Heather T. said...

I really like your new look here, Kate and raindrop photos are my fav's to capture! I think I'm in love with macro shots, taking them and seeing them :)

The Japanese Redneck said...

Great shots. I understand about being what you yam. Me too.

Linda Higgins said...

Hi Kate, those are beautiful photos of the rain droplets. Great idea to have a theme. I just left 8 inches of snow 4 hours North of me. The visit left us HOUSEBOUND with the grandchildren, which was fun except they have cabin fever! So I watched as they made snow men....I didn't take any warm clothes with me...I relied on the weather man who said, "partly cloudy, temps in the 50's" HUH????? NOT even close! should have known better.

Jo said...

The raindrop on the cactus is breathtaking.

Cait O'Connor said...

What fabulous photos, I am pleased I have found your blog.

Deb said...

It is good to be back to read your blog today.
You never cease to amaze me of the wonderful talent you have with that Nikon camera!

Deb said...

cool photos even without the kittens...

Oliag said...

Finally some sun today after flooding rains....today we are pumping out our basement...still...I love your raindrops series:)
xo