One of my hobbies is photography. If you're read only a few of the
journal entries on this website over the years, you already know that.
Every entry has a bunch of photos in it.
I'm strictly an amateur and I probably always will be, since my goal
for age 60 to 100 is "Keep It Simple." I don't have any fancy
equipment or even use very many of the photography techniques I've
learned over the years on my own or in informal classes.
It's more fun to me that way, and I'm happy with many of the results.
Definition of "narcissism?"
Or maybe just looking for food!
(handsome duck at Line Creek Nature Area in Peachtree City)
I usually don't go out looking for particular photographic subjects or
angles. I just have one or two of my cameras at my disposal
on most hikes, bike rides, and trips by car or RV so I can take pictures
that appeal to me for some reason, whenever they catch my eye.
My favorite subject is nature, either flora or fauna -- anything from unique patterns in a
rock or leaf to panoramic vistas from some mountaintop or by the ocean:
Cumberland Island National
Seashore (my photo, his quote!) 1-12-17
This year I don't have a plethora of panoramic mountain, canyon, and
desert vistas like I've had in most prior years. Heck, the only places
we've been this year are the less hilly parts of Georgia and two quick
trips to Virginia!
But I still have an eye for small details when I'm hiking. They are
easier to spot when I'm going slower, walking, but even when I used to
run on trails I'd sometimes stop dead in my tracks to take pictures.
That's the subject of this entry -- a random collection of
some of the smaller natural details I've noticed in 2017.
Just scroll down and enjoy!
SMALL SCENES FROM KINGS BAY SUB BASE
Reflections in Lake D on a misty
Colorful scum on the shore of
Lake D near the campground
Tree trunks reflected in water of
a pond on base
Tenacious autumn leaves -- in
Pine cones that have dropped onto
a large azalea bush (2-5-17)
Azaleas bloom early near the
Florida border. (2-5-17)
Above and below: gossamer
wisps with seeds after a thistle has "exploded"
Little pink flowers on a shrub
that reminds me
of the manzanitas in the desert Southwest
Tiny insect on a flower
SPRING FLOWERS IN MIDDLE GEORGIA
Dogwood at Uchee Creek Recreation
Area, Ft. Benning, GA (3-27-17)
Fragrant blooms on vine along
the bike path in Peachtree City (4-9-17)
Above and below: Water lily
on Lake MacIntosh, Line Creek Nature Area,
Peachtree City, GA
Drift roses in our yard
A FEW WILD CRITTERS
With all the trees, creeks, ponds, and lakes in
Peachtree City, we often see deer, squirrels, ducks, geese, chipmunks,
rabbits, turtles, beavers, snakes, armadillos, and other wild animals in
the water or wandering
around the wooded areas (about a quarter of the land in the city is
A few of the critters are seasonal visitors, but most
live here year-round.
Sunbathing turtle at Huddleston
Ripple effect: ducks at
Line Creek Nature Area fishing pond
Middle Georgia doesn't have the awesome fall colors you
see in New England -- or even in the north Georgia mountains
-- but there are some beautiful
yellow, gold, orange, and scarlet leaves around Peachtree City in November and December.
Here are close-ups of bright red Japanese maple
leaves and golden gingko leaves:
DEPRESSING, GRAY WINTERS?
No way, if you look closely so you can notice little things
like fungi, lichens, and tree bark with unusual colors, shapes, and
designs to brighten up your day:
Phallus impudicus AKA Common Stinkhorn truly does
The provocative shape of this fungus also grabs
Wispy agave tendrils
This is a graceful fungus, not
Golden lichen on one tree, and matching leaves
Swirling fungi on a stump
Stacked fungal layers on a standing tree trunk
Above and below: interesting
fungi on a fallen tree trunk
Pine bark that looks like it's been painted green
Colorful lichens on another tree trunk
I recently noticed the amazing colors in the trunk of a very tall tree along the bike path
about a quarter mile from our house. The remaining pictures in this section show the wide
variety of colors in its bark at eye level.
The leaves are gone now
so I don't know for certain what kind of tree it is. Because of its size, I'm guessing
it's a type of oak.
Pretty cool, eh?
I'll be keeping my eye on that one when the leaves come
out in the spring so I can figure out what type of tree it is. Shouldn't
be long now, at a latitude of only 33.4 degrees north . . .
When we got an early, rather rare, snowfall a few days ago I had a lot
of fun walking around nearby neighborhoods, taking pictures.
Here are a few photos of pretty patterns and colors from the cart paths and our
Graceful arching branches, bent under the snow
Tangle of peach tree branches covered in
Lorapetalum (fringe flowers) still
blooming, even after the snowfall
Above and below: It's too early to snow! The
deciduous leaves haven't dropped yet.
Bright Nandina berries peek out
from under the snow.
We covered our new Yuletide camellia
during the storm so the buds didn't freeze.
The numerous reddish-pink flowers help brighten our yard
on gray winter days.
Next time you're out for a walk, hike, run, or bike ride see how
many interesting or unusual little natural details you can spot
along the way. It doesn't matter where you are -- city,
suburb, country, mountains, desert, seashore. Mother Nature has
nice surprises everywhere!
This kind of awareness certainly increases my enjoyment every
time I'm outside, even if I'm just in my own back yard.
Next entry: year-end review
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil,
Cody, Casey, and Holly-pup
© 2017 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil