“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

8.28.2008

Bird, lake, happiness, aggravation

I swear that all I did to this image was beef up the contrast & the sky went this color.
I know it looks like I picked it out especially or color corrected it this way on purpose,
but truly, Photoshop has just apparently grown to know what I like.

I spent yesterday at the lake,
and it started out just the way you'd expect a day to start out when you're in a bad mood -
my floatie immediately floated away away away from me,
leaving me with no way to lounge about on the water.
I tearily called the truly truly truly ever-wonderful Michael
& he pointed me in the direction of a floatie I could borrow,
which I did & upon which I floated & cried
until he arrived to also borrow a floatie
& we paddled our 2 matching borrowed floaties over to my runaway
& hooking it between us, drifted back to shore.
This was after he discovered that the battery to the barge was not working
& while we were paddling & drifting & saving errant floaties,
the battery charger performed its piece of magic & once back on shore,
we loaded our stuff onto the boat & were off.

And so then the day became all quite wonderful,
although really the paddling & drifting & saving lost things part
was pretty wonderful also.
The lake was free of people -
apparently the Wednesday after school has started is the day to go -
and it wasn't too hot, only low to mid 90s,
with a breeze here & there, although usually there,
and clouds poofing overhead.
We stopped in the middle of the lake & got off to float around
& while the top of the water was nice & kind of warm,
about a foot or so below the surface, it was nice & cool.
There were lots of fish jumping - if we'd been in the right mood,
any spot on the lake looked like a good fishing spot.
We watched cranes & ducks & herons & the jumping fish
& I took pictures & realized I really need a longer lens
because the ducks look like they're off in another county,
so I'm putting a lens on my Santa list.

The image above is a buzzard -
one of many many who were sitting around on tree stumps
& limbs on one of the islands.
Michael spotted this one with his wings open,
which he (the buzzard) obligingly kept open for me.
I know, I know - it's a buzzard,
but if I hadn't told you, you'd probably think it was an eagle or something,
so let's just pretend I didn't tell you.
Thinking it's an eagle or hawk makes the picture so much more enjoyable.

15 comments:

  1. This photo has a very gothic feel to it... it's very atmospheric!

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  2. Heeee...heee...I actually did think it was an eagle or something a little more regal than a buzzard...but I'll pretend, if you will.

    I'm glad you ended up having a good time.:)

    xo

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  3. not knowing mych about birds, I did think it was an eagle.
    Burst my bubble!

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  4. you know, the european buzzard is a hawk and i can pretend it's him that i see ;)

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  5. Thanks to all. It reminded of the statue in Rio of Christ the Redeemer. That sounds weird. :) It was just the height & the outstretched "arms".

    Thanks again!
    Debi

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  6. when we were on orcas island last time I stood enthralled by a flock of "eagles" flying around and grabbed my camera to take pictures. My husband came up behind and said, "you do realize those are buzzards, don't you?" oops. i didn't!

    But eagle or buzzard, still a cool sight! :)

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  7. Awesome photo! :) I love the one in the last post as well, it does look painterly.

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  8. Bridgette - That is so funny! But you're right, it IS still a cool sight! :)

    Debi

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  9. Valaine - thank you on both accounts. It's much appreciated.

    :) Debi

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  10. I know I shouldn't laugh about the floatie but the way you described it was so charming that I couldn't help myself. Or maybe it's just the word...floatie...that makes me chuckle.

    Either way, I know how it is to have a camera you love but still it is not enough. I have lens envy, too.

    I hope Santa is very good to you this year and perhaps does not make you wait too long for your lens.

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  11. ps. Living in the city means that most birds I end up taking photos of are pigeons, so I'm excited to hear about all of the options you have!

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  12. Tango - I am so in love with the word floatie that I wanted to use it even more than I did. I had to practice restraint. :)

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  13. Photoshop can be very intuitive, can't it?
    I love how you talk about these outings on the lake. As much as I am in love with the ocean, the child in me is deeply connected to the lake where I grew up. You make me long for it.

    xo

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  14. I REALLY thought it was an eagle!!! Even after telling me it's a buzzard, I still see it as an eagle! No need for me to pretend...it's my reality! : )

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