Thursday, February 7, 2013

Time to leave...


Last Saturday morning I spent some time with my camera at Davidson's Mill Pond Park.  It was bitter cold and the wind off the pond was constant.  I have these neato fleece gloves (texting gloves) where the tips of the thumb and pointer fingers fold back so you can more easily work the dials and buttons on your camera.  Well, they were useless because I could no longer feel my fingers after about 10 minutes.  I did get back in the car twice to warm up and I persevered.  I was on a mission...I needed material for my blogs, I wanted to practice some HDR photography, and I wanted to clear my head.  The latter being the most important.

Shades of gray and brown.
The branches of the trees reached towards the sky like bolts of lace fabric unfolding in the wind.  The ice along the shoreline was like fine layers of glass, repeatedly broken and frozen over.  It was so silent and the air was crystal clear.  It was beautiful...proof once more that many things look so different through a viewfinder.


And then two gun shots rang out.  Someone was hunting where they shouldn't be.  It was time to leave.

23 comments:

  1. what a vivid true story. we were there with you and glad you left. Cold fingers......I remember. . .



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  2. ...branches reached for the ...'sky like bolts of lace fabric unfolding in the wind.' Wow, so poetic... glad you got out and got some outdoor time... frozen fingers and all... hope you have supplies put by to get through the coming big storm safely...

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  3. Fabulous captures. It stuns me that there could be such an intrusion as gunshots in what seemingly is a peaceful place.

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  4. I've gone out on cold mornings to take photos. It's difficult, that's for sure. But the air is so refreshing, so invigorating, that it's worth it. I used to get up early to try to get sunrise pics. I managed to get a few nice ones.

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  5. thats scary ...

    glad you got these great shots before that fool decided to shoot where he didnt belong

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  6. it is nice for you to find material for your blog...I enjoy seeing what you found...and of course, to clear the head too.

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  7. I haven't really wanted to go out and take photos if the temps are cold or the wind is blowing which is like every day around here. I appreciate your effort -- these are lovely.

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  8. The second one has a silvery effect...beautiful. Be safe during the storm.

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  9. I do like the last one. And while I'm not against hunting or having reasonable firearms, isn't it annoying to hear those shots not knowing if they know what they are doing.

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  10. Hi Helene -- I finally found your blog! Scary when someone hunts where they shouldn't be hunting. I don't blame you for getting the heck out of there. I hope the blizzard won't dump too much snow on you!

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  11. really lovely images... that is crazy scary to hear guns where they shouldn't be. I'm glad you are safe and that you were shooting with your camera.

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  12. The shots rang out - I remember once when I was about 12 out riding my horse at an old abandoned dairy farm. I passed two young men with rifles in a dip in what had been pasture at one time. Suddenly the hair raised on the back of my neck and I 'knew' that they were going to shoot me. I turned to see them with their rifles leveled at me, and I kicked my horse to take off running and threw myself off the saddle behind her body (still in the stirrup) as the bullets sang past us... I was terrified. I told me mom when I got home (which was about a half hour ride) and she called the sheriff but I'm sure they were never found... Sorry that was a long story, wasn't it? Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #69!

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  13. Guns. Destruction. It is too bad the quiet and serenity was shattered by sounds of death. I could never hunt which is the only reason for anyone to own them. Too often mindlessness or evil takes the minds of some who use the gun for power as Madge's story proves.

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  14. Hunting permanently ended, in theory, in the recreation area across the street from our home on Jan. 27. But we've heard shots in the past even after the season's officially ended. Our house - a window, the last time - has been peppered with shot from more than one idiot. Gun lovers are so freaked by the idea of gun control I wonder if we'll ever be able to have sensible discourse about the proper time and place for hunting. . .never mind whether we need to be armed to the teeth.

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  15. To bad about the hunters, but you managed to get a couple great shots!

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  16. Your second shot seems so dreamy and a bit foggy - it's just gorgeous!

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  17. How scary this must have been.
    Glad you got out of these.
    Glad you got these shots before you did!
    The second one is especially beautiful.

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  18. The second photo is really great, Helene!
    It must have been a nice experience despite the cold and the shots (pity :( )
    Greetings from Switzerland,
    Sandra

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  19. Your photos are proof that there is beauty to be found in the starkness that is winter!

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  21. I like the way you have written this post, it is so dramatic, and goes well with the great shots of the trees reflected in the water.

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