Monday, January 27, 2014

Snowy Woods

Here are a couple of woodland scenes from our very snowy Saturday.  It was really a lovely day for a hike - in the upper 20s, and I wish it could have lasted longer.  But, alas, there is always something else to be done.  And truth be told, my chin was feeling a bit numb before I made it back to the car.  

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Crossing Paths

We had quite a snow on Saturday and I just had to get out to Beechwood Farms for a hike.  There was about a foot of snow down and more falling all day.  I saw this deer (and a second) on my hike out, and I am afraid I scared them, but I doubled back down the trail and caught them just after they crossed my path. They were off into the bushes before I came around the corner, but this time they let me approach with my camera, and I had a fantastic time watching them even after my card was full.  They were curious, but hesitant, as you can tell from the ears, and as I started down the trail once more and passed them, they didn't run away. I love those special moments you get once in a while with nature.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Water Ripples

Then, when you just turn to look at the water from a different angle, the water looked alive, and more like a painting than real life.  I didn't alter this photo at all.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Bridge to the Lookout Point

Hi everyone!  I'm back again with another photo from the Old Santee Canal State Park.  This bridge is the lookout point where I shot the previous photo.  I love how the faded green color of the bridge seems to blend right in to the surrounding landscape.  

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Cooper River Cold

It may be hard to believe, but it was frigid in South Carolina for two days.  I took this the day before I left, and my hands started to hurt from the cold.  The closer you are to the water, the colder it gets, usually.  The humidity has a way of getting your bones cold, so that even just at freezing, it can feel as cold as 10 degrees in a drier climate.  Burrrrr, I am shivering just thinking about it.  This is the beautiful Cooper River, not far from where my parents live.  I loved how the clouds were forming, dense and puffy, and I raced to the banks to get this shot.  What a beautiful place.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Cloud Collecting

Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope your holidays were joyful and that you are filled with joy and peace as you begin this new year. I found the holidays to be a little stressful this year, but I have to say, looking up at the clouds, even just looking at photos of clouds, makes me breathe deeper and calms me.  I hope this one clears your head, even if just for a moment.