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Several years ago, before I got my Canon, Joe and I walked through these woods for the first time. We came to the bank of the river and could barely see a colony of beaver at work building a dam. The camera we had at the time didn't come close to capturing the beaver at work. We began making plans to get a good camera "one of these days" and come back and get some good photos of the beaver at work.
Last week we finally made it back there with the Canon we purchased over a year ago. We were disappointed to find that the beaver were no longer there. We did SEE many small animal tracks below where we stood. We could see no beaver prints, but there were plenty raccoon tracks.
I had hoped to find something that would fit the prompt for chair in the woods. Joe spotted this tree root. I tried it out and found it to be perfect. The tree next to it made a natural leaning post. The chair was comfortable enough that I could have slept in it.
I have always enjoyed taking pictures, but I have never been comfortable being the subject of the photos. I have begun to notice recently how few pictures there are of me. I believe this is true with many photographers. Some day my grandchildren will want to show their children what grandma looked like. They aren't going to say "wow, she sure is ugly," or "fat" or "funny looking." They will be happy to have a picture or two.
We have a website on which we have listed close to 5000 school yearbooks for sale. We are amazed at how many of the people who buy them tell us, "This is the only picture of my dad (or grandmother or aunt) I have ever seen." Pictures are important. Be sure you hand your camera to someone else every now and then. Get comfortable with allowing your picture to be taken. Someone someday will be glad you did!
As we walked through the woods looking for things to satisfy the prompts (and mushrooms, of course), I had a hard time finding anything symmetrical. After all, the randomness of nature is what I like about the woods. I got home and downloaded the pictures I had taken to my laptop and began going through them. After much searching, I saw that many of my shots had the very thing I had been trying to avoid in them--shadows. Shadows! Aren't they symmetrical?
Before the "duhhh..." moment, I had decided to use one of my favorite shots from my archives. I don't know how or why, because I when I try to figure it out, my brain tries to explode, but I believe symmetry is what makes this such a cool photo. If I'm wrong, would someone who understands it please tell me?
We discovered this area that was blanketed in soft. downy white loose grass. I don't know what it is called, but it looked soft and comfortable. I didn't try it out--maybe next time.
I was delighted with this feather Joe found among the leaves. I didn't giggle over it, but I could imagine all the giggling my younger grandchildren would do if I tried to tickle them with it. I know, that's a little corny. Sorry about that.
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