While hiking down a section of the Grand River trail near Bridgeport, I came across this painted turtle who was walking beside the trail near some tall weeds. I took some pictures as it brushed past one of these weeds and continued on its journey.
While in Kiwanis Park for a family day event that celebrated the decision to spare the park from developers, I made my way down to the river. The morning sunlight cut a patch of long grass in two. I focused on the shaded stalks using a shallow depth of field to turn the river water and illuminated grass into a soft backdrop.
A widow skimmer clings to a long grass stem on the edge of a pond that sits on the banks of the Grand near Kiwanis Park. The wings of the dragonfly really reflected the sun, giving off a golden shine.
A steady wind today made it challenging for flying creatures such as birds and dragon flies to travel. I found the beeze quite refreshing after a couple hot humid days. It also helps keep those pesky mosquitos away.
"Real-time water quality information is collected to aid in the day to day decisions related to the operation of water control structures operated by the GRCA. This information is also used to report on current water quality conditions in specific river reaches and to calibrate and verify water quality models used for long range watershed planning. The real-time water quality network began operation in 1985."
Sometimes you just have to sit still and wait for stuff to happen. It doesn't always happen, but if you're quiet and a little patient, your chances of seeing something worth shooting go up.
Looking for pictures for this blog is often as rewarding as finding them. Today I was at the river in Waterloo, slow roasting under the afternoon sun when I saw a mallard pair preening at the edge of the water. I made a few frames and started to walk toward them. They looked at me, finished grooming and made a lazy waddle back into the current.
I sat in the shade on a rock and looked around to see what else could make a picture. A few small fish picking off bugs brought my attention to the water and the reflection of the perfect summer sky. I sat a little longer, quietly enjoying the break from the heat. And then the ducks came back.
I spotted this couple and a friend enjoying a float down the river in some kind of inflatable chairs in Cambridge just above the footbridge. The recent warm weather has really increased the amount of people I have been seeing on the Grand. The rising temperatures seem to have encouraged more to head down to the river. It sure looked like these two had the right idea of how to spend a nice summer day.
I was frustrated today shooting pictures on the Grand. I just seemed to be missing so many chances. For example I saw three different types of butterflies including a swallow tail, a favorite of mine. After trying to use my ninja-like skills to try and get close I startled each one... must be rusty. Each time I was either too far away or too slow to capture any of the trio of fluttering beauties. I soon came across a pair of snapping turtles but they were well hidden in clumps of reeds and too obscured for a good picture.
I was walking back along the trail feeling defeated when I noticed a couple of purple iris plants in a small bond on the river's bank. I had just got set up when a couple of different bees joined the party. I managed to include the smaller bee in the picture. The larger bumble bee is out of focus above the first bee hanging on a petal.
On the way back to my car I started thinking that even if I hadn't managed to come back with a picture today it was still great to be near the river. Feeling that first warm breeze on the summer solstice, looking out at the water was something special.
While walking riverside, behind Preston High School I noticed these large water droplets sitting like crystal orbs on the leaves of a water lilly. They looked ready to roll off the surface of the plant at any time but despite a sharp breeze they stayed in formation.
I was looking for pictures on a stretch of the Grand behind Preston High School on wet, rainy Saturday. The weather networks were right on this one. I had heard as early as Monday that precipitation was predicted for the 20th and the prognosticators were bang on.
I was working on a picture on the banks of the river pretty close to where the Speed River joins the Grand for the journey south to Lake Erie. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed something in the river and soon a couple in a canoe came around a bend towards me. I took some pictures as the wind caught their rain gear. I could definitely relate having headed out to my first assignment without adequate rain gear. I hope the rest of their trip wasn't too soaked.