Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Photo Dump

“The lions taught me photography. They taught me patience
and the sense of beauty, a beauty that penetrates you.”
- Yann Arthus-Bertrand (photographer, journalist, reporter and environmentalist) -

Patience is often lost in this fast-paced world, yet it is an important contributor to our well-being. It moves us away from frustration and anger, and creates feelings of contentment and tranquility. It is a skill that needs to be cultivated, and photography is one way to practice it. When you are preparing to take an image, the scene is sometimes shifting, unfolding at its own pace, which may be much slower than yours. This forces you to slow down and be patient...if you want the results you anticipate.

Below is this week’s collection of images, some of which required me to be patient.


Singular: Hoof

Plural: Hooves


A tranquil moment while standing on the train bridge that
runs across the Otonabee River in Peterborough, Ontario.

The first time I've ever seen sheep shearing in person.

Every living creature enjoys a kind touch.

Kangaroo paws

Peek-a-boo. I see you!

Hey! It's hay...

A whole lotta boats...

Reflections

Make it a great day, everyone!

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    1. Always nice to see you here in the morning, Carolyn!

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  2. Just lovely Martha! I need to practice patience.

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  3. I really like how you framed the hay between the two red fence planks. And my next fave is the last shot of the reflections in the old window. Beautiful!

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    1. I've become a photo junkie. Everywhere I look I see images! That's okay. I could have worse habits :)

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    1. Don't you just love them? I thought they were adorable.

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  5. Wonderful photos and very true ! Nature photography takes a lot of patients and that's what I love about it , gives me time to enjoy, watch and study as well as take photos ! I am out there most days for hours with camera in hand doing what I love to do and that is being a snap happy nut ! Thanks for sharing ! Have a good day !

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    1. That's one great thing about it. You are FORCED to slow down and relax. If you want a decent photo. I'm always a snap happy nut. Wouldn't have it any other day!

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    1. There was an event going on and a whole bunch of beautiful boats were in town.

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  7. Weird I was thinking about this very thing when I was driving to town this a.m. I often want to stop to take photos of the horses along the way, but know I don't have time to do it right. To exercise patience for the right shot. I need to try to do that more.

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    1. Patience often produces better images, but sometimes a quick snap does the trick, too. We don't always have the luxury of moseying along at a leisurely pace, so we do the best we can.

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  8. Those boats are so sleek, they look like they're speeding when they're sitting still.

    I love all your pics, and appreciate the amount of patience it must have taken to capture the shots of the two hooves, but my favorite photo is the last one. I love the texture and look of the wood, and the clear reflections in the window. Just beautiful.

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    1. I can certainly understand that because I love those old buildings. They have so much character, and they are a joy to photograph.

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  9. The sheep shearing shot is great. Love the close-up.

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    1. It was the first time I'd ever seen that, so I snapped photos like crazy!

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  10. Your photos always make me smile. I never knew kangaroos had claws, and I'm impressed that you got so close to one.

    xoRobyn

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    1. And those claws are very sharp! They can cause a lot of damage. I was watching a presentation at a local event and one of the animals featured was this one. I wasn't very close to the animal, but not too far either. But I did use a telephoto lens to zoom in closer.

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  11. Have yet to see sheep shearing.
    Those paws have real good padding.

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  12. Hey, you've given us lots to think about . My favorite is the old window. The beauty of the weathered wood catches my eye.

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    1. That whole building is beautiful. I love weathered wood!

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  13. These were all wonderfully peaceful to me. I'm a big time window reflection fan, so I really liked that one, but the animals... well, I just love them. Hope your week is totally fabulous! Bird

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    1. I always love photographing animals, particularly when I capture interesting expressions or behaviours. I just adore them all.

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  14. Love love love that last photo!!! What a shot
    And I really believe that animal lovers have something special in their souls..............
    XOXO

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    1. Thanks, Suzan. That weathered wood is simply beautiful. And the reflection just made it all better.

      I can't fathom someone hating animals. It just doesn't make sense to me.

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  15. My favorite has to be the expression on the cows face. Beautiful.

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  16. loving your photo dumps! and some of those pics from your recent zoo trip :)

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    1. Everyone needs a hobby that makes them happy and gives them a sense of peace. I guess I've found mine!

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  17. Martha, each photo here is simply beautiful!
    They all made me smile and just feel happy!

    Patience is a virtue that can add so much to our peace of mind.
    I practice it daily :

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    1. And I think that's what all of us can do; simply practice it daily. It is a skill that needs daily effort!

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  18. Nicely done, Martha! Loved your "Reflections" photos ~ very cool seeing through the window on the other side of the building!

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    1. Sometimes you're at the right place at the right time! That's when you hope you've brought the camera along!

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  19. Love the sheep shearing, now wouldn't that be a great thing to watch. The wool looked like it was already in a skein, hardly ROn!!

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    1. It was the first time I'd ever seen this. It was quite interesting. And I was amazed at how fast the woman did this!

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