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One photo a day challenge: Day 252.

Have fun. Explore.

Look around.

See what you can see.

Observe.

Notice.

Look down.

The ground.

The forest floor.

This mushroom burst up from the ground.

Pushing up through the debris.

Growing tall.

Tall Mushroom. Forest Floor.

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One photo a day challenge: Day 251.

Sometimes it feels like there is just constant rain.

It can be very frustrating at times.

It can be a real downer.

Today the forecast was for rain once again.

But, the storm held off.

I got out and got some of the yard mowed.

The hard was a lot soggier from previous rains than I had expected.

It rained in the late afternoon. It rained hard. And it rained for a while.

However, it stopped raining in time for me to go out for a nice run.

And the cloudy skies provided just the right touch for a beautiful sky at sunset as I stood on the porch eating dinner.

Sunset: Upstate, New York.

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One photo a day challenge: Day 250.

The sun had set on another day.

But, it wasn’t dark out yet.

Time to create some images.

I was hoping to photograph some of our flowers.

That is, if there was still enough light.

The goal was to photograph the flowers without artificial light tonight.

Using my Nikon 60mm macro lens. The f stop was set as wide as possible.

Still a little too dim.

Increase ISO a little. Set exposure compensation to underexpose a little.

There. Just enough. Shutter speed should be ok now.

Create image. Snap.

Mum: Flower Blossoms

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One photo a day challenge: Day 249.

Flowers have so many aspects that make them beautiful and interesting.

The petals of a flower often play an important role in this.

I really like flowers whose petals have an irregular look to them.

Petals that seem to be randomly distributed.

Even more interesting is when a flower has petals that are arranged in a more even and regular pattern, but there is an example of one flower where some of the petals are out of place. Growing at odd angles. Or protruding from places it seems like they should not be.

Flower Petals Out Of Place

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One photo a day challenge: Day 248.

I was out surveying the yard. Looking for photography subjects.

Photographing various plant life. Using my macro lens.

I eventually made a circuit of our back yard. I settled in to photograph the cluster of pink phlox that have been growing there for years now.

I photographed different compositions of the phlox flowers growing there. Single blossoms and groups of flowers.

Then I noticed this tiny spider on one flower blossom. I watched it and tried to work on getting a good angle.

The wind kept blowing causing the flower and spider to wave in and out of focus.

I was able to intermittently photograph the subject when the breeze subsided.

Then this tiny insect flew right into the spider. And the spider grabbed it. I actually managed to catch a few shots. Right place right time.

The tiny insect escaped the clutches of the spider.


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One photo a day challenge: Day 247.

I have been out exploring all week.

So I have not been home to photograph my flowers growing at home.

It is so fun to see that even after all season I still have flowers just blooming now.

So now that I turn my focus back to the flowers at home I see a plant that is now finally come to its time of year to bloom.

This plant is another variety of sedum. I bought this plant very early in the year.

I am so happy that it has survived this long. And it is great to see the plant healthy and blooming in the late summer season.

Flowers blossoming

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One photo a day challenge: Day 246.

Today was a fun day of exploration.

It simply amazes me just how much nature there is to see.

I saw so many new sights. All without driving more than 2 hours from my house.

Every time I daydream about escaping to some far of place I need to remind myself of all the wonders just outside my door.

Bucktail Falls

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One photo a day challenge: Day 245.

Today I spent the whole day exploring waterfalls. And for me exploring means photographing as well.

I always knew that our area was blessed with many beautiful waterfalls. However, I tended to focus mainly on waterfalls at our amazing state parks.

Today I spent the day in Ithaca, NY. A place with amazing water features. I have explored the state parks there quite a lot.

I have been aware of some of the other waterfalls in that area, but for the most part never made the time to explore them.

Today I changed that. Explored 5 different waterfall areas in one day. It was amazing that they were all so close together.

Waterfall: Ithaca, New York

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One photo a day challenge: Day 244.

Today was a fun day. Explored some new spaces for me.

Hiked 10 miles in an area I have not spent much time in.

Explored two different areas to try to capture waterfall photos.

First I sought out County Line Falls. The water flow was quite low there. Not the best for photography on this particular day.

Then I ventured over to Onanda Park to find Barnes Creek Falls. There was a bit more water in the creek here. It was a nice spot.

The water levels were higher and the falls had some water flowing.

Barnes Creek Falls

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One photo a day challenge: Day 243.

Today I spent the day photographing different areas along the Finger Lakes Trail.

The Finger Lakes Trail is an amazing and beautiful trail here in upstate, New York.

The are many places I have been fortunate enough to run on the trail. These places are so beautiful. They deserve to be photographed.

I have not had as many opportunities to photograph these places as I would like.

I have been wanting to get back out there with my camera. I want to photograph these great places and share them with all of you.

One place I have been wanting to get back to and create photographs of is The Punchbowl. A small man made lake along the Finger Lakes Trail as it runs through Watkins Glen State Park.

I don’t think this photo does it justice. But maybe it will inspire you to go check it out for yourself. Go explore some nature today.

Punchbowl Reflections

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