April 2, 2018

Sunny, 21 Degrees, Calm Winds.

It was a beautiful day to walk in the woods today. The apparently cold temperature matters little when the sun is so high in the sky and not a cloud in the sky. Jamie and I went to Island Lake again today, parking at the fishing access road that goes down to a bend in the Huron River. There’s a beautiful old Willow tree on the bend that has mostly collapsed, but has many shoots growing up.

The sun was streaming across the cattails beside the river and the distant woods created a nice backdrop. I took a number of shots with the Lensbaby. I’ve really been liking some of what I get from the lens and I wanted to try it again. I composed a number of different arrangements of the tree, the river, and the cattails with the sun rising behind. We’ll see what comes of them.

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I like the warmth and mood of these shots. The blur works well with these.

I then walked a trail that parallels the river and heads back toward the area I walked a few days ago with the pine grove. I took a few shots of the sun rising through another stand of pines along the way. They looked promising to me, but again, we will see.

There was not much else to shoot along the way except just as I was about to enter the pine grove, I spotted an immature bald eagle sunning himself in a big old Oak tree not too far off the trail. Of course, I had the Lensbaby lens on. It’s pretty wide angle and, in addition to the peripheral blur, doesn’t have auto-focus either. I fired away as the Eagle took flight. He even returned and flew over again. I shot a number of more frames. Who knows if there will be anything there that I can rescue. I don’t even know if I had the focus anywhere near right. Still, you never know what may come of even a blurry shot.

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I thought this bird was an immature Bald Eagle. It looked too big to be a Hawk. 
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A cropped view shows a dark head and light underside. Maybe an immature Cooper’s Hawk? I must have misjudged the size. 

Then it was into the Pine grove for a while. I shot more with the Lensbaby, then put on my 24-105mm lens and shot some more there. Then Jamie returned along the trail back to the car. I took a few more shots at the river bend, but by now the sun is pretty high in the sky and the light wasn’t what it could be.

The sunrise is getting earlier still every day and it’s already an issue. Light is so important to photography and bright sunshine is not the best. Being as far North as we are, the days get very long in mid-summer. The sun will rise not long after 5:00 am and won’t set until nearly 10:00 pm. I’ve said it before—I may have to get up earlier if I want that nice morning light.

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Maybe not wonderful, but the branches are kind of interesting.

I don’t know about you all, but I have a life-long habit of getting up relatively early, showering, having a cup of coffee and a couple of pieces of toast. I like to read a novel or the news while I enjoy my coffee and toast. Then I finally get up, brush my teeth and head out. Well, if I stick to that habit, I would have to get up at 4:00 am to see anything like sunrise.

I should probably forego the shower and breakfast, or at least make breakfast really fast, then get out of the house as early as possible. I can always shower later, but missing breakfast would be tough, even if it’s only toast and coffee.

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Okay, but not as nice as the shot from last week. Different weather and lighting.

I hate the idea of changing that long-standing habit. I also hate the idea of getting up that early. But maybe one or two days a week would do it. Unfortunately, Island Lake park doesn’t open until 8:00 am, so that will be out at that hour. That leaves me with my local walk.

There is absolutely no question that I have to catch that early light at least once in a while if I want to catch that special feeling in the woods where the light gently filters through the leaves. So, even though I hate to change my habits, I recognize I almost certainly must. I’ve changed a lot of habits in order to do this project. What’s one more?

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