Cloudy, 59 Degrees, Calm Wind.
It has been raining overnight, so everything is wet when Jamie and I head down the trail and into the upper level of the woods. I was feeling very tired at the end of the day today, and the feeling continues this morning.
I’ve been working on the living room remodel every day, and dealing with my injury takes both time and energy as well. My plan for the day is to take it easy, in photography, blogging, and in life.
When we arrive at the woods, I’m getting my camera gear together and Jamie scares up a Turkey in the brush by the side of the road. It flies up to escape the brush, then lands in the meadow and runs like a road runner, with it’s head up and it’s legs churning. It looks ridiculous, but it’s out of sight before you know it.
I plan to shoot mostly tight details today. I covered the woods pretty well the last couple of days, so I thought I would put on the extension tube and shoot some closeups of the various flowers and other new growth that I’ve been seeing.
It’s very quiet in the woods, with the gentle dripping of rain in the background. With no wind, it’s very peaceful, and I just stroll along, carrying my tripod and looking for interesting things along the trail.
I shoot a couple of shots of the big oaks along the road because they are just so majestic and their new leaves have such a nice fresh green color. I get a couple of shots of the Dogwood blooms against the background of the lush woods.
I put the extension tube on and shoot some the same flowers I’ve been shooting, but closer now. There are tiny raindrops on the leaves and flowers, which add a lot to the pictures. I think a few of these shots might be nice.
I get a chance to shoot that late blooming tree in the trail. There’s no wind, so the shots should be sharp. I shoot any small detail that I notice. I shoot a few Lily of the Valley, some evergreen growth from several different varieties of tree, and a few big buds that have opened into leaves.
On the way out, I notice that some of the Dandelion seed balls look kind of cool, with their seeds largely washed off by the rain. I shoot several of them. I think they might be some of the more interesting shots of the day.
From there, Jamie and I call it a day and head for the car.
My injury report for the day is pretty short. I woke up with a fair bit of pain in my left leg. I did my stretches and took an extra strength Ibuprofen and that made the pain manageable. I feel like I’m progressing overall. I can do the exercises with little discomfort, but the numbness remains in my lower left leg. Maybe next week it will go away?