I had some other ideas for this week’s photo challenge but I was walking through the woods and the reflection of the trees in this stream caught my attention. Perhaps too literal a treatment of this week’s theme but I liked the color and the stillness of the water at this spot.
The American Coot is a rather funny looking bird. They break the old rule that says “if it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, it must be a duck”. They are actually more closely related to rails and cranes. When you get a good look at their feet, which are not webbed, you realize they must not be ducks.
The bright red doors contrasted with the cool green grass and warm stucco wall brought together enough color and texture to peek my interest in this simple building. The late afternoon sun and the white fence behind me provided the perfect lighting for this self portrait.
This tree, which I now know is a sycamore, is one my favorites. I see it often when I walk along the river. It’s stark, white branches majestically loom over the river and stand out from the green foliage.
I merged two separate exposures of this tree to create an HDR image. I under exposed one shot to keep the sky darker and used a “properly” exposed image for the reflections in the river.