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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

early morning reflections




These trees on the left are wearing spring green.  I see there's a dirty spot right in the centre of the photo.  Oops.  I thought the window was fairly clean.

I often take my camera even for short drives and even on the way to church.  Do you?  Well, when you live in a beautiful, rural area there just could be some great photo opportunities along the way. 


 I've shared a lot of photos of this spot along the road to the city over the years.   This past Sunday I didn't have my camera but I did have my iPhone at the ready.  It was a beautiful sunny morning.... calm and there was a fog in the valley....  almost always a good sign to be prepared to take a picture or two.






The above photo included the power lines so I cropped the photo as shown below.  The flats are still flooded from the spring run off.  Thankfully most of the Fredericton area was spared major flooding this year due to the long, cold, slow snow melt.



Isn't this a beautiful scene?


I cropped out the grassy bank in the foreground in this one.

Good advice:   Always be prepared with a photographic device.  And it's also good to have a driver so you can take the pictures....especially if you can't stop along the roadside.   Make sure your driver slows down to a crawl if possible.  Be prepared!  {I was a Girl Guide a long time ago}  You just never know when a photo op will come up.  And don't forget to edit and crop out the uglies in your pictures if you can.


An update:


The mystery ducks have been identified.  
They are a pair of American Black Ducks.  Who knew?  They aren't even black!  I found them in my bird book and the one on the left, and in the lead, is the male.  I zoomed in on the picture and he is quite handsome with his greenish bill.


A coolish day with clouds today - temperature to go up to +14C.
I'm off to the city.

Have a great day!

Blessings.

Pam



43 comments:

  1. I agree Pam, always be prepared with a camera of some sort. The misty looking vistas are nice, showing off how pretty your province is. The green bill on the male duck is rather handsome looking.

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  2. Pam, your photographs look mystic, just totally awesome!

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  3. It is really interesting to see how cropping changes the 'feel' of the photographs. I think the one where you see just the water has a very ethereal quality to it.

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  4. Beautiful photographs especially the tree reflection one that you have shown in three different ways by cropping. Pleased to see you have Spring now. It is getting dryer and warmer here in the UK, thank goodness. Jackie in Surrey UK.x

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  5. glad you could id the ducks! love the soft mist and reflections. i have a bad habit of relying on my cell phone whenever i'm out and about. i rarely carry another camera along.

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  6. I just love the reflections and fog on the lake scenes! Do you hear loons in New Brunswick?

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  7. Pam, wonderful words of advice. I don't always remember to take my camera and that's when the most amazing shots occur. Yours are very pretty. The other day I saw a mother, dad, and tiny baby Canadian geese just strolling along the side of the road and guess what?!!! So mad at myself..Happy Wednesday..Judy

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  8. Gorgeous reflections! Love the treeline reflection!

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  9. truly stunning. thank-you for sharing.

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  10. I love to photograph fog, although it's nicer with a tad bit of light. Beautiful. What a great dal of water gathered in that bottom.

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  11. Your pictures are delightful, and you are so right about always having your camera to hand just in case, I always keep mine in my bag to tote around with me wherever I go just in case - even to the supermarket! It is great to see the different effects that cropping can give to the picture. xx

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  12. Very good advice. I rarely follow it and have missed many shots. John calls them my "million dollar" shots. LOL

    Wonderful photos of the fog and I really appreciate judicious cropping.

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  13. I love the reflections. Sure makes me miss home and all its beauty. You are certainly blessed

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  14. Great pictures, the refections I really like.
    Never seen those ducks before we have black swans but not ducks.
    Merle.......

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  15. Fantastic photos Pamela ! Cant say I have seen black ducks here before but will look out for them . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  16. Pamela, you are so right: you never know when an amazing photo op will turn up and your beautiful images today of the fog on the water are proof! I have to say, the last photo, cropped and 'cleaned up' is my favourite! I love fog; find it romantic and enchanting, the dreamer that I am, so thanks for sharing this gorgeous scene with us.

    Poppy

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  17. The photos are so beautiful!!

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  18. The second to the last photo is just amazing! I am thankful for my phone as I keep it with me so always have a camera. I often use it for a camera too.

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  19. Those fog shots are ethereal....stunning. Hope that you end up enlarging some of them.

    Jen

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  20. Beautiful...your early morning reflections!

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  21. Lovely photo, Pamela. I always keep my point and shoot camera in my purse. My Canon is much too heavy to take along everywhere, unfortunately.

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  22. Lovely photos of your rural area. YES, I take a camera with me everywhere. ;)

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  23. Beautiful, Pam. Great way to start the day!

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  24. Simply beautiful scenery shots! I like what you did with them. I always carry a camera with me wherever we go. Sometimes three cameras, plus I have an iPhone now. I like my Canon EOS 40D with a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8mm zoom lens, with a Canon 2X Extender for serious photograph of birds (but find that even the 400mm is not enough at times to get quality shots; I also carry a Panasonic FZ50 for scenery and landscape shots, and a Canon SX50 HS for light shooting. My big lens never comes off my 40D.

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  25. I notice the colors in the photos. So soft and ethereal. Isn't nature wonderful?

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  26. Lovely scenery Pam, you always manage to catch the light so well for the settings - the first one reminds me of a Constable oil painting of an English country scene………and the road ahead is calling me to travel!

    Hope the visit to the city was fun………know it's always lovely to get home again though, isn't it?
    Hugs - Mary

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  27. Hi Pam! Thanks for your visit! Yep I'm still here, altho just randomly at best. Being with my sister takes first place! Your photos (as usual) are lovely... I love the mist over the water, so dreamy... and I'm sure you could hear a pin drop, or a frog croak, or a bird sigh... it's so stillllllll. Have a wonderful day!

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  28. Oh Pam...these are all so beautiful! I just love the ones of the reflected trees in the water. The tinge of pink in the sky adds so much beauty...and yes, I almost always have my camera...even on short drives. Here in central NC, there are so many tall pines and oak trees that can really get in the way of wide open spaces.

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  29. Oh Pam these photos are so so amazing. I find when I go to Victoria's in the evening I can see a nice sunset. I should charge up my pocket camera and have it ready to go all the time. I'd love to see a pair of ducks walking across my yard but then I'd think they were heading to the pond to go fishing.

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  30. Very beautiful photos indeed.
    A gift from the nature.
    Have a nice day.
    Geraldo

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  31. Those prints should be framed - how gorgeous !
    You're better with a phone than I am with an actual camera LOL
    XOXO

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  32. My, they are beautiful photos, Pam... Love your ducks, too. xo

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  33. Beautiful misty river shots Pam!!

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  34. Wow! You take the best photos, Pamela! Your early morning scenes are just gorgeous.

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  35. Your river shots have a dreamlike quality, gorgeous!

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  36. Awesome shots, Pam...just gorgeous!!!...:)JP

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  37. Just like from a fairy tale....
    I was right about the ducks!
    They must have taken the wrong exit!
    Enjoy your weekend....
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)
    Yes...camera in tow everywhere!

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  38. These are truly stunning scenes. It must have been a breathtaking view for you.

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  39. I really like the foggy photos, Pam. Fog adds such an interesting softness to your beautiful scenery shots. A little artful cropping doesn't hurt either!

    Have a lovely weekend.

    Karen

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  40. Excellent advice, Pamela. I'm afraid I have not been following it lately and have missed a few good photo ops as a result. Tomorrow is another day. Your foggy reflections are stunning. I can almost hear the quiet and feel the damp morning air.

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  41. I have found my new iPhone really handy the past couple of months. Unfortunately, I'm doing all the driving these days, so I can't use it as often as I want to. Love the reflections in your photos!

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