Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thursday's little things . . .


"Let your life lightly dance on the edges
of time like dew on the tip of a leaf."

- Rabindranath Tagore


Several posts ago I talked about finding things that shimmer beneath
the surface, and well, on a foggy morning you won't need to go far.

One morning the fog was so thick you could see the droplets floating
in the air. So I grabbed my camera and headed over to the park. But the sun
had come out and it wasn't long before the fog lifted, and it didn't leave
until it left everything covered in dew.

As I entered the park there were a handful or two of deer grazing on the
grass from all the rain, and the younger ones were prancing around
playing tag.



I couldn't even get close to the taller waist high grasses because the fields were so soggy from
all the rain, and I was quickly sinking in mud. I'm adding mud boots to my wish list. And trust me,
I tried about all angles to get to that field...I could see the dew sparkling like diamonds, but it just wasn't going to happen.

{Morning}

So I did the next best thing ...I laid down on the sidewalk to get a bugs eye view.


And then I was mesmerized by this tree and its shadow.


Spanish moss anyone? The trees in this park are covered by this moss, and it's quite the sight.


Oh, and I have to share these with you . . . I have always wanted to photograph some fire ants,
but getting close enough is always a problem. If they feel the slightest vibration they are coming out of the nest to investigate and protect it, so being near one in the grass is a really bad idea.  


But we woke up one morning to find them building a nest at our back door stoop so I was able to lay down and watch them through my lens. Even though they pack a nasty sting they are fascinating to watch (yes, nerd alert!). Unfortunately, and even though I highly dislike chemicals, the bait we put on the nest is very localized. They take it back to the queen and when she dies, the mound dies. 

Notice those pinchers, which they use to hold on to you while they sting you with their back end. And I just don't know how something as small as an 1/8" can pack so much pain!





Hope you have a great day, don't forget to notice the little things
Love, Kim





33 comments:

Tamar SB said...

You are amazing at finding these stunning little details!!

molly said...

These are all so perfect. I can't decide if the tree with the sunburst or the dew in the grass is my favourite. Both are exceptional images

Mollyxxx

Maggie said...

Loving your bird's eye view, not sure I could lie down to capture a shot
like the one of the dew sparkling on the grass because I'd never get up again! Fab shadow capture of the tree.

Sarah Carletti said...

I love all of your little finds. The grass is amazing!

Jeanne said...

Love that bugs eye view Kim. Isn't photography wonderful, and how much we can see that we would never have seen before.

carolina rico said...

First thing I would like to cmpliment you on is that you really have a child´s eye... searching for beauty in little details!!!! love it! And then of course your pictures are amaziiiiing! loved the second one and the tree one!

Lisa Comperry said...

Beautiful photos! ..I hope the fire ants left you alone...I love foggy mornings :-)

Nancy said...

You inspire me to be more mindful of the details in life and the length to which you will go to get a great shot.....love the grass shots and the fire ants at work.....

carol l mckenna said...

All beautiful photography ~ love the deer and the exquisite water droplets!

Happy Weekend to you,
artmusedog and carol

The Artful Diva said...

I love your dew drop captures. If I got that close to the ground, I need help getting up!

Stephanie said...

My dear Kim, your photos are breathtaking! The one of the grass with dew was {as you said} mesmorizing. Thank you for the beautiful pictures. Hugs to you!

Yolanda Ronaldo said...

The detail in the grass photos is so mesmerizing. Absolutely fantastic! And that tree pic is fantastic.

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Rebecca said...

The 2nd shot is gorgeous.

Kim Cunningham said...

Gorgeous, Kim! I wish I had half the resolve you have to get up and greet the day with your camera. You are always richly rewarded.

Janet Bocciardi said...

Love the photos, Kim. Last summer my husband and I had gone out to toss the frisbee for Moose and I apparently disturbed a nest. I was standing in this luscious grass in my sandals and then all of the sudden it was YOWIE!!! Ran to the house brushing my legs - didn't know I could run so fast with my hands down at my ankles. lol!

The dew photos are awesome. We're going to get some rain - yay! So I'm going to try some shots this weekend that hopefully will look half as good as yours.

Dotti said...

Those deer had you in their headlights! Love all the dewey photos. And the uptop quote ... YES!

Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

Love your bug's eye view! It's always great to try to take a fresh perspective on things.

Nicki said...

I know that feeling you refer with the field of dew: you see it and know in your heart it would make an AMAZING photo, but the elements are not in your favor and despite your best effort - it doesn't materialize. And then every ounce of A.D.D. kicks in and you become (almost as) mesmerized with trees, shadows, ants.

Great fun following along.

Mitzi Rice said...

You simply cannot go wrong where Spanish Moss is concerned. I absolutely love the beauty of it. LOVE...LOVE ...LOVE your morning shot! And that tree with the sunburst...well now that would have kept me mesmerized for a spell as well. Beautiful images!

Liz said...

Beautiful images Kim! I love your low down shots. Great light and Bokeh.

Beverly said...

The dew and grass is so beautiful, but the tree with sunlight! Awesome!..Your morning discoveries are something to treasure... the quiet time is always the best part for me.

Sarah Coggins said...

The bug's view - stunning! I love the angle and all those sparkles from the sunlight & dew (more technically bokeh, I suppose but "sparkles" sounds more fun. ;) ).

Julie S. said...

That bokeh is beautiful! Lovely photos!

Roxi Hardegree said...

Fabulous water shots! I was stung last year twice! While shooting in a cemetery, now I look before I explore. We just started having them in our garden and we treat them with some natural stuff and so far they seem to either die or move on but have popped up a few other spots but they may still be coming from the neighbors, not sure which. But at least they are out of the garden for now. I'm curious about what you use.

Brenda said...

What a great reminder to notice the little things.

Kelly Kardos said...

Big eye views are always fun-it's a big big world down there!! Great post kim.

Viv@Thoughts from the Desktop said...

Oh the light through the tree gorgeous.

Linda/patchwork said...

Beautiful photos!

I've been really lazy with the camera, so far this year.

Have a great weekend. Hope your weather is going to be as good as ours.

Ida said...

Delightful post. Loving the deer, the sunlight/tree shot and even seeing those ants up close. We've had a huge problem with tiny black ants this past year so they are on my (least favorite) list right now.

Linda R said...

Such amazing photos. I can just picture that fog and the sites you saw when it lifted. You described it perfectly my friend. I do hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Hugs~

My Painted Garden said...

Hi, So nice to meet you - I was able to leave you a comment this way. Your photos are beautiful and the one of the deer is very special.
Have a wonderful day.
Erin

marshaleith said...

Amazing photographs!!You captured the dew perfectly..and I love the Spanish Moss...

Donna said...

Wow... way to go on these photos and your adventures. You are amazing to get out their and capture these great moments.

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