Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

Back in nature

So I finally got back out into nature with my camera the other day and while the picture I was really hoping for didn’t come out, I still got a few that I like.

The one that didn’t come out that great was of a blue heron just gliding up the Meramec river. It was a combination of my photography skills and me not having the best lense. Oh well, maybe next time.

So what I’ve chosen instead is something that I didn’t need a telephoto lense for and fortunately, couldn’t mess up too bad. It’s a purple cone flower along the trail and actually the same flower I just planted in our back yard.

So until the next blue heron comes along, I’ll just stick to flowers and trees. At least I can get a nice close-up of them.

Sincerely-

Green Librarian

Tree trunk

So I got my camera back yesterday after a good cleaning and I was just so happy to have it and to go take some picture. Now while I seem have lost the automatic focus, I was still able to enjoy my old standby, Emmenegger Nature Park.

That said, I took plenty of sunset pictures but none of them seem to be exactly what I was looking for tonight, but as usual, a tree trunk see to do the trick.

I must admit it was also nice to look at the sky and not see dust spots. As soon as I figure out the automatic focus, I’ll go back out again and get that memorable sunset picture but until then, trees will do just fine.

Sincerely-

Green Librarian

Peony flower

Now for the last couple of weeks I’ve been posting pictures that I’ve taken over in Emmenegger Nature Park, which happens to be one of my favorite parks, in large part because of al the memories I have there with my kids.

Before that however, I took several of my front yard gardensand surrounding neighborhood and tonight I’m returning there with this picture of a peony flower in my front yard.

Peonie

By next week however, I’ll head back out, in large because I’ve been furloughed from my current library job for the next eight weeks. Thankfully thought, due to a buyout from my previous job and other resources at my disposal, I’ll get through this and one of the best ways is with taking pictures of nature.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Along the river banks

So I think this is another picture of the Meramec river from the last time I was out. It was in the evening, after work and the sun was setting in the background. I just love the reflection of light off the river.I’ve been trying to get a picture of the setting sun over the river but for some reason and I don’t know why, there are spots on my lens.

I need to find out the best way to clean them. Unfortunately I just found out we’re being furloughed at work for the next six to eight weeks, so I should have time to figure that out. I just got some lens extensions, so I’ll have time to try those out too. Looking out at the river, almost makes you want to jump right in.

Meramec2

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

 

Photography & kids

So last night I went to hear Missouri Department of Conservation photographer Noppadol Paothong speak at Powder Valley Nature Center. I not only learned a few things about nature photography, it also reiterated once again, that one of the best things I did for my kids was take them to several of the parks around town.

Towards the end of his talk, he talked about how he took his daughter out on one of his adventures and that he realized how lucky she was to see nature in all it’s beauty. It made me realize my kids were too.

The event was called “MDC photographer Noppadol Paothong to add encore presentation Feb 20 at Powder Valley Nature Center“. The best thing is, he’s speaking again tonight and I can definitely say, it was well worth the time.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Photography

With all the turmoil going on in my life recently, what with me soon to lose my day job due to budget cuts and then my body decides this is too stressful and figures I need to catch a cold, I must say photography has definitely been something to help me de-stress.

So hopefully, sooner rather than late, I’m looking to upgrade this website and perhaps sell a few of my photos. Now obviously I’m not looking to make much money here but really that’s not the point.

With a little luck, maybe it become something I can continue to do and even expand on. Meanwhile, my search for a new job continues as does my writing and photography of nature, so stay tuned!

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Photography

So for the last few weeks, I’ve started going out to the parks I use to take my kids to when they were younger and have been taking pictures. Now while I’m far from being a professional, It’s become something I really enjoy.

While my dad’s been gone for going on twenty-five plus years, it’s something that when I was younger, we both enjoyed and so now I find myself coming back to. I’ve found it very peaceful to go out in the woods by myself, getting a little exercise while looking for that elusive perfect picture.

Just the other day, I finally created a tab where I will begin to post some of my favorite shots. While the vast majority will come from parks here in St. Louis, I will also include a few from up north near our family cabin in Minnesota and possibly some from other places I may visit from time to time.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy them as much as I have taking them. I know some of them might be out of focus in the beginning but I finally got around to getting some new glasses the other day, so hopefully that will help take care of that issue.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Parks

So it’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted. That’s mostly in large part just because of  work and life, not necessarily in that order. That said, the other thing I’ve been able to do is go out on my own and take pictures, all in some of the local parks where I live.

So tonight’s article is about someone else, also from St. Louis, whose doing that though on a much bigger level. The article is entitled “St. Louis man on a mission to visit all 419 national parks will finish at Arch.

While I doubt I’ll ever get the chance to go to all 419 national parks, I’ll at least continue to visit those here in the area and perhaps some in northern Minnesota, where our family cabin is.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Words for nature

Now I came across today’s article from a blog I’d honestly never heard of before called Writeshop. I happened upon it as I was creating a display at work for the December theme Write to a Friend Month.

The article, entitled “How to make word banks about nature” by and it reminded me of an older post I did about the words we have for nature and how these days, they seem to be disappearing.

Unfortunately, I can’t remember for the life of me the article I’m referring to but when I do, I will remember to post it. Okay, update, I did find the post. It’s entitled “What is landscape?“. Enjoy!

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Leaves

Tonight’s article comes from an author I’ve read many times before and while is only partly about leaves, leaves are something I dearly miss these days. After the last of our four big trees came down recently, They’re like missing a dear friend.

The article is entitled “McClellan: Giving thanks for falling leaves” by Bill McClellan over at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. While I still miss the leaves, there are plenty of things in nature to be thankful for.

One of those actually happened today with my middle child and my mom. They were out at the Wildlife Rescue Center today, getting a gift for one of my nieces when he said to my mom, I remember when dad to use to bring us out around here. That’s a gift that is truly priceless.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian