Archive for the ‘River’ Category

Blooms along the river

So I wasn’t sure I was going to make it out to take pictures today but I’m glad I did. I’ve always liked cloudy and rainy days, usually because of the rain effect but by the time I got out this afternoon, it was mostly just muddy.

That said, there were also several flowers blooming along the Meramec River, including the one in this picture. The unfortunate thing is I don’t know what flower this is, so I guess I have a research question now.

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Along the Meramec river

For years now, I’ve taken many, many reflective pictures at our cabin up in northern Minnesota, be it of the trees along the lake, the clouds after a storm or of the sun setting at night.

This however, is one of the first I’ve taken along the Meramec river. Nothing like a rainy afternoon to enjoy along the river.

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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.

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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.

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The mighty Meramec river

Okay, so most people don’t call it mighty like the mighty Mississippi, still from the view I had over the weekend, it looked pretty amazing. So a few weeks ago I decided to start using my new(ish) camera to start taking pictures of nature and posting them to see if I have what it takes to sell some of them through other websites.

Anyway, this past weekend I went to Castlewood park, which is located out west a bit from where I live. It’s a place I use to take my kids sometimes and a park that I always loved to go to.

Turns out I picked an amazing day to go there, along with lots of other people and while I had some difficulty with my camera, I did manage to get at least one what I would call really nice picture of the river looking down from the cliffs of Castlewood park. I hope you like it.

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Going down

Okay, so as a kid I had the chance to find and explore some caves but compared to this, they were simply pot holes. This cave, located in British Columbia, is humongous and at least to me, pretty cool.

Today’s article is entitled “A ‘Honking Big’ Cave in Canada Lures Geologists to Its Mouth: How did a hole large enough to fit the Statue of Liberty go undetected for so long?” by Emily S. Rueb over at the New York Times. Boy, if I were a kid today, I think I’d be heading first north and then south.

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Mental health & blue space

So according to this article and I would say from personal experience as well, it appears that living near water is good for your mental health. I know I’m only around water one week of each year and that’s when we’re on vacation at our cabin on Town Line Lake in Minnesota, but I definitely feel more relaxed there the longer we are at the cabin.

The article that apparently supports this theory is entited “Living Near Water Boosts Mental Health” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger. So the next time you’re surrounded by water, see if you’re not more relaxed.

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Nature at it’s finest

So this article, at least to me, show’s nature at it’s fines despite what some human’s continue to do to this planet. The article is entitled “The Amargosa River Defies the Desert” by Jim Robbins over at the New York Times. This river in the middle of a desert and all the animals that live within it’s ecosystem, simply amazing.

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