Archive for the ‘Woods’ 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

Trees of life

One of the first things I learned from the book The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben is how interdependent trees are and how much they do for the forests that they’re a part of.

One of the things they do is they support each other but they also help others and I think this picture shows that with the fungus that is growing on the tree. It’s like they’re part of one big family.

Sincerely-

Green Librarian

Forest sunset

As of today my camera is getting a good cleaning, so while that’s happening, I’ve been going through some of my older pictures to post. This is another one that is simple but nice. I love how the sun is surrounded by all of the trees.

I also really love how the sun is right in the middle of a crowded forest, yet it stills stands out. The fact that your able to see it with all of the trees no doubt helps too. Meanwhile, I can’t wait to get my camera back.

Sincerely-

Green Librarian

Speaking of trees, yet again

As I’ve said many times, I love trees. The thing is, trees give us so much, whether they’re dead or alive. In addition to that, I think what I love about this picture is just the contrast of the colors in the stump.

It’s like there’s a whole little world within the tree. Just like I said in my previous post, Trees and bettles, beetles and trees, this is also from the pictures I took on Tuesday at Emmenegger Nature Park.

TreeStump

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Green Librarian

Trees and beetles, beetles and trees

So yesterday I got the chance to yet again go out and take some pictures and again it was Emmenegger Nature Park, my go to park these days. The only difference was I took a trail that I don’t know the last time I took, if ever.

That said, after going through my latest pictures, I decided on this one of a beetle sitting inside the bark of a dead tree. That said, I must admit I don’t know what species of beetle that it is. I guess it’s a chance to use my researching skills yet again.

Beetle

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Green Librarian

A tree, in two parts

So somehow I got the energy to go to Emmenegger Nature Park again, though I knew if I didn’t go right away, I wouldn’t go at all. While I did get a few nice pictures of the sun on it’s way down, I didn’t stick around for the sunset. I was too hungry.

After going through the pictures though, I decided on one that doesn’t have the sun it it after all. It’s one one a tree which I really like. It’s a tree that apparently, and now I’m guessing here, was struck by lighting perhaps.

Though not black like the one I posted in Beauty in the unlikeliest of┬áplaces, I still love the beauty in the tree, split in two like I titled the post. I’ll probably go back through the pictures again this weekend and who knows, maybe I’ll post one with the sun next week.

TreeSplitinTwo

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Green Librarian

An eerie sort of feeling

This is a picture I took a few weeks ago over at another local park, this time Emmenegger Nature Park. I didn’t really notice it so much when I took the picture as later when I started to pursue through the pictures I had taken afterwards.

TreeLichen

It was in the middle of winter but the lichen growing on the trees had an almost neon look. I love how it stands out in the middle of the woods when everything’s so brown. I’m hoping to get back out on Saturday to take some more pictures.

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Green Librarian

Beauty in the unlikeliest of places

So the picture I’m posting tonight is one I took just a few days ago out at Castlewood State Park. To me it’s one of those pictures where it may not look beautiful when you first come up to it but, upon further reflection, there is beauty in this tree.

BurntTree

I guess it goes back to the old saying, beauty’s in the eye of the beholder. To me, it is beautiful.

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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