Natural beauty

A small group of pelicans swimming on a lake

Well, guys, this is the last of my cabin-related photo posts. You’ll be getting something a little different next week.

To be honest, while I like these three pictures, they’re my least favourite of the batch. I think that’s why I saved them for today–a part of me was putting them off.

That said, I do like looking at the pelicans swimming on the lake, and I think I did alright in photographing them. It was one of those moments when I was really glad I had a lens that could capture views from so far away. I don’t use that one much, but it really comes in handy now and then.

As for the flower photo, well, it’s not as great as some of my others, but it was one of the only I got on our weekend away. There weren’t a whole lot of flowers (or other plants I felt would make great pictures) growing near our little cabin–mostly just trees and bushes.

Regardless, I am decently happy with these. Hopefully you enjoy looking at the pelicans as much as I do.

A close-up of a light-purple flower

A line of birds swimming on a lake

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Fishing for luck

A man fishing off of a dock in the late afternoon

To be honest, I don’t fish. I did a bit when I was younger–just off of the dock occasionally when my family would go camping. I didn’t even have my own rod or anything; I would just borrow someone else’s, usually my dad’s.

My brother, on the other hand, loves fishing. He and my sister-in-law took their gear out to the cabin with them when we went a couple of weeks ago, and he spent plenty of time down on the dock, fishing off of the edge. He would have been out on a boat, if we’d had one with us.

While I may not have fished with him, I did take the opportunity to snap a couple of pictures. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

A fishing rod on the edge of a dock

A Canadian fishing lure alongside others

Red and White

The centre of a red and white petunia

I posted about my new flowers a couple of weeks ago,  but I didn’t share all of them with you. In addition to my little purple-veined petunias, I also planted a few red and white ones.

The thing is, though, I’ve been having some trouble getting pictures that I like of them. This is the best I’ve managed so far, and I’m still not entirely happy with it. Happy enough to share it, I suppose, but not quite what I was wanting when I took the picture.

I won’t be giving up, though. The flowers are still alive, which means I can keep taking pictures of them. Maybe soon I’ll have some that I love.

Purple petunia petal power

A purple-veined petunia

I have some new flowers! Can you tell I was excited to photograph them? I have some red and white petunias, too, but the pictures I took of them didn’t turn out quite how I wanted them too. I’m hoping I’ll have some to share with you within the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, enjoy this series, instead. After all, these are outdoor flowers, and I can’t be sure of how long they’ll actually last. I don’t have the greatest track record with outdoor plants….

A close-up of a purple-veined petunia

The petals of a purple-veined petunia

A close-up of a purple-veined petunia petal

A close-up of a purple petunia petal

Playing with light

A pair of crystal dolphins

I’ve been trying to practice my photography a little more, and one of the ways to do that is by playing with light. I figured this set of crystal dolphins would make a great subject in that regard. I mean, what better way to play with light than to let it shine through a couple of playful marine animals?

While the pictures didn’t come out quite how I was hoping, I’m still fairly happy with them. I like the way that the light both reflects off of the figures and pours through them, and the way it curves along with the dolphins’ backs.

I even managed to get a little bit of detail to come out in a couple of places, though I could have done a better job of that. Like I said, though: Overall, I’m fairly happy with how this little practice session turned out.

Crystal dolphin