Saturday it rained almost all day, so I thought there might be a lot more water in the river where I hike occasionally. So Sunday afternoon, it was sunny and I went down for a hike. The trail was a little muddy but it wasn’t too bad.
Just as I started my hiking I came across some deer, one of whom seemed to want to engage in a staring contest with me. So, while he stared, I took his photo.
I also came across a fuzzy caterpillar on a plant and I liked the way that the plant was curving under the weight of the caterpillar so I took some photos. I noticed a lot of these things in the grass, so it must be the time of year for them.
I also saw a water snake and a nutria, but I won’t bore you with those pictures.
I came across a dead tree along the river bank and I considered how to make it work with the river and the sky. The sun was getting low and was covering the grasses and weeds with golden highlights. So I set up on my tripod to capture the scene. The river is down the hill and mostly blocked by the plants. I did capture the sun on the plants well enough if you don’t mind a lot of lens flare from shooting at the sun. This was shot at 16mm with the lens stopped to f/20, so you get quite a bit of a sun star.
As the sun continued its journey, I went around to get another angle on the dead tree. The image below is shot with the sun coming right through the branches in the tree. Mabey you get a little more river in this photo and there is still some remaining sun light on the foreground plants. I also had to walk through and stand in a lot of tall weeds to get this photo and the bugs were having plenty of fun with me.
And before hiking back up the trail to my car, I stopped on a low bridge over the river for a sunset photo. You can see how full the river is as it is running through parts of the river bed that were nothing but grass a week ago.
I made it back to the car as the last of the color had left the sky. It won’t be long before the sun will set too late for me to catch it at this park as they close the gates at 9:00 PM.
As to the photos, I find the green in the plants to be a bit overwhelming and I have dampened that down quite a bit in editing. I don’t know if you can tell. Other than that, the colors are camera standard.