What a surprise when we came around the Point and discovered the beach full of cairns! Not as colorful as the cairns they have in Utah, but I love the different shape and textures that come from each cairn built. Not to mention the human element that goes into making them. Someone took the time to be creative and connect with nature at the same time, what is cooler than that?
In my defense, if I had my large tripod with me I would have gone back to the car to get some long exposures of the water coming in around the cairns. Luckily they turned out pretty good just holding my breath and trying not to move. I forgot about the trick of setting the 2 two second timer so I wouldn't have to depress the shutter button. Can't think of everything, right?
I had to fuss with the exposure on the shot below just a bit to get enough contrast to make it look okay in black and white. Katrina dragged me away after this shot. Something about, "how long do you plan to stay out here anyway, Mom?" Non-photographers don't have the same sense of time that we do.
The rest of these I shot in the rain when I was wandering around by myself. Since I am in too much of a hurry to use that gorillapod I had to shoot this little mushroom at least 6 times before getting a clear shot. However, setting up the gorillapod would have taken longer. If I had continued to struggle I would have dragged it out because I wasn't missing the opportunity to get those little hairlike structures in focus! When I was out shooting at Kettle Moraine this morning I smartened up and attached the gorillapod and then just left it on.
|identification success at last - spinellus fusiger|
I've been having trouble seeing what I'm shooting through the viewfinder lately. Whether it's old age (likely culprit, oh presbyopia you are so cruel!) or that I accidently bumped the dial above the viewfinder I don't know, but today I finally took the time to dial it in to a setting where I can see the object I need to have in focus when the auto-focus says it's in focus. Kind of important for those times you want to use manual focus because the camera won't focus on what you want it to.
|Not a clue!|
Our time at Cave Point only lasted about an hour and a half, can you believe it? (I've spent more time trying to identify everything I saw while there) On our way in to the park Katrina spotted this boatfull of cuties in someone's driveway. Aloha!
Tomorrow I'll tell you about my new tent trial at Kettle Moraine where I found a new prime tent spot and trail too!