Springtime Wander #3

May 30, 2014.

I went for another wander at work when the wildflowers were blooming bright.  So many flowers!

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I like how these flowers come in three colors. White, light purple, and purple.

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Box Elder Bugs at various stages of life. We had a ton of these all over. They get inside the building all the time, and you can even find them inside in the middle of winter.

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Old rusted farm equipment in the tall grass.

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An old barn set piece in the background.

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And now one with the mountains in the background. I’m under the shade of some trees.

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I think this one’s better. Mountains, clouds, and you can see all of the toothy arm. Much better composition, but not as many flowers.

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The farm equipment has some cool shapes.

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Lookie, a bee! They’re hard to get decent shots of. They move around too much.

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I love the contrast of fresh living flowers next to old rusted unused equipment.

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And a little Box Elder Bug. He’s kind of blurry, but it’s a very nice shadow of the flower around him.

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Depth of field! And lichen.

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More of the same. I like the wheels.

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A row of old workers sitting in flowers as they rest.

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This little batch of purple flowers had some fuchsia to it.

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The little fake well.

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An even darker purple.

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Another almost decent picture of a bee. There were a couple little bumbles with red stripes, but I could never catch them with the camera.

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Wild carpet rose.

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Another blossom on the wild carpet rose. This plant guards the way to my favorite deer trail on the property.

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On that hidden deer trail there are these plants with gigantic leaves. My foot is hiding in the bottom of the picture for size comparison.

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I think these flowers are related to the white and purple one, but they’re droopy and pink instead of perky and purple. Slightly different, but still pretty.

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Deer tracks by tire tracks on the gravel part of the parking lot.

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Close up of a deer track.

 

Winter Wander #2 – January 30, 2014

It was snowing that day, so I wanted to get pics of fresh powder.  So I wandered out of work with my camera.  🙂

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The random teeter-totter at work.

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Snow, berries, and branches. I like the colors in this one.

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Trying to be a bit more abstract. Could use some editing.

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My footprint! At this point the snow in the forest was borderline, trying to decide whether to be snow or slush. With each step I applied some friction to help it choose.

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It’s like a mini cave!

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I tried to get lots of reference and texture pictures of the tree back. The dampness brought out the colors in a pleasing fashion.

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It’s like a ghost of a leaf.

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One of the steps leading to a building on the set. I like the composition.

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It’s trapped!

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A sign for the inn in Kirtland on the set.

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Snow! It’s falling from the sky!

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It’s almost like being in a Little House on the Prairie story.

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Mandatory foot picture.

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Peeking through branches. I suppose this could use some cropping.

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A hidden gravestone prop.

 

Springtime Wander #2 – May 2, 2014

Here, have some more pictures from when I wandered around work in the spring time:

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Ah-ha! Caught you, little bee! They almost never sit still long enough for me to snag a decent pic.

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I love the contrast of the rusting old farm equipment by brilliant new flowers.

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Rusty old stuff is cool.

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Perspective? What are the toothy things for, anyway?

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Nature will eat your civilization!

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Grass and spokes.

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Flower photobomb.

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Hey look, there’s mountains in the distance.

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I like that rusty bar. That’s a very nice rusty bar. And you can see more of the Kirtland/Navoo set in this one.

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Some kind of little pink flower. Makes me think of chives or onions. Anyone know what this is?

Winter Wander & Clouds

January 10, 2014. It snows in Utah.  I went for a walk to use my new camera.  This is the wander I lost my lens cover on.

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A little black-capped chickadee in a tree.

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Drainage pipe. Half-covered by the chain-link fence. This is a stream during the summer.

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A bend in the dry stream bed.

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Leaf in snow.

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The Provo River.

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Paper wasp nest!

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I like how the log made a little cave in the snow.

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I like the pattern the branches and leaves make in the snow.

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Winter selfie. I’d lost my lens cover by this point, but somehow didn’t notice when I took this picture.

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Robin!

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Red berries and a fake well. What a pretty composition.

After that last picture I realized I’d lost my lens cover and spent an hour tromping back and forth over my tracks to find it.  Which I did.  Phew.

 

Now these next pictures come from Jan. 27 as my husband drove us down to Provo in the morning for work and school.  I liked how the smoggy atmosphere was messing with the light.

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So much atmospheric perspective. Thank you pollution.  (bleargh.)

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Haaaaaaze!

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More haze.

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A big sky full of little clouds.

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Glowing texture in the sky!

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A river bed in the sky.

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And then on the other side of the valley, we have the little flat, smudge tool clouds. Worn-out circles of moisture.

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And the factory belches.

Springtime Wander

Ok!  Let’s have another review post!  This past spring I wandered around at work and took a bunch of pictures of the flowers and fruit trees.  So many pretty flowers!  Here, I’ll share some with you.  I took this walk on April, 8 2014.

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Apple blossoms! I think.

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More blossoms.

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There’s a bee in this one.

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I like the funny shape of this shelf fungus on the tiny branch.

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Some cool lichen on a branch. I want to take a picture like this and paint something like a fairy in it sometime.

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Baby plants peeking up through the soil.

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Sproutling from another angle.

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And a pretty purple flower. These are grape hyacinths.

wander at work

 

I like to wander around at work.  About a month ago the guys were all excited about some baby deer that had been born a couple days before.  I went out to see if they were near, but they’d left.  I did find a snake, though.  And then I proceeded to wander the forest.

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Look at the pretty snake! It’s a western terrestrial garter snake.

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He held still until I tried to catch him. Then he zipped away.

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Something made fluffy seed snow all over.

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That tree was the culprit of the fluffy seed snow.

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More fluffy seed snow.

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One of the cabins on set. I liked how it looked with the wildflowers.

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That is one TALL thistle.

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Daisy things! Flowers, flowers everywhere.

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And on my way wandering back inside I found a deer. She watched me as I wandered by.

I love all the wildlife and nature that surrounds my workplace!  I’m very blessed to have that job.