Whenever I go hiking, I take hundreds of photos. Most of them are never seen by anyone but me. Some of these photos are nature scenes that I just don't have a story for. Sometimes these are some of my favorites, but they fall by the wayside, because I don't have much to say about them. I have some here that I took recently, and I'd like to share them.
This first one is the closest I have been able to get to some of the beautiful sunset photos that I've seen on some of the blogs I visit. You can find some great ones like this on the links on my sidebar and by following some of the commenters here on the site.
I'm always very envious of their photos of sunsets, but I've never been in the right place at the right time to capture my own. I'm glad they're all able to do it for me. Mine isn't actually a real sunset. It's just the winter sun on a partly cloudy day. I still liked this scene very much.
This is the bottom of the Scenic Overlook at Heritage Park. This area is all set up for sledding right now. I would have shown a photo of the slope, where people ride their sleds down, but I like this photo much more. When I took this picture most of the snow was melted, and the hill was unfit for sledding.
There were a couple of teenagers sitting at the top of the hill with a sled, looking very disappointed. I would have felt bad for them, but as I started walking down the trail, they began to laugh thinking they would get to see me fall on the ice. It will never happen, because I'm well equipped for this icy terrain.
Here's a photo of some of the sumac plants I see in so many places I go. When I took this shot the sun was shining in my eyes, and there was more mist floating around right here. It gave this photo a great effect that I couldn't do again if I tried.
The plants themselves are a grayish brown color right now, just like most things this time of year. The fruit clusters are actually a deep red color, even this time of year. You can almost see it in the photo. I'll have to post some photos of these plants later in a warmer season.
Here's another scene with a great sun and sky effect. I like the way the sun is blocked by that one cloud, but the sunshine seems to shape the other clouds. At the right in this photo is the hiking trail that I was getting ready to travel on.
This last one is from a place deep in the forest. This hiking trail is snowy, but to the left you can see a patch where the snow is melting. There have been other hikers along this path, but not very many. I guess no one else wanted to go this far in this weather.
Okay, that's it for these photos today. I like being able to post these extras sometimes. In my opinion, they're very good photos. Most times I let photos like this stay on my computer for my eyes only. I want people to see them, but it's hard to say much about them. I'll either start posting this type of photo in this way when I have them, or I'll have to get a little better with my writing.
That's it for today. I'll be back tomorrow with something I hope is entertaining and thoughtful. Talk to you then...