A disappointing day
I went to Aman Park today, hoping to catch the trillium bloom at its peak, no such luck! I think that the weather had a lot to do with it. It was raining a little as I left home, and the rain continued until I had almost reached the park. The clouds held on until mid-afternoon, and it was very windy the entire time.
It’s probably just as well that I didn’t find many flowers to photograph, as I would have gotten extremely frustrated by the wind if I had tried to use my macro lens and tripod. I had a hard enough time shooting handheld at high ISO.
But, when I got to the park, I wasn’t sure what I would find. Most of the flowers are down in a valley along Sand Creek, and I was hoping that the wind wouldn’t be as much of a problem in the shelter of the bluffs above the creek. So, I loaded everything up and set off down the trail. The farther I went, the worse it looked as far as no flowers open, and sure enough, I got down to where the trillium are present in huge numbers, and all I could see were buds. I wandered around a little and had a difficult time finding any flowers that were open of any species. I can’t say for sure, but it looks like almost all of the early spring flowers close up at night and open in sunshine, as I couldn’t even find spring beauties or trout lily open, and they’ve been blooming for almost two weeks.
So, I turned around, went back to my vehicle, and put the second body, macro lens, and tripod back in it, then set off the other direction to look for birds.
I didn’t have much luck with birds either, other than a few bad photos of the same species as what I saw yesterday at Palmer Park, which I still need to do a post on.
And, that reminds me, because of an error on my part, most of you didn’t receive a notice about this post that I finished on Saturday, if you’re interested, you may follow the link if you choose to do so. It includes photos like this one.
Since the weather wasn’t nearly as good today as it was yesterday, here’s the best that I could do.
The last two look exactly the same here, but there’s 1/3 stop of exposure compensation difference between the two. I should learn that such minor differences don’t show up here, although they do on my computer.
I played peek-a-boo with a downy woodpecker.
As the day wore on, more sunlight began to appear, and a few trillium opened up.
I watched water striders mating, it’s that time of the year!
And here’s a few more odds and ends.
I’m not sure, but I think that the chickadee felt sorry for me. He posed for some time, so I shot many photos, but since I have posted so many lately, just this one will do for this post.
I’ve been trying to learn the names of the flowers, but here’s a few that I have yet to learn.
That’s it for the images from today. After yesterday’s birding bonanza, today was a little disappointing, but it turned out to be a nice day to be outdoors, even if I didn’t get the images that I had planned on.
I have 70 left from yesterday when I had one of my best days ever as far as photography. I was going to put them into a post of their own, but looking at the weather forecast for this coming week, I think that I’ll wait for a day or two to decide what to do with those photos. It’s forecast to rain everyday this week, with lots of wind, so photos may be few and far between this week. Maybe I’ll use the images from yesterday spread out over the next week.
And, to wind this up, it looks as if I’ll be going back to Aman Park next week in hopes of catching the trillium at their peak. I’ve hit it the last three years, I don’t want to break the string.
That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!