Posts Tagged ‘pond’

Photo Friday: I got a frog in my lens

June 12, 2015

The first full week of every June, I take my vacations from my full time job, so I can do my photography work.  One of the places I frequent, for some of the best nature shots, is a place called Hinkley Park.  This year, I decided to use my nature lens to get close-ups of turtles, since they are numerous, and pretty.  My fascination with turtles stems from the shell, which is a spinal chord, pelvis, and ribcage rolled into one unit, making turtles, and tortoises some of the only species’ with both an endo, and exo-skeleton.

As I got to the upper pond, I could hear the green frogs, and bull frogs croaking, so I figured, why not start with them.  I set my lens to 900 mm, and was immediately welcomed to a frog staring directly at my lens.  It was a breezy day, so I took extra pictures to get the clear ones I’m showing now.  I hope you enjoy them.

bull frog 1

bull frog 2

Of course, the whole purpose was the turtles, so here are a couple I shot.

 

painted turtle 2

painted turtle 1

painted turtle 4

Baby Turtle!!!

June 21, 2012

this is a picture I took at Hinkley Park the other day.  This was my third pass over the bridge, (I’ll supply the picture of that as well.)  and looking into the water, I saw the cutest baby turtle at just under 3 inches around.  The baby is an Eastern Painted Turtle, which are common in this area.  I’ve seen a lot of the turtles, but this is the first time I’ve ever seen a baby.

Ain’t he cute?

Now here’s the bridge.

Lessons from a Turtle!!!

June 18, 2012

I don’t get out to Hinkley Park as often as I like, but I will always be grateful for one thing; that is, the lesson I learned at this park.

A few years ago, I would ride my bike past this park almost daily, but it looked more like a parking lot with a power station.  The only indication I had that it was a park was the sign next to the road.  When I did get around to going further in, I was highly surprised to find a beautiful nature trail surrounding two beautiful ponds.

At this point I think I should back track a little.  I’m the type of nature photographer that has a list of subjects that I want to photograph while I still live in Maine.  One of those subjects was a turtle sunning itself out of the water.  This is where Hinkley Park came in handy.

Now that we’ve circled that wagon, it’s time complete the circle and talk about the lesson I learned from this.  When I first started walking around the ponds, I heard there were turtles in them, and that this was a great place for finding them, however, I couldn’t find them at first.  Two years ago, I was walking around taking shots, with no real direction when I saw a turtle by accident, swimming under the bridge I was crossing.  After a short time, and a little more practice, I got to the point where I couldn’t stop finding them.

Now, every time I go to Hinkley Park, I can take as many shots as I want, because I know how to find them.

The lesson I gained from this, for those who didn’t get it yet, when you have a hard time finding solutions to problems, always remember the solutions are there.  All you need is a little time, and practice, before you start seeing them all the time.

Can you find the turtle in this?

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