Monday, March 11, 2013

Great weekend for a hike

Since we were treated to an awesome weekend of warm weather and friendly skies, 
The Professor and I went for a long hike, something I haven't been able to do 
for the past year due to my knee.  
It was sweet to be able to walk again without pain!

Of course, most of my motivation for hiking was to try to capture some interesting photos.  
March doesn't usually lend itself to much beauty.  
The earth is filled with too many shades of unremarkable browns 
but with a little editing with DistressedFX on my iPad,
 there was hope for some of the images.

We came upon this old building along the stream.  
It didn't appear to be an old mill 
and I'm not sure what's its purpose was in its glory days.  
But it did lend itself to some interesting images.

I wonder who 'ALBERt' is?
And why all caps except for the 't'?

My little female Cardinal who lost her tail, still comes to feed.  
You can see her new tail growing back (dark area under her wing tips) 
in the image below that I captured during our snowfall on Friday.

And thankfully, that snowfall melted pretty much away by the end of the day 
giving us this beautiful weekend.


 Makes me swoop with delight
that spring is around the corner!!!



43 comments:

EG CameraGirl said...

Very nice editing on these photos, Reena!

Brian Miller said...

oh man.the light in that first one is like the sky is on fire...its amazing...and love the street scene as well.....

Kerri said...

These are magnificent! I LOVE Disressed Fx app. And LOVE your cardinals too.

Kathryn said...

These shots are gorgeous and I love your processing. So glad Mrs Cardinal's tail is growing back. Bless her heart.

Perfectly Printed said...

This pictures are lovely! And how nice to be able to take a hike pain free! Just found your blog...I'm your newest follower!

chris

Daryl said...

dont pack the boots yet there's a cold front on the way ...

Kathy said...

It's been a wild winter for you guys back East. Love the last photo of the cardinal's underbelly while in flight.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Nice cardinal shots and the old building makes for an interesting subject. Have a great week!

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

love the swoop shot. awesome colors!! ( :

Sandra said...

you get a 10 on a one to five scale on all of these. plus a Magnificent.

Claudia said...

I always love your photos, Reena. Oh yes, March doesn't bring out the best in the landscape, does it? I was just saying that I was tired of browns and grays!

xo
Claudia

Emily S said...

That first photo is so pretty! It looks like a painting. What fun to have gone on a hike, and you are right, Spring is right around the corner!

rainfield61 said...

Your cardinal must the first one who senses the arrival of spring.

Lois Evensen said...

Wonderful treatment of these images! Beautiful!

Sylvia K said...

Terrific captures, Reena, they look like paintings! You should frame these! What a great walk you had and wonderful to be able to do that again isn't it? I love the birds! Colorful little buggers aren't they!! Enjoy your week!!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I am not really that fond on special effects and treatments to photos but have to say I kind of like this DistressedFX one.

TexWisGirl said...

yay for mrs. cardinal! and yay for your knee!

Gail said...

Love the reflections.

Hilary said...

That first photo looks like an oil painting with that treatment. Very nice collection of warm looking images from a cold day.

Madi and Mom said...

Hey Ms. Reena
Please thank Kramer for his manly wishes for my Bday.
Oh and tell him we read his post about kitty love...we will keep a light burning should he feel a need to take a break.
We had a pretty weekend too...clouds moving in today but temps are better.
Mom is going to forward an email to you. A friend's son has been nurturing a rufous hummer in his backyard, which is not far from us, all winter. That little jewel took a wrong turn
Last fall. Hugs
Madi and mom

Dianne said...

It must be so nice to be out hiking again Reena ... taking in the sights and sounds and capturing life. I love your "distressed" editing.

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful work!

jennyfreckles said...

You do wonderful things to your photos (which always look pretty good to start with.) I wish I had half your skill and creative vision.

CherryPie said...

You have captured some lovely photos of that walk.

I am looking forward to seeing the progress of that tail.

Country Girl said...

Good for you on that walk, girl. Excellent. Love the wing action on the last photo too.

Barbara Shallue said...

I love the processing on these, Reena! Beautiful captures. Love that last one, especially.

Out on the prairie said...

I hike now where it will get too dense once it warms up.I have been following deer trails looking for sheds.

Mark said...

Of all those beautiful images you saw, and posted of your hike, I kept going back to check out that old building. Really interesting...and what is with Albert and the small t?

Awena Robert said...

Just like paintings. Wonderful. The warm colours are lovely and very welcome after along winter here. Bye for now.

eileeninmd said...

The first two shots are beautiful. And I love the Cardinals. I like the editing, very nice! Have a happy week!

She Who Carries Camera said...

Love the golden effect you used, plus the fact that you were able to take a hike to get those shots. I would have never guessed that a bird could grow a tail back!

Rosemary Aubut said...

Great editing Reena! You always come up with new and fun stuff! Glad you can walk agin without pain so that you can bring us more great photos!

Evelyn S. said...

Your processing of these great images has certainly turned the drab into delightful! Rich and wonderful--even
"ALBERt"!

islandwonder said...

Gorgeous! Glad your knee is better.

Linda R said...

Now that looks like a fabulous place for a hike.. So glad to here you can hike with out pain.

Your photos are fabulous..

Hugs~

Tracey from Haiku.You.Do said...

We too had that snow and I too took shots of birds at the feeders, although I haven't edited my pics yet ;) These are beautiful. I especially love the building pictures. I am attracted to the grungy feel of them!

Betty Manousos said...

totally enjoyed your photos.
what a beautiful place for a hike!
love those woods too.

big hugs~

Gillian Olson said...

Great to hear you are able to hike again, beautiful pictures.

ladyfi said...

What spectacular shots! Just lovely. No spring here - just snow and more snow!

Lisa Gordon said...

Beautiful photographs, Reena.
Nice weekend here too, and it felt so good to get out.

S. Etole said...

You caught that cardinal at just the right moment. Great color in all of these.

GailO said...

I didn't know about your knee surgery and I am glad that it is over and so much better. It is amazing what they can do for our aging joints days!

A very interesting building you stumbled upon...beautiful photos!

Harshi said...

What an amazing place to hike! Stunning scenery, love the hues and textures.

Also glad to know the cute little birdie is growing a new tail. :)