Tuesday, January 23, 2007

A GLIMPSE OF MY TOWN TUESDAYS -- Bethel Nature Area Preserve Just Before Sunrise


Blogger micki said...

Camera - Minolta Maxxum 7000
Film - Ilford FP4 Plus ISO 125
Shutter Speed - 8 seconds
Aperture Setting - f-22 Manual Mode
Lens - Sigma 24mm lens
Cokin Filters ND8 and Grad ND 2
Scanning Method - Epson Perfection 4990 Photo scanner

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The very first time I went out to the Bethel Nature Area Preserve I expected something very different from what I had read about. I thought it would be teeming with wildlife; after all, it is a nature preserve. I’ve returned many times and seen a handful of seagulls now and again, an egret, and a pack of dogs from the property owners whose land is next to where the preserve ends. I keep going back, though, knowing I need to just be there at the right time in the right season to catch all those wonderful waterfowl said to spend time here.

It is primarily salt marsh, then a strip of beach and then the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. The waterlife must be plentiful, as I usually see several vehicles up there in the early am or around sunset. The men fishing can be seen at times, but usually I can’t spot them. This is the area they fish in; it’s a strip of water cutting through the salt marshes. I wasn’t going to post this shot, but it truly is a good representation of what I see when I drive up there. This is facing south east just before sunrise one very chilly and windy morning. If you look closely right at the horizon, you can see where the water comes in from the Bay where the land curves and ends. This was probably about 15 to 20 minutes before the sun came over the horizon line.

My $2.59 new Gary Gladstone book arrived in the mail yesterday, exactly one week after I ordered it and in excellent condition. I can’t wait to read it, but I had too much grading and lesson plans to do last night. I’m glad I splurged and bought this copy over the $0.01 copy.

9:47 AM  
Anonymous mooch said...

Very minimal but no less pleasing for this. It could be an abstract, almost.

10:00 AM  
Blogger Don said...

The pictures has a strong, subtle appeal. The approaching sunrise and the sky tones are very nice, Your game preserve sounds like one near here...I never seem to see all the wildllife that is supposed to be there!

10:38 AM  
Anonymous armeen said...

i like the high contrast look of the photo and its conversion to b&w. there are some very strong shapes on the bottom of the photo and in contrast some very soft shapes by the clouds.

10:42 AM  
Blogger Monterey John said...

Oh my, that is etherial. I feel drawn into the image. Very nice.

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Roger said...

Cool photo Micki. Looks very cold.

11:23 AM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

something so wonderfully spaced out and intangible about this shot...

12:42 PM  
Blogger manju said...

Awesome ! This is superb ! Great work, Micki.

12:44 PM  
Blogger photowannabe said...

Nice shot. I like the lines of perspective and angles with the big wide open sky taking up most of the picture.

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like this one. It has an appeal that's subtle and gently reels you in. Calming, even.
This is really nice Micki.


1:13 PM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

This is beautiful, Micki. Wonderful.

1:54 PM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

That's quite the pretty shot!

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

There is something slightly disorienting about this shot. It plays with the eyes and draws you in. Nice work.

4:21 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

wow... what a shot micki... this is something else...


5:43 PM  
Anonymous Christian said...

Freedom feeling in the Nature.

Great shot Micki

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Doris said...

Oh Micki this is so cool!!!!!!!
I feel like i'm walking across the surface of the moon :-) from the colors and what not :-)

Love it!

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Jeff Ambrose said...

Love this one Micki, its just minimal enough but with substance.

10:12 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

Wow - this is just surreal!

1:08 AM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

i like the simplicity of this picture. The very lack of prominent features gives it a timless quality. i also like the subtle details in the river and along the banks.

1:11 AM  
Anonymous Still said...

Almost a pure abstract! I like it a lot!

3:31 AM  
Anonymous david said...

what a lovely shot - so simple and serene.

3:31 AM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Very minimalist Micki. Not my cup of tea but impressive none-the-less.

3:59 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Such beautiful work, Micki. Very smooth and fluid.

5:43 AM  
Anonymous paul said...

Excellent shot, Micki. I love the pure graphic simplicity of it. There's nothing but intersecting lines, here. I'm glad that you posted it!

7:55 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Simple and a powerful shot, stunning work Micki!!

11:36 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Sublime - this is a fantastic natural abstract...

6:23 PM  

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