Sunday, May 23, 2010

Today's Flowers, My World, Sky Watch Friday, Camera Critters and Watery Wednsday

It's a lot to bite off in terms of photo memes, but I believe that this will deliver to all five memes!  :-)


A Walk Along Lake Pleasant
Sunday, May 23, 2009


Lake Pleasant was once (see full correction in comments) a reservoir for public drinking water for the residents of Turners Falls and Montague, in lovely rural Western Massachusetts.  Though it is considered trespassing (sush, don't tell anyone), a few townsfolk hang out there once in a while - literally a couple at a time. Overall the area is respected and kept wild and untarnished.

I now take you on today's walk. Watch your step - there may be Lady's Slipper under-foot! 






Looking up toward the sky...


a mixture of sun and fluffy clouds.


Discoveries along the trail...




A painted turtle that my hawk-eyed and determined mate caught for a photo op. It was quickly released back to the lake.

A wild turkey wing

and these guys.


Sky Watch Friday

and

26 comments:

  1. Well.......What can I say .......Brill camera work my friend. All so beautiful.

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  2. Really very lovely. And you could use it for Shadow Shots as well.

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  3. Love the photos today; the water shots are very serene. Nice turtle!

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  4. Absolutely loved going on this walk with you. Such a great variety of nature photos. Each one made me smile. Thanks so much for including Today's Flowers. Very creative thinking including so many meme's.

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  5. my brain is too tired to figure that one out!
    anyway, I love the nature trail you were on - really beautiful! & a lovely flower as well.

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  6. Looks like a wonderful nature walk. Love the pink lady slipper flower and the turtle is cool closeup.

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  7. Wow, your lady's slippers live in a totally different habitat than any I've ever seen before. I've always seen them in the hardwoods.

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  8. That was very nice and placid. And I didn't even have to leave my chair. Thank you, Pagan.

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  9. These are great shots. Your turtle is my first turtle of the year. I have been wondering about these guys. Thanks for the watershed walk!

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  10. What a beautiful place for a Springtime walk. I love the little turtle and the frogs. I'm not going to ask where the rest of the turkey may be.

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  11. This correction came by way of Facebook from Wayne, my partner (almost husband) with whom I took this walk.

    Pagan Sphinx just loves to make things up! ;-)

    FYI: Lake Pleasant and Green Pond are not used anymore for drinking water, only emergency supply. TF and Montague water is provided by wells in Montague.
    PS I catch turts in order to remove their leeches, nasty slugs.
    This turt was lucky, as it only had one on it's leg. Nice clean and happy turt, with less itchys for sure.
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  12. What a delightful walk and your photos are fabulous as always, Gina! Love the turtle and the beautiful reflections in the water! Looks like a fun day to me -- my favorite kind! Hope the rest of your week goes well! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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  13. this is wonderful place teeming with wildlife. the flower (is that an orchid?) is beautiful. a painted turtle--really painted, or is that the natural color?

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  14. Wow fantastic and amazing!
    Love all!

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  15. This is a great post. I love your flower, it has a face. The clouds are so pretty too!

    I have enjoyed my visit!

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  16. Pink lady slipper
    reigning in dark forest duff—
    crickets your consorts.


    Fish on Ice

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  17. Wonderful! I really enjoyed your 'delicious' array of your watery world!

    Meet the Wednesday's Newest King and Queen if you have time...you'll probably laugh a little.

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  18. Thanks for your comments on my blog. I have a post on the statue I have used on my profile photo. You can see at the link below.
    Brighton-Le-Sands, statue

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  19. Lovely! I'm located in Western MA too, south of you, on the CT border.

    The beautiful (and sensual looking) Lady Slipper reminds me of when I was a child and was told that it was illegal to pick them. I'm not sure if it was or not, but there weren't many of them around at the time.

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  20. Luna Miranda, Lady's Slippers are indeed one of our local orchids.

    Gina, these are brilliant - your perspectives on the LS and the pine cones are exquisite! Clearly, you're mastering your new camera! :)

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  21. The frogs are super cool, love their inquisitive faces poking out of the water.

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  22. What a wonderful walk - full of treasures!

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  23. A beautiful experience wandering your lake! So much to see! And especially loved seeing the painted turtle!

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