Friday, May 17, 2013

Simple Beauty

In looking through my pictures I have some that I took just for fun.Actually I take most of my pictures for fun,but these are ones I really like.


I took a walk at our local lake the other day and even though I did not see many birds,as I had hoped,I found other interesting things to photograph.
I noticed this piece of old bark on the ground.I liked the bright colour on it.


Then as I was walking along,surrounded by small shrubs,I noticed that some of last years leaves were still hanging on to the branches.The sun was hitting this one and making it shine.


Here is another leaf,a different shape but still pretty to me.


I then looked down and noticed a curled up leaf on the ground.Again,as the sun hit this leaf it looked pretty and was a bright spot on the woodland floor.


This picture is from a different place but also taken a few weeks ago.
No matter how many Mallard pictures I have,I can't resist a beauty like this.
It looks like he is swimming on a sea of silk.


Thought for Today:
If you can't go for a walk to enjoy the natural beauty around you,
then at least spend time drinking in beautiful scenery from a coffee-table book of nature that you keep for that very purpose.


27 comments:

  1. I quite enjoyed these, Ruth. Those same kinds of subjects tend to catch my eye, also. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Sometimes the simple beauty is the best of all!!!! Before I started photography, I didn't always pay much attention to the simple things!!! Now --I love them!!!! Great set of photos, Ruth.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  3. Count me among those who have learned to appreciate the beauty in the little things. That one colorful leaf on a bed of old dried-up ones was worthy of a photograph. Mallards are a fairly common sight and, because of that, I think we often forget just how beautiful they are. Your photos are a good reminder of that beauty.

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  4. These are all such lovely pictures! Each one is special and has it's own special beauty. I love the Mallard reflection and the two sunny leaves. The bark color looks like lichen?

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  5. These are all beautiful, Ruth. Isn't it wonderful to just be able to enjoy and appreciate God's simple beauty. Diane

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  6. Ditto what Betsy said - so much beauty and the camera helps us to stop and admire it.

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  7. Thank you for an oasis of serenity!

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  8. You have a wonderful eye for beauty, Ruth. The birds here seem to be slow in returning to their summer breeding grounds. But maybe I am just anxious to see them and need to be more patient. :)

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  9. Dear Ruth ~ I love simple photos like these. The sunlight on the leaves is wonderful and I just love the mallard and his reflection in the water.

    Have a lovely weekend ~ FlowerLady

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  10. My favorite is the leaf on the ground. The light is splendid.

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  11. I love a lady that thinks like I do! :) Like Betsy said, there's something about having a camera that brings your attention to the simple, often overlooked, things in Nature.
    Great pictures, Ruth! ♥

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  12. HI Ruth...I love that yellowish fungus or what ever it is, and like your shot of it on and rotting long forgotten piece of wood brought back to revisit by your photograph!!
    The golden glow through a dried leaf is lovely!!
    The Mallard is always the greatest for a reflection, and as you say like a sea of silk!!
    Have a great weekend!
    Grace

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  13. the beauty of simple things. nothing better. love the mallard.

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  14. Ruth, I took similar photos the other day for my next My World post. It is the little things in nature that are a little usual that catch our eye. I love the things you notice.

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  15. That Mallard has a beautiful "reflection." I enjoyed the light reflecting through the leaves also.

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  16. I really like the photos you take just for fun. They are all beautiful.

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  17. Ruth, lovely images!
    I never get tired of taking pictures of Mallards either!

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  18. Love that thought for the day - it encourages me to make me my own coffee table book for the days I can't get out to enjoy God's beauty!

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  19. Oh I LOVE finding the "left over" leaves! And you described the Mallard seen beautifully!

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  20. that one leaf looks almost iridescent.
    Very interesting and pretty. Waiting to see what you bring us from your trip today.

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  21. photographers see what so many others don't, you see it beautifully!!

    i'm with you on the mallards, they photograph beautifully and produce gorgeous reflections!!

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  22. Lovely photos!!! Seeing the beauty in nature is one of the reasons I walk. It being exercise is just a benefit.: )

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  23. Lovely finds. Beautiful light you've captured on the leaves and the Mallard is gorgeous.

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  24. We are very fortunate that we have the gift of being able to appreciate the beauty surrounding us.

    While at our local nature centre recently, students had to go on a treasure hunt to find an assortment of items around the park. One girl came up to my boyfriend and I, asking us, "Do you know what a geese looks like? Is that a geese? (pointing to a stuffed pheasant on the wall.)" I felt really sad for her as she was more than old enough to know and shame on her parents for not getting her outside more to show her the world around her.

    Anyway, what seems normal and natural for a lot of us, is not for many others, holed up in their homes, watching tv and playing on the computer.

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  25. There is beauty in the smallest things around us. You found and shared some of the best. You are excellent with your camera.

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  26. I LOVE sun shining thru leaves. Love the colors.

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  27. Those are neat.....simple but really pretty.

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