Sunday, September 30, 2012

In Search Of Deer

On Sunday,September 23,I had the distinct privilege of spending quality time with some dear friends,also called family.

It was a joy to be out in God's creation,enjoying good company and beautiful sights.
Among other adventures we went on,one was a stake out,waiting for deer to show up.
The deer had other ideas,but that did not in any way lessen the joy of being together.

On our way down tracks not used by most people,we came upon this old house nestled among the trees.I would imagine that at one time this was a busy homestead.Children were perhaps running around and playing on the yard.


Zooming back a little,I captured this picture.The evening sun painted the whole landscape a beautiful golden hue.What a perfect time to be out there.


We had a young man act as our guide. He really had hoped to be able to show us some deer,but animals like that have a mind of their own.
As we were walking along,just about to enter a stand of trees,I saw this Milkweed pod.
It looked to me like it was begging to be photographed,so I got this one quick shot.


We made it through the trees,stumbling over broken down trees and trying to avoid the low hanging branches.As we got out into the open again,this beautiful sight greeted us.
The distant bush was lit up by the evening sun and glowed in various shades of pure gold.
Wow,who needs deer when there is this much beauty around.


We were three women and one young man as our guide.
He insisted that we dress in his camouflaged jackets to avoid being seen so easily.
Vel and I were out with our cameras and Jennie and Suzanne just came to enjoy the evening.
Here we are just trying to get settled down to wait for the deer,which didn't show up until it was much too dark for pictures.


I enjoy nature and photography,but pursuing this with friends like these makes it even more enjoyable.
I call these people friends,but family would also be appropriate,as we are related in some way.



Thought for Today:
True friends are like diamonds - precious and rare.

32 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

such beautiful light and color - and a shared heart. :)

Cloudia said...

this ramble quite fed my spirit!



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Shug said...

I just love old home places like this. Nice to let your thoughts ramble and take you places...like how life must have been when this old place was filled with voices..
Great photos! Great color..
Shug

Judy said...

What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon...Nice photos also...

Kerri Farley said...

Fun! And gorgeous colors!

Jayne said...

All that golden light... just beautiful Ruth!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful series of shots... love the first, reminds me somehow of the movie 'Trip to Bountiful,' with Geraldine Paige...

Karin said...

Loved that Milkwood pod 'begging' to be photographed. It did pose well for you - unlike the deer that heard that paparazzi were coming with their cameras and they beat a hasty retreat!

That empty field with the distant spectacular tree hedge, is simply gorgeous!

Have a great week!

Diane said...

A lovely time all the way around. You captured some beautiful shots of the autumn. Diane

Pat said...

Wow, what gorgeous golden fall colors you captured, Ruth. These are beautiful photos. It sounds like you had a lot of fun being with some of your extended family members!

I live in an area where we see deer almost every day. We are inundated by deer. They are pests, eating everything in sight, but they are pretty!

Pat said...

Wow, what gorgeous golden fall colors you captured, Ruth. These are beautiful photos. It sounds like you had a lot of fun being with some of your extended family members!

I live in an area where we see deer almost every day. We are inundated by deer. They are pests, eating everything in sight, but they are pretty!

Anita Johnson said...

How fun to be with friends on a photo hike! Love your photos of the golden hour when the light is just heavenly!

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

The theme of this post could be "gold." You captured some dazzling golden hues. And I'm charmed by the old homestead. What stories it could tell.

Montanagirl said...

Such a great activity for friends, and family! The colors in your photos are amazing!!

forgetmenot said...

Sounds like you had a lovely day - you definitely took some great photos. I love the milkweed pod--great macro shot. Maybe you'll run across some deer another day-another opportunity to be out in the beautiful weather surrounded by nature and all its beauty. Have a great week. Mickie ;)

Muffy's Marks said...

Love your photo of the homestead!! I don't know what it is, but I am really attracted to old buildings in woods settings!! Like you, wondering what life was like when the home was in its prime.

S. Etole said...

Would a fun way to spend time with friends and end up with beautiful photos in the process.

Sandra said...

all that golden color and beauty is screaming fall in a loud and beautiful voice. the house is very much like my grandmothers house in Masnasses GA, only it had no trees and was 20 feet from a railroad track.

EG CameraGirl said...

I think enjoying nature with people you love is a perfect way to show each other how much you care about each other. I love all the golden yellows in these photos.

My name is Riet said...

Beautiful photo,s Ruth, the fall colors are coming up. Sorry you didn't,t see the deer but you had a nice time altogether.

Unknown said...

Ruth, what wonderful shots! Sorry you missed the deer!

Debbie said...

we are soooo much alike ruth!! i would rather be outdoors taking pictures, chasing deer and sharing time with loved ones!!

gorgeous images today!!

John's Island said...

Hi Ruth, Great photos. Surely is a peaceful setting and beautiful. I always enjoy your posts to your blog. Thanks for sharing and for your kind comments on my blog. Have a great day, John

Willard said...

I enjoyed reading about your outing and the superb photos. The milkweed is stunning.

George said...

The light in all of these photos is simply marvelous, and all of your pictures are magnificent (as usual). Thanks for taking us along with you.

Nora said...

Hi Ruth, so nice to hear from you...this is a wonderful photo tour of the fall colors while you search for deer! I would love to find colors like that. Hope all is going well...looks like a fun day. cheers, nora

Becky said...

Even though you didn't see any deer, you did get some gorgeous pictures, and I know you had a really good time.
Take care.

Rick said...

The stories that old place could tell - of forgotten times, dreams, disappointments ... Great shots Ruth, and what a blessing to be in the company of good friends. Especially loved that shot of the sun lighting up the trees.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

You are right, Ruth... Who needs deer when you have that kind of beauty around you???? Wow---what a gorgeous area and a beautiful day!!!!! Can't wait 'til we get some more Fall colors here.

Hugs,
Betsy

Neal said...

When I see an old house like that I always wish they could talk and tell their story. :) Seeing a milkweed pod always takes me back to my childhood. When I was a kid we would go up a hill, get some milkweed pods, and blow the seeds into the air hoping they would keep going up, up and away.

Cicero Sings said...

How wonderful to have like minded friends. I envy you that. I haven't found the like here yet.

Coy Hill said...

Lovely post Ruth! And yes the deer don't always cooperate but there is always something worth photographing in the great outdoors and you did well! I often shoot alone but its always extra special when one can shoot with photo-friends.