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April wanderings


I know there has been a while since my last photos and my life post. One of the reasons for this is that I have been interim supervisor at work with an unknown end date, so I have been pretty stressed. I have also been dealing with my depression. I have had depression pretty much since adolescents and it has been a challenge. I am on medication, and that helps a lot, but when things get stressful, especially financially, I still struggle. When I went to write in the past weeks, my mind started the whole questioning if I really am talented since people tell me I am, but then do not want to buy any of my photos. I also have only published one story in the past 10 years. So, I was trying to write with that narrative in the back of my head. I finally was able to convince myself that I need to write and do photography for the enjoyment of it, and if it never sells, I still enjoyed it. That's a hard pill to swallow, but I think I finally have it down, so I will continue with my blog. Thank you for your patience and I hope if any of you have depression, you are also able to get help with it.


So, instead of going in order with these photos, I'm going to do them in groups. The first two that I will share are of a deer that I noticed watching me one morning. She just stood there, watching, for several minutes as I fed the cats. It was long enough for me to get several photos. Here are the two best photos:


Since I work nights, I am out mostly in the morning. Lately, I have been getting out after sunset, but last month, that was not the case. Here are my sunrise photos.

















None of them were quite as colorful as previous ones, but they are still lovely. I also went out on a very foggy morning and got some very foggy sunrise photos:




Then there was the morning of April 15th. As I was headed home, I noticed that the sun had what I had always called Dog Ears, tiny little rainbows on either side of the sun.




But when I got home, I noticed that the photos of the sun with both sides had what I now know is called a sun halo around it. It is almost like a rainbow but with no color. This is definitely my favorite photo of them all.

Of course, in my travels from work to home (with detours through a couple of our parks), I took plenty of photos of flowers. This time, I actually used google image to look them up and will include the type of flower below each photo. These are copied directly from the internet, but that does not always mean they are correct. If I am wrong on any of these, please let me know.

Alstroemeriaceae

Aster

Bellflowers

Caesalpinia

Chinese Magnolia

Chinese Magnolia

Clover

Clover

Floribunda - I really like how this sounds. It's almost like a chant.

Floribunda

Floribunda

Floribunda

Floribunda

Floribunda

Floribunda

Floribunda

Floribunda

Gentians

Hairy Vetch - which I think is an awesome and hilarious name!

Hairy Vetch

Hairy Vetch - these are all over the dog park this year and I love it!

Hairy Vetch with a bonus Bumblebee.

Hydrangea - I love these but I really think they should have named them snow balls.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Jasmine

Jasmine

Jasmine

Jasmine

Knapweeds

Lily

Lily

Marguerite Daisy

Marguerite Daisy

Ohio Spiderwort - I really wonder how this flower got its name.

Ohio Spiderwort

Ohio Spiderwort

Tanacetum

Tanacetum

Tibouchina

Tibouchina

Tibouchina

Tibouchina

Tibouchina

Tibouchina

Touch-me-not

Tulip Tree Flower - I have now learned that this lovely flower is what leaves sap and pollen all over my car every Spring.

Tulip Tree Flower

Tulip Tree Flower

Tulip Tree Flower

Tulip Tree Flower

Wild Daffodil

Wild Daffodil

I also took plenty of photos of the flowers from trees, such as Dogwood.









I really like this one, I took it from the side instead of the top.

What really surprised me was that there were two different types of Cherry Tree Blossoms. The white ones:














And some pink ones I found in a neighborhood off of Whit Davis. I really love these!







I also love how dew looks on leaves and the morning grass.








This last one is not quite black and white, but I love how it looks.

I also managed to get some photos of a little ladybug climbing a blade of grass.




Of course, since we have an abundance of spiders in Georgia, I had to get photos of spiderwebs dripping in dew. Nature is the best artist.



Don't know what this is, but it's interesting



On the morning of April 11th, I was in Southeast Clarke Park, when I realized that there was a squirrel in the tree right beside me. He was close enough that I got several shots of him eating a nut.



I wonder what happened to his ear.



He basically posed here.

Yep, that is definitely a boy!

He later came down and foraged on the ground under the tree.

Speaking of trees; my late husband was a tree surgeon and he owned his own business in Cedartown, Georgia for about two years before he passed away. Because of him, I have really come to love trees and like to take photographs of the really pretty ones.



There is a row of trees on the Lexington Road side of Southeast Clarke Park that just satisfies the part of my brain in charge of order.





Ah, so satisfying.

I also got a shot of some spooky trees in fog.


On the morning of April 13th, I got out of my car at Southeast Clarke Park on the Lexington road side and started walking along the fields, hoping to see something interesting. As I walked along, I heard a single goose honking and noticed him on the other side of the fields.

That goose was just honking away as loud as it could and I wondered if it was calling for its mate.

Then I heard some honking in return and turned to catch as two more geese flew overhead towards the lonely goose.




Then I heard more honking and a whole flock of geese were headed my way.



Coming in for a landing.



Perfect touch downs!