Photography 101: Water

Day 3…

It may not look like much right now, but apparently in the spring the water level in the Missouri River is high enough to come right up to this sign, where you can launch your canoe for a float trip. I am very curious to see this myself. At this point, the river seems far enough away that it is hard to imagine it coming in this far. This area has already changed so much from when we first arrived, so I can only imagine how beautiful it will be in the spring.




Turtle on Board

I’m not sure who had more fun with this, me or Remington P Cat, because I’m pretty sure it wasn’t Flash. For those of you who have not spent a lot of time around red-eared sliders, they are amazingly funny turtles. I never would have thought that such a critter would have so much personality, but Flash makes me laugh every day. She swims around her tank chasing my finger, and “talks” to me while I make fish faces at her. I don’t make a habit of putting Flash on the floor, but Remi wanted to say Hi, and he is such a nice kitty that I wasn’t worried about him hurting her.

Flash was quick to forgive me for her humiliation, though. Once I put her back in her freshly cleaned tank, she started “talking” to me again.   

PS – No turtles were harmed in the taking of these photos. 🙂

My 52: Week 31

The birds love the fish hatchery. There are usually seagulls, geese, ducks and pelicans hanging around, snatching up any food that gets past the fish. Today was no different. The pelicans were being their usual anti-social selves, but the gulls were perfectly content to hang around for a picture. I have not seen many grey gulls around, but they are quite pretty. The white gulls, well, they are always reliable.

I can canoe…

…canoe canoe??

We have been on the lookout for a canoe for quite some time. With the kids getting bigger, we have somewhat outgrown the kick boats, but we still like to be able to get out on the water. Canoe’s are lightweight, portable and affordable, so we decided that would be a good route to go.

Rob has a wonderful story about a canoe that he used to own. Apparently, the first time he took it out on the water, his psychotic dog tipped it, in front of an audience no less. He promptly got rid of the canoe and hadn’t considered one again, until more recently.

Assured that we had no dog to tip the boat, we began keeping our eyes open for a canoe. A couple of weeks ago, we came across one that was right up our little alley. We have been driving around with it on top of the car ever since, and just yesterday found the time to put it in the water for the first time.

Unfortunately, we don’t all fit in the canoe, so we also took out one of the kick boats. For safety’s sake, we practiced rolling out of the canoe and then reentering without tipping it. It went  pretty well. I had the camera, and was in the kick boat to start, so I didn’t have to bail out into the cold water.  One might say I planned it that way…

Much to my surprise, even Rob bailed out. It was great to watch the kids work together so Rob was able to climb back in without tipping it.

Afterward, we paddled across the pond and the kids played in the water. Eventually William took over the kick boat and I impressed myself by climbing from that boat into the canoe without falling in the water.

We all enjoy being on the water, and it was nice to be able to spend some time out together.

On a side note, we learned that perhaps our eldest son is Rob’s old dog reincarnated…