Every night when I turn on my computer I am reminded of how few and far between my blog posts have been lately. It’s certainly not because of a lack of photos because I have pictures from back in March that I still haven’t shared with you yet. As I mentioned before, I backed off on blogging this summer so that I could sit outside and read every free moment, but what’s my excuse now? None really – I think I just need to get back into the swing of things.
I was randomly clicking my way through my photos tonight trying to figure out where to start, but I am feeling a little bit discombobulated (I love that word :)) tonight after a busy day at work, so I decided to post this photo for no other reason than it popped out at me. A few weeks ago Mike and I drove up to Owen Sound to see the Tall Ships which were going from port to port to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Unfortunately, the setup and safety rules meant that unless we had bought boarding passes (which we did not), we couldn’t even get close enough to take pictures of the ships. There were other displays to see, but I was disappointed that I had to go home without any tall ship photos. However, if you look around with your eyes truly open, you can always find something unique to photograph, and I ended up totally engrossed in taking pictures of the harbour and a huge steel cargo ship, which actually led to some very interesting captures.
This photo, in particular, appealed to me because of the varying colours and textures of the water, the wood pilings, and the ship in the background. It also made me curious as to how the rocks ended up on the top of the pilings. What do you think? Did birds carry them there for something fun to do, or had people walking by been taking target practice? Whatever the case, I just love this photo.
Ooh, ooh, I just realized that this is my 500th post!! When I started my blogging journey on a whim, I never thought it would result in 500 posts. Wow, time really does fly when you are having fun :).
Congrats on 500 posts and keep up the good work!
Thanks! I will try my best :).
Half a millenium! Great milepost, Cindy, and you deserve a special celebration! Maybe a trophy bass?! Love the side of that ship–it would make a really interesting abstract study. As to the stones, I think they were probably left there by people passing by in watercraft with decks of the proper height, as I can’t think of any reasonable cause for birds to carry and leave them there. If there are lots of them on the nearby shore, maybe kids were seeing how many they could throw and lodge there? Now go celebrate!
Thanks Gary :). I will have to post some more pictures of the ship for you. It’s a huge, beautiful beast and very photogenic. The pilings are fairly close to the shore, so I think you might be right about the kids, or adults for that matter LOL! By the way, I can tell you are really hinting at fish photos for the coming weekend aren’t you? 🙂
I also love to fish, but I nearly always release my catch. I do try to get a photo, though, if I can do it quickly enough that the fish’s continued well-being isn’t compromised. As for your weekend, I’d like to see anything that moves you to photograph it!
i agree, this is such a beautiful photo, with all the colors and textures, and congrats on the 500!
Thank you – I’m really glad you liked it :). On to 1000!!
Congratulations on 500 Cindy! You are waaaay ahead of me. And I love your pick for the 500th. You are such a good photographer. Hurry up and “get back in the swing of things” so we can see more! 🙂
Don’t worry, I will, but you’ll have to be patient because I’m going away this weekend and have to get ready :). Thanks for the always boosting my confidence Dor!
Well welcome back to some regular posting…. i usually look for my shot first then write whatever appeals to me about the shot,,,unless a story or adventure already existed when i took it…. look forward to seeing some more from you now! it is rather curious how those rocks got there….
Yes, it depends on the mood I’m in. Sometimes I’m excited to tell you guys about a particular experience, and I search for the best photos to convey what happened. Other times I just let a photo pop out at me and then I write about it :). Thanks Sayvan!
Congratulations on the 500th post. That’s quite the milestone. Lovely shot Cindy. I have no idea how those rocks got up there. What would the birds do with them I wonder?
Thank you Edith :). I was kind of shocked to see I was at 500 already. It seems like just yesterday that I started blogging. Hey, maybe that’s the birds’ stockpile of rocks to drop on the heads of unsuspecting passersby LOL!! By the way, how is your son doing at university? Is he all settled in?
I love the photo, and wonder how those stones got there as well… as for that word… discombobulated… had to look it up to see what it meant and then have now got a cramp in the tongue trying to pronounce it…
500 posts… wow that is quite a milestone… funny how the first 100 seemed such a distant target to reach, yet from there on they seemed to slip past almost un-noticed… but 500 is a biggie well done…
I’m so glad you liked it Bulldog, and don’t worry, if you say say discombobulated 10 times fast the cramp will work its way out of your tongue :). As for the 500, I had no idea I was that many posts in, but it’s the encouragement from friends like you that have made it so easy and fun!
I like the colors in this photo. And in case you were wondering, I knew you would be there so I put the rocks there. I know you love a good mystery.
Ah ha, I knew you had to have something to do with it. Probably Suzanne too!! You little devils you :).
Oops LOL!! That was supposed to be LouAnn, not Suzanne :).
Dude are you throwing poor Suzanne under the bus.
Ok, it was all three of you then 🙂
500,wow! I still haven’t breached the 200 barrier.
Great photo Cindy. And you know I do like vertically composed photos 😉 Don’t you love it when a the day doesn’t go quite as planned, yet you still come away with a winner shot? I know I do.
I’ll tell you something Jeff. I’m really becoming a fan of vertically composed photos too :), but I usually do what you suggested in one of your posts. I take the pictures both ways, and more than one of each. Then I have many possibilities to choose from when I get home. That’s why I always have you to thank because I have learned so much from your blog :).
Just wait, pretty soon you’ll start to recognize scenes that work best as verticals and not even bother with a horizontal shot.
I am really glad you’re getting something out of my ramblings. I hope to continue to provide tips, tricks, and things I’ve learned along the way.
In Texas it’s not unusual to see a good-sized rock wedged in the cleft of a tree. I’ve never known why anyone would want to put a rock in a place like that, but apparently people do. Maybe it’s the thrill of creating something incongruous or even surrealistic, or the mischief of setting up a situation that would cause people to wonder about it. That could be the motivation in your case, too.
Maybe it’s aliens 🙂
Wow, congrats on 500 posts! How long have you been blogging now?
I love the colour of the water in your picture, and you’re right, the stones are a real mystery!
I think it will be 2 years next month. Isn’t that wild? I’m so glad that I took that plunge into blogging. I truly didn’t think that it would last more than a couple of months, but now I can’t imagine my life without all of my wonderful blogging friends :).
It is! You know what’s even more funny? I’ve just hit the two year mark myself and am drafting a post on it as we speak! What a coincidence! I never would have guessed you had only been on here for two years, Cindy. You seem so at home here on WordPress that I thought you were going to come back to me and say you’d been here for five years or something, LOL.
Blogging friends are the best and I can’t imagine life without them either. 😀
Just another thing we have in common 🙂
500 posts!!!! That is awesome!!!! Congrats Cindy!!!! Sad that summer is showings signs of ending #sadpanda …. But oh well!!! Looking forward to a south african vacation in december!!! Glad to hear you have been enjoying your time out and about as well!!!! 🙂 **
Thanks :). I’m a sad panda too about summer ending, so I really think you should take me with you to South Africa in December ok? LOL!!
Deal!!!! Tickets are expensive, but it’ll be worth it for sure!!!! 😀 **
Congrats on 500 posts! Wow, I’m only halfway there!
Thank you :). It flies by – trust me!
Congrats on hitting 500!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I came out of hibernation to say hi..HI!
I feel very honoured that you came out of hibernation just to congratulate me :). Thanks my friend!!
You’re welcome! 🙂
500? That is great. I am so proud of my 70 odd posts. Your 500 seems such a stupendous achievement.
70 is amazing too!! You should be very proud of yourself because blogging takes dedication :).