A drive through Mississinewa Reservoir in Indiana and we discovered some beautiful scenery and photographic opportunities. The road looked more treacherous than what it was. This was a pretty nice quiet drive with no traffic and other people in sight. No radio to distract our thoughts, just us and nature.
It’s amazing what you can see and notice if you just sit still long enough or drive slowly enough. The two animals that caught my attention were the bald eagle and an adorable raccoon. I was able to capture a few shots of each. Warning: they are a bit blurred. I believe the eagles we did see were aware we were there and watching. The one perched higher up and through the branches kept turning his head back and forth as if he/she knew we were there.
The raccoon was adorable, I’m not sure if this was a small one or large one as half the body was hidden. These little adorable creatures are destructive if they get into an abandoned building or say a house that is left unattended while you travel through China. However, perched up on the tree, he does look harmless and cute.
What else did I discover? I discovered I need a new lens. The Nikon 70-300MM F/4.5-5.6G VR sounds like the next step. If you have other suggestions, please let me know as I am just learning and love the hobby.
Have a wonderful day. Be still and enjoy some quiet time and solitude, be one with nature and yourself. Hugs!
More photo’s from the water town we visited during China’s National Holiday, Labor Day, in Xitang, China. My favorite type of photographs are candid shots. You know the ones where you capture the day-to-day life of a person without having subjects annoyingly pose for the camera. Don’t misunderstand me, I do like posing photo’s; however, in this area if someone poses for the camera they end up making the peace or V sign with their fingers. I habit I find irritating and annoying.
Ok, enough of that… Onward with my story….
My favorite photo of this bunch is the pencil artist with the red shirt. His back was to the crowd and he seemed unfazed by the crowds and noise. I could have stood there and watched him work. Enjoy the photos!
Temple Chanting Ladies – This photo was taken in a temple. The ladies were chanting or praying while they worked. Of course I don’t know what they were saying; but, it did sound nice.
Pencil artist –
Pencil Artist – Amazingly enough these guys create and wrap up a drawing in no time. I love to watch an artist at work and often wonder how it is they are not distracted by the noise pollution.
My favorite pencil artist of the day.
A comb maker – These are some pretty combs and they are functional. I had our last name engraved into our name. I don’t think I would do that again as the name distracts from the natural beauty of the comb.
Police officers attempting to direct foot traffic from behind the gate… hmmm… I had to smirk when I saw them as it would have been so much more effective if they had stood inside the gate.
These hearing impaired men would allow you to take a photo with them, as seen here, for a fee.
Last but not least, this beautiful lady is in costume of course. The photo studio on sight will dress you up in period clothing, do your hair, and makeup, and for a fee you get to have your photo taken in a variety of poses.
The following photo’s were taken in Xitang, China, a canal water town located in Zhejiang Province. It was horrific timing to be going anywhere in the area as Friday, May 2nd, was a National Holiday and part of Labor Day Holiday. I seriously didn’t know this day was a holiday. Everywhere we went the crowds were a mad crush. Shoulder to shoulder, hip to hip, I could feel the child behind me breathing on my neck, that’s how close we were to each other. Ha! I felt bad for my poor friends Linda & Frank who really didn’t get to see much as the crowds were just too big, I’m sure you’ll get the idea from the photo’s. More photo’s to come… enjoy!
To be fair, there are signs posted warning you against overcrowding
The first bridge we came to. I didn’t see anyone fall over and the very thought of it is scary.
Just a mad crush of people; but, lot’s of fun to be among the crowd. It’s an experience… ha ha
It didn’t look too hopeful on the other side of the bridge….
You can’t really see her but standing on the stage in front of the rose mural is an opera singer. Beautiful music!
This canoe man is the canal sanitation department, he was scooping up liter from the water.
There is such acceptance here, no one really gives you a second glance for wearing articles of clothing or accessories that we feel belong to the opposite sex.
Of course on occasion I do see someone wearing something that leaves me scratching his head. His poor expression I feel is saying, “wife, why must I wear this.”… adorable!
Heck, it doesn’t matter if you can’t sing, do it anyway! I love going to the KTV club where I can sing my heart out even though I was not gifted with a singing voice, and no one will look at me funny. You know that expression I’m talking about, the one that says, oh dear sit down, you can’t sing! 🙂
On a serious note, this photo was taken inside the temple grounds. The incense and the rituals still fascinate me. I often wonder if they feel that sense of calmness after they worship like I do to my God.
What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you see a photo like this? Do you remember them movie Schindler’s List? I immediately thought of the movie from so many years ago. The setting is all wrong though for a historical drama such as Schindlers List, this is Asia not Europe. I was not gifted with the art of writing; but, I’ve been looking at this photo and dreaming up all sorts of story lines that could go with it.
We were getting off a ferry boat at The Bund in Shanghai when I saw this image. Luckily I had my camera in hand and was able to snap a few photo’s.
In the narrow alley’s of this old town where car’s can’t get through, waste is removed via a man pulling a cart. The alley’s and the life we see here is so different from the Shanghai streets where glamour and glitz radiates from the pavement.
I could sit and watch alley life go by all day long….