Stomping in the Rainy Day Photos :: Friday Feet

Reflections in the Rain

Deborah in the Rain

Deborah in the Rain

Deborah in the Rain

Deborah in the Rain

Today we were supposed to be camping down in Mississippi with beautiful sunshine and warm breezes but the photos I took today show just why we decided to go another weekend.  Some huge frontal system moved in yesterday and seems to be continuing to move east from Texas making for a very wet and cold few days.  I decided to go out in the rain anyway and take a few photos.

Deb was very nice to put up with standing in the rain for about an hour while I ran around and tried to take some photos without getting a drop of water on my camera equipment.  I was a little disappointed that the rain lightened up once we decided to go out, I was looking for the drenching look but I am sure Deborah was more than happy with a light rain.

Have a nice weekend everyone.

Callaway Gardens Butterflies and Stained Glass :: Friday Feet

Deborah and Scott Feet

Butterfly at Callaway Gardens

Callaway Gardens Biking

Chapel in Callaway Gardens

Scott Gets a Coke

Today for Friday Feet Deb and I took the short drive over to Callaway Gardens.  The Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center is a great place to spend a few unique hours with the butterflies.  I have been to the Butterfly Center 3 or 4 times before, but not for about 10 years or so.  I had not been since I switched over to digital shooting so today I finally got some of what I have on film from years ago.

The Cecil B Day Butterfly Center has 1,000 tropical butterflies, representing more than 50 different species, flutter freely through the air. Tropical plants and birds, reside peacefully with the colorful winged jewels in North America’s largest, glass-enclosed tropical conservatory.

It is a different kind of setup to get some good shots over there and a flash is almost a must so thanks very much to Jak Blount for letting me borrow his Nikon SB-800 (I’ll return it with a nice new diffuser for you).  There is a lot more over at Callaway than the butterfly center of course and if you like to ride bikes, they have a great 10 mile paved trail through the park.

Once we were finished over at the butterfly house we got on our bikes and peddled through the rest of the park, something I haven’t done in all my other visits.  To my surprise, there is a lot more to see over there than butterflies.  About half through the trail we came upon a beautiful Chapel that the Callaway’s had built back in the mid 1960’s.  The stain glass was original and is still maintained by the company that installed it over 40 years ago.  Just an incredible display, and a 1,300 piece pipe organ to go with it.  I bet the acoustics are great when that organ gets going.

We finished up the bike trail stopping at various attractions that Callaway Gardens has to offer and ended with an early dinner in Columbus.  As I sit here writing it is pouring down rain and the temps have dropped at least 20 degrees from this afternoon.  We managed to spend the day in 70* sunshine.  If you have a chance to get to Callaway (especially during the Spring bloom) it is well worth the trip.

I will upload all of the photo from the shoot to my flickr account in the Callaway Gardens gallery some time tonight, the stain glass close up shots are pretty cool.  Have a great weekend everyone.

Rainy Day Pumpkin Carving for Halloween :: Friday Feet

Carving Pumpkins for the Fall in Alabama

Pine Needles in Fall

Today was a cloudy, cold, rainy day, something we haven’t seen here in what feels like years. It was a great day to stay inside and get some work done, so eventually, I went outside to take some pics for my Friday Feet post.  If you are not familiar with my Friday post it is just a simple photo of my feet, wherever I happen to be on Friday.  Today, I went for a walk around our house (in the rain) as I usually do later in the afternoon and took this photo below.  I like simple photos.  Photos with only 2 or 3 elements and 2 or 3 colors.  The pine needles have started to fall in large numbers now and these bright tan needles were all over the place.  It gave me a photo with two colors and two subjects.  You can still see a lit bit of green grass beneath the needles hanging on to the 70 degree weather we have had as of late.

If you have a blog, and a camera (doesn’t have to be anything super duper, even a cell phone camera will do) join me in the Friday Feet post.  Just post a photo of where you are and include your feet, then just link over here or leave a comment on this post so we can see your post as well.

Yesterday Deborah and I did our annual carving of our pumpkins.  I won’t tell you which one is Deborah’s but I will say that one of her degrees is in Political Science and she likes to do these fancy jobs.  I am more the fly by the seat of my pants pumpkin carver and just get out the knife and start chopping away.  Anyone else carve a pumpkin recently?  Let me know so I can check it out.

There is another busy weekend planned starting tomorrow and Sunday.  On Saturday I will head out with ARM (Alabama Rural Ministries) to work on a house and then on Sunday our church is hosting their annual trunk or treat.  Have a nice weekend everyone.

The Reddest Red Found in a Flower Bloom

Red Flower with Spider

Some images just jump out at me when I see them in nature, this one I loved because of its deep color. This will be posted as my first image of the day on this blog.  I love contrasting colors in nature and two of the best (in my opinion) is when you can find red and green together.  Luckily in nature, you can usually find green, so if you do find red, green is not far behind.  This flower was taken at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Birmingham Alabama.