Thursday, January 22, 2009

Are You Outstanding in Your Field?

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek



We get freezing fog here in England.

Although it's a mess for people who still have to go to work, it's beautiful for those of us wielding cameras.

Still in the process of moving, I had to go to the old house to let some prospective renters in to view it. As I was driving there, I was kicking myself (hard to do when you're driving) for not having my camera because the scenery was stunning. I chided myself that I wouldn't have time to stop to shoot pictures anyway since the appointment was only a few minutes away.

Those people were late.
A lot late
and the whole time I waited I was thinking about the sun beginning to peek through the fog and how I was missing some great pictures.

Fortunately, my drive back was just as beautiful.

I pulled into the drive, ran into the house to grab the camera and shot back out past my bewildered family...
but didn't get the shots I imagined. No matter what setting I used I couldn't capture the sparkle or the trees lining the roads looking like Ansel Adams (renowned for his black and white infrared photography of landscapes--white trees) had placed them there.

Gorgeous.

As I stood there trying to forever capture the scene into my memory,
I looked to my left and saw these:



It's planting time again and the farmers get creative with their scarecrows.

These bird frighteners are out, standing in the fields.

36 comments:

  1. Love the scarecrow.

    Love the post title.

    Love the fact that you admit you should always have your camera with you.

    Works for me!

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  2. I don't think those guys are heading to Oz. I'll bet they work though, I know I'd stay away from nuclear scarecrows too.

    I've trying to get some good shots of the fog induced frost on the trees around here lately (courtesy of our lovely inversion) and I feel like I've sure been laying on a lot of frozen ground, for my meager bounty.

    Your picture, on the other hand, is really cool (I like the winding road!)

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  3. Freezing fog can be amazing. Yes, I'm kicking myself for not driving with my camera but I hate to have it go from -30 to plus 20. I can barely handle it. I'm sure it can't.

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  4. Great frosty shot. Love the scarecrows, I can't believe they are planting now.

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  5. The picture turned out very cool. But isn't it a wierd time to be planting?

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  6. I wonder if birds are color blind. Bright scarecrows wouldn't really help then, would it?

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  7. great pictures!! love them!!
    mwah!

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  8. Man, late people are so rude! Glad you got some shots though. Love the first picture! The scarecrows are really funny. :o)

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  9. As creepy as they seem from afar, I'm willing to be they pretty much work. During the summer my garden looks like the Beverly Hillbillies live there with all the junk I use to keep the birds away.

    You totally blew me away with the title of this post. (I'm a bit slow, you know). Why doesn't everyone around us understand the need for pictures to go with our blog posts? Gah...

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  10. great photos - even if you don't care for them much! Guess it is time for an upgrade on the lenses!

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  11. That is WAY COOL! Love that brilliant yellow. My Hunny gave me a little digital camera for Christmas, one I carry in my purse for just such occasions. Love it!

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  12. Okay--I'll bite--are those like flouescent people who look like they are walking to work?? I am such a duh--did I miss something--?? AAAHHHH!!!!

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  13. I thought both pictures were outstanding! The scarecrows are great especially the neon green one!

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  14. Looks a lonely little scarecrow.
    Glad we haven't had the fog where I am.
    Lovely when the ground glistens with frost and you have a camera handy!

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  15. I absolutely love those pictures. There is something so magical about them. And how fun about the scarecrows!!!

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  16. Scarecrow In luminous outfit?! Wow! That's fashionable! *laugh*

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  17. Good to see that today a scarecrow has waterproof clothing. Great photo!

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  18. Oh how wonderful! Like a Ghost walking out of the fog...great shot!
    Congrats on the Post of the Day mention!
    Sandi

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  19. Cool pics! The scarecrow is still creepy in England...

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  20. It's planting time already??!! Wow, that's so not fair! We won't be at that point for a good three and a half months yet!

    I know what you mean about being unable to capture things exactly the way you see them sometimes. I find that incredibly frustrating!! I love that first shot though. Hoarfrost is so beautiful!

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  21. Those aren't just bird frighteners. Those would have freaked me out a bit too. ;)
    That top pic is gorgeous!!!
    Sorry I haven't been around in a while. I've missed you!

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  22. I need me some of those frighteners (if I had them standing in front of my chocolate or coke...K coke is pushing it tehe, I may eat better)!!

    I understand not getting the shot you want..but I did love your description of the beauty and the shot of the "glistening" snow on the branches...Hugs....

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  23. The shots you did get are lovely. The scarecrow fooled me.

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  24. They beat Worzle Gummage, that's for sure.

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  25. Love the title very clever. Love the pics, it looks like it is absolutely beautiful there.

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  26. Scarecrows are not only experts and outstanding in their fields, they are great at garden them.

    CONGRATULATIONS on the POTD reference. This photo is awesome and I'm glad I got to see it.

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  27. Yikes! Those scarecrows are things I'd be commiting to memory forever, too. The fluorescent glowing is a bit frightening.

    That picture is gorgeous. I haven't seen freezing fog very often, but it makes for some stunning scenery when it comes around.

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  28. Oh isn't mother nature grand? You're smart to always carry a camera along for that very reason! Although, my 8 pound SLR+lens gets a wee bit heavy at times, I'm ready to go back to mini digi!

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  29. Those scarecrows are very cool. I love it when our landscape turns into a frozen wonderland. It is oh so beautiful. Almost makes winter worth it.

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  30. Those bird frighteners are working. There's nary a bird to be seen. Beautiful shots of the ice, and I wish I could be there to help you with your mess.

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  31. And I thought they were tall lanky brits! Well, if I were a bird, I would be scared too!

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  32. well, the picture you posted is stinkin fantabolous. Sorry to hear you are already moving! I'm catching up. I hope you have people helping and like where you are going next.

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  33. I love the frosty photo! Looks like you did an amazing job to me. And hey, don't be kicking yourself while you are driving---that is just plain dangerous! ha ha! :D Hope you have a good weekend.

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  34. Great pictures! That looks really cold!

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