Photo Friday: grass fire

On our Sabbath outing I must have taken 70 to 80 photos that I was certain were going to turn out wonderful.

An unusual dragonfly that looks like a bi-plane

Too monochromatic and dark.


While watching flirting dragonflies flit I tried to catch them but they were all over and unphotogenic, one landed…

on the end of this stick… he’s there I promise, but my camera liked the rocks in the background better, and thus, he disappeared into the shot.


I tried again, with the water as a backdrop.

So OK, I got him this time…

Hey!  You still awake?


There were photos of trees, the lake and the dam too, all boring.

On the way home we were suddenly transported back in time and flying down the highway at about 65 MPH.  I set the camera to the mode called “Children” which allows photographing “active children.”  (I don’t make this up my camera really says that in the viewing window!)

I was surprised at the result…

Fun, but not a great photo.

The sun was low in the sky when we finally turned onto the road that leads to home and I saw this…

I think it is pretty, but not so clear and finely detailed as I like.  I took several more shots, but none were so wonderful as this next one…


This is the one I loved.


“Well I think that… if I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard…” 

Quote:  Dorothy, edited,  from The Wizard of OZ



Is it my Imagination?

Curiously, I have begun to notice that my photographs are a bit fuzzy on the main page, but that if I click on them for a closer view they suddenly get sharp and clear.   Not bragging (oh please) but the detail in the grass deserves a closer look.  It was such a lovely find!

13 thoughts on “Photo Friday: grass fire

  1. Teresa Shaklee Kasner says:

    Ohhh.. love your photos of the grass tops.. all fuzzy and glowing. Good job! I have a photo you might like on my blog (2nd post down) of the pasture in late afternoon light across from our farmhouse.
    ((hugs)), Teresa 🙂

    • pixilated2 says:

      Teresa, you fooled me! You posted from your Facebook account and I couldn’t figure out who you were… then I Googled you and found that you have quite a presence out there in the ‘Blogasphere.” Coming in through the back door but I got there! Your pasture is beautiful and I am totally jealous!

  2. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Geez you just about gave me a heart attack when I read the title of this posting; but what an ethereal shot. Congratulations!

    • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

      Oh, and you may not like the way the dragonfly/stick photo turned out; but I love the glacial stone and its ancient lichen colonies. They have such fabulous colour, texture and complexity. When I was a kid I’d lay on my stomach and examine them for hours.

      • pixilated2 says:

        Thanks for visiting and sorry about the heart attack. The title seemed appropriate at the time… 😉
        Isn’t it amazing how when we were little we could lay on the ground, tunnel in the grass, dig in the dirt, get hot, tired, sweaty, and NOT CARE ABOUT anything but how much fun we were having? I think I had dirty feet and rings of soil in my neck all summer.
        Then we grow up, get all prissy and can’t conceive of getting down on the ground unless there’s a blanket between us and the dirty bits.

  3. missusk76 says:

    I laughed when I read that you spent the day loading up your memory card and only loved the one you got at the end. That’s the story of my photographic life. For one thing, the evening light lends a magic that no other time of day can, and for another, the ability to transfer ‘in person’ beauty to a still image is such a furtive thing. I have enjoyed your story of the experience very much and as Deb wrote above – the shot is truly ethereal.

    • pixilated2 says:

      I am grateful every day to the person who invented digital photography! I used to blow through roll after roll with the same results. I once read a suggestion to use your not so greats as post cards, but I never did. Who wants a not so great shot? I’d rather send the great ones! The only drawback is that in printing them they lose their light which is usually disappointing. I wonder if sending them to be printed professionally works to retain that light and depth of color???

      I am enjoying everyone’s vote of approval, but coming from you that is very high praise. Thank you.

  4. lscheuer says:

    Oooh, the grasses are beautiful. Especially with the red tips as accents. As I slid the cursor across the images, a little box popped up and told me you’ve got an Olympus. Me too! I’m on my fourth Olympus — wouldn’t have any other.

  5. pixilated2 says:

    Oh, what a treat! I am so glad you stopped by to visit. This is my first Olympus and it is built like a TIMEX watch: “It takes a licken and still keeps ticken.” I have dropped it more times than I wish to admit, it fell into a stream with me attached to the other end of its strap, and more recently I left it out in the RAIN (think monsoon)!!! I dropped it into a gallon sized ziploc bag with about four cups of rice and left it there for a week. It pulled the moisture out of it and it still works!

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