Photo-walk at Hurdle Waterfowl Park

Last Week Linda Grashoff of Romancing Reality and I, along with our spouses, met, for the first time, at the Hurdle Waterfowl Park near Sullivan, Ohio for a morning photo-walk and conversation.  We were greeted by a beautiful spring morning and a network of pleasant paths wandering around the three ponds on the mostly wooded 66 acre park.  Linda and I have been virtual acquaintances through our blogs for a long time but I think we were both a little surprised that we picked up our conversations like old friends.  Our morning walk was over too quickly…

I am posting a selection of images from the morning below.  Be sure to check out Linda’s images at Romancing Reality.

~A light breeze across the lake
~Tree beside the corncrib from the inside out
~Hurdle reflections
~Little footbridge
~Silver platters
~Hurdle marsh
~An unintended cross-section
~Hurdle detail

11 thoughts on “Photo-walk at Hurdle Waterfowl Park

  1. Ah, so that’s how it’s done. I love seeing these, Mic. And maybe I’ll learn something about landscape photography by studying them. I saw the same things, but often couldn’t make them work. Your “~Tree beside the corncrib from the inside out” is especially instructive. And I see the value in including more foreground than I usually do in, for example, “~Hurdle marsh.” Thanks for a great day.

    1. …maybe one way it’s done? It was very interesting to me to see the differences and the similarities in how we approach a subject. I liked Ken’s comment, below, when he noted ‘two completely different visions but both in harmony.’ {although maybe not “completely” different} Thanks, Linda.

  2. Beautiful selection of shots, A. I would have loved to have joined you on this photo walk, I just looked at Linda’s shots and I see two completely different visions but both in harmony, Well done!

    1. Thank you, Ken. You would have been welcomed. I like your observation, “…two completely different visions but both in harmony.”

    1. Thank you, Eliza. I am pleased to hear that you liked ‘Hurdle Reflections’; It is probably my favorite in this set mainly because I really can’t figure out why it looks the way it does. The lily pads seem to be in a different plane than the reflections or something? I don’t know but I’m glad you like it too.🙂

  3. Beautifully told and presented Mic. There’s a quiet, meditative quality here that I recognize in most of your work and adds another dimension to the idea of the get-together. I guess it reinforces the notion of feeling comfortable meeting one another. The photo from inside the corn crib draws attention to the tree in the title, which is interesting. That made me see the photo differently. 🙂 Hurdle Reflection has a pleasing confusion of foreground/background that makes my eyes go back and forth. Beautiful tones! Silver Platters points out the metallic sheen that Linda saw and photographed, too. I’ve seen that as well, often in different leaves. It’s a look that always lights up my eyes. Little Footbridge mesmerizes – the deep shade at the end of the bridge does it! I like the cross-section and mushrooms seen one after the other and oh, those mushrooms are gorgeous! That light, those curves and textures. 🙂 Thank you for showing these – it’s really fun to see yours and Linda’s take on the park that morning. I’m glad it was a good day!

    1. Thank you, Lynn. You have given me a lot to consider here! So I will say again at the beginning that we did have a good day! I think we both went about our photography independently so each set of photographs is truly our own. There were a couple of times that I did observe how Linda worked an image, learning that she is more careful and spends more time to get it the way she wants it. That shows in her work.

      As for the images you mention, I will say that I thought I needed the title for the tree/corn crib relieve the viewer of the nagging question of what it was so they can explore the image, maybe think about how things can be so easily obscured and not seen clearly or explore the light and shadows…wherever it takes them. The Hurdle Reflection is my favorite. I knew from the camera preview I was going to like it. I did try to figure why it looks the way it does without success. I’m not sure how well it will print but I might try.

      Thanks again, Lynn. I always appreciate your comments.

      1. 🙂 Thinking about the corn crib again, maybe that title (for me anyway) made me look beyond the slats and shadows. I might not have considered the trees as much and once I did, the image was richer. I’ve been interested for years in the idea of things being slightly obscured and seeing through one thing to another – screens, etc. When I met John Todaro we walked around a small public garden for an hour or two, each doing our own thing, and came up with different photographs but one or two that were similar.

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