Morning Walk at Sheldon Marsh

Last week Linda Grashoff of Romancing Reality, our spouses, and I met at the Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve for another morning of photography together.   Sheldon Marsh preserve is 472 acres of woodland, marsh, and barrier beach along the shore of Lake Erie.  The day we went was sunny with pleasantly moderated temperatures and humidity.  We all had another enjoyable morning of exploring, photography, and conversation.

I have included a selection of my photographs below.  Linda has posted her’s in Part 1 and Part 2.


~Following a softly lit wooded path
~Sun-dappled leaves above
~Details on the forest floor below.
~Late summer reminders of the approaching autumn season.

Somewhere along the path at this point I began to hear the sound of waves breaking on the barrier beach at the north end of the marsh.  I found Linda and told her the lake was calling me there.  I went ahead, regrettably in retrospect, bypassing most of the marsh.

~Yellow Lotus plants as far as the eye can see cover the marsh
~Shadows (and a small tree) falling on the beach
…and then, a hundred photographs of the interplay of light and shadow, waves, and beach detritus
~finding that each uprush leaves a line of sediment on the beach, a record of its extent…until it is washed away by another {click the image for a larger view; then notice the new line at the water’s edge}
~Further along, the beach opens up. Beach grass against the background of Lake Erie.
~Looking east beyond the breakwater, gentle waves and fair-weather clouds.

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