Weather is starting to get nicer everyday and what a better way to spend the day than going to the zoo? That is exactly what my daughter, son-in-law, grandson and I did the other day. We had a great time! I enjoy the zoo even when I’m there on my own, but there is something about experiencing it through the eyes of a toddler.
Our zoo works on the animals habitats continuously – always trying to improve things for the animals and provide educational opportunities for the visitors. Because of this, there is also the wild construction beast or two to be seen. In between stopping to view the animals we also stopped to view the construction equipment. (I think my grandson probably enjoyed this the most.)
Even with the excitement of the construction equipment we were able to find a few more animals that he was interested in. Here’s a few of my favorites:
At the end of the day, both Grandma and Grandson were tired. But we had had a good day – lots of giggles and fun watching the animals. Yes, I am definitely grateful for the local zoo.
Sometimes the smallest things can have the biggest impact – spread a little kindness and watch the world change.
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After a season of cold weather and snow like we haven’t had in at least a decade, it is time to enjoy sunshine and plan for the sunflowers. The weather has been teasing us with warmer days and more sunshine – very happy about this! To embrace the warmer days ahead, here’s some pictures of sun shiny days and sunflowers. Two good reasons to be grateful! 🙂
Snow… after a several days of shoveling over and over again and/ or road conditions making it nearly impossible to go anywhere, it is difficult to find reasons to be grateful for it. However, snow does have a beauty to it that is hard to ignore. There is a sense of magic in the air when witnessing the falling snow – all those unique individual flakes are enchanting to watch. Then there is the landscape after the snow stops – the beauty and the serenity. What about all the opportunities to play – building snowmen, making snow angels and making ice cream out of the snow.? (Didn’t realize there was such a thing as ice cream snow. More proof you learn something new every day.)
Having gained a renewed an appreciation for the snow, I thought this would be a good day to stretch my photography skills and practice taking snow photos. I’ve been reading up on capturing snow in it’s most pristine condition. In the past, I have tried to take pictures of the freshly fallen snow, but have always ended up with very gray photos needing editing. Most of the time the editing really made the photos seem unrealistic. This, of course, was the result of the photo not being as good as it could have been and over doing it in the editing process.
After researching, it was time to go out and practice what I learned. Getting outside and trying some of the different techniques I had read about was exhilarating. Warm and layered clothing was needed for this quick excursion. It was cold outside. The destination was a short distance from my house, so I wasn’t worried about getting too cold. The snow had also stopped which meant less worry about my camera. Well, it was much colder than I had expected (hint – check the temperature before going out). The temperature was 7 degrees fahrenheit (-13.8 celsius). I had dressed for cold weather, but not this cold. This meant I didn’t get to try various techniques for snow photography. However, the ones I was able to do resulted in better photos with snow than I have taken in the past.
Not much editing was needed for the below photos – just a little cropping and some contrast adjustments. They are a little unclear in some spots as I didn’t have my tri-pod with me. This would have helped since I was shooting in aperture mode. Sometimes there is only so much that can be done. The weather around here is going to continue to be cold and snowy, so there will be more opportunities to try out different techniques in the coming days.
A couple of the photos are more gray than what I would like, but that means there are some adjustments that should have been done when I took the photo. Now I know what to try next time.
Admittedly, the snow has been getting to me and I have been a bit grumpy about it. There really isn’t anything I can do about it – so why waste time and energy on something I can’t change? Instead, I am choosing to be grateful for the beauty and the opportunities the snow has provided. 🙂
What do you think about the snow? Do you have a favorite activity to do in the snow? Does it make you grateful or grumpy?
When looking outside and seeing all the snow and knowing the temperature is not above freezing, it is a bit difficult to be thankful for Winter, however it is a season with a purpose. Some days I just need to be reminded of that. 🙂 I am grateful for Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. All four seasons have their own special beauty and a unique reminder of the beauty that is truly within nature.
SPRING – trees and flowers begin to bud and bloom. A time of rejuvenation.
SUMMER – Various shades of green and a beautiful warming sun. A time to enjoy all that life has to offer.
AUTUMN – Natures colors at their best! Cooling temperatures and thoughts s’mores. 🙂
WINTER – Colder temperatures, warm sweaters. Knowing the gift of each day, even if the stormy cold doesn’t always feel like a gift. 🙂
Gratitude – being thankful and showing appreciation…
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