Smith River Colors … and a Bee

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One great aspect of living where we do in Henry County and Martinsville, Virginia is the tremendous outdoor recreational activities available. The Smith River lies at the center of that. Trout fishing, canoeing, kayaking and trail hiking along its banks are very popular with visitors and residents alike. I decided the other day to take a look at a river access point near our home, and found some nice colors awaiting. I was especially happy to see the yellow colors in the river itself, as a result of seasonal changing river vegetation I’d not seen before. So, I wandered about the bank looking for possible photo compositions.

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Later, I spotted some flowers still in bloom, given the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having. And on one flower sat this lone Bumblebee, most likely feeding one last time before going to places unknown to me, perhaps Bee heaven. It made for a great photo.

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End of Summer

Here’s a mix of photos I made recently that while still depicting a summertime effect, show it’s about time for cooler Fall weather, with an entirely different mix of possible photographs to record. Lots to look forward to I’m sure.

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Flowers, etc

While temperatures have been hot this summer here in SW Virginia, frequent rain has helped balance that out, and as a result the flowers and other greenery are really popping out.

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Waking up Sunday Morning

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For me, Sunday morning is a highlight of the week just ended, and the week about to start. As I step outside (often with my camera in hand) to express my thanks for what I’ve been given, I look around and see just how beautiful the world is. It’s all how we look at it. Sometimes it’s hard to do this, given all the hardship, anger and bad news that too often bombards our senses. No matter, I choose to remain positive that there is far more “good” out there than “bad.” Like with this Butterfly.

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In the Wild

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I try to spend as much time as possible out walking, for two primary reasons: my health and my camera. When I’m walking in areas with wildflowers and other natural beauty, I’m always on the lookout for possible photo compositions. Like the one above, I recently found many more.

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