Nature Photography Class

Over that last few months, I took a class called Photographing Nature. My biggest goal in taking photography classes was to learn how to shoot what I wanted completely in manual mode and not have to adjust the pictures once I downloaded them.  At the beginning of the summer, most of my pictures were horrible!  All of the photographs for this class were taken manually and I rarely had to change anything. Most importantly, I understood why, what I chose to do, worked!

Migrating

monarchWe were outside when we noticed seven or eight Monarchs on our butterfly bush.  There were two or three other ones flitting about also.  It is the first time we have ever noticed so many Monarchs in our back yard at the same time.  We think they are migrating.

Audrey went outside and caught a few to test for OE.  One of them was sick, so she kept him, but released the healthy one.  She also roamed the neighbors’ yard to see if she could find anymore.

We are hoping that more Monarchs use our yard for a B&B as they travel south.  We have been working hard to plant more Monarch friendly plants and, according to Audrey, you can never have too many butterflies.

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Butterflies

audrey-releasing-butterfliesIt has been a difficult year finding Monarchs, at any stage, in the wild.

Audrey discovered if she bleaches the eggs of sick butterflies, the offspring have a good chance of being healthy.  She set up a nursery and managed to collect a lot of eggs this year. I do not know exact numbers, but she has released over 150 Monarchs this summer!

Waves

img_2080-birds_shareAs we explored around the coast, we enjoyed observing and listening to the waves on the rocks. We watched the seagulls and the cormorants.  We admired how the fog changed the scenery.

It is amazing to me that God created such awesome scenery for us to enjoy.  It is easy to forget that he designed this world in the busyness of every day. I am so thankful that we had the opportunity to remember and enjoy what God created!

Bass Harbor Lighthouse

img_1734-bass-harbor-lighthouse_shareWe were told that a great place to see sunsets was Bass Harbor Lighthouse. Our campsite was a short distance away, so we went there a few times during our stay. It was a challenge getting there on time, the sun set a few minutes after 7:00 while we were in Maine. We wanted to get there earlier so we could see the sun setting.

We were disappointed the first time there because the lighthouse was behind us and there was only a short sidewalk to watch the sun setting.  The parking lot was crowded and the sidewalk lined with people watching the sun set. We wondered what was so special about the place.

The last time we went there, I was talking to a family who mentioned there was another path on the other side of the light house.  We knew we would miss the sun officially setting, but we ran around and discovered what we missed! There was a path that lead to a bunch of rocks that you could climb out on.  Depending where you stopped, you could get some wonderful pictures!

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Thunder Hole

img_1896-thunder_share After watching the sun rise, we hiked to Thunder Hole. We walked since we did not want to drive all around Park Loop Road again.

Thunder Hole is neat! The waves come into the inlet in such a way, that it sounds like thunder at times. When we got there, there was another couple already there, but we had the place mostly to ourselves.

We could hear the thunder while we walked, but once we got there it was much better. We stayed and enjoyed the noise and watching the water spray for quite a long time before moving on.

On the way back to the car, there were a lot of people and the thunder was much softer. We think we missed the best noise by just a little bit.  We hoped to return another day, but we ran out of time. It is on our wish list for a future visit.