Photo Essay: Natural Beauty Softens the BlowFirst posted in November, 2005
So, I spent Thanksgiving on the base of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center this year. I am stationed on the base for five months for some required training for my work as a law enforcement ranger. While I would have preferred to be home and among family or friends, the holiday was pleasant enough - the cafeteria went out of their way to put out a nice spread.
A common grackle perches overhead in a loblolly pine.
Grackles gather in large groups, perch in trees or
rest on the ground making a great deal of noise,
and then they'll all go quiet and take to flight.
And then here is one of those loblolly pines.
They are everywhere. Everywhere.
But that's okay. They're pretty.
There is a little pond across the street from my room.
In the little pond is a little island.
And in the little pond there are also
- surprise! -
reflections of loblolly pines.
There are also turtles in the pond.
And, oddly enough, weird Myst-like wheels.
I did not wade out to fiddle with it, though
the graphic-adventurer in me wanted to.
Near the pond there are waterfowl.
I think these are called Muscovy ducks.
I am not very fond of them, as a rule.
I'm not sure why.
Well, yes I am.
They are rather ugly.
I'm horrible, I know.
There are palms at ground level.
And palms overhead.
And then there's lovely Spanish moss dripping off
of many of the trees - difficult to photograph.
The last photograph I took yesterday, almost as an afterthought.
And also, in my opinion, the best photograph of the day.
First decent macro I've taken with my new camera.