Temptation in the Wilds (2 photos)

Ever experience temptation in the midst of your best intentions?

I am purposeful in my approach to the outdoors. If I’m in a wilderness area to shoot photographs, I capture images. If that means I only hike a half mile, so be it.
Earlier this month I went for a work out at John Bryan State Park in western Ohio. Unfortunately, I track workouts with a smart phone. This means I carry a digital camera.

A clear view of the Little Miami River slashing through the gorge was too much for me. For a period if time I abandoned the exercize for the sake of a few photos.

Since I’ve already confessed my faility, I might as well share the images. How do you deal with such internal conflicts?


“Horror” Hidden in Plain Sight


I honor of Halloween, I present the pasture behind our house.

A few weeks ago the morning sun was casting glorious rays of light through the apple tree in our back yard. I grabbed a camera and soaked my shoes in the cool dew trying to capture photographs of the light.

There were no bleating lambs or jumping calves this spring or summer, so the pasture seems empty and overgrown. For all but 20 minutes in the early morning, it looks just like the above picture.

Fortunately, I walked behind the apple tree to the edge of pasture during that twenty minute window. The sight \struck me much like scientists who first observed the effect of x-ray. See the images below.

fall-spider-2fall-spider-3The spiders are hid in plain sight, taking full advantage of the tall weeds for their webs. Below is a Black and Yellow Garden Spiders. I welcome correction on my identifications.