08.18.2013 Return to Harkness Pond

Not exactly “Return to Mayberry”, but in some ways it was like old times.  Once again, the pond was foggy and I couldn’t resist another tree in the fog image.Harkness-Pond-081713-900WebI had hoped for a sunrise from the far end, but that obviously will be for yet another day.  I did continue around the pond and found a big fat hairy spider on its web.  I’ve posted it a bit smaller so as not to scare anyone too seriously. 🙂 If you’d like to see it large, well go ahead and click the image….I’m willing to bet Sandra won’t.Garden-Orbweaver-081713-800WebThat’s the Black and Yellow Argiope/Argiope Aurantia which is exceedingly common almost everywhere around here.

I had hoped more for flowers than spiders and happened upon a nice composition of Pickerelweed with the sky contrasting richly with the plant which was bathed in mixed light.Pickerelweed-081713-800WebThe sharper eyed among you might notice that I missed the rear bloom a tad with my focus.  I’m happy with the image just the same.

Finally, I found a new flower, to me of course, that I found quite humorous.  It resembles a bug a little with its anthers resembling antennae.Water-Willow-Justicia-americana-081813-800WebIt is the Water-willow (Justicia americana) and as I searched my guides and the web I found that there is another plant of totally different genus called Water Willow.  Maybe the big difference is the hyphen.  Even though we only just met, it seems to want a big hug. 🙂

So, all in all, it was a nice walk around the pond on Saturday.  I did get my sunrise this morning, although not at the pond, and I’ll post that tomorrow.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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20 Responses to 08.18.2013 Return to Harkness Pond

  1. Just Rod says:

    What a beautiful collection Steve. I’m a sucker for foggy days too and captured the reflections so well. The spider is so sharp it almost made my skin crawl. The Pickerel Weed lighting is very dramatic. What a find on the water-willow. Its a lovely flower and the textures show up so well. What a great return to the pond.


  2. Lottie Nevin says:

    I echo Rod’s sentiments. You are certainly on a roll with this pond series. Beauties, the lot of them!


  3. Andrew says:

    Lovely portfolio, Steve. The spider is very cool.


  4. I’m so glad that you like the pond. The foggier the better the photograph. I like the serenity of a foggy morning. The spider is a sharp looking cookie. But best of all is the beautiful color or an unusual looking flower. Nice find for sure.


    • Thanks, Yvonne. It is a nice little pond that does look better with a bit of fog and low light. We are very lucky here to have a fairly extensive trail system around the outskirts of town with many different habitats to enjoy. The swamp I visit is also part of a regional trail system.


      • You are very fortunate to have a trail system. Here we have a 2 mile trail for walking running, or cycling that is way out of town and goes through a semi-wooded area. I would not go there as a woman for sure. The area where you live sounds so idylic minus the litter. Guess we never can have what once was in days gone by. 🙂


      • So if you would not go there as a woman…then what would you go as? 🙂 All kidding aside, I think even here in Happy Valley is is not a given that a woman should walk alone on a trail. There is rarely trouble but unfortunately and sadly it is tempting fate. Most spots are not as littered as that waterfall. There might be a cigarette butt or the occasional piece of paper but the majority of folks pick up after themselves…even the dog poop. 🙂


  5. Sandra says:

    Yup, right – no urge to enlarge the Borussia Dortmund spider 😮 😉
    The moody lake is my favourite – I love trees in fog. The Pickerelweed looks great against the deep blue sky!

    The ads below the post are sometimes funny. I saw one from “Feed-the-pig Org” when I opened this post….


    • Well, we had already established that my spider images will not be amongst your faves, haven’t we? 🙂 I am happy the other images maybe make up for the spider a little.
      I never get to see the ads. I hope none have been for anything objectionable. I had no idea there were any.


  6. Phil Lanoue says:

    Really enjoyed the froggy, uh I mean foggy scene! 🙂
    But Oooo a spider! Yikes!


  7. That’s a nice abstract of the pickerelweed, and it harmonizes with the American water willow (which is common in Austin, but whose flowers here are a lot paler than the one you portrayed).


  8. What a great place to photograph, you have truly captured the beauty of this place, nicely done Steve !!


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