2-1-11 Leave a Trail by shantwin

2-1-11 Leave a Trail

Greenlake Park, Seattle

Today was one of those rare winter days with stunningly blue skies and crisp dry air. I would have loved to have spent my day wandering aimlessly with my camera trying to capture just a portion of the beauty around me, but I didn't. It's a busy week at work with a fundraising luncheon on Thursday and an Annual Meeting and Board meeting on Saturday and interviews inbetween. But I did get a lot done at work today.

I began today's daylight hours where I ended yesterday's, at Greenlake. I do love the lake and would have enjoyed a full walk around it this morning but settled for a few minutes beside it. Considering how beautiful today was I am not really happy with any of my shots but finally settled on this one. I have no idea what the real name of this bird is (and I can't find my bird book right now which is really beginning to irk me). My husband calls them water chikens, which I'm sure is some made up name from his childhood. He grew up 2 blocks from Greenlake and these birds have been residents on the lake for as long as he can remember.

edit: cropping
A fav. Love the light on the water and the water chicken with the ripples following ( not that they would be in front! ) are the perfect foil for the calm waters.
February 2nd, 2011  
beautiful.
February 2nd, 2011  
Love that trail! How cute!
February 2nd, 2011  
Gorgeous!! The colors are amazing.
February 2nd, 2011  
Great composition, well cropped - and great colours!
February 2nd, 2011  
Gorgeous shot Shannon. I love the subtle colour and the slight hint of the shoreline reflection.
February 2nd, 2011  
Beautiful Shannon, love the bands of interest down the picture. The colouring is so soft and the coot just adds the finishing touches.
@farmboy9155 water chicken?? Is that really what you call them?? :-)
February 2nd, 2011  
@Cherrill No! I have no idea what they are but who am I to argue with the boy who grew up 2 blocks from the lake?
February 2nd, 2011  
@farmboy9155 heheh! Indeed!
February 2nd, 2011  
Love the reflection of the 'water chicken' and the trail behind it.
February 2nd, 2011  
LOL. Shannon I think you had better find that bird book! @Cherrill
February 2nd, 2011  
Excellent framing Shannon. Really fine photography.
February 2nd, 2011  
Absolutely lovely! Awesome composition.
February 2nd, 2011  
Wow, moore !!! Lovely pic Shannon.
February 2nd, 2011  
Love the ripples in the lake, and the colours are amazing too! Could it be a moorhen? It looks like it, I think. Or a coot, but the moorhen are also called water chicken...
February 2nd, 2011  
So peaceful,gorgeous colors!
February 2nd, 2011  
Such a tranquil picture, just lovely
February 2nd, 2011  
Water chickens?? That's pretty funny. Perhaps Google can help if you can't find your bird book. Google is my best friend when trying to identify something, especially if you go to Images...
Very lovely shot, by the way.
February 2nd, 2011  
I love all your pictures Shannon, but I may tell you that I think you improved and mostly the cropping/ composition! this one is so perfect and interesting. Fav for me too
February 2nd, 2011  
Beautiful shot. Love the colors in the morning. Nicely captured Shannon.
February 2nd, 2011  
Great image with superb reflections and colours
February 2nd, 2011  
Stunning! Great composition.
February 2nd, 2011  
He looks like he is going at some pace! Lovely composition and colours.
February 2nd, 2011  
fabulous
February 3rd, 2011  
So serene x
February 3rd, 2011  
Thanks @farmboy9155 @meganconley @katrinacristy @angeliasims @remcogreutink @Cherrill @jodogz @attraversi @ellida @halkia @2doc @geertje @gill @kirsty @lynne3804 @girlie @parisouailleurs @seattle @pixels4u @anoeska @artistmichelle @kirsty1975 and @redfl83. I appreciate your comments and your favs. I know I'm not good with the thanks all the time but your comments do mean a lot to me.
February 3rd, 2011  
Congrats on PP.
February 3rd, 2011  
great capture on this one
February 4th, 2011  
Absolutely love it!
February 6th, 2011  
beautiful shot!
February 7th, 2011  
so pretty!
February 16th, 2011  
Fantastic shot - perfect symmetry.
February 16th, 2011  
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