Words that flow...

Words and images - powerful elements of our everyday life. Most of the time we take them for granted, but sometimes something happens to make you aware of how important they are... and how thankful you are to have the opportunity to use or appreciate them. Here lies some of my words and pictures (which are untouched apart from cropping, unless I've said otherwise) - Please add your words to mine, and leave a comment. Thanks for visiting!

29 May 2007

Scum

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If you're going to click on one picture to enlarge,
it should be the last one - that's my favourite! :-D


Who would've thought that pond scum could be pretty!








Yesterday, I walked for three hours in the forest. It was so pretty and glittery in the sunshine after the rain. Sparkles twinkled at me from every leaf (and yes, I have loads of pics of shiny stuff - tomorrow!), but what got me most, was something so basic, and usually not thought of as very attractive.






When I reached the lake, I sat for a while, watching steam evaporating from a tree stump, then from the picnic table (I've shown in the video 'walk in the forest'). Then I sauntered down to the water's edge, and spotted a duck splashing round fountains of water while having a morning wash.








After a bit, I followed the bank round to me 'underwater man' tree stump. There the water shone with streaks of silver. Further along, the streaks became platinum 'rivers' .









You might think I'm mad (being as it has been raining for a couple of days, and the ground was soaked!), but I ended up on my belly, taking pictures of the shiny water... I don't always show my mad streak, but it's on display for you today! :-D







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© Annelisa Christensen 10:13 pm

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25 Comments:

At May 30, 2007 7:09 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

wahahaha!

 
At May 30, 2007 9:13 am, Blogger Tina said...

A bit weird I would say... But if you couldn't see the stuff behind those streaks, it would be better. Great though!

 
At May 30, 2007 11:50 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

Amazing photographs and worth getting on your belly for! Got your computer to yourself now?

 
At May 30, 2007 12:15 pm, Blogger GEWELS said...

Beautiful- it looks more like mercury or some other metallic element.
I've actually been noticing the algae growing on my little lake here and wondering how it would photograph (what with the reflections and all). I'll have to try it out today.

 
At May 30, 2007 1:01 pm, Blogger mystic rose said...

indeed.

esply caught in the eye of your camera :)

 
At May 30, 2007 6:36 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

That 'stuff' behind the streaks is water, Tina! :-D

Ha, bloomin, ha! Akelamalu... I would have had it all to myself half this holiday, but the kids have stayed home this time, so there's arguements galore over pc time! :-S

Never mind... I still get on sometimes. That's the important thing!

Yes, I think it does, Gewels... I thought, when I took the pics, it looked silvery, and shimmery. Mercurial... that would be a good description of it, especially considering it's liquid state!

So, did you manage to take any pics of your algae today??

:-) I think it would have sashayed and shimmered for anyone, Mystic... I only catch what I see. However, I'm seeing a lot more than I used to, now I'm looking!

 
At May 30, 2007 6:48 pm, Blogger Dan said...

Gorgeous photos Annelisa! My wife and I walked for 5 hours through the forest on Saturday. I nearly stepped on a rather large snake right in the path! Never saw it! :)

 
At May 30, 2007 6:54 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

It wasn't a hose-pipe, was it Dan? :-S

Are you getting in shape for your Out of the Darkness Overnightwalk? Not a bad way to get those muscles working...jumping out of the way of snakes :-) Hope it wasn't a biter!

 
At May 30, 2007 7:12 pm, Blogger TopChamp said...

showing your mad side 'for once'?! (looking at your shiny green hair!)

Paul likes the pics! I'm not as sure - I like the second one but I wonder what i would have thought if I had not read what they were first.

 
At May 30, 2007 8:35 pm, Blogger goatman said...

We must capture beauty where we find it. I have always liked the colors (colours) of a bit of gasoline on the water after a motorboat.
Thanks for visiting.

 
At May 30, 2007 9:13 pm, Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Wow Annelisa, in pic 4
how many Sun's do you see
I know, I know there is only One
but how many do you see?

 
At May 30, 2007 9:30 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

:-D OK, ok, I'm showing another side to my madness then, TC!

I assure you, on the water, though it was a skin, it was truly beautiful... it glinted and glistened, and as Gewels says, it was quite mercurial! You would have liked it, had you been there! I think it was a kind of algea or something... not pollution. It's way to clean in the forest (though the litterbugs are ensuring that changes :-( )

:-D Me too, Goatman, me too! or even oil on the road after rain... those big puddles of rainbow!

D'you know, Quasar, I liked that pic because of the great centre sun, but I've just clicked on it to enlarge, and there are zillions! Well spotted!

 
At May 30, 2007 11:38 pm, Blogger Pod said...

just wonderful! the sounds make me homesick!! i love that you got on your tummy to take the pictures too!

 
At May 30, 2007 11:42 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Do you see why I hid under green tinsel now, Pod? :-D I left the video on autoplay, so the sound of the birds could still be heard...there's a particular bird that's got a very strong call in there!

Thanks for visiting again!

 
At May 31, 2007 1:08 am, Blogger twilite said...

Hi Annelisa! I wouldn't have guessed these were pics of scum! Great shots.

 
At May 31, 2007 3:07 am, Blogger that frolicsome kid said...

Hey, now the scums look beautiful in these pictures! In fact, it doesn't really look like water at all. =P I love how the sun reflects off the water surface, it gives the added beauty to the scum.

 
At May 31, 2007 7:50 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Good morning Twilite, and thanks! The scum is of a pretty innocuous type, probably algea originated.

You like, FK? It looks a lot thicker than water, doesn't it! And very pretty indeed. Quasar spotted how the sun reflected off the bubbles, and if you enlarge the pic, you can see some more of them!

 
At May 31, 2007 2:07 pm, Blogger Farris Thorne said...

Never underestimate your creativity, old friend. It takes quite an imagination to see the possibility of pond scum looking beautiful... ft

 
At May 31, 2007 3:21 pm, Blogger Queenie said...

You make feel bad that I moan about the rain. Everything takes on a new angle when I see it through your len's

 
At May 31, 2007 7:55 pm, Blogger Mimi Lenox said...

Stunning, my dear.

 
At June 01, 2007 1:19 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Farris! Lovely to see you here again... I thought that maybe you only visited when I wrote a book with you! :-D

Oh, but it didn't take much creativity to see the silver... it was there, sparkling away, winking at me!

Queenie... I'm moaning about the rain today. I put my washing out (that's 3 full loads) on the line, just before it pelted down a day or two ago. Every time it just gets dry, it comes bucketing down again (like it is now! :-( ) I haven't anywhere to dry it inside, so we'll just have to go naked for a while :-D

Thank you Mimi

 
At June 01, 2007 12:51 pm, Blogger Queenie said...

Mmm, I have a spare tumble dryer, would hate for you to catch a chill.

 
At June 01, 2007 3:17 pm, Blogger Dave said...

You see pond scum; I see bass!

 
At June 02, 2007 9:33 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

:-) Pity you're so far away, Queenie, or I'd come over and use it! I'll just turn the heating up in the meantime :-) Luckily, I only need old layabout clothes during the holiday! :-)

Hey, Dave - I don't know what the fish are that are jumping down at that lake (one day I'll catch one on film), but they sure jump high! Can you see a bass here?

 
At June 02, 2007 11:42 pm, Blogger Mimi Lenox said...

How goes it, Annelisa?

 

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