Theme 334 – Toys

Aaron's Trains
Aaron's Trains

My grandson loves to play with trains, especially those from the Thomas the Tank Engine series.  He’ll play for hours and hours, pushing them around the livingroom, quietly talking the storyline out to himself, complete with the occasional “TOOT TOOT!!”.  As he plays, he’ll begin to line the trains up in long rows.  He’s done this since he was old enough to play with trains.  These photos were taken after last night’s visit, and the trains are exactly as he left them.

Aaron's Trains
Aaron's Trains
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Theme 348 – Vapor

Vapor Cloud
Vapor Cloud

Earlier this week the temperatures were a bit cooler, resulting in a water vapor cloud rising from stacks of an electrical cogeneration plant.  I started snapping photos with a small pocket camera, trying to capture the interplay of light and shadows, white vapor against clear blue sky.  While shooting, I turned my camera for a couple shots and captured the following image.

Vapor Cloud
Vapor Cloud

This image tends to de-emphasize the vapor cloud.  In many ways I like it better than most of the other images I captured but, if I’m going to be honest, I’m not sure why!  Maybe it is the tension created by placing the stack to the far left of the photo and leaving a lot of blue sky to the right.  The shadows created by the vapor cloud are much more distinct at this range, too.  I dunno!  What do you think?

Theme 283 – Silhouette

Morning Gull Flight
Morning Gull Flight

Early mornings and late afternoons are great times to find small flocks of gulls flying here or there.  I often wonder where they’re going.  I spotted this small flock early one morning while hiking through the pine barrens and, fortunately, was able to snap a quick shot as they flew by clouds lit brightly by the rising sun.

Theme 4 – A Pair Of……

Harlequin Ducks
Harlequin Ducks

A pair of amorous male Harlequin Ducks faithfully pursued this female Harlequin Duck around Barnegat Lighthouse inlet.  I took this photo in early February from the jetty at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, around the time when these types of duck behaviours become more noticeable.  Harlequin Ducks winter in a few places along the Jersey shore.  Barnegat Lighthouse is one of the most reliable places to find them each year, attracting as many photographers as birders on sunny (and cold) winter mornings.

First Post – Clouds (Theme 56)

Luminescent Clouds
Luminescent Clouds

My first post of the new blog, and my first photo submission for the 365 Photos in 2009 challenge. I photographed these clouds while birding with a friend at Whitesbog in central New Jersey. It was early morning and the sun was still low in the sky when I spotted the wonderful colors in these clouds. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.