Thursday, April 9, 2009

Making Tracks (SWF)

Sway-backed Barn, Rural Ohio

We went “out” last weekend—
not in the typical way that one might speak of a weekend’s plan.
But, rather, “out,” as in, beyond the closest places, to those yet unfound delights,
waiting further down the road.

Dillon Reservoir

Hoping to add to our growing list, another place to spend a day on the water.
A place with the promise of ragged shorelines to trace, shallow winding backwater to float upon.
A place where underwater snags and overhanging boughs bring things of all sorts within arm’s reach.
A place to which we’d soon return, when brighter skies and warmer air would be more accepting of one sitting on the open water—
barefoot, in a little red canoe.


Gull and Heron tracks along the lowered water line




Criss-crossing tracks, where something came from the water, wandered around, and returned.
Any ideas?
(see photo at end of post for scale)



Raccoon prints and
others


But, today, just making tracks.

Evening Sky at Dillon Reservoir




These tiny tracks reminded me of turtle tracks, but seem too small.
I'd love to know what made them!



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30 comments:

Lynne said...

The Science Chimp knows tracks- maybe she'll chime in!

Ginnymo said...

Awesome!! Those tracks are so neat!! Great photos!!

bobbie said...

The tracks are wonderful!

And look at that sky over the water in your second picture!

Deborah Godin said...

I do love that low-slung sky, but the little mystery critter tracks really captured my fancy!

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Janie said...

Interesting tracks. I have no idea what the strange ones are, but I'd like to find out.
The red barn looks so neatly painted, but it's not going to last long unless someone shores up the roof!

Rune said...

Very beautiful photos, fine tracks on the beach! :)

Martha said...

A wonderful group of photos. I love the red barn.

erin said...

oh what a lovely series of photos...enjoyed the commentary and the photos very much.

Tarolino said...

I loved all the different prints in the wet sand. Very interesting patterns. The little hands were cute. The first shot of the barn is my favourite. It has such wonderful vivid colours.

Taj_maan said...

such beautiful photos! I enjoyed each of them!!! thanks!

Viennadaily said...

Great set of photos! I like the first best!!

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Babooshka said...

It has to be the red barn against the ominous sky. That#s such a dramatic shot.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

All of your pictures are interesting Nina but that barn with the blue sky behind it is outstanding.

KatDoc said...

I thought "turtle" too, until I saw the last photo with your finger for scale. Now, I'm not sure what to think.

Love the blue sky and red barn photo.

~Kathi

Gaelyn said...

Love the barn under darkened skies.

The tracks look like animal writting. Wonder what they're saying?

Great captures.

Kallen305 said...

Great photos. Love all of the bird and animal tracks. The first picture with the red barn and blue sky is fantatic!

Arija said...

Nina, I have just fallen in love with your red barn, the light under the threatening sky makes it glow.
Could those tracks be baby turtles?
I have a book on traks in Australia, unfortunately they do not apply.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Love that red barn set against the sky, looks like a lovely day out.

Lene said...

Beautiful collection. I love the colorcombination in the firs one :)

vincibene said...

Wonderful light and contrast of the colors in the first picture! And very interesting tracks!

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Love all the animal tracks. My kids always enjoy seeing those and trying to figure out what left them is such a fun mystery for them to unravel. Like many other commenters, the barn photo is my favorite, too.

Kirk said...

I'm leaning towards crayfish,(crawfish,etc). Size is about right, it's not unusual for crayfish to be on that kind of substrate, even out of water for a bit.

nina at Nature Remains. said...

Good suggestion, Kirk--with claws held up and tail dragging, 6 little feet would certainly make a lot of footsteps like that!
I hadn't thought of crayfish--though I know they are probably plentiful in this water. Maybe went for a midnight stroll?

ehunter said...

I love the tracks. The photos are really good and show the tracks nicely. The stange ones have me intrigued. I'll have to send the link to these shots to some people who might know.

Lovely photos.

SandyCarlson said...

These are outstanding.

Sally said...

I was thinking crayfish too-- so I vote with Kirk-- that's the only thing that I could imagine! Could be... or some other little else that came out of the water for a brief visit... Do let us know if you find out for sure!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Intersting observations..Great blog!!