Tuesday, June 28, 2011
What is it?
I know these photos are all pretty similar, but I'm hoping that with several views, someone can figure out what this "thing" is. The focus unfortunately isn't great, as I was shooting macro from a kayak on lake water that refused to stay still. I tried grabbing a branch with one hand to steady the kayak for the photos, but I had to hold the camera at strange angles over the water, and anyhow, macro can be a challenge even when I'm not moving!
Let me put the pics in context: yesterday I was paddling around in my kayak on Loon Lake in the Adirondacks. The lake water was rather high, and there was a lot of debris washed into the water - mostly pine needles and branches from the shore. I found this near at the shore in an overgrown shallow area, under overhanging branches. It was probably 2 or 3" in diameter, and almost a yard long, with root-like stuff sticking out of one end. It reminded me of a pineapple type of growth, but I'm sure you realize that pineapples don't grow in Adirondack lakes. I even picked it up and examined it; and that didn't help, though I know for sure it is plant matter of some sort. Later I found two dead bullheads (a catfish-like fish) bloated and floating and I totally freaked when my paddle touched one. My husband looked at these photos (above) and said "You'll touch THAT but not a fish??!!! You DO realize they are in the lake when you are swimming, don't you?" Yeah, dear, but they are not dead and ugly. Bullheads are UGLY fish! Anyhow, here's a few more photos from the lake.
I'm thinking perhaps the feather (more macro) came from a loon..
** I know this is another non-artsy post, but please don't give up on my blog! I promise to post more art teacher stuff soon.