Playing in the Rain

     Today's photo trip was a blast! I was finally able to fix the auto focus on my Canon Rebel T6i, so I decided to make another trip back to Swan Lake today to test it out. The only catch? It was raining. A lot. But that didn't stop us from exploring parts of the park that we where unable to get to last time!

     As you walk into the park and take a right down the path that leads to a picnic area out in an open part of the park, and then left at an old shed. 

 

Photos by Cory Jones

Photos taken with this camera.

Location: Swan Lake Iris Gardens Sumter, SC  

Left by this Shed.

Left by this Shed.

There is a path that leads to the a small gate by the water front. As we walked through that gate today, the rain slowed to a stop and the clouds parted and from under the trees, a beautiful fountain with a single winged sculpture in the center presented it's self. The timing and atmosphere of this moment created a very intense "recharging" energy about it. It was peaceful. Beautiful. And I felt very content with where I was in my life for the first time in a good couple years.  

 

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     As I walked around the fountain, looking out over the lake, a warm fog slowly cascaded over the water from the far side along the trees creating a scene that took my breath away. 

     After taking a few more shots around the statue, I decided to continue back up the path to the water front. After about 20 minutes the rain picked back up again, which brought all of the ducks and swans out of the along the shore.

 

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     But along with them, a small horde of turtles where scattered along the edge of the water along side of the ducks! 

 

 

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     It was astounding to see soo many turtles all grouped around this small water front just hanging out with the geese and ducks.  

As we made our way closer to the group, we noticed one that was significantly larger then the others.

 

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It definitely looked like some kind of a snapper. But im still not very formiliar with the wildlife in this area yet.

 

 

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     As we continued down the edge of the water, the ducks along the rocks stopped to pose for us as they waddled out of the rain.  One lone bright white duck that we named Sir Mobyduck, decided to hang out with us in the downpour.  

 .   A little ways further down the path, we branched off towards the center of the park away from the water and came across a playground! 

 

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To be continued...