Monday, December 1, 2008

That's My World!

Branched Oak Lake State Recreation Area is one of my favorite places. You can camp, boat, picnic, swim, fish, hike, and in designated area hunt and trap. Best of all, there's all kinds of stuff to photograph!

The lake is part of a flood control project built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to protect the city of Lincoln and other surrounding communities. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission developed and operates the recreational facilities and manages its wildlife resources. The lake takes up 1,800 acres, and the recreational and wildlife areas encompass 3,960 acres.

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More scenery photos are here

There are wildflowers, and in the campgrounds there are flower beds, so the opportunities for flower photography abound.

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More flower photos are here

On any given day,one can see a myriad of wildlife. One day this summer I saw this guy. I was never able to definitively decide what kind of turtle it was. If anyone knows what kind of turtle it is, feel free to enlighten me.

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More wildlife photos can be seen here here

Shortly after I bought my first DSLR I took this photo of a pelican. That photo really reignited my passion for photography.

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More bird photos can be found here

The My World meme is an opportunity to be a tour guide to the world we enjoy. Go and check out That's My World! to see more photo blogs showing the world of others.

UPDATE: The turtle has been identified as a Smooth Softshell Turtle. Thanks to Jedediah for the identification and to fishing guy for a second.


The Good Life in Virginia said...

i so enjoyed the photos...thank you for sharing. the turtle was interesting but, unfortunately don't know what kind he is.
have a great week.

chrome3d said...

No idea about the turtle but it sure was funny! Pelican is a great catch too.

Arija said...

Wonderful photos, especially your macro shots of flowers. Photography can be quite addictive, I tend to shoot first and ask queations later.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Thanks so much for your tour of your world i truly enjoyed it. Love that turtle too

babooshka said...

I love the nature reserve at the back of my house. We all need parts of the world like yours and should preserve them. Gorgeous bird pics.

Jedediah said...

I love the turtle photos. I think he may be a Smooth Softshell Turtle

Susan said...

Beautiful photos: the second one is my favourite, for the colours and mood. I enjoyed the tour too! Thank you for the visit to Nebraska--and congratulations on such a great shot of the flying pelican.

Louise said...

I have NEVER seen a turtle that looks like that. The pelican photo is amazing--really spectacular. And I'm wondering where this is. I spent 2-1/2 years in Lincoln going to school, and I don't remember this place. (It was in the mid-80's.)

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Wonderful! Looks like you enjoy taking photos of the same things I do. My World is snow covered now, though!

mirage2g said...

Beautiful presentation of your world! I checked on your pbase gallery, and there are lots of beautiful shots too!

Anonymous said...

Great post - thanks for sharing a look at your world. Love the turtle, especially the close up.

Sylvia K said...

Really great photos! I love the turtle although I can't help with the name either. Photography has really become my "other" thing these days and I do so enjoy it. Really enjoyed your blog, too, and I'll be back again.

fishing guy said...

What a neat post and some great photos of the area. That is definetly a Softshell Turtle of the family Trionychidea. I used to fine them in the streams of PA. the shell feels like leather.

Anonymous said...

Escellent photos. Thanks for sharing your corner of the world

Leora said...

These are wonderful. I love the pelican and his environment. Such a soar!