WPC: Blur of wildlife and reeds at Locke-Paddon Wetland Community Park

I was waiting for a phone call from my younger sister and decided to walk around Locke-Paddon park in Marina (Monterey County, California). Waiting…waiting…and little camera in hand, I walked near the pond’s edge to photograph birds.

Mallard Duck

Locke-Paddon is a community park and one of the area’s “vernal” (seasonal) ponds.  The water level fluctuates but never dries out completely. The city library is located in this park, and the pond area is an easy destination for bird viewing.

There are many mallard ducks and American coot (below) that live in the pond, as well as birds who visit to drink and bathe.

What I found interesting in the series of photographs were the blur of reeds and vegetation against the water — perfect for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge theme from Michelle W:

This week, share a photo that’s a blur. You could keep your camera out of focus to achieve a blurry photo, or take a photo of something in motion. Or go in a different direction — capture an image of an experience that would otherwise be a blur, or of something in a state of flux.

Reed Blur 2

Reed Blur 5

The blur of colors could be interpreted as a painting, don’t you think?

For more information about the park, visit the Locke-Paddon page at the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District website, here.

I never did get the phone call…so I went home, only to find out my ringer was off, and I missed her calls.  I laughed and called her right back…and was happy to have interesting photos in my collection, all while “waiting”.

7 thoughts on “WPC: Blur of wildlife and reeds at Locke-Paddon Wetland Community Park

  1. Another great set of photos! I was really stumped when it came to “blur” so I skipped last week’s challenge.

    I had no idea that park was there. There are so many nooks and crannies to explore in every city! What kind of camera/s do you use?

  2. You probably had many photos that would fit the theme, Jane. Some photo bloggers submitted their “throw away” blurry photos that they instead kept because it was interesting or pretty to look at…

    I love this area for the very reason that after 8 years of living here, there is still so much to explore (probably the same goes for most places, like there in Sonoma County with its coast, wineries, and state park areas with the same possibilities). We spent a lot of time in Marina for my grandsons Taekwondo school and library visits. They have a great library too — and all part of the Monterey County library system. There are supposed to be 6 of these “vernal ponds” / wetland area in Marina, according to the Monterey Peninsula Park District’s website. They are having an Earth Day celebration at Locke-Paddon Park this month.

    Right now, I primarily use my phone camera (an HTC One) and an old Panasonic Lumix. What I am realizing is that the time of day (an hour or two before sunset or the opposite — the Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf shots were taken in the morning a few hours after sunrise — makes a huge difference, and I’m learning how to better compose, or get ideas of shots through the photo challenges.

    I love how these photos came out, it was around 5:00ish last week when I took them, and the beautiful reflections of the reeds surprised me when I downloaded the shots (from the Lumix).

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