Look, But Don’t Touch!

A couple of days ago, I had another, early morning kayak outing at a local Missouri Conservation Area. As I unloaded the kayak and prepared to enter the water, I had to stop for a moment and capture the beautiful sky developing around me as sunrise neared. Now I didn’t come prepared, so had to shoot in pre-sunrise conditions without a tripod … not the way to go. Here is an image of what the area looked like as I prepared to launch into the waters (Note: don’t adjust your monitor … I was unable to handhold steadily at 1/5 second for a crystal clear shot, but I just wanted to show how beautiful it was on that foggy, early morning!):

Pre-sunrise over the lake

Kayaking around the lake, I came upon several noteworthy photo subjects. One of them is a wildflower that I hadn’t seen for quite a while, the Spotted Touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis), also known as Jewelweed:

Spotted Touch-me-not Wildflowers

Spotted Touch-me-not Wildflowers

Spotted Touch-me-not Wildflowers

These plants can grow to 5-feet tall. As I researched this plant, I found that the fruit, a slender capsule, when drying or touched, contracts, coils, and splits explosively, causing the seeds to be cast far away, in all directions. I also read that it is widely believed that rubbing leaves and stems of this plant on the skin will prevent and even cure a poison ivy infection, as well as taking the sting out of stinging nettle. Interesting!

Photographic Equipment Used (Pre-sunrise):

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld from the shore, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800
  • Aperture f/4.5
  • Shutter 1/5 sec.


Photographic Equipment Used (Spotted Touch-me-nots):

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld from a kayak, with IS “On”
  • ISO 2000
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/125 sec. to 1/250 sec.



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  • Wendy and Cookie

    Beautiful Jim :) <3 … I love the 'mist' the mist at this time of the year always seems so special especially around bodies of water like our Chehalis River here in Centralia Wa. I could have used you and your photographic gift the other morning..Cookie wanted breakfast quite early..it was around 5.00am, so we did the daily ritual and had to give him an extra hug (so glad he woke me up) since the view of the mist alongside the river rolling across the large meadow was absolutely breath taking..it finally enveloped the whole house and the neighbour's and our wee road here…

    I was just about to put things away and I looked out of the kitchen window…over to the mist…. thicker along the river bank… and as if floating up magically from a cloud …a magnificent Blue Heron appeared..unhurried as usual and nonchalantly flapped those beautiful wings as he went off on HIS daily routine…

    The icing on the cake …just as the mist was settling and the sun had made it up from behind Mount Rainier….out from the woods over yonder….a pair of Bald Eagles emerged, flew straight towards and over our home and I swear tipped their wings as
    if to say "Top of the morning to you" :) <3

    My bed calls…you are in my prayers with love and compassion and friendship….always…nighty night….

    With much love and many purrs and a dead mouse if you get really lucky…

    Wendy and Cookie Cat xoxoxoxxxox :) <3