Monday, September 24, 2007

"One Misty, Moisty Morning. . .

"When out across the heather,
I chanced to meet an old man,
Dressed all in leather."

Or so begins a nursery rhyme we used to read to our kids when they were little. The picture below reminded me of the rhyme. It was taken in the early morning mists of a Georgia golf course, on the second phase of our September vacation a few weeks ago.

You can't really tell, but that's dew on the grass that looks so white in the sunshine.

The third hole of this particular course is a very steep down-hill par 3, with a pond between the bottom of the hill and your target. Like this:

You can see from the water surface how hard the wind is (not) blowing.

A few holes later came this daunting par 5, with another downhill tee shot over water followed by a long uphill fairway.

Can you see why we enjoy golf in Georgia so much?

At a later water hazard this denizen was checking us out rather closely.

We asked him why he was standing like that, and he replied (below), "Because I want to. You got a PROBLEM with that?!"

"There. Does THIS suit you better?"

We ignored his nasty attitude and circled around behind him to try to sneak in for a better photo. Just as we were getting close he stuck his head up and spotted us.

We were much too close for his comfort, so he departed. When it comes to "fight or flight," these guys almost always select "flight." Maybe that's because they can.

Besides, he had what might have been a girlfriend across the water and I think he was trying to show off for her.

Does she look impressed to you? Nah, me neither.

Then carol took a shot of another flying creature . . . a very colorful one.

Finally, she found one more who was willing to pose for her.

What's that you say? "How was the golf?"

Who cares? The surroundings and the scenery were wonderful!


jan said...

Did you bother to take your clubs out of the bag? I'm not sure I would have.

Duke_of_Earle said...


Yeah, we eventually took out our clubs and used them. But as you can see, we also spent a LOT of time enjoying the views and the woods and the wildlife. Carol probably had the camera out as often as the clubs. What a great vacation!


kenju said...

Beautiful surroundings, John!

Shesawriter said...

Those butterflies are beautiful, John. Simply beautiful. I could look at them for hours. They're very soothing.

bigwhitehat said...

Ran up your score a little did you?

Duke_of_Earle said...


How perceptive of you.