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Bird footprints at the lakeside beach (photo by Tui Snider)
Bird footprints at the lakeside beach (photo by Tui Snider)

Footprints by the Lake

Today’s photos were taken while accompanying my husband on a house call. No, he’s not a doctor, but he owns a boat shop, and often visits people’s lakehouses to make repairs. As mentioned in my post for the letter B Bricks that Tell Tales, one of my favorite places to point my camera is at the ground beneath my feet.

I’m not sure which creatures made the footprints in this photo set. I see some racoon prints (they look like tiny human hands) and then, of course, there are the prints left by my Converse tennis shoes. I’m guessing that the prints in the top photo are from some sort of seagull and that the big one in the second photo is from a heron, but I’m no expert. If you can tell me what made these prints, I would love to know!

Human and bird footprints at the lakeside beach (photo by Tui Snider)
Human and bird footprints at the lakeside beach (photo by Tui Snider)

Follow me on Instagram & I’ll follow you back!

I’ve gone from turning up my nose at the idea of cell phone pictures, to being an avid iPhone photographer, which is why my theme for the 2014 A to Z blog challenge is Instagram Travel Photos. If you are on Instagram, I’d be delighted to follow you. Simply follow my photo feed (@TuiSnider) on Instagram and I’ll follow you back!

For more, check out my collaboration with Morgan Dragonwillow. Morgan used my iPhone photos to accompany her poems in a book called Wild Woman Waking. Check it out!

Bird footprints at the lakeside beach (photo by Tui Snider)
Bird footprints at the lakeside beach (photo by Tui Snider)

What is the April A to Z Blog Challenge?

Each April, people from all over the world participate in the April A to Z blog challenge, and you can too. It’s a lot of fun and it’s a great way to meet other bloggers. To play along, all you do is make a blog post for each letter of the alphabet during April, then use the blog hop linky to visit as many other bloggers as you can.

My A to Z Inspired Book: Unexpected Texas

I’d like to thank everyone who commented on my blog during the A to Z Challenge last year, because it convinced me to take the self-publishing plunge. On March 2, 2014, I released Unexpected Texas as a paperback and eBook and it quickly became an Amazon Best Seller!

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    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      Hi Morgan! Thank you so much! For some reason your comment reminds me of what my husband said when I took these photos. It was something like, “I couldn’t figure out why you wanted to traipse around in the mud down there, but now that I see your pictures I get it.” :D

  1. You’re certainly a gifted photographer, as well as a talented writer. Thanks for this peek into your world. Gorgeous photos.

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      Hi Holli, Glad you enjoyed these lakeside photos. My only regret is that I wasn’t wearing shoes with cuter soles. I have this one pair that leaves flower-shaped footprints. Next time! :D

  2. I love these footprint photos. It’s amazing how something so haphazard can be so artistic with the right eye.

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      Thanks, Chuck! Some of the smaller bird prints reminded me of cuneiform tablets. :D

  3. Great photos again. I am blogging without a theme so I am all over the place!

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      Hi Viridian! It’s funny, but I would struggle more if I did not have a theme. Have an A to Z theme reigns me in and keeps me from spending too much time choosing photos for each day. (I still fall down daydreamy rabbit holes from time to time, something I’m rather prone to!) Thanks for dropping by again and happy A to Z-ing to ya. :D

  4. I don’t now what the footprints are, but this reminds me. The other day, I stopped by a friend’s house to feed her pet rat while she was on Spring Break and there were the craziest footprints in the snow. They were barely visible and long, but looked to light to be a rabbit and too big to be a mouse.

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      Hi Patty, I wonder if they were from a bird that was lightly hopping along? Or a snow spider? (Yikes! What a thought!)

  5. Oh, my love! These are absolutely gorgeous (sort of like the artist who created them!! Absolutely like the artist who created them!) Your work shines through with love and hope. Thank you so much for capturing moments so many would miss. I know you are inspiring the world for positive change. Brava!

  6. Tui, I can’t help you figure out who left those footprints, but they look pretty big for a bird!The only birds I’ve seen with big feet are Sandhill Cranes which I’ve seen in Florida and I think they also hang out in the Midwest.

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      Hi Courtney, Ah – perhaps that’s a crane’s footprint. I have seen some large white crane-like birds around here, as well as herons. Thanks for your input! :D

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