Happy Hump Day – Post Saint Patrick’s Day!
Hope you are okay today. I actually know some folks that took today off in anticipation of too much celebration yesterday. 🙂
I depart from my wildlife presentation to show you some farm related images. I shot these yesterday on my way back from Cedar Rapids. There always seems to be something of interest along the road so I was happy that I had my camera along.
I’m not thrilled with this image. I tried it in black and white but the metal buildings detracted from that process as they do in color. My intent in photographing this old structure was to show the decay and deterioration of the building. I think the image accomplishes that but with the metal buildings as a detractor none the less.
I’m not sure what it is about windmills but I seem to shoot a lot of images with them as my primary subject matter. I have a friend who enjoys windmills and has a beautiful large painting of a farm windmill against a beautiful evening sky that I think I may be trying to emulate. I just seem to enjoy photographing them.
That’s it for today. More wildlife tomorrow, that is unless I find something interesting for you today. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!
I know I said yesterday that I have eagle images and I do, way more than I can show because you would get tired of seeing them before I ran out. It was a banner day at Sabula. I also enjoy photographing Ring-Billed Gulls. There are lots of them at Green Island and Sabula. Actually they are everywhere around our area but I never get tired of photographing them as frequent readers of this blog know.
The first two images were made at Green Island. There were several gulls there but not nearly as many as there were at Sabula. I don’t ever remember seeing as many gulls in one place since I’ve been photographing them.
This guy wrestled with this minnow for sometime before finally abandoning it. Of course as soon as he dropped it another gull was there to repeat the entire process and this went on for as long as we were there to watch.
All images were shot with the Tamron 150 – 600 mm lens, which is rapidly becoming my favorite lens. One of the photography blogs I follow is written by Photographer Leanne Cole from Melbourne Australia. She does amazing work and I enjoy reading about her photography. She is also a teacher of fine art. Anyway she recently tried out the Tamron 150 – 600 lens by taking it to the zoo and photographing the animals.
I thought what a great way to try out a lens and put it through its paces before making a decision to purchase. I’ll have to remember that the next time. 🙂
That’s all I have for you today. Enjoy your day. Drink responsibly and be careful please.
Lots to show you today with mostly eagles involved. The image above is the continuation of my story about the eagle taking a bath in the river (which I photographed Saturday.) The middle image of that post (yesterday) shows him staring at himself in the water. This was the next thing he did, completely immersed his head in the water.
What goes in of course must come out. It was at this point I still thought he was fishing a new way that I have not seen before. Nope, just washing his head feathers. 🙂
Imagine him shaking his head in slow motion with the water flying all around. Okay that’s probably a stretch. Anyway it was great fun watching him play in the water and grooming himself. He then flew over to a dead tree sticking out of the water and groomed his feathers.
Jeanne and I went to Green Island wetlands yesterday. My good friend Andreas had said there were Sandhill Cranes there and in fact he had captured many images of them on Friday.
It’s a long drive from where we live but for an opportunity to photograph Sandhill Cranes it’s worth the investment. We arrived at Green Island with great anticipation, unfortunately we found no Cranes. We weren’t too sad however as there were a large number of eagles in the area and lots of geese. Jeanne never gets tired of watching geese.
So we drove all over the marsh and then decided since we were this close we would drive further down to Sabula. We were not disappointed. There were lots of eagles. Most of which were too far out on the ice to get a lens on but just seeing that large number of eagles did my heart good.
For me the first Robin of the year has always been a sure sign that Spring was finally here. We saw our first Robin of the year yesterday so that was a great feeling.
Lots more images to look through and process. I hope you like eagles because that’s what I’m going to have this week. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Yesterday afternoon Jeanne and I drove over to East Dubuque to purchase some wine. On the way across the Julian Dubuque Bridge we noticed a half-dozen eagles flying looking for food. Of course that got me excited and I was ready to turn around and go get my camera. She was surprised that I had actually gotten in the car without one.
After we finished some other errands Jeanne had to help with a project at the church and so I got my camera and long lens and went back to the river. I checked all my normal places and not one eagle, sea-gull, or pelican could I find. 😦
I decided to go up to Mud Lake and see if I could find the owl that my friend Andreas has observed. No luck there either so I was about ready to head back home when I decided to take a drive around the back of the marina and that’s where I found this guy. I thought he was trying to catch a fish. This image is not tack sharp because I just had enough time to grab the camera and turn it on for this shot.
At first I thought he would fly away with a fish in his talons but he stayed there and struck this pose for me. I was not prepared for his next actions. For the next 20 minutes he took a bath in the water. I have watched small birds frolic in the bird bath at home and have posted some of those photographs.
But I have never seen an eagle frolic. I shot 482 images of him taking a bath. Most of them are the same, with lots of water droplets flying all around him. I’ll post some more of his antics tomorrow. It was great fun to watch and just reminded me that many times when you least expect it there is an experience about to happen and I was fortunate enough to capture it.
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Great news, the “duck pond” is thawing out and there is wildlife there. The bad news is that there is precious little water in the pond. We will need some bountiful rains early this Spring to help restore the water level.
No lunch meetings yesterday so I grabbed a salad and went looking for some images. I always go by the pond first and to my delight there were a lot of geese and 4 swans at the pond.
The geese were closer to me so I captures some images of them first. The goose on the right kept ducking his head in and out of the water in rapid succession. He didn’t look like he was trying to eat, more like just enjoyed getting he head wet. 🙂
The swans proved to be more of a challenge. After I finished with the geese I noticed the swans were on the far side of the pond. The only way to get a lens on them was to drive around the pond and then come in on the North bound lane of the highway. By the time I had negotiated that and pulled up to where I would have a good vantage point the swans had moved to the other side. 🙂
So back around the route I had originally taken and this time they cooperated by parading back and forth in front of my lens. It’s like they said, “okay we’ve dinked with him enough.” 🙂
Beautiful day yesterday with plenty of sunshine and a mild 65 degrees. It sure feels like we’re headed for Spring but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Remember you can click on the image to reveal a larger version.
Thanks for checking in. I hope you enjoy your Saturday. There are only 52 of them a year so make the best of it. Be careful.
A bit of a mixed bag for you today. I took another route home last night and encountered a variety photographic opportunities. I had a car behind me that was obviously in a big hurry and since I wasn’t, I pulled over to the shoulder to let them pass and when I looked further down the hill I saw two eagles on this half-frozen pond tussling over what looks to me like an otter.
One of the eagles took part of the prize and flew away with it in his beak (which I did not realize until looking at the pictures during processing) while his antagonist won the main prize. It was quite the battle for awhile. Interestingly enough our local newspaper had a picture of two eagles fighting over food on the ice of the Mississippi River on their front page this morning.
So I stayed there for awhile watching the lone eagle work on his meal and then continued my journey.
There are portrait, landscape, wedding, and a large number of other photography professionals and enthusiasts who tend to specialize in one form of photography or another. I’m beginning to think I’m just a “road photographer.” 🙂
I drive around until something catches my interest and then I stop, photograph it and then back on the road. I really haven’t found one type of photography that I prefer over another. I love it all!
I’ll leave you with this image of this great tree. I had to make a U-turn to photograph it but I couldn’t resist. It would have looked better ensconced in a blanket of snow but it is still impressive. I’ll have to remember where it is and photograph it in the Summer and Fall.
That’s all I have for today. Should be a warm day here in the lower 60s.
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I finally found the swans last evening on my way home from work. I occasionally see them at the “Duck Pond” in the morning but I never have the time to stop, set up and photograph them so it was a treat to come across them. I always check the pond on the way home but have never seen them there in the evening so on an impulse I drove across the highway and there they were in a cornfield grooming themselves.
The first image was shot with the Nikon 28 – 300 lens and the shot above with the Tamron 150 – 600 mm lens. They wouldn’t give me anything but a butt shot and I apologize for that but it was either that or no shot at all. 🙂
Once I had the 600 mm lens on I was using the foot zoom to get a little closer and then I felt the ground getting less stable. I looked down and I was 2/3 buried in mud. I had on a nice pair of shoes as well so I spent the next 20 minutes cleaning them up.
Finally on the way home taking another route I drove past this structure and old windmill. I had to turn around and photograph it. I tried it in color and even though I had a nice soft light on it I just felt black and white conveyed more interest about the structure than color did.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.