Happy Hump Day Wednesday!
I thought, as did some of my friends, that I would spend a greater amount of time on photography after retiring. I’ve actually spent less time for some reason. My passion for and of photography has not wavered and 90% of the time I have a camera with me. However I’ve been focused on many other things and have developed a significant case of being lazy. 🙂
I have four images for today. Yesterday, I had lunch with a dear Friend and for the first time in recent memory I was actually early, so I decided on the way down to stop and photograph anything that interested me. This pond sitting in the middle of a corn field has always attracted my attention for some reason but yesterday I had, for the first time in years, time to stop and photograph it.
When I went by the Duck Pond I saw this Blue Heron. I have ten thousand photos of Herons but I just can’t pass up a chance to photograph one. I had to make a U-turn and do some stealthy sneaking up on this guy to get a shot of him.
On the way out-of-town I stopped at the Hurstville Interpretive Center and shot a couple of images of their flowers.
I love the Interpretive Center and used to spend a lot of my lunch hours just walking around the grounds and enjoying the wildlife and echo system.
Just a word of caution for email users. It used to be pretty easy to spot a phishing email attempt because of the wording and their look. Not so much now. Yesterday I received a notice from PayPal that my account had been put on hold because of a security breach. I opened the email and it looked like every other PayPal email I’ve receive over the years. But when I hovered my mouse cursor over the “Log-In Here” button the URL was clearly not PayPal. I later went to the PayPal website and found there was nothing wrong with my account. Had I been busy or in a hurry I might have clicked on it and who knows what would have happened.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
Back to wildlife images for you today. I’m still working on the portraits but I went out yesterday afternoon looking to see what I could see and finally ended up at a popular fishing lake. These ducks caught my eye as I drove by so I turned around and decided that since my memory card was empty I would practice on them.
It was fun photographing these guys as they paid no attention to me and in fact came pretty close. At one point I had to go from 600 mm to 400 mm to get all the duck in the frame. Also unlike most of the wildlife I have photographed I didn’t have to make any butt shots because they walked toward me more than away from me.
I have to throw in an image of this Blue Heron. I did visit the Basin yesterday and he was the only critter present when I was there. The Basin has really been busy the last few times I’ve been there but yesterday it was more or less abandoned except for this guy.
I’ll leave you with this little Duck. He was very curious about me and the way he and his buddies were constantly walking by me gave me the idea that probably many of the fisherman’s children feed them, so they were looking for a handout. Unfortunately I didn’t have anything for them. I’ll have to remember to take some bread with me the next time I wander over to the lake.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Great day yesterday. Jeanne and I stopped by Angie and Ben’s to see Austin and of course Josh and Gabby. He is doing well in his new environment. I was reminded once again why young folks have kids and older folks don’t. The level of energy in their home was at a peak. 🙂
Before going over there I took the Phantom over to their real home and did another fly over to see the progress of their remodel project. The change is dramatic and I’ll hopefully be able to get that video processed today and post it later in the week.
Jeanne stayed to help out a little and I took my camera and the long lens and went looking for some wildlife. I photographed a bird that I have never photographed before. Kind of a strange-looking guy and I’ll do my best to identify him when I get time to research him.
I found this Blue Heron at Mud Lake. I was able to get into a position where I was kind of shielded from his view and then just sat very still and let him come to me. I photographed him for about 25 minutes and he got very close to me. In fact he got close enough that I had to change my focal length from 600 mm to 400 mm to keep some of the background in the frame. He finally took off when a fishing boat left the harbor and startled him.
Later in the day I brought my bike up from the lower level and did some maintenance on it. Then went for a ride. It felt so good to be on the bike again and because I’ve been exercising all winter I was able to take some hills that normally at the beginning of the season I can’t get up. I was able to get 15 miles in on a route that normally I don’t ride until mid-summer.
So it was a very enjoyable day and I got a lot of photography in, which made it even a better day. I have a lot of projects planned for today including another bike ride. This semi-retirement is pretty nice. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by the blog. I hope you enjoy your day and be careful.
It seems like it’s been forever since I last posted on this blog. Actually it’s only been 3 days. 🙂
My photo cupboard is still lean but Jeanne reminded me that I have thousands of images residing on my storage drives so giving that some thought I’m showing you some images (never seen) from two and three years ago. Not for any particular reason other than I started back in 2012 around January and February and only concentrated on those two months.
Looking back on my history it seems that February is actually my best month to capture eagle images. I have a few in the month of January but the bulk of my eagle shots have been in the month of February.
Yesterday I had a quick-lunch and then went out looking for something to shoot. I only had about 20 minutes as lunch took longer than anticipated. Nothing caught my interest so I came back with an empty card. Like going fishing and having nothing on your stringer.
Last year during much of January I was flying my drone. Making modifications and tinkering with the wiring and camera mount. That took up a lot of my time and I posted many shots of our neighborhood with snow on the ground. 🙂
Of course this year the drone is grounded. I crashed it last year doing a project for the Jackson County Parks and Recreation project and even though I’ve made many repairs and replaced a lot of the electronics it still is not really air worthy.
So I’m going to have to start thinking from a different perspective and look for opportunities where I have not looked before. We’ll see how that works out.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Monday. Yesterday, as is our normal Sunday evening custom, Jeanne and I took a photo drive. She wanted to go up to Mud Lake Park and see if we could see any wildlife. It is a pretty drive and we hoped to see some Fall colors, although it is a bit early for that, some of the trees are starting to show some color.
The wildlife consisted of some Canadian Geese, who insisted on remaining in the shade near the bank o the river so that about all I could get was a silhouette of them, some gulls that were too far away to shoot and then I happened to see this Blue Heron slowly stalking up the side of the canal looking for dinner.
I watched him for 30 minutes, taking one slow step at a time, getting his head very close to the water and then stabbing at the water. Several times he came up empty but on this particular attempt he got a small fish for his efforts.
I love to watch Herons hunt for food. They are usually pretty timid and fly at the first sign of a human but he was deeply engaged in his hunting so he didn’t seem to mind me clicking away. Just as we were leaving I saw some more movement from him and when I put the camera lens on him I saw that he had a pretty good-sized fish in his mouth. He was really fighting with it and I got a few shots but they were blurry and not very good. He was shaking his head and moving to shore because as the old adage goes, “he had bit off more than he could chew.” 🙂
That’s it for today. I hope you have a good day and thanks as always for stopping by the blog. Be careful.
Happy Monday. On Sunday Jeanne and I went down to the River Walk and took a stroll on the walkway. I cannot ever remember seeing more junk and debris in the water than we did yesterday. Tree limbs everywhere, and huge chunks of floating land going down the river. If I had a boat I would not want to take it out on the river under these kind of conditions.
We didn’t see this little guy at the river. On the way I stopped to wash my car and when we pulled out of the stall he was sitting right next to my window on one of the steel posts. I shot a couple of shots through the window glass just to make sure I got an image of him and then rolled down the window. He was quite content to let me shoot away. It looks like he has some type of seed in his bill.
First we went to the lock and dam to see what was going on. There were still some pelicans swimming around in small groups but nothing like last weekend. The river is so high and the water is so dirty it is hard to make a pleasing shot of any wildlife in that muddy water. So we went to the River Walk and the first thing I saw was this guy down by all the junk by the shore. I believe he is a Brewer’s Blackbird. Pretty common around our area but I like their piercing eyes.
I’ve tried to capture a decent image of a Blue Heron all this year and just haven’t had any luck. They seem to be way more skittish this year then they have been in the past. I drove very slowly and took what seemed like a very stealthy approach but as soon as I stuck the lens out the window he took off.
I was able to get this shot because I parked behind a building and then just peeked around the corner. He didn’t see me until I had fired off several frames. It was like he said, alright you got me, take all the pictures you want because he never moved the entire time I was taking images. 🙂
I have rarely gone to the River Walk without coming back with some fun images. Yesterday was no exception. I shot over 200 images so I have a few things to show you as the week unfolds.
All images were shot with: Nikon D4 | Nikon AF-S 80-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 G VR lens | ISO 400 1/1250 sec @f5.6
I had two different individuals ask me to shoot family images for them for hire. 🙂 Also one wedding, which I’m still thinking about. Fun stuff for sure. Well that’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.