I can say happy Monday because I am retired! 🙂
Yesterday afternoon I had some errands to run so I took my camera with me and then did a little ride through the countryside to see if I could find some photo opportunities.
This image happened by accident. I saw a large hawk perched on a tall tree limb and I stopped well short to set up my camera and long lens. I got in position, rolled down the window and as soon as the lens came out of the window opening he took off. I was disappointed but as I lowered my gaze I saw this deer just staring at me. 🙂
I decided to go by the Buffalo ranch to see if any of them wanted their picture taken. They weren’t very cooperative and even though he had his back to me I was determined to get a shot of him.
I hadn’t been out in the country for a long time and I was amazed as to just how much snow they have had. There were drifts higher than the top of my vehicle. The snow is crusted over with a layer of ice and it was just as cold as it looks in this image.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
About a year ago one of my good friends from work asked me if I would photograph her family and of course I agreed. Well weather, moving, and life in general kept us from getting that done until last night.
We had actually planned to do this about a month ago but the weather again didn’t cooperate. The weather last night was perfect and the light was a nice soft orange glow so we were able to take some images.
I really have a new respect for child photographers. They have much more creativity and patience than I do. My focus is on the shot not getting the kids to look at the camera and giving a natural smile. I got some good shots but a child photographer would have gotten a lot more.
It was a fun time however and I think they will be pleased. This is the only one I processed but the proofs of some of the other images are pleasing to me.
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoy your day. Thanks for stopping by and be careful.
Happy Monday! I’m off one more day so with all my projects completed and the temperature so cold I may spend the day processing some photo shoots that I’ve done earlier and people are waiting on.
Yesterday Jeanne and I decided to drive up to Guttenburg to see if we could find some eagles to capture. Guttenburg has a nice area along the river by the lock and dam and it does afford some good shooting opportunities. On the way we decided to take some of the less traveled roads since we were in no particular hurry to get anywhere. I’m glad we did because if we had taken the most direct route we would have missed this guy.
On the other side of the road was this bull. He was either on something or love was in the air because he would run from one end of his pasture to the other at full speed. There were other buffalo (I’m assuming females) in an area next to his but they were separated by a fence. 😦
So all he could do was run around and try to impress others. All to no avail however because he was mostly isolated from everyone else.
We arrived at Guttenburg and was dismayed to find not one eagle in the area. None flying and not one in the trees surrounding the lock and dam. The river was frozen solid and except for a narrow strip of open water just below the dam there was no water to be seen. That narrow strip was surround by ice fishermen so there is no wonder why the eagles were not present.
We had an okay lunch at the Subway in Guttenburg and then decided to head back to Dubuque and check out the lock and dam there. Same story. Very little open water and it was inundated with ice fishermen. We then traveled over to the 16th Street Basin and found some interesting subjects to photography. More on that in another post.
I guess the best place to capture images of eagles is in Le Claire at lock and dam 14. My friend Burt has sent some magnificent shots of eagles fishing. I doubt that I will go there today but you never know.
Thanks for all the birthday greetings on FB. I do not use FB very much other than I send this blog to it. So I’m not sure how to respond to all the wonderful birthday wishes other than to say, “Thank You All.” 🙂
That’s it for today. Enjoy your Monday. Thanks for stopping by and be careful.