Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Sunday!
I have a variety of images for you today from my Green Island trip.
I couldn’t believe this Red-Winged Black Bird let me get this close. I practiced my new stalking technique and this image was captured just before he took flight. He was “spooked” by the sound of the shutter firing. This is the next to the last frame I captured before he was gone. I looked at my settings and this was taken around the 400 mm range of a 600 mm lens. 🙂
I haven’t seen any Sandhill Cranes for a couple of years now and these three were too far away to get a good image, but I was happy to capture this one. There was water between me and them so there wasn’t any chance I was going to get any closer than this.
Green Island is such a fun place to visit. So peaceful and pretty. Generally there is a variety of wildlife interacting in the preserve and I’m sure a huge microcosm of insect life. Sometimes I like to just sit and listen and watch.
I don’t ever remember seeing as many turtles at Green Island as I did this day. It was a beautifully sunny day with temperatures in the 80s and the turtles were out in full force. If there was a dead tree, branch, or rock sticking out of the water there were turtles on it. If there isn’t room on the branch, no problem just get on top of the turtle below you. 🙂
There were several of these Blue-Winged Teal swimming around. Most of the time they would take to the air before I even got close. I got lucky with this guy. His mate is out of the image. They must have been out of sorts with each other because she kept her distance from him the entire time I was watching them. 🙂
Finally I’ll leave you with this image of another Red-Winged Black Bird. I saw him sitting on this old post in the water and thought it made for an interesting image. I know they are a common sight that we see everyday but like so many things in our world we take them for granted and so when I can, I like to capture an image of them to get a better look at God’s creatures. 🙂
That’s it for today. Enjoy your Mother’s Day. I looked for an image of my Mom and couldn’t find one. I have hundreds of prints in the store-room. I’ll find one and post it one of these days.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Be careful.
I went on two photo excursions this weekend and this is the best image I have for you. 😦
I spent a fair amount of time at Green Island yesterday hoping for some migrating wildlife. Unfortunately I must still be a little early. The weather conditions were not good for photography either. A gray overcast day which made me really boost the ISO on my camera. I like to shoot at 1/1600 shutter speed with the long lens, so it made the ISO sometimes as high as 6400. The Nikon D4S handles that ISO pretty well with minimal noise.
I saw a lot of these Northern Shovelers in various places around the wetlands but never in large groups. Normally they would fly away before I could even get close. I captured this little guy after sitting in the same spot for 25 minutes. He finally swam past me and I was able to make the image.
This little Pied-Billed Grebe is fun to watch. They really scoot around the water and it is hard to get a sharp image of them. I got him the same way I got the Shoveler by sitting in one spot for a long time waiting for them to get use to me. 🙂
Sunday Jeanne and I went on a photo run that turned into more of a Sunday drive than a photo experience. We had strong winds and there just wasn’t any wildlife at any of our normal stops. We did find a couple of Blue Herons at the 16th Street Basin but they were well hidden by the overgrowth and I could not get a good focus on them.
I may have to put the long lens away for awhile and concentrate on subjects other than wildlife.
That’s it for today. Thanks for checking out the blog. I hope you enjoy your day and be careful.
Blessings to you on this Good Friday!
I saw this old windmill when I was a passenger in a vehicle a couple of days ago and I had return to photograph it. Even though it was a mile and a half on gravel road (which I do not like to take a clean car on) I thought it worthy of the sacrifice. 🙂
On the way to the windmill I came across this old hay rake sitting rusting in a field. I won’t draw all the obvious analogies but I do like to photograph old things especially farm equipment.
I saw this other old rake on the way back to town on a different route. I liked the way the softening sun shown on it so I left it in color. The first rake the light was more harsh and hence the black and white rendering.
I plan to spend the bulk of the day at the Green Island wetlands so if I’m lucky I’ll have some wildlife images for you in the coming days.
There should be some migrating birds at the preserve so I’m excited to see what I can find.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day, be careful and be aware.