Happy Memorial Day!
The freedoms and lifestyle we enjoy today are the result of sacrifices our Military Men and Women have made. All gave some and some gave all. God Bless The USA!
I have a bunch of birds for you today. These are the last images of my May 20th walk at the wildlife reserve. I’ve been riding my bike the last few days so I haven’t done any new photography. 🙂
You’ve seen some of these birds in recent posts but these are not the same images.
I believe this is a Brown-headed Cow Bird. I haven’t seen many of them this year. A couple of years ago when I had all the feeders set up in the back yard I saw a lot of them.
I never get tired of showing this little guy. It was the first images I have ever made of this species.
A common Robin up close and personal. They are not nearly as skittish as many of the other birds. I have been able to get really close to them, take their image and they sit perfectly still for me.
It looks like a beautiful day weather wise. I may go to the annual Memorial Day parade and make some photographs. Parades are hard to photograph because there is so much background junk.
That’s it for today. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Hump Day!
I have three images for you today from last Friday’s shoot. I believe this is an Eastern Kingbird. If I’m wrong please correct me. It is the first time I have captured this species.
I saw a lot of these guys on my walk. They paid no attention to me (which I was very happy about) as their sting is very painful. I have photographed them before with a macro lens but I don’t like to get that close to them. In this case the 500 mm lens worked pretty good.
Sorry I had to post another image of the Indigo Bunting. Since this is my first collection of images for this beautiful little blue bird I have to share it. 🙂
Short post today as I am running late. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have four images for you today of some wildlife, one of which I have never photographed before. I describe my style of photography as a road photographer. Not with any amount of pride in that label but it is what I tend to do a lot of. I will take a lot of county roads with and without pavement looking for things that catch my attention. I do a quick assessment of what would make the best image in my mind and then make some pictures. Sometimes they are good and sometimes they are not. What I do not tend to do is find a subject and really explore it with my camera. I wished I did more of that but it’s just not the way I’m wired.
Another self-revelation is that I tend to use my Friday off as a decompress day and I spend a lot of time vegetating. Again I don’t say that with pride, it simply is what I have been doing. So yesterday I decided I needed to change the pattern. I got up at my normal time and went through my normal routine. I grabbed a couple of cameras, one with the long lens and one with a wide-angle lens and left the house at 9:00 a.m. I had two goals yesterday. One, photograph things that interested me no matter where I had to go and two, get some exercise. I accomplished both at the same time. I got home around 4:30 p.m. totally exhausted but re-energized and happy. 🙂
I walked for about 3.5 hours and I have no idea how many miles but enough that I was happy when I saw my car again. I knew there was the possibility of snakes (I don’t care what you say Paul) but I was not going to let that detour me. I walked, stood, reflected, listened, and watched for several hours and it was wonderful.
I saw a lot of cardinals Ronnie, but this one was the only one I could get a lens on. The rest were either in too thick of brush or there was enough other obstacles between them and me that the auto focus couldn’t lock on. I didn’t have a tripod (not that would have done any good) and as skittish as they were I doubt if it would have made any difference. Anyway I was glad to capture some images of this guy. You can click on the image to see more detail.
I believe this is an Indigo Bunting. I have never photographed one and yesterday I saw several of them. They are hard to capture and I had to shoot fast and furious to capture an image. They never stood still for very long so I have a lot of images that are nothing more than blurry blue blobs. 🙂
That’s all I have for you today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day. The forecast said it is going to be “Pleasant” today. Isn’t that a nice sounding forecast! Be careful.