I had lunch with a great friend yesterday and on the way home I ventured off on some new roads to see if I could find anything that interested me. There were some puffy clouds and some farm structures that I found, so I have three images for today.
I really enjoy photographing farm buildings especially old and worn buildings, barns, windmills, and sheds.
Found this old building sitting in the middle of a field and there was a place to park nearby so I made some images. 🙂
The entire time I was getting set up for the shot this guy was harping at me and would fly toward me and then back to his perch. Red-Winged Black Birds are fearless and I’ve had many run-ins with them both on foot and on a bike. They will defend their territory no matter what size the intruder.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have three images from Sunday’s session for today. For my Facebook Friends, you will need to click on the link to see all three. Also please remember you can click on any of the images to see a larger more detailed version of the image.
I was checking out A.Y. McDonald Park Sunday, when I came around a corner I saw a man (I could only see the top half of him because he was down on the boat ramp) throw what looked like a large bottle of pop into the river. I decided to investigate. He was actually working with his dog on retrieving birds and had a couple of training birds that he would throw for the dog to retrieve.
I thought the water looked awfully cold but the dog seemed to be having a good time.
A common red-winged black bird looking for food. Couldn’t help myself and had to photograph it.
Finally on my way out of the park there were several common grackles in a tree. I watched them for a while and thought this guy was getting ready to take flight so I tried to capture that moment. He was just shifting his position a bit. 🙂
Enjoy your day and be careful.
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.