Off at Zero Dark Thirty Hours this morning for a full day of benefit meetings. Two long days but it’s good to see all the folks at our different banks. I have some more images from my Green Island session.
I found this guy crossing the road on my way into the preserve. I stopped the car and approached him on foot. He withdrew into his shell so I had to wait for him to come of his shell for this image. 🙂
Just a reminder you can click on any image and reveal a larger more detailed version of the image.
I saw some movement behind the over growth on one of the canals. I followed it for awhile and then this little Mallard Duck emerged. He was having a little turf battle with a Red-Winged Black Bird. I love photographing Mallards.
This is not the image I wanted to capture. The auto focus system caught the branch that was closest to the camera, which left the Egret a little softer than I like. When I was photographing this magnificent creature I didn’t realize the AF was on the branch and not the bird so I just kept shooting. Still it’s a nice shot so I present it today for your enjoyment.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
A potpourri of images for you today. I had a meeting down town yesterday morning and after that I headed for the river with my long lens. Found a group of pelicans fishing near the lock so I spent some time photographing them. I didn’t realize until halfway through my session that there was a lady below me on the walkway who was also photographing the pelicans.
This is a favorite fishing hole for many local anglers and when a group of pelicans are hanging around it there are very few fish available for the humans. I was getting ready to leave when fisherman crossed over and took up his position on the outside wall of the lock. I obviously didn’t know his intent but it looked as though he was trying to scare the pelicans off with his casts.
At first, I thought this was a stick protruding from the water but it kept moving and when I looked at it through my lens I saw it was a turtle swimming towards the shore line. The more I watched the more turtles I saw swimming in the same direction. I was probably there 30 – 45 minutes and didn’t notice them until I saw this one. Then when I started looking for them, they were plentiful.
Grilled some burgers last night and as I was enjoying the mild weather on the patio I noticed the sliver of moon. I grabbed my “small bird” camera that I keep on a tripod and set up with the 400 mm lens (a little small for the moon) and made a couple of shots of the moon.
That’s it for today. Supposed to be a beautiful day in our part of the world. Hope it is where you are as well. Thanks for stopping by. 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.
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I have three images for you today. I tell you how many images I have because many people see my post on Face Book and some do not realize that to see all the images they have to click on the link and actually go to my blog. So just a reminder for my wonderful Face Book friends.
Also remember you can click on the image to see a larger more detailed version of the image.
This is truly a face that only a mother could love. I had stopped to photograph a stream I found interesting and as I was walking back to the car the sky was full of Turkey Vultures. I don’t normally photograph them but there were so many and some of them like this guy were pretty close.
Talk about standing room only. I was at Mud Lake photographing a Blue Heron last week and then took some general landscape photos for my files. Sitting back in the car I enlarged them and that is when I saw these guys. So I put the long lens on the camera and photographed this group. Now that I was aware of the turtles I discovered there were turtles on all almost every projection that was above the water line. Apparently it was a great day for sunning.
Finally I’ll leave you with this image of what I believe to be a common Muskrat. I have never been this close to one. Usually when they see me they go under water and swim far away. I don’t know if that is their tendency or it’s just personal with me. 🙂
Anyway this guy paid no attention to me and I was able to slowly get closer to him. The focal length on this shot was only about 300 mm. He was busy with a project and wasn’t going to be deterred by my presence.
That’s it for today. Lousy weather for the last few days not conducive to outdoor photography so I haven’t captured any images of late. Hope that changes tomorrow. Luckily the rain although persistent has not be in large amounts.
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