A few months ago, I was sitting on a grassy hill watching a couple of Sandhill Cranes eating a snack. They came so close to me that I could barely focus my camera on them. I was amazed. As I watched, I noticed that one of the cranes had his eye partly closed. I wondered if he was sick or tired.
Last evening I posted this shot on a wildlife forum and asked the question. Was the crane sick or tired? I got a variety of responses. One person mentioned that the crane was not sick, but was using a third eyelid for protection which would be needed in such a close encounter with the grasses. Someone else mentioned that it was called a, “ nictitating membrane”.
Then another fellow thought it was a wonderful experience to be so close to wildlife, and capturing such a close image with out the cranes being scared, eyes closed or not.
I enjoyed these comments and learned something today. I hope that you did, too. Now, you know what a nictitating membrane is, incase you are like me and had never heard of this before. (I wonder where I was when the teacher was discussing nictitating membranes in class. Ha…I was obviously was not paying attention!)
The third fellow brought up an interesting thought about having a rare opportunity to be so close to nature. Yes, indeed it was. It was amazing to be part of their existence for a few short moments. It was a rare treat for sure and I learned about bird eye protection as well. How good is that!
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I was very fortunate to attend Milton Heiberg’s Photography Field workshop this January at the Bio lab Road. We watched the sun come up across the lagoon at Merritt island. The actual sunrise was less than spectacular with little color or excitement. Fortunately, I had a #8 ND filter on my wide-angle lens. Little did I know what my final image would look like! I was so pleased to see the color and detail in the sky after processing the image. Everything just popped! Gee, I love photography!
I thank John Harding for introducing me to the #8 ND filter. I just have to remember to use it more often!
I thank Milton for the wonderful workshop and for “getting me there”. Milton says to “be there” if you want to get a good picture. He was right about this one!
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While visiting in Memphis this December, I noticed some Canadian Geese fly by. They were well-directed and were flying South out of the cold. They were quite close as you can see Lowe`s sign and the telephone wires in the background. They also were making quite a racket, honking loudly as they flew by.
A few month’s ago while at the Vera Wetlands in Florida, I noticed an old stork fly by. When I was young, I was told that the storks delivered babies. Ha! Well, I just found out that I am going to be a Grandparent this year! Well, how about that for a fly by. He must be on the way to get that baby. How is that for an old wives tale!
Happy New Year, Folks! Hope it will be a good one for you!
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On Thanksgiving Day, I was fortunate enough to have a few minutes to myself.
After walking my dog, I noticed two Sandhill Cranes in a little pond water next to a hill. I returned to the spot and sat with my 400 lens on my camera, and sat on the grassy hill watching the Sandhill Cranes with my long lens pointed in their direction. I didn’t seem to scare them. It was so peaceful watching them. I snapped a few pictures here and there.
What really amazed me was when the Cranes walked out of the water and up the hill to where I sat. They didn’t seem to mind if I was there or not. I was thrilled! They actually got so close that I could not take their picture with my long lens. Ha! I couldn’t believe what was happening.
Anyway, that was the way I started my Thanksgiving and I was so thankful to have had a close encounter with the Sandhill Cranes. Do you know what I mean?
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Pretty wings and things is what I see in this image. Yes, the wings are absolutely stunning and takes my breath away as I take the time to look at this beautiful creature resting on the leaf for a minute. As I gaze beyond the wings, my mind carries me to other beautiful spots in life that are not in this picture. Again, nature transports oneself to the beauty in life and beyond. Some folks will hear what I’m saying and others will not, and that is OK. I’m glad that I shared it with you anyway. Take care and thank you for stopping by.
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October 5, 2013, I was fortunate enough to participate in the Orlando Wetlands, World Wild Photo Walk. Milton Heiberg was our walk leader, who is also a very talented professional photographer. He graciously donated his time and effort to us, showing us a most exciting place to photograph the sunrise, landscape, animals, bird, and flowers.
It was a fun experience knowing that while our group was focusing and taking pictures of our area of the world, other folks were focusing and taking pictures of their locations as well. It was a great reason to be outside enjoying nature and all of the joy that it gives us.
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“Good and Good for You”, is a saying I grew up around. Sometimes I heard this from my parents regarding the food we were eating or not eating, work were expected to help with, or the people were associating with, ect. This saying echoed in my head this morning as I was walking my dog and thinking about photography.
Photography is “good and good for you” as well, I think. It helps with your thinking process, as we try to get just the right angle or POV as we take the shot, and then later, need to process the image correctly. At times, this can be mentally challenging. At least it is mentally challenging for me. There is always something to learn about photography as well.
It helps with the exercise. Photographers have to get up and out, to find the right images, or they adjust their surrounding to make the image work. We have to move and carry our equipment. At times, traveling and hiking are involved as well. Setting up a studio can give you some exercise as well; lifting, turning, twisting, and bending.
Photography helps with your mental health. Because you are in nature, taking portraits, capturing current events, or just playing around with the camera with snapshots, it helps us to be involved with life. Sharing the images with others adds another benefit to our mental health. It connects us to others and possibly makes a difference in this world we live in.
There is a bond between photographers and a respect for a decent image. With photography, we always have something to do that is important or creative. Photography is a personal art of sharing and caring, I think. It is uniquely your on view on life and a blessing for sure.
Yesterday, I was blessed to be at the beach and am able to share this image with you today.
These are some of my thoughts on photography, just thoughts along the way…..
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