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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How often do we take the time to take a closer view of life? There is beauty all around us. It is there for the viewing, but you have to open your eyes in order to see it. As a photographer, capturing the beauty is a mission in my life. I think I found some beauty in these beautiful yellow hibiscus that I saw in my neighborhood. Being able to share the beauty with you, makes it worth the effort of taking the picture. Simple beauty is a great thing indeed.
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The honu, turtle, represents the ‘aumakua, family guardian spirit according to Hawaiian folk lore. The turtles leave their birthplace only to return 20 to 50 years later to mate and lay their eggs. Again, mother nature works for the good of the species, and life continues. It is amazing to think about. How can it be? Yet, it is. Ain’t life grand!
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OK, Folks, I thought I was back in California when I saw this car. No, I wasn’t. I saw this one in Florida. What is happening. Ha! I can just image what my husband would say if I put eyelashes on my car. Anyway, it was kind of cute and I thought some of you might get a kick out of seeing it. It did catch my eye!
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