I feel as if I’ve emerged from my cocoon of ‘settling in’ just in time to have my first snowbird season looming. Suddenly I’m rushing to catch up on some online classes with my photo club, the FCCP, and the one I watched yesterday morning led to an a-ha moment. My new camera and lens are wonderful, and I could get along using them exclusively with no problem. Less to carry also. But one of the first things I did with my new camera was attach it to my ‘big’ lens, the 150-600, and headed to the rookery to practice, and didn’t get a single really good image. How disappointing. But the class I watched yesterday made me realize that my problem with blurry pictures may have been my shutter speed, and I was out the door in a flash, this time in search of the eagles. I parked and began to walk over to see if I saw them at the nest when I saw this; I haven’t seen Great Blue Herons in the tree tops in a very long time. There was an eagle nearby also, but he flew away too quickly for me to get his photo. So I moved on and found this;I had seen lots of pelicans in this spot before, almost looking like a rookery that day, but not yesterday. I decided to swing past the eagle nest on my way home again, and that proved to be the photo op I was looking for;Mom and Dad were in the tree just above the nest. The Princess, as she is known, was in a tree not far away and even closer to the road. She is looking regal isn’t she? But what I hadn’t counted on was a dead armadillo in the road very close to where I had parked. By the time I returned to the car there were vultures on both sides of the road and in the trees, and I had to get past them to get to the car. They are creepy. But then once I was at the car I couldn’t help myself, and so we have these last photos of the day.Beauty, after all, is in the eye of the beholder.