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Get your ducks in a row…

One thing is for sure, I have plenty of old pictures to play with while I keep my distance.  I had totally forgotten about these ducklings on the lake until I scrolled past them in the computer.  And since I talk about all the wildlife out there, and a variety of ducks out there to boot, it now stands out to me that I only saw these two families of ducks out there.  Ever.

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I had to include this picture of Ozzie out there even if the ducklings blend into the weeds in the water.  As I was sitting there taking pictures of the ducklings I realized that Ozzie was laying in the grass not 15 feet from the edge of the water and the momma duck was letting her babies play along the shore without a care in the world.  I had already figured out that the wildlife out there paid no attention to Oz, there simply was no hunting gene in his make-up.  When Zoe was around she loved to run through a flock of birds on the ground, not to catch one, just to make them fly.  It was the labradoodle in her.  I once saw Ozzie snuffle a frog on the patio and then walk away.  He was a live-and-let-live kind of guy.  So I wanted to get a picture of Ozzie with the ducklings so close at the edge of the water, but I had to reposition myself to do it which caused momma to swim a few feet from the edge.  You’ll have to use your imagination to fill in the gaps.

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And I came across this picture too, of the pied-grebe face to face with his lunch.  There was a frond of grass that had blown right across the action, leaving a hazy green smudge.  Try as I might with all the new tricks I’ve learned in Lightroom I couldn’t do any better than this to clean that up.  Poor froggie, it just wasn’t his day…

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Leftovers

I as able to go to the rookery much earlier in the day than usual on Sunday because it was overcast so I wouldn’t be shooting into the sun.  Normally I have to wait until after noon so the sun is behind me and lighting up the views of the birds nesting.  And the pictures of the birds that I took that day were the ones I paid attention to.  But I made another stop that day.  I stopped at the lake in my park to look for dragonflies again, and again I found only the black ones there.  It was disappointing, and it was made worse by that same overcast sky that had the water also looking gray and dull.  But when I found myself wide awake at 3 AM this morning I got up and made a pot of coffee and looked at the rest of the photos, and found a few surprises.

These irises caught my eye because they were the brightest thing out there that day.  There were only a couple of stalks of them and they were being blown around, the petals folding over each other.  04-16-20iris2

As I walked to set my tripod up at the edge of the lake I realized that I had company.  This Great Blue Heron was standing like a statue so I took a few pictures of him, and even though I had looked at those pictures before I hadn’t noticed the dragonfly photo bomb until this morning.04-16-20greatblue.jpg

And, speaking of photobombs, I also noticed this. 04-16-20photobomb2.jpg

I have no idea why the water looks the way it does in this picture, but I like it.04-16-20dragonflywater.jpg

I learned that the one thing that you can count on concerning trying to photograph dragonflies is the they always return to the same resting place.  So if you are patient and focus on that spot your subject will always return, which explains why I got a zillion of exactly this same shot04-16-20dragonfly.jpg

But I’ve come to not be happy with just dragonfly pictures, now I want their faces. 04-16-20faces.jpg

What I said to myself as I put the coffee on this morning was that I’d be able to go out for the sunrise.  I’d be ready to go early enough.  Only it’s raining.  Now what…

 

 

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Photo ops…

The stop wasn’t supposed to be scenic.  The reason for the stop was to attend a memorial Mass for my cousin.  He died five years ago, as did my husband and my mother, within three weeks of each other.  So not a happy occasion.  But the church sat on a spit of land between two lakes, and seeing that on the map made me happy that I was planning to get there early to assure that I could get the car plus the trailer onto the parking lot.  That it would allow me to walk to the lakes and get pictures was an added bonus.

But there was a small problem in the form of little cottages packed closely together, so walking down to the water for pictures would have me trespassing.  But that’s when the nice zoom lens comes in handy.

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Sunflower daze…

My husband called it the ‘6 Ps’.  Proper Preparation Prevents Piss-Poor Performance.  Not very eloquent but he made his point.  Yesterday our planned trip to Coppal Farm for the Sunflower Festival turned out to have been perfectly planned.  Or we were just lucky.  I wondered ahead of time how many pictures I’d get out of a trip to see just a single type of flower.  Only it turned out that there is more than one kind of sunflower.AugNHpalesunflowerAugNHredsunflowerAugNHsunflower1AugNHsunflower5

But the vast fields of sunflowers at Coppal Farm were the traditional variety that comes to mind at the mention of the word sunflower.  Except for one little face in the crowd.AugNHwhere'sWaldo

The farm itself was picture-worthy also.AugNHcoppalfarmAugNHcoppalfarm2AugNHpowerlinesAugNHsunflower4AugNHsunflower3AugNHsunflower2

Honestly, I don’t set out to take pictures of bugs, it just happens.  There were two varieties of black dragonflies at the pond next to the sunflower field.  They are so different from the blue ones I so commonly see that I was determined to get a decent picture.  But not to worry, the blue ones were there too.AugNHdragonfly1AugNHdragonfly2AugNHdragonfly3

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Nixon County Park

If you like babbling brooks and the sound of birds then this park in York, PA is a place you might like to visit.  The paths were a bit muddy when I was there on Saturday, but they meandered through the woods and led you to ponds and a bird hollow.  I liked how peaceful it was, and the scenery was gorgeous, but I was pressed for time to get to my grandson’s piano recital that afternoon.  I was looking forward to getting to explore the park again but the rain has ‘dampened’ my enthusiasm.  Maybe on my next trip back to York…

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Back to the rookery…

This rookery is in my new neighborhood now that I’ve moved.  I was out early to take care of my coffee addiction, and to use the free wifi at McDonalds, and when I was done I thought I might stop by the rookery to see what was happening there.  they were in full nest building mode, accompanied by much clacking of beaks thanks to the wood storks.  I’m going to go on record that when I’m back here in a couple of weeks there may be eggs.  I won’t have missed the main event, at least I don’t think so.  Today there was much coming and going as the wood storks and great white egrets carried in lots of sticks, and the pairs worked to build their nests together.

This is just a natural spot that these birds have chosen for their nesting.  There is a chain link fence around the perimeter of this pond, and an alligator lives there but I’ve only seen him once.  The shrubbery is very overgrown on the inside of the fence and there is only a small area where it’s possible to see what’s going on in there.  The fence is too tall to shoot over top, so I will have to have a step stool in the car with me as part of my photo equipment from now on.  Consequently I tried to aim my lens through the spot where the gate didn’t quite close all the way.  Or try to aim through the spaces in the chain links.  One very cooperative wood stork flew over and landed on the shrub right in front of me, but on the other side of the fence.  Too close for the lens I was using, I had to back up into the middle of the street to get any image at all.  Shooting was a challenge because of the fence, and also because the sun was still low and I was shooting right into it.  But that didn’t stop me…02-23-19greategret102-23-19nesting02-23-19nesting202-23-19woodstork102-23-19woodstorkcloseup02-23-19woodstorkcloseup202-23-19woodstorkcloseup3