Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

Gulls Just Wanna Have...


They weren't fooling around about it, either.  They had really good beak-eye coordination.  On the rare occasion the bread would hit the water, they would nearly sink the ducks, trying to get to it first.

I was already out of the car with my longer lens and was almost too close to be able to shoot these... hubby was so close he got shat on.  Big yuk and a small giggle!  Shhhh, don't tell him I said that.

When we first got there, I started looking for the little platform out in the water, where I had taken some shots before.  It wasn't there.  Then I noticed one, in what seemed to be a different location.  On first glance, it looked like someone had loaded it with white trash bags.  On second glance, one of the bags looked odd.  On closer inspection, it was a platform full of white pelicans, with one standing guard.  Don't think I've ever seen that many in one spot.

There were several people fishing and one was kind enough to let me take a few shots.  He was doing quite well, but the fish were small and he was throwing most of them back.  He did have a keeper, WITH TEETH.  I don't know what it was, but if it has teeth, it might as well be a piranha as far as I'm concerned.  No thanks!  I would not be taking that one off the hook. 

I had to add a couple of cypress roots, just because I like them.

Have a great week!


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thursday, November 8, 2012

A Learning Experience

Photography is very much a learning experience for me, in more ways than one.  

Getting away from the house to shoot something can be a real problem with hubby working, I rarely leave the house by myself.  Couldn't wait for the weather to cool down, so that when we were able, we wouldn't swelter.  Forgot that when the weather cools down, it also gets dark earlier.  Poop, there's always a tradeoff.

Another problem I'm dealing with, is identifying things.  If it's something I'm not used to seeing, I have to try to find key words to research it.  Take birds for example, many bloggers posts beautiful images and know what the heck they are.  If it's anything other than the same old birds around my yard, I have no clue.  A Texas blogger buddy sent me a link to get me started, thank you Theresa!  I finally spotted something I don't normally see.  Wouldn't have thought it was more than sparrow, but the sounds they were making was what drew my attention.  If I hadn't seen it through the zoom lens, I wouldn't have known it actually was something different.  There were two of them and they were flitting around really fast, so I felt lucky to get a shot of them, at all.  The photos weren't quite the failure as were the previous shots of my grandson with a sugar high.  I think they might be the Eastern Phoebe.  If you know, please share.

Flowers and plants are another thing I'm ignorant of.  I just raised babies.  Please feel free to share your knowledge!

The cottony plant below, drew my attention until the wind blew it in my face.  I lost interest pretty quick after that.

Since this was a long post for me...and you, I'll apologize and stop typing words and just post a few more photos.

Purple Vinca (upside down after the rain)

White Vinca

Unfolding Elephant Ear


Okay, that's all!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Teddy Bear On A Sugar High

My grandson is a live wire on a normal day, but add sugar to the mix and he's impossible to catch, much less to photograph.

They got here early on Halloween, since it was a school night.  He looked so cute and was his normal, energetic self until his sister gave him candy.  Even with a sport setting, he was a blur of a bear.

Uh oh... get ready!

Here it comes


Finally, he sat down for a brief moment, before they were off to gather more treats.  I was was exhausted!