Sunday, July 31, 2011

Songbirds

My friend has a bird feeder on her property. This can call for a diverse amount of birds to pay a visit. She often recalls how a hawk would sometimes come and attack the birds gathered around the feeder. No hawk attack was reported when I was here. Instead, I got these photos.









Birds are very timid and often flee when they see people approach. I simply drove the car as close as I could to the feeder. Staying in the car, I rolled down the window, and pointed my lens out. Cars can serve as good cover when photographing wildlife.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Blue Heron Fishing

I used to go fishing perhaps well over a decade ago. The only thing I inherited from that sport was my continuing love for the outdoors. In the meantime, I enjoy watching others fish including this Great Blue Heron who just caught member of the panfish family. The fish's left eye is bulging out likely from a previous injury rather than action from the heron.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Algae Nap

I saw this Easter Painted Turtle Sleeping on a floating drift wood in a local algae covered pond. With his head down and eyes closed, I wondered if he was sleeping or dead. I hoped he was sleeping. Then he opened his eyes like a little baby. I found another side of the pond and took another photograph. You could perhaps say he was sleeping in an algae blanket.




It's nature shots like these that makes you adore the other living things in the planet. From looking at these I think I totally violated the rule of thirds. But hey, especially in modern art (which I'm not a real big fan of anyway), rules were always meant to be broken. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Falls Creek Falls State Park - Tennessee

I had a weekend stay over in Tennessee. Since I love scenic beauty anywhere, I was eager to explore Falls Creek Falls State Park. This park hosts America's tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi. Though not a very large waterfall by nature, the 256 ft (78 m) drop is quite awe inspiring.




When you reach the bottom, you will notice that the falls serve as a perfect bathing spot for visitors. 



There are rocky trails you must go through in order to get to the base of the falls. To keep your balance, you may find it comfortable to reach out and grab on to anything for support. Be careful where you put your hands however as I encountered several of these spiders located where you might put your hands! 






You don't necessarily have to go to the Grand Canyon or the American West to stand by the mountains and feel so small in front of the glorious American landscape. The Appalachian Mountains of the east can give you the same feeling; just at a smaller scale. 

Monday, July 4, 2011

Hummingbird Clearwing Moths

Happy 4th of July everyone. In the meantime, I stumbled upon these unique creatures. Hummingbird Clearwing Moths are named such because by the way they fly, hover, and move resembles a lot like hummingbirds. They are in fact moths, and perhaps one of the most beautiful insects depending on how you perceive their looks.

They are rare to see and among the most difficult airborne insects to photograph. They move quick and change position so frequently. When hunting for these creatures, your skills in focusing, exposure, anticipation, and shooting macro subjects in general will be tested to the fullest.