This was my first time visiting a sunflower field. I had heard and seen some amazing things about a local field that was a haven to birds like Indigo Buntings and Goldfinches. I thought I would drive the hour to go see for myself. I was armed with both my cameras, one for distance and one for wide, so I could try my hand in sunflower shooting. And while it was super hot and sticky and buggy and very crowded I managed to get a few shots I liked, even though the Indigo Buntings were not all that interested in posing for me in the field. I saw them in the trees though. Here is how I spent my evening.
For more serenity, please head over to the super talented Nadeen Flynn, northern California natural light photographer for her photos this month.
This family came to visit me over the weekend. Despite the crummy overcast, rainy day, I was able to get some shots of the cute babies. It was worth all the hissing from mama. 😀
While I was there I also got to capture this beautiful solitary sandpiper migrating through town.
And our resident groundhog who was wondering what all the fuss was about.
One of my 2016 personal projects is to photograph as much wildlife as I can either in my backyard or when I travel. At the end of each three months I thought it would be fun to put together a large share of all the wildlife I managed to capture. Here is that share, in no particular order, of what I captured from Jan-March.
And if you got to the end of this long post, thank you! I will be back next quarter with another share. 🙂
The beginning of Day 3 started off with a fabulous shooting class by Sally Kate Photography. Not only is she a fellow mentor at Clickin Moms but she is a good friend. I had such fun shooting this little model who was super patient and sweet.
Then I had a little free time after all the classes were over so I could turn my attention to the lovely birds that graced the river walk. I started with some ducks and then I found this amazing Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron. What a beauty. I didn’t immediately know what type of bird I had found but I was lucky that a nice man at the nature preserve I went to the next day identified him for me.
The days after Click Away I stayed in Texas for a few extra days to take in the warm sun, visit the birds and go to the beach. I will share more of those photos later.
The second day started out with another Studio Light class but this time I used the creepy baby to pose as our model. Then I had a ton of fun finding little things to shoot all around the River Walk for my Golden Hour Macro class. I finished it up with a shot of the birds at dusk swarming all around my balcony.
I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the Click Away conference this year in San Antonio, TX. It was another whirlwind inspiration, shooting, learning and friendship. I am just now home and getting caught up with the many images I shot while attending the conference. Here is a sampling of that day including the last image from my Studio Light Class where one of our classmates volunteered to be a model.
I will continue to post more of the photos from Click Away as the month goes on.
The second half of my camping weekend was just as beautiful.
At the campground, these birds (which I haven’t identified yet) were nesting in these houses on the lake.
This Northern Bobwhite Quail was a resident of the campground. His name is Shimmy and he was mostly friendly. He let me get close to him to take some photos but wouldn’t let me try to pet him, I would get chased. 🙂
A Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly.
This web was found deep in the woods on a nature trail. I have no idea what kind of spider this is but I thought the web was quite cool.
Another shot of my favorite Great Blue Heron perched peacefully on a sign.
A Blue Grosbeak
This Osprey was guarding his catch.
My hubby who was so tolerant of me, followed me around the island looking for things to shoot. <3
Sunset with my wide angle across the bay at the campground.
The next few were taken with my Lensbaby.
And some macro shots as we drove away.
I hope to make another trip there maybe in the Fall or Spring so I can see different birds as they migrate to and fro.