“When you gaze out on a quiet, peaceful meadow, next to a still pond, under a motionless blue sky, you wonder how the noisy, busy cacophony of life could have arisen from such silent, motionless beginning.” – M.
It would appear that I’ve gone to the birds, at least for a short time. The past few dull days have not offered much in the way of material to photograph, so I’ve gone back and reviewed a few from the past summer. I’m not sure why I did not post this one earlier but I recall the moment very clearly. I was at Secord Pond making some images of flowers and this beautiful bird landed in the tree right next to me and allowed me to get quite close and make multiple images of him. He did not seem to mind me at all. It brought on a wonderful stillness, as I simply observed him and made the ocassional photo, the the moment was right
This image is the best of the bunch and I’m really pleased that I was able to capture the reflected light reflecting from the water beneath him. It casts a bit of a shadow on his neck but lights his belly up nicely. I was also fortunate that the light conditions enabled me to produce the lovely bokeh at the wide aperture, diffusing the background colours.
Nikon D800 Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 280 mm 1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200
“Laughing in the face of danger doesn’t negate the fear, it simply enables you to smile at it.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich
I really wanted to title this “Get off my land!” but, “Alarm!” won out.
This is very typical behaviour for male red winged blackbirds, especially during nesting season. They are very protective of their shoreline nests. The female will also join in with rapid chirps and tail fanning, but the male squeals out loud alarms and puffs itself up when agitated. I’ve seen some dive bomb and peck at people who have inadvertently or deliberately come too close to the nest . This guy was happy to sit on his perch and vocalize his dissatisfaction without getting too aggressive.
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @300mm 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200
“Love should not cause suffocation and death if it is truly love. Don’t bundle someone into an uncomfortable cage just because you want to ensure their safety in your life. The bird knows where it belongs, and will never fly to a wrong nest.” ― Michael Bassey Johnson
As I stood at the base of the Whitevale Dam, watching the trout spawn, I noticed this little bird, perched atop a broken tree limb sticking from the water. It sat there, surveying its world for quite some time. Was it simply pausing for a moment from the busy task of nest building. I’m certain it was not lost, though it was looking all around, perhaps for a suitable place to start, for as the quote above states, the bird knows where it belongs.
Nikon D300 Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm 1/1600 sec, f/6.3 ISO 200
There’s something strangely calming about these little birds, so common in Southern Ontario. Which strikes me odd, since they are constantly flitting about and are rarely still.
In fact, they seem a bit nervous most of the time. Perhaps it’s moments like the one, captured above, where the chickadee is resting briefly on a branch that gives that sense of peace? A bit like many of our days, where we move rapidly from task to task and take a brief moment to pause.
Do we appear calm to our peers who also long for rest, or does our outward appearance betray the fact that, as we pause, we are only considering our next task?
Nikon D300 Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm 1/160 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of spending the weekend with family and friends at Ontario’s Sauble Beach, on Lake Huron. It began as a wonderful hot summer day splashing in the surf and playing hours of volleyball. The forecast was for thunderstorms late in the day. We watched across the water as the sky gradually darkened. The storm approached over the lake like a black wall, slowly creeping our way.
I took this as a wonderful opportunity to get some powerful storm photographs. As I stood on the shore making photos of the storm, I was struck by just how bright the circling seagulls were, in strong contrast to the dark skies.
This one kept circling me at just the right distance to make some good images. I’m really pleased at how it turned out. The biggest challenge was trying to keep him focused and framed properly.
Nikon D300 Nikor 70-300 mm @ 210 mm 1/60 sec @ f/10.0, ISO 450