After the presentation at Wild Birds Unlimited, we got an added bonus. Pete Griffing invited a couple of us into the back room for a close up session with one of the raptors.  We got to be up close and personal with the red-winged hawk that he brought and she was fabulous.

It is totally amazing to see animals like this so nearby.  Pete was very clear in letting people know that these are not house pets.  They may be more used to people than a fully wild bird but they can still easily tear someone up with the talons and sharp beaks if they are the least bit threatened.  We were only a few inches away but I definitely had a healthy respect for the power that could be unleashed if we weren’t careful.  I’m glad we had a handler who knew what he was doing and what to expect from this wonderful animal.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
165mm @ f/8 – 1/40 sec – ISO 1600

#Alpharetta #CharlieElliottWildlifeCenter #GeorgiaDepartmentOfNaturalResources #hawk #PeteGriffin #raptor #raptors #RedTailedHawk #WildBirdsUnlimited #Georgia #WithMyTamron #nature


Suite October

On Sunday, we were invited by a friend to attend a free concert.  The production was as good as anything that you would get dressed up for and drive downtown to go see.  The Atlanta Wind Symphony, founded in 1979, is one of the oldest community bands in the Atlanta area.  The volunteer musicians spend many hours practicing and preparing for these wonderful performances and I can say, they do a fantastic job.  If you get the chance, be sure to go out and see these excellent musicians when you can.

The AWS is a musical outlet for some of Atlanta’s finest musicians. Over the course of more than three decades, the AWS has become internationally respected for its musical excellence, service to the community and contribution to music education. A nonprofit 501c(3) corporation, the AWS receives grants from individuals, foundations, corporations and the Fulton County Arts Council.

Atlanta Wind Symphony
Milton High School
Milton, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
70mm @ f/10 – 1/13 sec – ISO 1600

#AtlantaWindSymphony #MiltonHighSchool #concert #SuiteOctober #WithMyTamron

Red-tailed Hawk

On Saturday, we went over to Wild Birds Unlimited in Alpharetta to listen to Pete Griffon from the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center talk about raptors.  Pete brought three owls, a Screech, Barred and a Great Horned owl and a Red-tailed hawk to show the group.  It was a great presentation and everyone enjoyed learning about these magnificent birds.

The animals that are kept at the wildlife center are all victims of some accident or physical issue that prevents them from being released back into the wild.  It is very sad to hear how many beautiful, wild animals are injured because of the carelessness of man.  At least we can learn more about them and hopefully, be more respectful so that this happens less often.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/8 – 1/20 sec – ISO 1250

#Alpharetta #CharlieElliottWildlifeCenter #GeorgiaDepartmentOfNaturalResources #hawk #PeteGriffon #raptor #raptors #RedTailedHawk #WildBirdsUnlimited #Georgia #WithMyTamron #nature

Flowering vine

Sometimes, nature presents the most beautiful things popping up where you don’t expect them.  These flowers were growing in a jumble of ground clutter.  Not planted in neat rows but winding their way through the sidelines of forgotten corners.

Another exercise in discovering the hidden treasures that are right in front of us!

2017 Annual RPS Photo Walk
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/14 – 1/80 sec – ISO 800

#RoswellPhotographicSociety #RPSPhotoWalk #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron #macro #nature


Nature is full of patterns which we often do not see.  You have to look closely.  When you take the time to do this, you will find amazing worlds.  This is a macro image of a hydrangea leaf.  The veins seem to cut bright roads through verdant hills.  The edge of the leaf is a saw blade or the ridge of a dinosaur’s back.

I will never cease to be amazed by the glory of nature’s beauty.  It is always right in front of us but not always noticed.  I guess that is true of all really good things in life.  We need to make an effort to appreciate how lucky we are!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 1/60 sec – ISO 200

#autumn #closeup #colors #detail #leaves #macro #Nature #Photography #seasonal #WithMyTamron #vanguard #Nikon #hydrangea

That’s not my leaf

This arrangement is my attempt to copy Mike Moats in combining leaves with interesting tree bark as a background.  Many of the fabulous shots that Mike shows use birch trees which are not plentiful around here.  There are however, many sweet gum trees in the Atlanta area so, that’s what I went with.  Putting this vibrant red maple leaf on the surface of the gum tree made a nice composition.

It may not be a smooth white backdrop with curls of paper-thin bark peeling up but there is plenty of texture and contrast.  It works for me!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
70mm @ f/22 – 1/6 sec – ISO 400

#autumn #closeup #colors #detail #leaves #macro #maple #Nature #Photography #seasonal #WithMyTamron #vanguard #Nikon

Seasons changing

In Atlanta, there is never a single change of season.  The seasons change constantly when Spring or Autumn come around.  We go through all 4 seasons in a week, sometimes even in a day.  Right now, we have been blessed with some autumnal weather.  The night can be in the 40’s and the days are cool but pleasant.  Of course, it may be back in the 80’s any time now but, it’s great for the moment.

The plants really have no idea what season it is either.  Here’s an example of the mixed up seasons.  My hydrangea bush is putting out new leaves and has beautiful blue blossoms on it.  At the same time, the ornamental maples that are all over around here are about half-way turned to fall colors.  I thought putting them together would give a nice contrast and show what a wide variety there is in this area right now.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 1/4 sec – ISO 200