Ma Berry

This past Sunday, Joyce and I made the trip up to Rome, Georgia to visit the Bald Eagle nest at Berry College.  We were invited to join the North Georgia Photography Club and their special guest, David Akoubian for the morning.  I must say, it ‘s not my favorite thing to do getting up early enough on Sunday morning to arrive in Rome before dawn but it was worth the effort.

David had informed the group that the eagles are usually most active right around sunrise as they go out hunting.  There are now two chicks in the nest to feed and they are getting pretty big these days so, they are HUNGRY!  The eagles do not get named since they are wild creatures.  People refer to the adults as Ma and Pa Berry and we saw both of them out hunting.  The male was first to return to the nest with a squirrel followed not to long after by Ma Berry with a duck.

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After the chicks were fed and the adults ate what they wanted, Ma Berry decided she needed some water so, she flew to the field that is between the nest and the main entrance of Berry College where there is a little spot that collects water.  We followed the experienced eagle addicts that had joined the group for a rare opportunity to catch a few eagle ground shots.  This image is my favorite from that time.

Berry College Bald Eagle Nest viewing area
Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM
500mm @ f/14 –  1/250 sec – ISO 320

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Old Mill from a different angle

I love to see the Old Mill with reflections off of the mill-pond but this is another nice view.  The pond flows off down the hill, under the road that runs past the mill.  This is a what it looks like from that vantage point.  The stone wall adds a nice foreground even if you don’t get the reflections from here.

Berry College
2277 Martha Berry Highway NW
Mount Berry, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
24mm @ f/18 – 1/40 sec – ISO 400

Old Mill in Autumn

 

Another happy accident when at Berry College.  My trip was intended to be for the purpose of seeing the Bald eagle nest but I also got the reward of seeing the Old Mill with autumn colors.  We had been out to see the campus back in June and this was a nice scene then.  With the beautiful colors in the trees it is even better!

Berry College
2277 Martha Berry Highway NW
Mount Berry, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
21mm @ f/18 – 1/80 sec – ISO 400

Autumn at Berry College

I know I have been complaining about there being a lack of fall color but there definitely is some out there.  This is a clearing in the woods below the Old Mill on the Berry College campus.  Once again, I have to be thankful that the eagles were away from the nest when I arrived.  If they had been around, I would not have gone wandering the campus and might have missed this totally.  Happy accidents are pretty cool.

Berry College
2277 Martha Berry Highway NW
Mount Berry, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
17mm @ f/18 – 1/80 sec – ISO 400

Berry College Eagle

Finally, I got over to Rome, Georgia at the right time to see the bald eagle nest at Berry College!  It didn’t look like this was going to happen at all.  When I first arrived on the campus, there were two photographers standing around and looking up at the nest.  They weren’t pointing camera, just looking.  I asked one of them if there was any sign of the birds and he said no, he had been waiting since sunrise (it was after 11:00 when I got there) and had not seen any eagles.

I decided to drive out and see what things looked like at the Old Mill (actually, that was pretty nice – more on that later) and then came back to the nesting site.  Apparently, the one eagle (I think this is the male) had just returned to the nest with a stick to continue the construction work.  After a bit of housekeeping, he popped up out of the nest and perched on a branch in the pine tree to allow us to take portraits.  He then flew to another tree across the parking lot from the nest and stayed there for quite a while.

It was quite a treat to see this magnificent bird in the wild.  I discovered two things on this outing – First, I always wish for more focal length when shooting distant subjects.  Secondly, I discovered that it is VERY hard to follow a moving subject with a 500mm lens zoomed all the way out.  It’s also nearly impossible to use auto-focus when that subject is whizzing by.  Probably need more practice!

Berry College
Rome, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
[Pro]Master Professional Gimbal Head GH-10 #5111
Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM
500mm @ f/11 –  1/1000 sec – ISO 800

Are you staring at my tail?

One of the many white-tailed deer that roam the Berry College campus.  We saw a wide variety of ages from tiny fawns to youngsters like this to adults.  It is really neat to see wild creatures flourishing in an area that could easily be covered with concrete.  The campus is not just a few trees and manicured lawns.  There is actually a Wildlife Management Area on site.  Pretty cool!!

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
Hand-held at 1/30 second  f/6.3  ISO 500

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Barnwell Chapel

It’s hard to find another college with so many chapels on campus. Barnwell Chapel is the oldest of Berry College’s 3 chapels, built in 1911.

The sprinkles started as we drove through the streets of Rome looking for the entrance to Berry College.  The weather didn’t seem to like my idea of doing a photo shoot this weekend but, we marshalled on anyway.  We found the campus which was looking pretty empty since the students were largely off for summer break.

After driving aimlessly for a little while, (I was kicking myself for not picking up a map at the welcome center) we saw a circle of log-cabin style structures .  Looking like an interesting spot, we pulled in and hoped the rain would pass us by.  Fortunately, we didn’t have to wait long as the skies began to clear and I got out to look around.

The Barnwell Chapel, is the oldest of 3 chapel on the campus of Berry College.  The building has seen a couple of renovations since its original dedication in 1911 is in nice shape for being 105 years old.  Originally used as both classroom space and church, the building is still used for Weddings, Sunday services, and special events.

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Barnwell Chapel
Berry College
Rome, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro

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