Hawkeye

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

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Patterns

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

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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

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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

Magnolia fuzz

The magnolia, a common sight throught the southern United States, is one of the most wonderfully strange trees that I know of.  Originating at around 95 million years ago, the plant is a true survivor.  The immense, fragrant, white flowers attract pollinating insects to keep them reproducing.  I can attest to how quickly they spread and grow by how they sprout up in my yard all the time!

This is a close-up of one of the “fruits” or seed-pods that I most often see as the spent, brown husks that fall to the ground.  You can see in this macro view, that they start off looking like a peach.  There is fuzz on the outside covering and it is colored in reds and yellows.  I assume this is again, a strategy to attract birds and insects to come get the seeds and spread these around.  Obviously, from the age of this line of plants, they have been very successful in this strategy for continuation of the species.  For this, I am glad!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 1/3 sec – ISO 200

Store-bought Autumn

Well, if Mother Nature won’t cooperate, we just have to go out and buy our Autumn colors!  The trees outside still think it’s Summer since the temperatures have been pretty consistently in the high 80’s.  That means, if I want some fall color, it has to come home in a pot.  This beautiful red and yellow chrysanthemum was just what we needed.

I haven’t done much macro work lately so, with the weekend being pretty overcast, I thought this would be a great opportunity.  It really should be an easy topic just about any time but I get lazy.  That should never be my excuse since there is always something just waiting to be made into a nice image.  Just need to get up and look for it!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/16 – 0.25 sec – ISO 200

Kids have all the fun

Oh, the nostalgic moments that bring us back to simpler days… These are the memories that keep antiques stores in business.

As I was wandering through the aisles of Historic Roswell Antiques and Interiors, one of the displays really hit me.  This one was full of old toys.  They were the simple items that “back in the day” filled a child’s imagination and made us all travel to other worlds with joy.  Don’t you remember playing with things like wooden blocks and making castles?

Even if kids have all the fun with these things, the memories can bring us back to those days as well.  I may need to go rummage through the storage closet and drag out some of this stuff.  It’s always good to keep yourself feeling young!

2017 Annual RPS Photo Walk
Historic Roswell Antiques and Interiors
970 Canton Street
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
86mm @ f/7.1 – 1/60 sec – ISO 1600

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