Close up of wintery waterfall 

When I dropped by the falls at Roswell Mill a couple of days ago, I was expecting the water to be more frozen. I found Vickery Creek flowing quickly over the dam and makinglots of spray at the base.  The water was then freezing in the surrounding tree branches.   This close up view shows the white branches to the right and the water glistening in the sun as it roared over the falls.  A beautiful sight to see. 
Old Roswell Mill waterfall
January, 2018

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
50mm @ f/22 – 1/13 sec – ISO 100

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Not frozen but icy

Yesterday, I went over to see what the falls at Roswell Mill looked like.  I guess our couple of days with below freezing temperatures were not enough to freeze the water over.  It was rushing pretty fast but, the spray from the falls was icing over the nearby trees.

I went down near the base of the falls and the surrounding rocks were slippery with ice as well and there were icicles along the surrounding slopes where water ran down the sides of the rock face.  The sun was out and the day was actually truning rather pleasant at that point.  I got a few shots and said Hi to several groups that were out hiking so, it wasn’t a wasted trip.

I guess this was one of those times when you wish for winter weather so you can get those beautiful landscape shots but are also thankful that you don’t live somewhere too cold.  Kind of like when you want snow for Christmas but don’t want it to stay around.  Winter is always fun for a day but when you have to shovel snow or slip on ice it’s not so much fun anymore.  Oh well, it was a pretty day anyway.

Old Roswell Mill waterfall
January, 2018

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
50mm @ f/22 – 1/13 sec – ISO 100

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Mourning Dove

How often have you heard doves cooing from the tree-tops or the rapid beat of their wings when startled?  The mourning dove is so commonplace we don’t pay them much attention. Up-close however, this is a beautiful bird.  I am always amazed by the texture and color of the feathers. Also amazing is how the colors they display camouflage them instead of making them stand out.

Once again, nature exhibits diversity and the ability to adapt to the surroundings.  I can hardly believe what amazing sights are always just outside my back door.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
460mm @ f/9 – 1/100 sec – ISO 800

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Who you lookin at?

I love to catch that moment when it certainly seems that the birds are looking right at you.  They may be much more interested in a competitor for the food or some predator like the neighbor’s cat but there’s that look like they are trying to communicate with you.

If we could get a somewhat sunny day, I would be spending lots of time watching these little wonders.  As of now, it looks like we’re in for another dreary winter day.  Oh well, Christmas is amlost here!!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/11 – 1/50 sec – ISO 320

Bluebird’s breakfast

I guess I didn’t give this guy enough warning of portrait time.  He still has remnants of breakfast on his beak.  It was obvious that the bluebirds were hungry and very anxious to get at suet and birdseed.  I frequently had 3-4 hanging off the suet feeder at the same time with others waiting their turn or fighting for a chance to get in.

I’m certainly happy to feed them and watch their antics.  It’s a great way to spend time over the holiday season!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/11 – 1/10 sec – ISO 320

Winter’s brightest colors

If there is a classic winter bird shot, it’s definitely a cardinal in the snow.  We don’t get the opportunity for this combination all that often in the deep south but this weekend was a special occasion.   The birds were happy to have our feeders stocked with the sudden turn to winter weather and I was very happy to watch them.  Love the contrast of brilliant red on pure white!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/14 – 1/100 sec – ISO 800

The one day of Winter

I pulled up some of the shots I took from the one weekend that we actually had something resembling January weather this year and found this.  A dogwood tree with one leaf still hanging from the tip of a branch encased in ice.

I can’t say that I am sad that this has been a very mild winter but it is nice to have a change of seasons so we can appreciate what is different in each.  I was just talking to some friends at choir about how the seasons in Atlanta are somehow harder on people’s health than in places where it gets really cold in the winter.

In climates where you get a deep-freeze winter, the weather changes and stays fairly constant.  Your body adjusts and you don’t get a shock to the system with temperatures changing.  In Atlanta, even though the temperatures don’t drop below freezing all too often, you can get 30-40 degree swings during a day.  Sadly, that means cold, flu and allergies.  Oh well, I guess everything has its pluses and minuses.  I’ll just try to stick to the positive and enjoy what I can!

Nikon D7100
Sirui P-204S Monopod
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
35mm @ f/7.1 –  1/60 sec – ISO 200