Birds, Birds, Birds
As I approached week 28's edits I kept an open mind and swam about. I settled on a purple background with golden sun rays spilling from the little worm hole hiding in the reflecting pool. It needed something more though, and that's when the idea of adding birds to the imagery came flying in.
Over the past five years I've had an increasing love affair with birds. There's something magical about their ways. Their colorful feathers and secretive hideouts. Watching them brings great joy. Conversely, photographing them is far removed from that joy, at least for me anyways. I really don't have the gear for it and I have a tendency to prefer a minimalist approach to photography gear. Nonetheless I enjoy watching them and seeing what I can do with what I have.
On a recent hike through Alfred A. Ring Park I had the good fortune of spotting a ruby-crowned kinglet. I had taken a detour off the main trail exploring the banks of the creek. I hiked over an intricate system of exposed roots and came across a new perspective of the creek. I stood in awe taking in the beauty when suddenly I saw a quick flash before my eyes. I watched carefully as it darted back and forth, settling on a tree close by. Perfect, I thought, this seems doable. I adjusted my settings as quickly as possible and fumbled with my new monopod, but I wasn't fast enough. He seemed to anticipate my shutter presses and moved at just the wrong moment. This image was the best I could get from all that. Can you spot his iconic ruby crown?
Even though it's not any kind of award winning shot, I am utterly thrilled with it. It adds to my experience and the magic of birds. It's a reminder of that special moment, standing in awe of mother nature on the edge of the creek. Plus it was a new sighting for me. Another bird to add to my ever growing list.
Other birds are much easier to photograph, especially at the beach. I saw this pair of snowy egrets at St. Augustine beach back in October. I managed to get the shot just as the bird on the left was spreading its wings for flight. It's almost as though the bird on the right is air control giving the other bird the "all clear" for take off. I thought these egrets would be the perfect addition to my edits this week.
Week 28 is filled with suns and skies in varying shades. Birds flying into the sun or some portal to another dimension. Birds watching the sun together, like old friends. Do any of the edits form week 28 remind you of something in particular? Leave your perspective in the comments below. Thanks for supporting this blog!