Generally you would see a picture of a moon like this centered in the middle of the picture. I like to experiment with “outside the box” thinking and wanted to try a composition of the moon being along the bottom edge of the “frame”.
Comment below and let me know what you think of this composition.
On a side note: you couldn’t have asked for a bluer (is that even a word?) clear sky on the day I took this picture.
Yesterday I grabbed my camera and headed to a nearby pond. Anytime you can spend time outside, even if it is your own backyard or even just a few miles away, I recommend it. Relaxing and enjoying nature at it’s own pace is a great stress reliever.
I didn’t get to the pond until around 4:00pm. In the morning hours the sun is more in the way on the side of the pond that I generally scout out. I have tried taking morning shots and the sun is always in the way and my pictures are always washed out.
Once I got to the pond, I headed over to my favorite spot and check the trees to see if the pair of sharp-shinned hawks are still there, They were. I was only able to see the male, but was able to hear the “ALERT” twitter from one of the nearby spruce trees. I think she has a nest in there somewhere. So I back away until she stops “sounding off the alarm” and find myself a spot to sit.
And about now, the mother Osprey peeks up over the edge of her nest and sounds off her “Alarm”. But I don’t move and after about a minute she gets used to me being there and settles back down.
It’s not my first time there, I’m sure she figured out I was no threat after a minute considering I didn’t try to approach the telephone pole her nest is sitting on. In the past, I have watched the babies grow up from first hatched and big enough to peek over the edge of the nest to fledglings that were almost the same size as their parents. But I have never witnessed the young’s first attempt to leaving the nest. I hope this year will be the year I finally get that chance.
I take a look across the pond using my zoom on my camera to see if the Male Bald Eagle is out sitting by their nest or if he is off fishing. Imagine my surprise when I spot Both male and female sitting on the same branch by their nest. Usually they never sit together out in the open like that. So I was sure to snap off a few pictures and a small video.
As I was taking a video of the Bald Eagles, I caught movement to my left along the shore line about 12 feet away. Careful not to make any fast sudden movements, I looked over and there was a Spotted Sandpiper working it’s way up the shoreline towards me. I managed to slowly turn the camera towards him and fire off a couple pictures and a short video before he turned and walked out of sight.
Just when I thought the day couldn’t get any better, it did. Unfortunately, I was not able to get any video or pictures of the next event. But I was able to watch it unfold right in front of my eyes, but it happened so fast and there were tree branches in the way, it would have been near impossable to get any of it on camera.
What happened was either a rouge Male Osprey or just a confused one, tried bringing a fish to the nest where the female was. As he approached, she let off a VERY LOUD set of screeches. I have no idea where the female’s mate was, but he came from no where at full speed and crashed into the lone male and feathers flew. For a few minutes in mid air there were two male Ospreys talon to talon and beak to beak. Looked like a feather ball, then they separated and the lone male tried to escape. The female’s mate wasn’t finished and attacked him in mid flight again. This time there was no entanglement, but there were more flying feathers.
I wish I had been in a different location, as I would have been able to video the event. But I was close to the water’s edge so I could get an as close as possible picture of the eagles across the pond. But I was able to witness it for myself and that’s what really counts. Mother Nature at her best.
After watching the Osprey protecting his territory, I heard a sound behind me. Not knowing if it was a person coming up to take pictures as well or if it was something else, I slowly turned my head to glance back over my shoulder and saw a lone turkey walking across the edge of the field eating bugs along the way. I managed to get a few pictures and a short video of her as well.
Walking back to my truck I also saw a pair of Mallards on the pond as well as a dragonfly that I was able to get a macro picture of.
And to end the day, I was given the opportunity to spot a male and female Oriole as I was loading my gear into my truck. I was able to get a great picture of the male and a so-so picture of the female.
It just goes to show that no matter where you are. If you are somewhere outside and you stay there long enough and stay quiet, You will be rewarded with a chance to get a glimpse of Mother Nature.
I was able to take a few photos today of a fox pup. After I got home I found out I had taken over 300 pictures of this little guy (or girl). The experience alone was worth the trip to the den.
We showed up there at two different times today. The first time there was just the lone pup. The others may have been off learning to hunt with one of the parents, or simply stayed in the safety of their den. However, the single pup offered many cute poses and seemed to enjoy the attention. Needless to say he was quite curious. But it was obvious we were getting boring to him as he eventually wandered into his hole and did not reappear. He had been yawning and closing his eyes a lot, so it is safe to assume he went into his den to take a nap.
We left and explored a few other places that were nearby in hopes to find something worthwhile of a photograph or two. (I did spot a garder snake, but that will be in a different post)
Later that evening we went back to the fox den and there were two fox pups out. One was extremely skittish, but the one we had seen earlier wasn’t as spooked. as it was I managed to get a short video of them and the first pup got curious to a stick I was moving and got pretty close before getting startled by a quick flash of a nearby camera. I’m glad he got spooked so I didn’t have to speak just to keep him at a distance.
I’m using a Canon Powershot SX40HS to take the pictures below. Feel free to pin any of the images or share this post with your friends
Peeking out of the safety of his den
Something caught his attention
Looking at me with tired eyes
Time for a quick nap… maybe
Hmm, there is that noise again
You are still here?
Attentive mode for the time being
Something made a noise and distracted him from me
Tired but curious
There is that noise again
This fox pup keeps looking around as if to find his siblings and mom.
Fox pup gives one last pose before heading to the depth of his den.