It’s been such a busy year that being able to go out on walk-about in my favorite nature haunts hasn’t happened. I miss being able to slow down and get close to nature. Granted I don’t miss the ticks, the mosquitoes the humid mornings in the summer, but I miss it all the same.
The last week I’ve made a point to get out a bit more to enjoy what I love to do. On the way to my three hummingbird photography classes I kept passing a large pond that looked like wood duck country to me. It just had that look. Finally one morning I had a few extra minutes so I pulled over quietly and had my Olympus OMD EM1 Mark II ready with the 300mm f/4 prime lens attached. It was still shaded, but I quickly saw six wood ducks ! Three were on a log, and quickly two spotted me and took off. One reluctantly stayed awhile allowing me to capture him. The image wasn’t overall all that great. Bad light, duck far. It is a good bird in the landscape sort of image though
So I first brought it into Lightroom for the basic edits before taking it into Nik Color Efex Pro to boost the colors and contrast. I then took it to Topaz Impressions and added a Van Gogh filter at 55% opacity.
I then continue on to the refuge and I spy a turtle on the road. This requires immediate halting, hazard blinkers put on the car and I quickly crawl on the road to get a ground perspective of him. It didn’t take long for someone else to come up behind my car. They thought I was road kill.
Things were beginning to line up nicely for me.
I always keep an eye on Zorro and Esperanza’s nest in hopes that they might visit. I saw Esperanza a few weeks ago, and then heard Zorro calling the warning call all afternoon last week. I think they were saying their goodbyes for the summer as I haven’t seen then. A juvenile Osprey has moved in to the platform in the evenings. Evidently his parents had kicked him out of the house. I spoke to him a bit and told him he was welcome to return next year with his new love that surely he’ll find while on winter holiday.
And finally…finally I get my American Goldfinch on a seed head eating close up…but it was in the shade. Like the Rollings Stones sing
“You Can’t Always Get What You Want…But You Get What You Need.”
This is awesome! It’s very cool to see what you spot
I love the tortoise. Viewing through my age deteriorated eyes, it seems that only his eye is in focus? Also the juvenile Osprey is outstanding. I would love more EM1 II images and analysis.
I’m so glad that a survivalist did not write you off as road kill!
Fancy finding a turtle on the road! Shame about Zorro and Esperanza, but I am happy to see you have a new tenant on the nest: I hope he’ll come back. 👍❤
I can’t wait to see what happens next year. Thanks!
Emily, Wonderful shots, but it would have been nice to see the wood duck before you manipulated the image with 3 different software packages, maybe even enough shots to show the stages of development.
Beautiful captures Emily!
Thank you so much Joanne
thanks for these pictures and yes I know what you mean about getting up close with nature. She always tells me the truth and comforts me.