30 Minutes in the Life: Dec 2014: It’s all about Amy…

Time is a fraction, and mine is running out….This month has been a month of adjustments. I started a new job which means my working hours changed, my travel time changed and I face a whole new learning curve. It also means my photography time has been affected as well. Added to that I will be having surgery on my foot on the 18th of this month and so I decided to work ahead and take my photographs early so that everything was done and prepared for the upcoming blog.

Working in advance means that when 30 Minutes decided to make this month a Five on Festive, I was not on the same page. Truth be told, I am not even doing Christmas decorations this year. While it would be easy enough to put it all up, taking it down will be another story. Climbing in the attic on crutches will be impossible for me. So I decided to get a Poinsettia and call it Christmas. Presents can go around that this year. So my blog will not be the same as the rest but I hope you enjoy it anyway.

A few months back I bought a macro lens, 85mm. The person I bought it from told me she never used it for macro but mainly for portraits. I have used it for macro but never for portraits. So when Amy came home for Thanksgiving I asked her to be my model while I tried out the macro lens.

 

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“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively, unless you can choose challenge instead of competence.

~ Eleanor Roosevelt, The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt

This 30 Minutes marks the joining of a number of new bloggers and it will be exciting to see what they have for us in the future. Don’t forget to follow the circle and take a look at what the other photographers have for you this month. Stacey Markel Photography / Maryland Family and Child Photographer is up next. I always love what Stacey has to offer and I am hoping to live Christmas vicariously through my fellow bloggers.

As this year draws to a close I have to thank all the ladies I have been blogging with this past year. It has been a blast and I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of this group. There is amazing talent in here and each one has helped me grow in some way.

May your coming year be full of love, peace, happiness and joy. May you dream big and may your dreams be a journey that you constantly strive towards.

If you are interested in seeing more of my photography take a look at my Facebook page or my Flickr Page.

Walking in the Wetland: December 30, 2014

I love walking in the wetlands.  After a busy work week, the wetlands soothes my soul, and puts balance back in my life.  10 days ago I had foot surgery and I have not been able to walk.  Last  week I started taking baby steps and today I was given clearance by the doctor to put my foot down properly and walk.  I also got all the stitches out….ouch!!

Since he said I could walk I decided to attempt limping along to the first rookery at one of my favorite Wetlands – Wakodahatchee Wetlands.  I meander.  Really slowly.  Watching and waiting.  Wetland walking is a lesson in patience.  You have only a fraction of time to get the shot you want – there is no do over.  So patience is a good lesson to learn.

My first encounter was with a Tri-Colored Heron who was wading through the water fishing for it’s food.   They generally flap around in the water darting from spot to spot, attempting to catch the small fish swimming in the water.

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The Purple Gallinule is part of the “Swamp Hen” family.  They are easily identified by their bright yellow legs.  They are an amazing mixture of colors.  You will often find them dangling on a reed attempting to eat the seeds or flowers at the end of it.

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Moving along the broad walk I spot a female Boat Tailed Grackle.  She hops up onto the wooden railing right in front of me.  I am not necessarily a fan of the Boat Tailed Grackles.  They tend to swarm the garden and take over.  But she was kind of sweet and I enjoyed seeing her close up.

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We are heading into on of my favorite times of the year.  The Great Blue Herons are courting and nest building and today the Anhinga were showing their courting colors.  They male is typically fluffed up and out.  Both bird seem to get real defnition and color around their eyes at this time of the year.  There is a lot of posturing done by the male and at times the female will engage with him and other times she will just ignore him.  I had to laugh, I overheard a conversation that went something like this.  The little boy, seeing the two bird knocking their beaks together,  asked his father ” What are the birds doing?”  The father answered “It’s like they are sword fighting”.  Fortunately the male did not jump on the back of the female or I am sure the father would have told the child that they were wrestling.

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Anhinga are interesting birds.  They swim in the water to fish for their dinner.  However, their wings are not oily so the bird tends to get water logged and has to dry it’s wings out on a branch.  So often you will see the Anhinga, and the Cormorant sitting on a bank or on a branch with their wings spread out.  The Anhinga in particular, is a stunning sight to see with it’s wings all spread out in black and white.

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The Great Blue Herons are the other birds who are doing their courting and nest building.  This is a spectacular sight to watch.  You will see the female extend her neck out and make a strange barking kind of noise as she calls out for her mate.  Next thing he will be flying in with a twig and there is a beautiful dance of wings and beaks as the female accepts the twig from the male.  She will push it into the nest and wedge it in the exact position she wants it.  The two will hang out together for a while preening each other and then off he goes looking for another twig.  Before you know it the dance has begun again.  Today this Great Blue Heron seemed to be snoozing.

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Reflections are always a nice part of the wetlands and it was not long before I was back to the initial Tri Colored Heron that I had started out with.

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Wetland walking is a great way to view up close, or not so close, the natural environment that you area has to offer you.  It is a time to meander and enjoy the call of the wild. If you have never done a wetland walk, I would encourage you to take the time to head on out and enjoy what it has to offer you.

“In order to see birds, it is necessary to become part of the silence”

~ Robert Lynd

If you are interested in seeing more of my photography take a look at my Facebook page or my Flickr Page.