Fowl Ice

I thought I would insert a brief interlude in the 2014 countdown (#5 will be revealed on Friday). Yesterday morning Pat and I braved the low 20’s temperatures to visit one of my favorite bird sanctuaries. The low temperatures had caused ice to form near the shores, except where the sanctuary had underwater bubblers to help keep some open water available to the swans and other fowl. The ice provided some great photos and some occasional comedy. None of the fowl were stuck in the ice. I think the pictures and captions tell the story.

Now What?

Now What?


Duck on Ice

Duck on Ice


Walking on Water

Walking on Water


Keeping Up Appearances

Keeping Up Appearances


Slippery Landing

Slippery Landing


Cold Trio Walking

Cold Trio Walking


Open Water

Open Water

Critters

For such a foggy morning (see previous post), I saw a lot of animals in my two-hour outing on Wednesday morning. I saw deer and sandhill cranes (both too far away to shoot). I saw buffalo and longhorn cattle and the critters captured below; some from roadside farms and some in “the wild”.

Rhode Island Red (and this brown hen does lay brown eggs)

Rhode Island Red (and this brown hen does lay brown eggs)


Pheasant Phlying (and one still having coffee)

Pheasant Phlying (and one still having coffee)


Pheasant: "You can't see me." Me: "Yes I can."

Pheasant: “You can’t see me.”
Me: “Yes I can.”


Domestic Turkey (campaigning for duck for the Thanksgiving bird)

Domestic Turkey (campaigning for duck for the Thanksgiving bird)


Duck (heard about the campaign)

Duck (heard about the campaign)

Out and About

I try to get out on the days when the sun is cooperative and my pain is manageable to roam and take pictures. These are some recent shots that don’t fit any of the recent themes or were taken after those posts. Enjoy.

Chives

Chives


Chive Shadows

Chive Shadows


Poppy in Morning Sun

Poppy in Morning Sun


Tulips and Sundial

Tulips and Sundial


Duck

Duck


Bucket and Bench

Bucket and Bench


Field and Fence

Field and Fence


Antlers and Nest

Antlers and Nest

Chance

“Chance favors the prepared mind” is a quote attributed to Louis Pasteur. I don’t know if he was a photographer, but his words should ring true to every serious photographer. Read all you can. Practice all you can. And then be ready for whatever “chance” throws you way. Here are a few happenstance photos of mine.

The first one is of trees in my oldest son’s backyard. I was experimenting with a new 35mm lens, saw the trees, and wondered how the lens would work on them. I was thinking black and white all the way, but really not looking for this kind of picture. I like the drama of the image.
trees

The next two were taken during a visit to Cascades Park in Jackson, Mi.The heron was standing right in front of me as I approached the walking path. He (she?) tolerated a couple of shots before taking flight. The other shot was of a duck taking flight. I tried to track the duck and let the background and wings blur.
heron

take offThe final shot for today was taken on a country road. In some ways the picture is smore than a little disturbing, but shooting road signs seems to be a Michigan pastime. Farmers be safe. Viewers post your thoughts.
Bullet holes

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