I’m not sure that this is really a great fit for this week’s challenge but I decided to use it as I thought it might make a good album cover. I also chose it as it was attempt to take a photo and make it more like a work of art. I took this photo in Yellowstone Park a few weeks back. This Osprey was sitting at the very top of a tree and decided to take off – nicely into the sun. I caught a nice sequence of photos but this is my favorite because of the wing positions, the claws, and the eyes of the great bird. It certainly conveys to me what it might be like to be able to fly…..I fine theme for an album.
I thought I’d post this quick interpretation of an iPhone photo I took near the beach yesterday. OBTW – I think the new iPhone 6 camera is a nice improvement over previous versions. We stopped from our tuesday walk for our normal morning beverage break and I noticed this “little girl” adorning one of the trees in the courtyard. I liked the look of the shadows and the colors so I took a quick snapshot. This morning, I was playing around with some other photos and thought I’d see what I could do with this one – hope you enjoy this fine fall morning…wherever you are….
I did a quick scan of other photos from our European trip and found a photo I like better for this challenge. This is a window in a local restaurant in Heidelberg, Germany. The reflections are of the towers across the main bridge in the Medieval part of the town. The tower that provides the gateway to the bridge is the main subject of the reflections which are bent differently due to the variation and imperfections in the different window panes….
Had to think about this challenge before I remembered that I had taken this photo of…..Space Invaders? Actually just a bunch of water droplets on a roof window of our river cruise ship. If you looked very closely at the droplets they are an upside down (and bent) image of the surrounding landscape. I just thought that it was an interesting pattern after a rain shower so I snapped this shot.
I was out and about yesterday and didn’t get a chance to look at this week’s challenge. When I saw it this morning, it just so happens I was “playing” with an image that I think might fit the description. I made my reservations earlier this week to return to the Bosque Del Apache in New Mexico for the annual migration gathering of thousands of snow geese and sandhill cranes. I decided to go back and look at some of my images from two years ago to see how I might interpret them differently now. This image was nice but it was kind of cluttered with lots of detail in the background distracting from the Cranes and the patterns in the water. I decided to simplify the photo into a more painterly type image and see what that might look like. As it turns out, this version of the image brings me back to a quiet, graceful and dreamy place….. hope it does for you also.
For our last day in the Tetons, we planned on getting up very early in the morning and proceed to a well known photographic viewpoint at OxBow Bend. We got up well before the lazy sun and went out to watch the morning spectacle. When we arrived at “the Bend” we joined the other photographers in the dark. Almost immediately, we began to hear the loud bugling of the Elk through the morning mist. It was both eery and beautiful and it seemed to be coming from all directions – some close and some more distant. A lovely song to accompany our morning coffee. As it turned out, the part of mother nature’s staff in charge of sunrises was still asleep and the scene we anticipated never materialized (clouds and wind)…. :-( . We were disappointed but the sound of the Elk calls more than made up for it and is something we will always remember.
A little later that morning, as we drove through Yellowstone National Park we spotted a huge male Elk wandering across a shallow pond. I jammed on the brakes at the next pull off and we walked quickly back to catch a photo of this majestic animal. When we reached him (at a respectful distance), he was out of the pond but he was bugling frequently as he searched for a mate. It was a thrill to put a real face to the calls that we had heard in the dark earlier that morning. It was a perfect autumn scene – even more so for the sounds rather than just the sights we photographers are always seeking.
Thought I’d post this shot from our return trip home from Grand Teton/Yellowstone last week. We went through Grand Teton National Park at mid-day so the light wasn’t at its best. That being said, the Teton peaks were visible and had some interesting cloud clover, there was still some good color in the valley trees, and there were horses along the fence line. I thought it all made for a very nice scene. Hope you enjoy also!
We’re off on the road again and arrived in Jackson, Wy on Sunday. It wasn’t a very pretty day but as night approached, it became very still and quiet. We had made our way to a beaver pond but it was too late and too dark to photograph animals so we just enjoyed the scene and took a few long exposure shots of the mountains and the fall foliage reflected in the ponds…..
OBTW – the Beaver’s den is shown in the foreground of the photo.
I haven’t posted many wildlife photos lately so I’ll use this opportunity to highlight an animal that depends on its endurance to thrive – the African Hyena. Hyenas are not the fastest, strongest, or stealthiest predator out there – but they are one of the most successful. During our trip to Africa this winter, we got to watch these under-rated hunters in action on several occasions.
The first Hyena we saw was in Uganda – it walked right by our vehicle in the early morning and was not at all concerned with our presence. We then watched it and several of its friends try to corner a group of Kob. This photo shows one of the Hyenas in hot pursuit of the herd. While we did not witness the end game of this encounter it was obvious that the Hyenas were just wearing down the Antelopes until they could get a shot at a weak one.
When we got to Tanzania, we saw an entirely different tactic, a single Hyena going after a small family group of gazelles. It locked in on one of the babies, and despite the best efforts of the parents to protect it, just waited until the young one tired out and finally made its kill.
I’ll spare you the graphic final moment of the encounter – you get the point.
I’ll end with one last interesting Hyena photo. On our last morning in Tanzania, a group of six Hyena surrounded our vehicle and wouldn’t leave – they circled the car and examined us all very closely. I took this photo out of our top hatch so that you can see how close they were and the attention they were giving us.
When we finally drove off – they ran after the truck for quite some time…..not sure what we would have done if they followed us to the airport…..