Sharing moments in time…

Pelican Flare


Okay, so its time for some “around home” shots – and of course, one of my fallbacks is the always photogenic Pelican.  In this case, I wanted to try out a new piece of equipment – a gimbal head for my tripod that I bought in preparation for our Alaska trip this summer.  The intent is to provide a more stable platform (than my hands) while still being able to smoothly track a “target” in motion.  I titled this photo “pelican flare” both because it shows his “flare” in preparation for landing as well as the bright red bill and throat that also shows some “flare”.  Maybe he’s getting ready for the Oscar red carpet this weekend!

All decked out for Landing

18 responses

  1. Outstanding photo…thanks…and thanks for your caption of explanation.
    Peace,
    Siggi in Downeast Maine

    February 23, 2012 at 11:32 am

    • Hi Siggi – just in case you didn’t know, in an airplane a “flare” is what the pilot does just prior to touchdown to level out the airplane and slow it down.

      February 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm

  2. He certainly looks all decked out for the Oscars 🙂
    Brilliant photo.

    February 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    • His acceptance speech will probably be shorter than the others…..:-)

      February 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm

  3. Gorgeous!

    February 23, 2012 at 12:49 pm

  4. WOW!! Stunning!

    February 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm

  5. GREAT PHOTO , I LOVE THE CLARITY, I KNOW ITS HARD SOMETIME TO GET BIRDS ESPECIALLY WHEN THE TIME AND ANGLE OF LIGHT DOSEN’T COOPERATE

    February 23, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    • I hate it when they are too busy flying to make sure they get the light right!! 🙂 Thanks Anthony!

      February 23, 2012 at 7:34 pm

  6. What a gorgeous photo! Lots of color, and I like the color of the background water!

    February 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    • Peggy, It was a beautiful morning, then the marine layer came in…so I left

      February 23, 2012 at 7:40 pm

  7. Amazing!!

    February 23, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    • Hi Cathy – they are always fun to shoot (figuratively).

      February 23, 2012 at 7:41 pm

  8. Just Stunning!

    February 24, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    • Thanks Suzanne – probably don’t see too many of these out your window?

      February 24, 2012 at 4:45 pm

  9. i think you’re in the running for a wildlife photography Oscar Scott!

    February 25, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    • Thanks Marina…..but I don’t think I’ll be working on my speech tonight….

      February 25, 2012 at 6:12 pm

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