Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Green Darner . . .

Was he after the last of the figs? Or maybe just resting 
on his way south. Well known for its great migration 
distance, it flies from the northern United States south 
into Texas and even Mexico.

The Common Green Darner stopped by my fig tree on Friday. 
He stayed long enough for me to run into the cottage and 
grab my Olympus and set it on 'Birds' in hopes of getting 
a good shot of those dashing colors and quivering gossamer 
wings. Common and abundant, it is one of the largest 
dragonflies, males grow to 3" in length with a wingspan 
of up to 3-1/2". 
Adult darners catch insects on the wing, including moths, 
flies and mosquitoes. Lovely dragonflies please, please 
return to the garden next Summer - I'll have plenty of 
mosquitoes for you to dine on, I promise.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Photo Challenge September - Movement

This was quite a difficult challenge for me. 
Made me realize I should have kept all those dozens 
of blurred photos which I guess expressed movement - 
and perhaps were not really bad pictures - instead of 
dumping them in the TRASH.

Anyway here goes - two, and I admit it, accidentally 
captured movement shots I did keep - and one I created 
myself with assistance from magical PicMonkey. All were 
taken with the Canon 7D.

Mumbai, India 2012. The morning commute.

Arrival of a Ladies Train, allowing safe transportation 
for women only.
The Victoria Terminus railway station built back in the 
days of British rule, now named Chatrapati 
Shivaji Maharaja Terminus, is the largest railway station 
in the east. 
If you watched the amazing movie Slumdog Millionaire you 
will be familiar with it as many scenes were shot here. 

Great Egret - Botswana, Africa - 2012

OK, this is one and the same Great Egret taken with 
the Canon 7D - and I was at last able to get photos of 
African birds in flight. 
So, for this challenge, I've taken two of the photos of 
this beautiful bird taking off from its nest on the 
Okavango Delta, merged them using PicMonkey's 'collage' 
option, and that was about it. No blur really needed as 
it's obvious the bird is moving those huge wings and 
experiencing the joy of flight. 
Oh to be able to do that!

Aomori, Japan - 2013

Riding a bus up through the snowy woodland on 
Mt. Hakkoda-san, the name given to a range of dormant 
volcanoes on Aomori Island, was exciting and scenic. 
While moving at quite a clip through the beautiful 
virgin forestland, I was able to catch this shot from 
the window - snow blown against the tree trunks and on the 
ground, but also young green leaves visible on the treetops. 
I think you get the feel of sideways movement here - and 
perhaps I should blow up this shot and frame it as to 
me it's more like a painting.

Be sure to stop over at Donna's September Personal Photo
Challenge HERE, I'm sure there will be some very
interesting shots this month.

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