Back To Basics
Due to circumstances beyond my control, a number of life situations trumped getting out and doing any serious nature photography over the past few weeks. That happens every now and then, so I just get back into the swing of things when it possible. Early this morning I had some time for nature enjoyment and outdoor photography and quickly felt the relaxation that comes when I am in the outdoors. My destination was my tried and true Wapsipinicon River setting…our cabin.
Soon after the sun was high enough in the sky for serious shooting I was out paddling. Before I even ventured 100-yards I spotted an adult bald eagle perched in a tree overlooking Indian Pond. Our interaction was short-lived. I managed to shoot only a few images before the bird flew away (even though I was not very close).
Adult Bald Eagle in Tree:
My favorite experiences of the morning were multiple interactions with great blue herons. Some of the compositions were in typical lighting. However, a few times I was able to work the natural light in a way that the bird is featured against a much darker background.
Great Blue Heron:
An incidental photo opportunity was this wood duck that took flight almost as quickly as I noticed it and raised my camera.
One image recorded as I floated back toward the dock were these wildflowers.
Sunflowers Against the Timber:
At the cabin I paused my lawn mowing several times when swallowtail butterflies stopped to feed on the phlox by the backdoor. Butterfly photography is much more enjoyable than cutting the grass!
Swallowtail Butterfly on Phlox: