Between the lighting on this photoshoot and the distress I felt with so many masks mingling about, this outing was not fun. The energy in general was harsh, ugly, and heavy. I’ve been boycotting this park for months due to horrid management and people wearing masks there. Friends, I go to parks to step away from the insanity of this world. If you think negative thinking and fear don’t have an effect on Mother, think again. At this time, I will not be returning to this park.
However, I did find magic here and there, and to my surprise birds, more then I actually thought I would see. I found a Great Blue Heron in a tree after tracking him with my eyes to one of the ponds while on a forest trail. When I arrived at that pond I stood for the longest time, puzzled. Where did he go? Then movement in a tree brought my eyes to that movement and there he was, a Great Blue! IF he had not moved in that tree, I would never have seen him!
I had a heck of a time to get him to pop in the editing room.
From there I saw Kingfisher but the moment he saw me, he flew into brambles of branches knowing full well I couldn’t capture him. When I actually photographed one of these birds this past Spring, the thrill of getting this elusive bird was all encompassing! I also came upon a Canadian Goose with no others in sight. Poor thing looked lonely.
I found a Ladder Back Woodpecker
plus another bird that is not easy to capture, a Northern Flicker Woodpecker. Two actually. I had to hold my heavy barreled camera vertically for minutes as I waited and waited for this bird (birds) to move into a picture happy view. My arms began to shake and tire as I widened my stance to stay put. Once I did bring the camera down to shake out my left arm and hand, but immediately back up it went. My fortitude paid off. (smile) Friends, first, this is not the best of shots and secondly I’m showing it cuz OH was it a tough one to get! I earned this one!
As for the Colors here we go ….. the fun has officially begun. My hunt for those colors is now in session.
The next two images were taken with my 100-400mm lens. The above landscape scenes were taken with my 13-24mm lens and IMO they are too sharp. I was in the editing room a long time fussing with these pictures. I like my images with a soft look to them. I will be using my 24-70mm from now on for my future Fallscapes.
This post marks the beginning of Fall colors. I plan on going this week to a park south of us crossing my fingers the colors out that way will be magnificent. Wish me luck!!
Photography/ “Fall Fun” /Oct. 2020©AmyRose
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