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The Long Neck of the Egret

It's hard to imagine the "long arm of the law" having further reach than the "long neck of the Egret."

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida ... September 2015

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The Long Neck of the Egret

It's hard to imagine the "long arm of the law" having further reach than the "long neck of the Egret."

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida ... September 2015

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Awesome capture!!  Thanks for sharing with +Water Bird Wednesday !!
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Final Approach

"Egret niner-two-three, this is tower.  You are cleared for landing on runway one-five south ..."

I got several shots of this smallish Egret in the Merritt Island NWR, Florida back in September.  I'm at a bit of a loss, though.  I haven't been able to identify the specific sub-species of Egret as yet.  He's roughly 20-24 inches from head to tail.  Any TRUE birders out there who can identify this for me?

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Christmas (Full) Moon

They say this hasn't happened in about 40 years, and won't happen again until 2034.  And I almost missed it!

It was pretty cloudy here all day so I had basically written off any chance of getting a shot of the "Christmas Moon."  Then, about supper time, I looked outside and the clouds were parting - yielding a most interesting view of an unusual occurrence.

I told my wife to STALL dinner while I grabbed my camera, tripod, proper lens, etc. and configured everything as quickly as I could.  (My wife saw what I was looking at and, being the understanding sort, had no objections!)  I then went outside (where is was 5 degrees F, -15 C not including the wind chill), set everything up, focused in live view and set the exposure.  I took two quick shots, both were reasonable, but I liked this one best.

Some quick, simple processing in Lightroom, and, here it is:

Merry Christmas - See you again in 2034, Christmas "Full" Moon!

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Christmas (Full) Moon

They say this hasn't happened in about 40 years, and won't happen again until 2034.  And I almost missed it!

It was pretty cloudy here all day so I had basically written off any chance of getting a shot of the "Christmas Moon."  Then, about supper time, I looked outside and the clouds were parting - yielding a most interesting view of an unusual occurrence.

I told my wife to STALL dinner while I grabbed my camera, tripod, proper lens, etc. and configured everything as quickly as I could.  (My wife saw what I was looking at and, being the understanding sort, had no objections!)  I then went outside (where is was 5 degrees F, -15 C not including the wind chill), set everything up, focused in live view and set the exposure.  I took two quick shots, both were reasonable, but I liked this one best.

Some quick, simple processing in Lightroom, and, here it is:

Merry Christmas - See you again in 2034, Christmas "Full" Moon!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins  +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting 
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It was a beautifull moon as always
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Death from Above

Well, I suppose if you're a fish seeing this fly overhead, that's what you'd think.  I was tracking this Brown Pelican in flight last fall when it decided to fly pretty much directly over me.  With my 80-400 zoom stretched all the way out to 400, camera in aperture priority, continuous focus selected, all I had to do was keep him in frame and fire a burst on continuous high as he flew by ... Piece of cake!  (Well, sort of!)

In truth, I got a little lucky.  Tracking a bird in flight at 400mm and hand-held can be an adventure.  The real luck came in as this is a full-frame shot (no cropping!) with my Nikon D810.  For those of you who may have shot skeet, the capture was a little like Station 8 from the low tower.

Location was the Merritt Island NWR in Florida.

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Thanks +Donna McClure.  I suppose the main luck came in in his chosen flight path ... Little I could do to influence that!
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The Long Neck of the Egret

It's hard to imagine the "long arm of the law" having further reach than the "long neck of the Egret."

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida ... September 2015

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins  +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting 

#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday: Curators +Margaret Tompkins
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Gorgeous shot!!  This would be perfect for +Water Bird Wednesday !!
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Through the Ages

I took this shot on a working ranch last summer near Missoula, MT.  I look at it and I can't help but consider the evolution of the structure.

As I conjure it:

The original barn is almost certainly the large center part of the structure.  Next, and I think shortly after the main barn, came the add-on closest to us in the image.  I think it was shortly after as It does not quite look to me like it was built at the same time ... Notice the way it adjoins the main barn - Like an add-on, not like it was built at the same time.  I think it was close in time though as the construction and materials are the same and the wood appears to be aged pretty much the same.

I imagine the far add-on came somewhat later.  I see totally different materials and technique in the way it was put together.

I doubt the roof materials were original.  The close side has a well-worn but not rusted corrugated metal roof.  The roof over the main barn is relatively recent ... Very new looking and probably a modern steel roof.  I suspect the original roofs were likely wood.

Forgive my musing ... It's late and I'm about to miss farm Friday!  I just couldn't help trying to imagine this barn's history based on just what I could see from the outside.

Happy New Year!

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Thanks for sharing this lovely image with us for #farmfriday+Mike Carraher  . It has been selected to be shared on the +Farm Friday page. (via Susanne Stelle)
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Final Approach

"Egret niner-two-three, this is tower.  You are cleared for landing on runway one-five south ..."

I got several shots of this smallish Egret in the Merritt Island NWR, Florida back in September.  I'm at a bit of a loss, though.  I haven't been able to identify the specific sub-species of Egret as yet.  He's roughly 20-24 inches from head to tail.  Any TRUE birders out there who can identify this for me?

#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday: Curators +Margaret Tompkins

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins  +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting 
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Final Approach

"Egret niner-two-three, this is tower.  You are cleared for landing on runway one-five south ..."

I got several shots of this smallish Egret in the Merritt Island NWR, Florida back in September.  I'm at a bit of a loss, though.  I haven't been able to identify the specific sub-species of Egret as yet.  He's roughly 20-24 inches from head to tail.  Any TRUE birders out there who can identify this for me?

#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday: Curators +Margaret Tompkins

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins  +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting 
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What a gorgeous in-flight shot!!  Thanks for sharing with +Water Bird Wednesday !!
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Christmas (Full) Moon

They say this hasn't happened in about 40 years, and won't happen again until 2034.  And I almost missed it!

It was pretty cloudy here all day so I had basically written off any chance of getting a shot of the "Christmas Moon."  Then, about supper time, I looked outside and the clouds were parting - yielding a most interesting view of an unusual occurrence.

I told my wife to STALL dinner while I grabbed my camera, tripod, proper lens, etc. and configured everything as quickly as I could.  (My wife saw what I was looking at and, being the understanding sort, had no objections!)  I then went outside (where is was 5 degrees F, -15 C not including the wind chill), set everything up, focused in live view and set the exposure.  I took two quick shots, both were reasonable, but I liked this one best.

Some quick, simple processing in Lightroom, and, here it is:

Merry Christmas - See you again in 2034, Christmas "Full" Moon!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins  +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting 
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Serendipity. I like the striations of the clouds across the moon. I haven't seen anything like this in a very long time.
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Death from Above

Well, I suppose if you're a fish seeing this fly overhead, that's what you'd think.  I was tracking this Brown Pelican in flight last fall when it decided to fly pretty much directly over me.  With my 80-400 zoom stretched all the way out to 400, camera in aperture priority, continuous focus selected, all I had to do was keep him in frame and fire a burst on continuous high as he flew by ... Piece of cake!  (Well, sort of!)

In truth, I got a little lucky.  Tracking a bird in flight at 400mm and hand-held can be an adventure.  The real luck came in as this is a full-frame shot (no cropping!) with my Nikon D810.  For those of you who may have shot skeet, the capture was a little like Station 8 from the low tower.

Location was the Merritt Island NWR in Florida.

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins  +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting 
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Thank you +mary g Cadigan.  I suppose he might reply (to the fish) "the better to eat you with!"
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