I have a love/hate relationship with the sun sometimes. I love to be out in the bright sunshine, just enjoying the day. Then I pick up the camera, and ugh, there are those nasty, harsh shadows. You have a subject in the viewfinder, one side in shadow, the other in the bright light. What to do. The only thing to do is to work with it in the darkroom (digital), and hope to correct it a little.
But then, there are days like today. It was bright, but there was a very high, thin cloudiness that diffused the sun. Harsh shadows were at a minimum, and the light was spread more even.
Ann and I overslept this morning for some reason or other. Perhaps we are getting old, and enjoying our sleep more. Whatever the reason or cause, we hurried to breakfast at Stango’s Coffee Shop, finished a Scrabble game while we ate, then decided it would be a great day for the camera.
We headed towards Middle Concho and Spring Creek Parks in anticipation of seeing a few birds, (of course) and getting some nice photos. As I have been doing lately, I attached only my Tamron 150-600mm zoom to my Canon EOS 70D. The waters of the rivers and creeks have dropped by a vertical distance of about 30 inches in the past few weeks. Lack of rain will do that. We have received only .08 (that’s eight one-hundredths of an inch, or less than a tenth) to date this year.
Fortunately, the birds have faith, and are still hanging around. We saw 37 species. One was this beautiful juvenile Red-tailed Hawk soaring over out heads.
We saw a few other species, such as Spotted Towhee, but it was too elusive to get a good photo. I will be back for another try. I know where it lives. As were were to enter Spring Creek Park, we spotted this beautiful Osprey atop a utility pole. I pulled over onto the grass a hundred yards away, and walked back through the trees to get a good vantage point for a photo. I got a nice image of it.
After entering that park, we first searched for the Great Horned Owl that we have seen in the past. It was nowhere to be found, but we saw this Great Blue Heron across the river. I still have trouble resisting photographing them, and this time was no different.
Great Blue Heron
Farther along was this Ladder-backed Woodpecker.
Ladder-backed Woodpecker – female
Then along the shore of the water, a Killdeer.
I hope you enjoy the highlights of this enjoyable day. Please click on the images to see some beautiful enlargements.
2014 Big Year total update:
#118 Orange-crowned Warbler
#119 Grasshopper Sparrow
#120 Snowy Egret
#121 Ash-throated Flycatcher