It’s all about the light…..

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.

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

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

Great Blue Heron

Farther along was this Ladder-backed Woodpecker.

Ladder-backed Woodpecker - female

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

24 thoughts on “It’s all about the light…..

  1. Lighting is rarely on my side, as I take snap shots when it’s convenient for me. As my kids say, “I get what I get, and I don’t throw a fit.” LOL Too bad I have no time for more software. Maybe one day; until then, the Olympus is doing all the work for me.

    Great shot on the Red-tail! Did your Tamron track him? Did he give you lots of time to nail it, or lucky shot?

    • I shoot almost every day, somehow or somewhere, regardless of the light. I make do with what I have to work with, but once in a while there is a day that the light is just magnificent for getting great results. I love to be able to take advantage of that.

      About the Red-tailed Hawk. He was soaring above us for a few minutes, and I did have time to get him in the view finder. The camera and lens done a fantastic job of tracking him while also keeping him in sharp focus. Thanks for your comment, Shannon.

  2. Hi there Bobster!! I just love visiting your blog! Your photos are always so lovely and your sense of humor always makes me giggle. You and Ann have a terrific weekend!

    • Hi Deb, so glad to hear from you. You gotta get this new lens! It is blowing my mind! So glad you are enjoying my blog. With so many comedians out of work, I should keep my jokes to myself. 🙂

  3. Good day, Bob. Coffee, Scrabble and birding in good light-doesn’t get any better than that!. I like the shots of all the birds, especially the detail in the red tail’s and ladder back’s feathers.

  4. Good morning, Bob. Love all of your photos, the Red-Tail is my favorite. I’m really enjoying the raptors right now. Of course, the migrating season is beginning around here, which means there seems to be a raptor at every turn! Now if I could get some of those owl raptors!!! 😉

  5. Excellent photos, Bob – especially the red-tailed hawk. I can’t believe how little rain you’ve had – it’s tipping down again here, onto already saturated ground. I hope there will be a balance very soon!

  6. Bob my friend, I doulc look at that ol’ Blue Heron, or the Hawk, the Osprey, or whatever you photograph every time and be Inspired! You are an awesome photographer!

  7. Gorgeous! I think the ladder-backed woodpecker is my favorite of this bunch, mostly because it’s a bird I don’t get to see here in Michigan. What a great day you and your Ann were able to enjoy!

      • I do love the Pileated woodpeckers – it’s always such a thrill when they fly through our woods up north. But they are difficult for me to get good photos of because our trees are so thick and they always seem to sense me creeping towards them!

  8. great the really saw lots of birds today. I had an early morning garden club meeting and our two swans were on the lake near the highway..Never tire of seeing these beauties. Lots of Scaup in and Canada Geese..sleeping in is good..we do it every once in awhile..take care..

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