Posts tagged “macro

Those eyes…

We had two wonderful encounters with great gray owls yesterday. The highlight for me came when the second owl flew across the field to a tall post about 30′ away. I took some good flight shots there. Then he glided down and landed 2′ away on a fence post beside me. When he was there, it was incredible to share the space. Being that close I was awed by the power and wisdom that I felt from him.

He stayed there for around 10 minutes before I moved further down the fence. The wind picked up as the clouds covered the sun. The owl remained focused on finding dinner in the long grass but after several more minutes, with his feathers whipping around, he flew off into the trees.


Flights of the dragonflies

(please click on an image for a sharper, higher resolution version)

While waiting on the lake at Wild Rose for a heron to drop out of the trees and do something (ideally fly towards me and then start fishing closely 🙂 I enjoyed watching the dragonflies that were buzzing in and out of the grasses along the shore around me.  The courting seems to be in full swing so there are wild chases along the water, hovering showdowns and kamikaze dives.

I end up turning my lens away from the bird and towards these far more cooperative fliers.  Here are a few images of some of the dragonflies that I was able to photograph and keep in focus.  It was very tricky using a long telephoto (500mm with a 1.4x extender) to get them sharp but the ones that turned out made me pretty happy.


Playing with dinosaurs…

My daughter Kezia and I were playing with her plastic dinosaurs this morning.  We set up surprise attacks, open battle in the sock drawer, there were even two pterosaurs attacking from the sky.  We had a lot of fun and she was patient letting me photograph a couple of the scenes before moving to the next fight.

Kezia moves quickly but I managed to catch her hand in the midst of a change to the Ankylosaurus.


Toy Cars

Playing cars with my son using hot wheels from my childhood and newer ones from his.