Yesterday, I had a blast with my blogging buddy, Tammy, of Simply Southern Happiness.
She invited me to come to her house for a delicious lunch of chicken salad and ice tea and brownies.
Then we headed out for Stone Mountain Park where she was hoping to capture a black bird that she had been scouting for a while. The bird remained elusive, flying around, hiding behind trees and such. But the ducks were another matter.
They were everywhere, on land and on water. Good thing we brought goodies to entice them. Tammy handed out cheerios, while I had stale bread and crackers.
|Hey George, have you seen Maude?|
Do you have any idea how hard it is to shoot birds? It is not like doing portraits, still lifes or landscapes. These suckers are always moving! I have to say that I threw out about 95% of what I shot. That is really humbling. Ha! I hate the word "suck" but I really suck at shooting wild life.
For one thing, how do you get your exposure right, when the duck's head is almost black and you are getting reflections from the water?? I will have to do some homework.
|Don't fight, there is plenty to go around!|
Now Gail Dixon of Louisiana Belle Forever
is a wonderful bird photographer. If you have never visited her site, now is your chance.
|Dare I eat another bite?|
|Hey, guys, leave some for me!|
|Even this turtle got in the action. See the cheerios floating?|
|Would you believe we saw a crocodile sunning?|
No, I didn't think you would.
The day spent with Tammy was so peaceful and relaxing and we hated it to end so soon. But I had a drive ahead of me to get back to my babies. Lola was probably crossing her legs by now.
After Tammy packed up a tub of chicken salad and 3 of her famous brownies, I drove off into the sunset. Well not really into the sunset, but you get the picture.
Oh, and she gave me a copy of her book of photos: "The Anatomization fo the Magnificent Southern Magnolia". It is a compilation of photos of the flowering cycle in all stages from the beginning. It is a gem and I will treasure it along with our friendship.
Peace and Love to you all! XOXO
This is the bird that Tammy was on the lookout for:
|Courtesy of the Graphics Fairy|