Today I had to head out to Newport for work so I grabbed my camera for the ride. I've been wanting to collect photos of the leaves changing so naturally I came home with only flower pictures, haha. All of these flowers can be found in one very, very tiny fenced in front yard. It's so dope!!! I actually took photos of their garden last year too. I often wonder if they watch me from the window while I sneak close-ups of their babies.
Back up to my Dad's house for a visit. I love joining him when he takes his dog for a walk. We went back to Fawn Lake but the last time I was here it was spring. I love photographing the same path during different seasons. I also like to choose one lens instead of switching back and forth. I happened to choose my macro for the walk + boy, I thank the photo gods I did. There were SOOOO many different types of mushrooms it was the BOMB.com. Seriously!!! I love mushroom texture so needless to say I was stopping every 5 seconds to take a picture. My dad + his dog didn't seem to mind though. <3
PART TWO : The same morning I stopped in Tiverton, I also happen to capture these photos of a HAWK in flight. It's super far away but I still got it!!! Hawks have recently been a symbol for me. I'm not actually sure what they represent but I see them ALL THE TIME. Especially in the last couple of years. Does this mean it's my spirit animal or something else??? I haven't decided but I'm completely obsessed. I hope to capture a closer shot soon but this was still the best experience next to capturing the Eagle.
PART ONE : On my way to a freelance wedding I just so happen to have my camera on me. I stopped early in the morning for a mini nature shoot of course. Tiverton Rhode Island is absolutely stunning. I would love to live here. This area was just a mile away from the on location wedding I was working. The sunflower field was actually in the backyard of the wedding. I was so impressed. I was also pumped they let me + another MUA Jen, grab a few photos before we left.
I have a love/hate relationship with zoos. I hope + pray they contain animals that would not make it in the wild or on their own. With that said I have always wanted to see a Lion. We recently found out about a local zoo with lions. Tom took me so I could finally see one or two up close. It was a super hot day so they weren't too active but it was still so amazing to see. I love lions so much but I was also was blown away by the breathtaking Leopard.
All of the animals were really cool to watch. It is a tiny zoo so it's great for a quick animal photo fix. #teamcrueltyfreealways
I had a moment with this blue jay. It is the SAME blue jay in every picture. One of these photos was a total surprise. I had no idea I had caught him in flight. If you don't know already, my goal is to capture a blue jay's wings fully open from the back. I have yet to capture it completely but this was the closest yet. Fingers crossed I capture "the shot" really soon.
Ahhh, more birds. This time I watched feeding time, which is usually around 5pm-ish in the summer. Birds are nuts!!! They definitely have their own world going on and sometimes it can be brutal. Eating time is a one for all, first come - first serve experience. It's also a great place to catch birds in flight.
The first set of photos is of the same bird. I was watching it go from tree to tree. I tried my best to capture it's wings + his/her journey. Below are another set of birds you can only see if you look closely except for the end. They bursted into flight + all took off together.
This may not be the most exciting set of photos but it's moments like this that make me very happy.
A few more phases to add to my collection. I think I am going to pick a month + shoot a picture EVERY NIGHT. Hopefully I can get a beautiful sequence of every phase. I also hope Rhode Island will bless me with a month's worth of clear weather nights, haha. Stay Tuned...
My main squeeze of the bird world, the blue jay. These shots all happened in about five minutes. No flight pictures today but I can't expect that every time. They move so fast it's extremely hard to capture. One day I will get the full wing span from the back, fingers crossed!!!
For my husband's birthday I bought him the "anywhere" Hammock. You can, that's right, use it anywhere haha. We went off to Lincoln Woods to try it out. Let me tell you, if you like hammock - you need to get one. It was AMAZING!!! While my husband was searching for the perfect hammock spot, I got to take some time + steal a few shots in the woods.
Photography is my muse + also my hobby. For my career I am a Freelance Event Hairstylist. Most of my work is in Newport RI. After an onsite job on Goat Island, I spent some time watching the bridge. Bridges scare me to drive over but I think they are beautiful. It's a love/hate relationship. When I drive to Newport I usually avoid the bridge if I can but I have no problem taking it's picture.
FIRST SUMMER DAY AT THE BEACH!!!! I am at the beach all year long but when it's officially summer I have to celebrate. Today was all about the water, as you might be able to tell. It was also the first time I saw the life guard chairs up. Oh, and of course I slipped one bird photo in there.
I haven't had as much time to sit with the birds this summer as last year but I'm trying!! All of these photos were taken in one session. I love the variety of breeds. I also caught a few in flight which is all I can ask for.
This farm is on the way to our friends house. Sometimes the cows are out but I never have my camera on me when they are, except for today!! They were super far away so the photos are not the best but I like them anyway. They remind me of film which I think you know how much I love.
We have a BUNNY!!! There are many bunnies in our neighborhood but this was the first time I saw one in our yard. I had to get sneaky with the photos. Also, his hiding skills are probably just as good as mine. He didn't move behind that pole for a while. Now he's been coming more regularly, treating himself to any leftover bird snacks. If he shows up with babies next spring I might fate with happiness :)
Early one morning I went to check the mail + as I opened the door I found a baby blue jay sitting on our front stoop. It was so cute + didn't seem to mind me at all. I ran back inside + grabbed my camera.
It had found it's way into a near by bush by the time I got back. Also, it's parents were circling the area + making the loudest sounds they could. I kept my distance + of course, I did not touch the bird. I had a mini photo session as I guided it back to the yard. I also managed to capture a few shots of the ma + pa.
Unfortunately, a couple hours later I heard the blue jays going crazy. When I looked out my window I could see them dive-bombing into the fenced-in yard next to ours. They were attacking the neighbor's dog who just so happen to find the baby blue jay.
Once I realized what was happening I ran to the house next door. I had never spoken to these neighbors before so my first words once they opened the door were "Hi, Im your neighbor + your dog is killing a baby blue jay + it's parents might be killing your dog."
He ran to the back yard in stopped the dog but unfortunately it was too late. I managed to stay strong until I made it back home where I then shed many tears for the poor baby bird.
I don't usually like to share sad stories, especially about animals but I want this bird to be remembered. I will print it's photo + hang it up for all to see. RIP BABY BLUE JAY <3
I have finally nail the Cardinal song. I can hear it anywhere. I love capturing birds but I love to learn their characteristics too. Want to know the best way to remember a Cardinal's sound?? It sounds exactly like sneakers squeaking on a basketball court. BOOM!! I'll never forget it now.
I drive by this farm on my way to Ocean Drive for work a lot. The llama always catches my eye. For the first time, I happen to have my camera with the zoom lens only + they also happen to be out! They were not very close which is why the pictures are not perfect but imperfect photos are kind of my favorite. Also I love how the horse squad of three kept eating in unison.
Summer is still my favorite season but you got to LOVE the spring flowers. The trees are blooming with all types of flowers + it's making me soooo happy!!! I'm keeping my camera by my side at all times. When I take a drive and see a new blooming tree, I stop immediately. So if you're a local and you see me creeping in your front yard, don't worry! I'm just here for the flowers.
Spring is taking it's sweet time arriving to Rhode Island. Today was one of the nicest days we had so far. I was able to sit outside and watch our backyard friends. In the last blog post I mentioned how I am trying to learn more about each bird. My other goal is to capture each one in flight. It is not easy but when it happens it's the best feeling.
I was able to grab a few wings in flight today. I also learned the voice of a Red-bellied Woodpecker. He's fast + has a very distinctive call. I caught one photo of him in flight. You can only see his wings but I still dig it a lot.
Last year started my bird photography addiction began. This year it's just as strong as ever. I want to learn more about the birds I capture. Not just their name, but the sound they make and their characteristics. Last year I only saw a Cardinal a handful of times. This year they are more frequent but usually closer to sunset.
Today the Cardinal was early so of course I made my way outside as quiet as possible with my camera. I did notice whenever I see a male Cardinal, the female is only a few feet away. This day was no exception. I only grabbed one picture of Mrs. Cardinal but I kept thinking about her. Is that his wife?? Well, I looked it up + it turns out Cardinals typically mate for life. Sometimes they go separate ways for the winter but when mating season returns so do these love birds. I found this fascinating!!! I love these loyal Cardinals.
I work in Newport, RI a lot. Whenever I do, I ALWAYS try to stop at the beach. I love photographing the waves. They are always different depending on the weather and today they were pure aqua/gray.
While I was watching the waves crash I noticed one of the seagulls messing with a seashell. He was clearly trying to eat whatever was inside. Then the coolest thing happened. The seagull grabbed the shell, flew up into the air + would drop it back on the ground. He was trying to smash it open!! He did it over and over... I couldn't stop watching. He moved so quickly it was hard to capture on camera. However I did get a few shots with the shell in in his mouth in the air. Check them out below.
My Dad lives right next to a large lake in Bedford, MA. We went to visit for Easter. After dinner my Dad took us for a walking tour around the lake. The local beavers had been VERY busy getting their home together. Unfortunately we didn't see any of the beavers but I got many shots of their work-in-progress, along with a few other nature pics of course.