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.
One month later + I finally made it back on the roof top. Only this time I had my tripod, glasses and the sky was perfect. What a difference the right weather + equipment can make. I thought about replacing my old photos with these but then I had a change of heart. I like showing the progression of my photography and also sharing every step of my journey.
I have throughly enjoyed photographing the cityscape but I think I am ready to jump back into nature VERY soon. As soon as Mother Nature + New England allow me to do so of course. One week until spring and we are currently in the middle of a blizzard but you know what they say "If you don't like the weather in New England, wait a minute."
If you want to know one thing about me, I will NEVER tire of looking, photographing or talking about the moon. I am completely obsessed. No matter what phase it's in, day or night - it always leaves me in aw. This was a super clear evening + night so I figured I would add to my collection. The shot of the airplane was completely spontaneous but I liked the way it came out. I just wish I could of got it in the same frame as the moon... next time!
This was an impromptu photo shoot that happened in about 30 seconds. Some of my favorite photographs are from the most random moments. Currently I am temporarily working in downtown Providence. The building I work in has the most amazing view of Providence. I happen to have my camera when my boss first showed me this breathtaking site. My first thought was "everything the light touches" via the Lion King :)
I took a few shots in the morning + then again right before I left. The difference in light was really cool to see. I hope to get back up there really soon! This time with a tripod and a little more time to play.
Nothing stops me from visiting the beach. While in Newport after a small snow storm, I made a quick trip to First Beach. I spent the morning watching the waves spray from the wind + the birds searching for breakfast. My fingers froze a bit but it was absolutely worth it. I LOVE photographing the water. Like the snowflakes, no two waves are ever the same.
I also captured a clear close up of a seagull + his beautiful wings. This was shortly after meeting the eagles so I labeled February as my best bird month ever!!! (so far...)
About a month ago I was on my way home when I thought I heard the cry of an eagle. I had never seen an eagle in Rhode Island with the exception of the Zoo. I didn't see it anywhere so I thought maybe I heard something else. Fast forward to Valentines Day, when me + Tom were driving home and suddenly, BOOM!!! There was an eagle flying right by our house.
I ran inside and grabbed my camera. I was walking towards the trees it flew into when a neighbor came out of his house and asked "Are you looking for the Eagle??" I replied YES and he proceeded to tell me how they live on the golf course across the street from us. He told me people have been coming from all over to take their picture. He also showed me where their nest was. I patiently waited near their nest for a bit but had no luck.
I started slowly walking back to the house when I looked over and saw two oddly shaped lumps on a tree branch in the distance. I used my zoom lens to scope it out and their they were!!! Two absolutely breathtaking eagles sitting next to each. I started clicking my camera as fast as I could. The pictures below happened in about 1-2mintues. It was a brief meeting with these two but it almost went by in slow motion.
When I finally looked at my camera (praying I had captured something rad), my prayers were answered!!! One of the eagles had flown straight towards me and I somehow captured it perfectly, with one shot and no tripod. My body bursted with excited in words I can not describe. It was was by far the most SPECTACULAR photo I have every taken. THANK YOU Universe!!!!!
You may already know I am slightly fascinated by the moon. I have many photos at night but very few during the day. So when I spot the moon in the daylight, I stop everything I am doing to try and capture it. I just happen to already be outside taking pictures when I looked up + saw this beautiful first quarter starring right back at me. The tree right next to it was a prefect texture addition.
Once the holidays are over, the winter blues start knocking on my door. I was craving a small taste of some warmer weather. Once I learned the RWP's botanical gardens are open all year long, I packed up my cameras immediately. The second I walked into the greenhouse I felt the winter ice melt away. If anyone is looking for a small does of sunshine - GO CHECK IT OUT!!
The last time I was here was in July. It was very interesting to see how much the plants + fish had grown. It reminded me that no matter how many times I visit one nature spot, there will always be change + growth. The photographs will never be the same, which is why I am so addicted.
The new year has not come quietly. Starting with the full supermoon, which completely took my breath away. I have two photos below of the moon. The white one is the first day of the full supermoon + the second is day two which was orange! Both nights the moon was HUGE + seriously bright. Following the moon, our east coast was smashed with a bomb cyclone blizzard. In addition to the snow, we were left with unbelievable winds + dramatically low temperatures. Traveling is limited so I decided to take my cameras no further than our own backyard. Here is a small photo collection of the snow patterns, an absent bird feeder + my cold weather loving cat, Jahmal.
The birds have been scarce in our backyard lately so I haven't been putting out as much food. Yesterday I filled up the feeders + this morning I woke up to a bird feast. All day long bird of all different kinds were stopping by for a bite. I managed to see a blue jay, cardinal, woodpecker, + a few more. Maybe I'll be filling my feeders all winter long.
I had to go to into the city for a few errands + decided to bring my cameras with me. I love photo shoots on cloudy days and it had been a while since I stepped away from the nature trails. You can take the girl out of nature but... I still managed to find some wild life among the city. I also captured my first horse photo!!! Who would of thought it would of been in the middle of downtown Providence, cops riding Clydesdales. Outside the animal world, I love photographing architecture so over all I was very happy my errands turned into a mini photo session.
I was getting ready to go out and take some pictures. Even though I have a long list of local sites + an app of many trails, for some reason I was having a really hard time choosing. All of sudden it sounded like it was raining outside but it was still sunny. Turns out there was a bird migration making a pit stop in our backyard. The rain was the sound of them pooping (I got hit twice).
Gross... but once I figured out a way to hide + still take photos, I was really grateful I was home for this opportunity. Sometimes the birds would take off and I would watch them all move in unison. It was incredible. I got some photos but I also tried to sit back and cherish the moment. As for the poop, it only hit my sweatshirt and came out no problem. Thanks for the extra luck birds + safe travels!
Back outside, waiting for a blue jay. They have been around A LOT lately. Sure enough a couple stopped by and I got the closest I've ever come to capturing him in flight. It's more of a take off shot but I'm still happy with it. Immediately after the blue jay, the cardinal appeared. I caught one shot of him mid-hop. Something I never knew they did?!
Took a quick stroll with my husband + his cousin on the bike path in Slater Park. I brought my camera "just in case" but of course, I never put it down. I can't believe how fast fall came in went in Rhode Island. I wonder if other New Englander's feel the same way?
Our backyard trees turned + fell in the matter of a couple days. I woke up on the first day and grabbed my camera immediately. If there is one thing I learned this summer is you don't have to go far for a good photo.
I was tying to see how close I could get when all of sudden a blue jay landed right in front of me. The blue jay seems to always pop up wherever I am. If only I could get him in flight! Also, the squirrels love this tray. I let them stay because honestly, they are just trying to survive too.
Neither me or my husband had been to Lincoln Woods since we were kids. The All Trails App had it on my list of recommendations so we decided to go check it out. I am so glad we did. With the weird New England weather, the fall foliage came slowly this year. This was my first chance for some good autumn coloring.
Just a few days later I had some time to kill so I went back to first beach. It was cloudy so the lighting was completely different. I was playing around with video as well. I don't take a lot of videos but that may change. I really enjoyed setting up a tripod on the beach + just simply pressing record.
I'm not a bumper-sticker person but if I was mine would say "I stop for nature photos". Here's a small collection of random stops I've made to take a picture of a flower in Newport.
I love the beach in the summer, but for photography I love it even more during the spring + fall. There are very few people + more nature photos opportunities. There is one photo of the beach fence I took several photos of the same space. One photo had an unusually large darker orb which I like to believe is just a super tan friendly ghost.
I've been determined to capture a Blue Jay + Cardinal in flight. On this day I almost caught the blue jay in flight, instead I got his tail end. I did however watch another blue jay grab a worm out of the ground, fly up to the tree and eat it.
Later that day I was watching this cardinal from inside because it started to rain. The pictures of him eating are taken behind the window. After a while I decided to go outside and take my chances. I wasn't out long when I caught the cardinal fly out of a bush. One down, one to go. I also learned I love the way rain photographs.
One of the trees I use for bird feeding was dying so it had to be removed. I was so sad, our friends (Lisanne + Brandon) surprised me for my birthday with this amazing bird feeding pole. So far the birds love it + I've been seeing new bird breeds more often. The black + white one below is a female woodpecker.