All posts by Ted Jennings - TPJ Photography

Flocking Swans

At last count by Connecticut Environmental Protection there were approximately 1400 Mute Swans in Connecticut. By my count they were all in the Connecticut River, North Cove, today.

Connecticut Swans - Click To Enlarge
Connecticut Swans – Click To Enlarge

Swans don’t migrate which makes me wonder why there were so many together. It’s even more surprising since they have such a poor attitude.

Connecticut Swans - Click To Enlarge
Connecticut Swans – Click To Enlarge
Connecticut Swans - Click To Enlarge
Connecticut Swans – Click To Enlarge

At one point I heard what sounded like hammering, a construction site almost. No, just another disagreement out on the water.

Connecticut Swans - Click To Enlarge
Connecticut Swans – Click To Enlarge
Connecticut Swans - Click To Enlarge
Connecticut Swans – Click To Enlarge

With this many Swans in the cove I was surprised to see kayaks on the water. Swan attacks on kayaks are common. So, 2 kayaks and 1400 Swans (6 foot wing spans). Now that would be a photo opp!

 

30 Minute Magic

These were taken at dawn, in a 30 minute period on the Connecticut river.  Something different appears in each, and then is gone in the next.  I’m just the photographer, not the magician.

As the light changed, the fog rolled in, and each photograph takes a new look.

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Dawn Fog Connecticut River - Click For Full View
Dawn Fog Connecticut River – Click For Full View

The first shot here had early pre-dawn light. Thick fog appeared rolling in and over the woods, mist rising from the river. A day later I noticed the Osprey hidden on the dead branch (left side).

Dawn Fog Connecticut River - Click For Full View
Dawn Fog Connecticut River – Click For Full View

Moments later, a wide angle photo, no Osprey. The light now began reflections on the water.

Dawn Fog Connecticut River - Click For Full View
Dawn Fog Connecticut River – Click For Full View

Next a little more light and less color. The fog appeared thicker. I think it was the light. Ripples made for less reflections.

Dawn Fog Connecticut River - Click For Full View
Dawn Fog Connecticut River – Click For Full View

This is a few minutes later when the sun was just moving above the horizon. Again no Osprey can be found. I never did see him at all. With more light the trees appeared through the fog.

Dawn Fog Connecticut River - Click For Full View
Dawn Fog Connecticut River – Click For Full View

Finally I packed up the camera, tripod, and the bag of stuff I didn’t need and moved about 50 yards up river. The light hit and geese swam out from the shore. No Osprey but a dozen geese from the same spot.

All this within a 30 minute time frame. And….. the coffee was still hot when we got home.

 

 

Great Blue Heron In The Cove

It’s September,  in a short time the Herons will be hard to find.  At this point we should be photographing as many as we can.

Great Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge

The birds in this series are not the same. One of these will likely move a few miles down river and stay here for the winter. The other two will go south.

Great Blue Heron - Click To Enlarge
Great Blue Heron – Click To Enlarge

Comparing birds the last one, photo above, would be my choice as to who stays.

The largest Blue Herons are in New England. The bigger the bird the more likely they are to stay here for the winter.

I read that on the internet so it must be true.

Connecticut Dahlias

These Dahlias were photographed at the Elizabeth Park, Hartford CT,  gardens. The same day there was a show and judging by the Connecticut Dahlia Society. So the flowers and plants were at their peak.

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Connecticut Dahlias – Click To Enlarge

I used various filters when shooting, and of course I didn’t keep any notes. I do know which filters to never use again, or show to the public.

Connecticut Dahlias - Click To Enlarge
Connecticut Dahlias – Click To Enlarge
Connecticut Dahlias - Click To Enlarge
Connecticut Dahlias – Click To Enlarge

The photo directly above was taken with a green shaded ND filter. The one and only time it was used. Overall it was horrible except for this photo. I think the lens manufacturer included it, and a few others, just to add volume to their product.

Of course it had to be tried, even if it was obvious how bad it would be.

American Bison

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American Bison – Click To Enlarge

An estimated 20 to 30 million bison once roamed the North American landscape from the Appalachians to the Rockies, from the Gulf Coast to Alaska.

Habitat loss and unregulated shooting reduced the population to just 1,091 by 1889. Today, approximately 500,000 bison live across North America.

This was taken from the Connecticut, USA  herd. A total of 3.

 

Unexpected But Welcome

Last week a day trip was based on our ‘To Do’ list. The list is really a ‘To Visit’ check list, but the same thing.

Being an IT person (many years) prior to photography I have always keep information on-line. My location list is with me all the time, via phone, and we add and delete on the fly as needed. Something different was in order, and a pleasant small town was chosen.

Flowers Main Street Connecticut - Click To Enlarge
Flowers Main Street Connecticut – Click To Enlarge

To avoid to the dreaded release form I have only added a few photos here. The welcome surprise was a small pond on main street covered with Water Lily blossoms.

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Water Lily Connecticut Pond – Click To Enlarge

No signature required.

 

 

Egret Reflections

When you find a Great White Egret in shade, dark water, or just about any place out of direct sunlight there’s a good chance the photographs will be good.

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Great White Egret Connecticut - Click To Enlarge
Great White Egret Connecticut – Click To Enlarge
Great White Egret Connecticut - Click To Enlarge
Great White Egret Connecticut – Click To Enlarge

These shots, or the birds, would have been washed out even a few minutes earlier. The trees had just begun to shade the pond. Once out of sun light the reflections were clear in each shot.

Great White Egret Connecticut - Click To Enlarge
Great White Egret Connecticut – Click To Enlarge
Great White Egret Connecticut - Click To Enlarge
Great White Egret Connecticut – Click To Enlarge
Great White Egret Connecticut - Click To Enlarge
Great White Egret Connecticut – Click To Enlarge

The day before we found Great Egrets out in a clear blue cove, then here,  a shady pond. I wonder if this means I’m done for the season.