Category Archives: This and That

Walk Through Old Magnolia Cemetery

Photographs shot in old Magnolia can have almost unlimited  interpretations. At times I visit and focus on shooting black and white, others on wide shots, or close up, etc.

Walk Through Old Magnolia Cemetery - click to enlarge
Walk Through Old Magnolia Cemetery – click to enlarge

Wildlife lives throughout the cemetery but usually I bring gear more applicable to landscape styles.

Walk Through Old Magnolia Cemetery - click to enlarge
Walk Through Old Magnolia Cemetery – click to enlarge

The old section, with it’s civil war era stones and family crypts can be haunting, some places all rust and ruin.

Walk Through Old Magnolia Cemetery - click to enlarge
Walk Through Old Magnolia Cemetery – click to enlarge
Walk Through Old Magnolia Cemetery - click to enlarge
Walk Through Old Magnolia Cemetery – click to enlarge

There are places I have photographed numerous times but with changing light and seasons they rarely look similar.

Walk Through Old Magnolia Cemetery - click to enlarge
Walk Through Old Magnolia Cemetery – click to enlarge

It will probably take years to cover all of this cemetery, longer if I keep returning to my favorite spots.

If I ever do work through Magnolia directly across the lane is another cemetery to explore.

 

Kite, Eating In Mid Air

You don’t get many opportunities like this so I played it conservative. Maybe a little too conservative since I had to crop these shots too much. All my focus was as wide as I could so as not to lose the soaring bird. I can live with these since I can’t get any more action photography chances better than this photo op.

These birds are very fast and must be to catch prey in the air.

Kite, Eating In Mid Air - click to enlarge
Kite, Eating In Mid Air – click to enlarge

This Kite was being fed at The Center For Birds Of Prey. Everything is natural here, they are a rehab facility. This bird captures prey in the air, so small pieces of meat are thrown up…very high (more than I ever could…ever).

Below is a sequence of a capture for the Kite, they don’t miss very often.

Kite, Eating In Mid Air - click to enlarge
Kite, Eating In Mid Air – click to enlarge

Above the bird soars in quickly focused on the food. Keep in mind this is a large hawk like bird.

Kite, Eating In Mid Air - click to enlarge
Kite, Eating In Mid Air – click to enlarge

The food is caught with talons, not her bill.

Kite, Eating In Mid Air - click to enlarge
Kite, Eating In Mid Air – click to enlarge

She eats the food and will circle high waiting to catch the next ‘prey’.

This is the method they use to feed the bird and keep her natural skills sharp.

Very impressive.

Sunflower Fields

Fields of Sunflowers are spread across many of the wildlife management areas. Many more here than I had seen up north.

Sunflower Fields - click to enlarge
Sunflower Fields – click to enlarge
Sunflower Fields - click to enlarge
Sunflower Fields – click to enlarge

The DNR folks are serious about these fields too. In some places they have solar panels running electric fences to keep out critters (2 legged ones included).

Sunflower Fields - click to enlarge
Sunflower Fields – click to enlarge
Sunflower Fields - click to enlarge
Sunflower Fields – click to enlarge
Sunflower Fields - click to enlarge
Sunflower Fields – click to enlarge