Category Archives: Wide Photographs

Lighthouse By Moonlight

Something good came of my forced site maintenance. I came across this photograph from probably 2015.

This is the Saybrook Light on the Long Island Sound. It was a Blood Moon. Ellen was the driving force on this. We had to find a location, a safe place for the car, and finally walk the breakers to a good location.

Lighthouse By Moonlight - Click To Enlarge
Lighthouse By Moonlight – Click To Enlarge

It came out better than I expected, especially given my lack of enthusiasm about breaking my neck in the dark.

Pretending, Great Blue

This is what happens when a Great Blue pretends he doesn’t see you. It’s actually the reverse of what photographers do to keep a subject calm.

So, here he is pushing past.

Pretending, Great Blue
Pretending, Great Blue

At this point I’m not sure if I should continue with his game or chance another shot. Obviously I took the shot. However, I had to change my camera settings, and lens focus switches all while he is slowly pushing by. I really need a much smaller lens for things like this.

The scene this morning;

The trail is narrow here, above you can see water. There is mucky swamp behind my back foot. I’m as far as I can go on my side.

You never want to bother a wild animal when out there. What are the rules about bothering a wild photographer though?

Below is how we finally had to share our small space.

I’m leaning on the tree… he obviously can see me standing here.

Pretending, Great Blue
Pretending, Great Blue
Pretending, Great Blue
Pretending, Great Blue

It doesn’t seem to matter because he’s here and wants the trail too.

The funny thing was after I let him go by he was going so slow that I finally passed him. I noticed two people on another trail watching the whole thing, and laughing.

 

Magnolia Plantation Swamp Rookery.

Smooth Landing, Great Blue Heron

The big herons, with their layers of feathers and wide wings, is one of my favorite wildlife photographs. This Great Blue gave me a great opportunity.

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Smooth Landing, Great Blue Heron
Smooth Landing, Great Blue Heron
Smooth Landing, Great Blue Heron
Smooth Landing, Great Blue Heron

He didn’t fly far. It was like a change of position on the marsh bank of maybe 30 feet (9 meters). Enough for him to give a great display though.

Smooth Landing, Great Blue Heron
Smooth Landing, Great Blue Heron
Smooth Landing, Great Blue Heron
Smooth Landing, Great Blue Heron

I think they just look regal when they pose like this.

 

End Of Day, Marsh Great Blue

Taken where you can look down the cut between the edge of a marsh and woodlands.

When walking out of these marshes end of day I always look this direction. Once in a while when the light is right and a critter cooperates it’s a nice scene.

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End Of Day, Marsh Great Blue
End Of Day, Marsh Great Blue

Marsh Scenes

Out the other day I was carrying my walk around lens, 18-400 Tamron. It’s like a ‘jack of all trades’ and covers such a wide range I keep it close by. I do try to keep it at 300 or so for wildlife. I find the various short comings above that.

Marsh Scenes
Marsh Scenes
Marsh Scenes
Marsh Scenes

The marsh has many inlets from the ocean that we have seen Dolphin at high tide. A bone yard beach is not far and some days you can start shooting at the shore and finish in marshes.

Marsh Scenes
Marsh Scenes

Botany Bay, South Carolina.