Light Shifted Perfectly

First it was dark, then some glare, wind getting stronger, blah, blah.

Light Shifted Perfectly
Light Shifted Perfectly

Suddenly soft light. Almost perfect for this.

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Light Shifted Perfectly

This Ring-billed Gull was on the edge of where sand and surf met.

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Light Shifted Perfectly

For a few minutes the scene was as good as I could want.

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Light Shifted Perfectly

This common Gull looked like a king for a few moments. How great is that.

 

Came From Nowhere, Alligator

I was explaining to a friend how this area had once been busy.

Raising my hand to point to my right, just as I began to speak about Alligators thriving over there …

Came From Nowhere, Alligator
Came From Nowhere, Alligator

Huge splash, and a gator flying through the water.

It was almost show biz!

He was chasing something I never did see. but what a wonderful grand entrance he made.

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I have photographed this work several times, never very well. I have tried angles, settings, etc. This time all I wanted was to get the depth and focus correct. Let the rest just happen. It did.

I have no name for this, the pun may or may not work. No matter how it’s shot the results are the same, so here it is.

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From another angle, same result.

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The statues and fountain are very complex.  My favorite pieces are actually the small water spouts. They run on the sides of the fountain.

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Not a very creative article, but in spite of my sarcasm I do thinks it’s an interesting piece.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

They are starting to live closer to each other. Prime nesting spots are hard to find. The Great Blue Herons are always there first and protect the location and small young.

I caught this series as the Great Egret pushed closer and closer to the Heron. Egrets may be the biggest danger to small Heron chicks. The adult Heron, while a docile species, will attack if threatened.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

The following photographs are a good example of aggressive behavior in these rookeries.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

Above, the Great Egret was inching closer to the Heron nest. Finally the Heron stood and warned the Egret to move away.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

Egrets are usually the aggressor and will fight back.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

The Heron had been pushed by the Egrets for some time and ultimately attacked.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

Above the Egret wisely backed off. The Heron had the high ground, was protecting young, and is bigger.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

This time the Heron won the day.

Egrets are nesting in this tree below the Heron so this will be an ongoing battle.

I was pleased to be able to capture this series from start to finish (there were other shots, too many to include). You need to be in the right place at the right time. I was, this time.

 

TPJ Photography