Mystic River Mini Regatta

Mystic Seaport or Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea, is the largest maritime museum in the world.  In addition they have approximately 20 unique sailing ships, including the last wooden sailing whaler.

Mystic River Sailing Skiffs - Click To Enlarge
Mystic River Sailing Skiffs – Click To Enlarge

As part of their commitment to the preservation of sailing a fleet of small skiffs and a sailing school runs during the summer months. There are times when all the small boats are out at the same time and it becomes a colorful, if chaotic, mini regatta.

Mystic River Sailing Skiffs - Click To Enlarge
Mystic River Sailing Skiffs – Click To Enlarge

I did not see anyone go in the water, though a few were towed back to a pier. One of the great things about the Seaport is every day something is happening.

 

Osprey Fishing

Some days you see nothing, others you don’t know which way to turn your head. I was focused on an Osprey circling when EJ started pointing over my shoulder. I missed the ‘splash down’, but began shooting right after.

Unlike most raptors, Osprey dive directly in the water, and float around for longer than seems prudent. Their wings are so powerful they can push, and lift, right out of the water with their prey.

Osprey Fishing North Cove Essex CT - Click To Enlarge
Osprey Fishing North Cove Essex CT – Click To Enlarge
Osprey Fishing North Cove Essex CT - Click To Enlarge
Osprey Fishing North Cove Essex CT – Click To Enlarge
Osprey Fishing North Cove Essex CT - Click To Enlarge
Osprey Fishing North Cove Essex CT – Click To Enlarge
Osprey Fishing North Cove Essex CT - Click To Enlarge
Osprey Fishing North Cove Essex CT – Click To Enlarge
Osprey Fishing North Cove Essex CT - Click To Enlarge
Osprey Fishing North Cove Essex CT – Click To Enlarge

Luck was with us since the young Osprey here seemed to favor the trees along our side of the shore to perch and dine in. That made for additional opportunities. Finally an Adult came along, fairly low, to ‘ask’ us to move away from the kids eating.  We did move on since it was their place not ours in the first place.

 

 

Fog Rolling In

This was a surprise. The sun came up, light changed, and fog rolled out from the woods.

Early Fog Connecticut River - Click To Enlarge
Early Fog Connecticut River – Click To Enlarge

I just assumed any mist and fog would come direct from the river. Here it was a combination of dawn mist and fog from inland. It made for great shots rolling in between and over the trees.

Early Fog Connecticut River - Click To Enlarge
Early Fog Connecticut River – Click To Enlarge
Early Fog Connecticut River - Click To Enlarge
Early Fog Connecticut River – Click To Enlarge

We are already planning our next dawn visit. A different vantage point needs to be found. The dead tree within the fog (displayed above) has no easy access. Perhaps that’s why the Eagles sit there so often.

That would be the ultimate shot, 2 Bald Eagles in the fog. I would need to be there every day for a few years to time that one. Still we might get lucky.

 

 

 

Views Of Rocky Neck Marsh

This series includes 4 views of the back marsh at Rocky Neck State Park in Connecticut.

Rocky Neck Marsh Connecticut - Click To Enlarge
Rocky Neck Marsh Connecticut – Click To Enlarge
Rocky Neck Marsh Connecticut - Click To Enlarge
Rocky Neck Marsh Connecticut – Click To Enlarge

These photos were shot at mid-day, in direct and harsh sun light. In order to capture the clouds and blue sky without washing out the marsh grasses or water reflections ND Grad # 4 filters were used.  This also softened the overall feel of the images.

Rocky Neck Marsh Connecticut - Click To Enlarge
Rocky Neck Marsh Connecticut – Click To Enlarge
Rocky Neck Marsh Connecticut - Click To Enlarge
Rocky Neck Marsh Connecticut – Click To Enlarge

There was a purely technical reason for shooting this late in the day with filters. I like to sleep in.

 

Morning Art Work

This week, after the sun had come up and the fog rolled in, we walked along the Connecticut river trying to get close to a flock of Egrets. They usually don’t come this far up river so it would be a nice photo to capture.

We never did see them again because we were side tracked by the mist flowing over the meadows we passed.

Spider Web Misty Morning Field - Click To Enlarge
Spider Web Misty Morning Field – Click To Enlarge

The trail side was like an art gallery. The dim light and webs wet with fog gave us these amazing views.

Spider Web Misty Morning Field - Click To Enlarge
Spider Web Misty Morning Field – Click To Enlarge
Spider Web Misty Morning Field - Click To Enlarge
Spider Web Misty Morning Field – Click To Enlarge

I have never seen a meadow filled with lace. It was quite a sight.

 

Sunrise Connecticut River

I don’t do mornings. But that’s about to change (a little).

One cup of coffee is not enough to get to the river, find a spot in the dark woods, and don’t get me started on the tripod setup.

August Sunrise Connecticut River - Click To Enlarge
August Sunrise Connecticut River – Click To Enlarge

There is no time to waste either. The light, sky, and just about everything else changes minute by minute. But it’s great because you get totally different shots with each change.

August Sunrise Connecticut River - Click To Enlarge
August Sunrise Connecticut River – Click To Enlarge

The color and lighting is an adventure, and lesson, in camera settings. Since there is no light you better know your equipment.

August Sunrise Connecticut River - Click To Enlarge
August Sunrise Connecticut River – Click To Enlarge

After the sun had come up I assumed the opportunities were over. Not even close. It seems a lot goes on while I’m still sleeping.

There are still plenty of images to finish processing of the morning golden hours.

I think I will probably do this again, soon.

 

American Goldfinch

Recently I have seen other photographers’ great Sunflower pictures. I had not seen any fields with enough for even a half decent shot.

Goldfinch In Sunflower Field Connecticut
Goldfinch In Sunflower Field Connecticut – Click To Enlarge

That changed by surprise last week. On a walk in the Pomfret Connecticut Audubon Center (500 acres of woods) we tried in vain to find a clear path to a back beaver pond. However at the end of a stand of trees we hit right up against an entire valley of Sunflowers.

Goldfinch In Sunflower Field Connecticut
Goldfinch In Sunflower Field Connecticut – Click To Enlarge

Hidden within the flowers was a single Goldfinch. He moved around between the drying seed heads like a kid in a candy store. No competition here and he just stuffed himself.

Goldfinch In Sunflower Field Connecticut
Goldfinch In Sunflower Field Connecticut – Click To Enlarge

With these perfect colors to blend in there may have been another thousand birds we couldn’t see. I’ll be happy with this single bird and the colorful show we had.

 

 

TPJ Photography