Tough Little Plovers

I went down state (Connecticut) to the shore. Needed a change of scenery and different places to photograph. With luck a little less snow.

Walking the beach I found a favorite, Plovers.

These small birds live on the jetties and rocks. The snow and ice cover these rocks, not to mention the freezing water,  yet they hide in there somehow.IMG_5925I watched them run up and down the beach chasing waves. Each time a wave goes out they all charge into the surf to grab what ever they might find.

As soon as the next wave starts to come in they all turn and run a few feet back up the shore. Wait, then run back in the water again.

Back and forth until they tire or have enough food. Fun to watch.

 

 

Accommodating Hawk

Cabin fever, snow bound, whatever it’s called, well it’s here.

We can get out and drive around now. With 3 storms, back to back, we have probably 3 feet of snow in most places.

This is New England and while the stores still get a mad rush for milk and bread when the “S” word is spoken it’s really normal for February.

However…… you can drive from one place to another. Parking lots required. No wandering around unless you leave a car home.

We drove to the Connecticut shore where there is a ‘little’ less snow. There we hiked, walked through some beaches and marshes. And met this fellow;

 

Red Tail Hawk
Red Tail Hawk

 

Connecticut Shore Hawk
Connecticut Shore Hawk

Coyote Style Staring Contest

In the middle of the Connecticut river the geese were taking a nap, heads under their wings. Seemed like an easy way to get closer for some images.

When I got around the snow pile I found competition.

 

Coyote Meeting by the Connecticut river
Coyote Meeting by the Connecticut river

One watched me, staring intently. You can see in the main picture above he kept his attention on me.

The other tried to work his way up the river bank and around for a better path to the geese between us. I looked for others on the bank but none were in sight.

Coyote Meeting by the Connecticut river
Coyote Meeting by the Connecticut river

There was open water between us, but it was interesting to see how they worked together. They didn’t really seem all that concerned about me, the geese were important.

Did I mention there was open water between us?

As the snow and wind picked up, and I was still there, they climbed back up the bank and left.

What a great unexpected gift.

I Had To Take This Shot

This Gull was too pretty to miss.

What makes this great, at least for me, is all the things that were going on around me at the time;

  1. Cold, windy,  and snowy Connecticut river
  2. Other Gulls diving all around us
  3. A flock of geese watching with great interest
  4. Coyotes looking for lunch (more to come on that)

This goes back to an earlier post of mine. They just don’t seem to care.

My Forgotten Doors

After viewing a great photo of a back door by Victor Rakmil Photography I remembered my own set of images.

Several months ago I organized shots taken of doors from a few different cities. Each was completely different than anything I had ever seen before. Every one had a story to tell.

A door here in Connecticut, USA, usually looks very much like all the other doors. Not so with these old, some ancient, doors.

Please click any image below to view in a larger size with more detail. I did my best, in the limited space, to explain a little about each entrance way.

None of these shots will win an award. That’s not what they were about. Photos like these are meant to share an experience with others.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

 

mannheim Popes Residence
Mannheim Germany, Popes Residence. The front door contains the Papal coat of arms. It is supported by the local church and has not been used in 100 years (at least)

 

Franciscan Door
Door at a Franciscan residence office in Mannheim. No other markings except for a small sign by a garage entrance and the coat of arms.

 

Basel Door
One (side) entrance to St.Catherine and St. Nicholas church in Basel Switzerland. The door is made of bronze or iron. Probably 10 or 12 foot tall at least. The archway carved stoned.

 

Basel Door
Basel Switzerland City Hall. One of 2 main doors in the courtyard. This one has the wonderful fountain. Built in approx 1100, painted vibrant colors and designs. It is still the city hall. This may be one of the most interesting and beautiful buildings in the world. As good, if not better, than anything Paris or Rome has to offer.
Boppard Germany
Boppard Germany, small hotel on side street near the Rhine river. I discovered this (Hotel Sturm) just walking along the city streets by the river.
Basel Door
Side street door from Basel Switzerland. Huge wooden doors, and great carved arch. At the base of the steps you can see the down spouts. No idea what or who is behind it.
Basel Door
Side street door from Basel Switzerland. I believe this was on the street as the previous door.
Fortress / Castle
Locked door to the ramparts in a fortress. Koblenz Germany. A huge fortress guarded the Rhine and Moselle rivers from high above.
Fortress / Castle
Courtyard door in the Koblenz Germany fortress. No detailed carvings or archway. Just solid wood and iron to keep you out. Or maybe ‘in’ depending on how you look at it. It got my attention.

The New England Red Barn

The quintessential image of country New England is the old red barn. In reality try finding one that you would place in a picture.

Last weekend, in all this snow and cold we found one that seems to fit. The snow was deep, the barn up a steep hill, but we had to stop on the road and take some shots.

Since the theme here is a country barn I included one from this fall that looked perfect in the local colors.

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TPJ Photography