The Lost & Found (1)

We take photographs almost every day.  Even deleting the obvious poor quality shots there are still an enormous amount of images to review and develop/process. If I have many with the same subject I will ignore or never even look at it some.

I always stumble on a few at a later date and like them all over again. The Egret top of this page was a beautiful bird. This image was one of several and probably the first nice one was published with the others ignored to spend needed time on another subject.

So I now will have a ‘Lost & Found’ article once in a while. They  will be collections that for one reason or another were passed by.

Please click an image above to view the gallery.

Geese Close Formation

I was standing high on a bank and saw then coming from a distance. This made it easier to get focus and position to photograph them downward and at eye level.

Most images here are made to be viewed or printed in landscape and are best viewed enlarged.

Canadian Geese Fly Through - Click To Enlarge
Canadian Geese Fly Through – Click To Enlarge
Canadian Geese Fly Through - Click To Enlarge
Canadian Geese Fly Through – Click To Enlarge

As they flew by I could actually see them  glancing towards me on the shore. We were pretty close here. I did have on a long lens, however to get the composition I pulled back several times during shooting.

When they all landed down in the cove I was surprised at how loud the sound of splashing water was. In hind site I should have captured the landing even though it was not close.

 

 

 

Black And Yellow Garden Spider

You’ve seen my photos. I will get close and personal with Coyotes, close ups of the Eagles, and eye level with the Alligators.

I draw the line with big black spiders with skulls painted on their backs. I mean really, look, this thing even has hair on its head!

Black and Yellow Garden Spider - Click To Enlarge
Black and Yellow Garden Spider – Click To Enlarge

I shot this at 135mm and no way was I considering the macro tubes. Not getting any closer. I just read when they get upset they bounce up and down on the web. Looking down the lens and he starts dancing…. that would scare the bejeezeus out of me.

Black and Yellow Garden Spider - Click To Enlarge
Black and Yellow Garden Spider – Click To Enlarge

How does he look without a 135mm?

Black and Yellow Garden Spider - Click To Enlarge
Black and Yellow Garden Spider – Click To Enlarge

That’s my deck he’s hanging off. He still looks like something from a 1950s grade B movie. Hope he moves soon.

 

Antique Plane Symbols

The New England Air Museum is a lot like a car show. Shiny machines packed so close they are almost touching. Another twist is the poor lighting. But again, like a car show the small details make great photographs. In this case it was the colorful painted Insignia’s and logos’.

Antique Plane Insignia - Click To Enlarge
Antique Plane Insignia – Click To Enlarge
Antique Plane Insignia - Click To Enlarge
Antique Plane Insignia – Click To Enlarge

The two above were from very small single propeller planes that carried a bomb or torpedo in WW II. The Coastal Air Patrol flew along the US shores in search of submarines.

Old Airline Insignia - Click To Enlarge
Old Airline Insignia – Click To Enlarge

Northwest Airlines, known as a passenger airline, was also one of the early airmail carriers.

The final two images are from small airmail carriers that provided short hop services. Both were single propeller planes.

Between these small planes and the B-29 nose art visiting the Air Museum  provided a large number of enjoyable photographs.

 

Over The River

Not my usual Eagle shots, these turned out to be almost a landscape type shot. I paid more attention to sky and an old tree than the bird.

Bald Eagle Over Connecticut River _ Click To Enlarge
Bald Eagle Over Connecticut River _ Click To Enlarge
Bald Eagle Over Connecticut River _ Click To Enlarge
Bald Eagle Over Connecticut River _ Click To Enlarge

I was out  to shoot up river with a few different filters since the sun and clouds looked to be good. One or two Eagles, and others, are usually around here. Today we both ignored each other for awhile until I couldn’t take it anymore. I focused, he flew. Same old story.

There is no easy access to the woods or river here. I use an old path to a rock ledge over the water. From here the local citizens are sometimes kind enough to come in close for a photo.

With this view I don’t mind waiting for them.

Connecticut River View
Connecticut River View

Osprey At Lunch

Several days ago I published an article showing an Osprey fishing. We had been photographing several other Osprey at the same time. These images are part of the other birds we shot.

August is when the young Osprey learn to fly, dive, and fish for themselves. They still stay together as a family, so if you can get close there will be multiple birds hunting together.

Osprey Connecticut River - Click To Enlarge
Osprey Connecticut River – Click To Enlarge
Osprey Connecticut River - Click To Enlarge
Osprey Connecticut River – Click To Enlarge

This young bird had caught a fish and was eating in a tree on the bank. There were also several crows interested in stealing whatever they could. He was planted firmly on the branch and did his best to finish eating,  ignoring us and the crows.

 

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.

 

 

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