This series includes 4 views of the back marsh at Rocky Neck State Park in Connecticut.
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.
There was a purely technical reason for shooting this late in the day with filters. I like to sleep in.
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.
The trail side was like an art gallery. The dim light and webs wet with fog gave us these amazing views.
I have never seen a meadow filled with lace. It was quite a sight.
Recently I have seen other photographers’ great Sunflower pictures. I had not seen any fields with enough for even a half decent shot.
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.
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.
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.