When your subject absolutely will not sit still for a nanosecond, fire off the shot through the dirty window anyway. Find the Colored Pencil gadget in Photoshop and turn yourself into an Artist! Sometimes it turns out more pleasing than the photograph would have been. :o)
She was picking up little bits of spilled Doritos off the fishing platform. Came closer and closer and decided to sample my shoes. Having your toes nibbled by duck is a weird feeling. I would have loved a picture, but I had the telephoto lens on the camera and I am not tall enough to get within focal length of my feet.
95 feet long! It was created by my wonderful young Art teacher friend and a gifted student artist that she is mentoring. The most remarkable thing about it (besides being 95 FEET LONG) is the fact that they accomplished it in 2 weeks, working on their hands and knees on the floor of a busy active classroom. This is Main Street Square, Rapid City. Public art to beautify the chiller unit that provides ice for the outdoor skating rink.
Out with the camera, looking for something of interest in the season of "everything is brown".
The milkweed pod had let fly its silky seeds, so I loaned it my Navajo silver bracelet to wear for a few moments. The pictographs by the Ancient Ones represented on the bracelet are things like protection, perseverance and the creative spirit. Rock art fascinates me.
The full Beaver Moon, according to the Farmer's Almanac. So named because this was the time of year the animals were preparing their winter food supply and trappers were setting up their gear before the cold weather closed the ponds with ice.
A view like this at 75 mph on I-90 will cause temporary and instantaneous heart failure! Your brain registers "OMG, there is a semi in my lane and it is headed right for me!" THEN brain realizes there is a tow truck involved. Guaranteed to scare the daylights out of you.
Kingfishers are always suspicious of the paparazzi. Any of us wishing for a really good shot of a kingfisher is always happy to get any shot of one, never mind a good one. I think this guy gave me about 4 nanoseconds to compose and shoot before he darted off again.
Vandalism in broad daylight! The pumpkin was on the front porch, he had to come up the steps to get it! His cheeky cheeks were stained orange and he just looked disdainfully at me and just kept munching when I stepped out with the camera. We are 20 ft apart at most. Can you see my gardening challenges??
This group of Bighorn sheep were right on the west edge of town, 6 ewes and the big ram above. Two of the ewes are ear tagged and collared, I assume they are part of a Game, Fish and Parks study of some sort. This particular group moves down from slightly higher elevations in the fall, sometimes putting on a head butting performance in the middle of State Hwy 44.
A number of years ago my sister helped capture and ready a group of bighorns from the Georgetown herd in Colorado to bring diversity to the population in the Hills. This bunch may be descendants of those that she helped wrestle into a trailer for transplanting here. They come from the direction of where those were released and she tells me that they show very similar coat color and pattern to that Colorado group.
I am used to having white-tailed, mule deer and turkeys in the yard all the time, but seeing these guys was a treat, especially when I had the camera with the good telephoto lens with me!
I heard them overhead at 2 am. Flying by the light of the Moon. People say the sound of fall migration is a melancholy sound. But they sounded energized and excited, anxious to be on their way. Like vacationers headed for a holiday somewhere lazy and warm. Safe travels, Winged Ones.