Photowalk in Wash Park

The first few are from a stroll Tim and I took yesterday.  I didn’t bring a telephoto lens, but noticed that there was some amazing bird life and decided to come back today and practice some birds-in-flight shots.  As you’ll see from the photos below, I still have a lot to learn, though I think there are some fun shots.

Note:  I don’t know much about birds.  It’s entirely possible that I have completely mislabeled the birds below which (1) would be a deep disappointment to the judge for whom I clerked and (2) I encourage any of you to correct.

First:  a red-winged blackbird, reminding me of long ago days in Missouri.

Image: red-winged blackbird perched on a white column.

Lucky enough to catch it in flight, which inspired me to practice more birds-in-flight shots today.

Image: red-winged blackbird in flight.

Not tack sharp, but fun.  (A sort of refrain for my photos.)

Fuzzy gosling bottoms!

Image: a group of goslings sit and stand in the grass, eating. Two have their very fuzzy behinds to the camera.

Part of the point of returning this morning was to see pelicans, which a fellow photographer we met promised would be flocking in abundance in the morning.  When I arrived, the lone pelican was . . .  still asleep.

Image: pelican standing on a block of concrete with its head under its wing.

Rough night, Pelican?  Luckily it woke up after a short time, and I got some excellent pelican shots.

Image: pelican landing on water with wings spread wide.

Image: pelican landing on water with wings starting to furl.

 

Image: pelican floating on water.

Here are some of my birds-in-flight practice, with varying results, starting with my favorite:  a bit of avian remodeling.

Image: Gray-brown bird in flight with twigs in its beak.

Image: heron starting to take off.

Image: light brown bird in flight, seen from the underside.

 

Image: Heron starting to take off, reflected in the water below.

Image: white bird in flight above a stand of trees.

This next photo was a bust, focus-wise, but I thought the effect was sort of cool.

Image: blue black bird flying just above the water, all mildly out of focus.

This heron photo seems unremarkable or even slightly disgusting, given all the crud the heron is wading in.

Image: Heron standing close to reeds on shore, surrounded by logs and other debris.

I was going to delete it until I realized that the no small part of the debris consists of tennis balls — circled in red below.

Image: same photo as above with 7 tennis balls floating in the water circled in red.

It’s a popular park for dogs but they’re not supposed to swim in the lake.  The evidence suggests otherwise.

More birds:

Image: two white herons standing against a dark background of lake and shore.

Image: largish black bird standing on the ground starting to furl its wings.

Image: gray-brown bird perched on a branch.

Image: small black bird perched on a bare branch against the blue sky.

Something large laid its eggs by the side of the small island in the lake.

Image: low concrete wall bordering a dirt area, with 3 large eggs near the concrete edge.

It was very buggy.  I’ve decided to blame that for any excessive graininess, rather than possible photographer error.

Image: the entire frame of the photo is filled with small flying insects.

Randomness.  For example, random grapes in the middle of the path.

Image: a cluster of 3 grapes in the middle of gravel.

Random floating art (I think).

Image: sculpture floating in the lake; appears to be a stylized metal fish.

Squirrel!

Image: running squirrel that has been caught completely airborne in a leap with its legs extended forward and back.

2 thoughts on “Photowalk in Wash Park

  1. BlueLoom

    I love the squirrel “in flight.” I guess we could say that he’s in “low-earth orbit.” The herons in flight are also wonderful. They always remind me of ballet dancers, with their toes pointed out behind them.

    Great pix!

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