Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Retention Pond Life

Some days you feel like this. I went out yesterday before the rains came looking for a stray great white egret I had seen, those majestic birds you find near shorelines. They're magnificent creatures with long legs and elegantly curved necks; regal things when taking flight, with the tips of their broad wings tapping the water surface, leaving two long rows of perfect ripples. What brought it to a retention pond, I don't know. Poor thing. I saw it a few days in a row, which tipped me off that it may have started to actually nest. So I grabbed my camera and headed toward the pond, but the egret was nowhere. Same thing this morning: gone. Being the explorer (of the animal channel) that I am, I decided to photograph some other life forms. I came across this turtle. Perfect. The animal with the kind of speed that permitted me to "sneak" up and shoot. I walked around the pond and was excited to see a family of deer by a suburban fence. I sprung into my zoology mode and crawled up to the family of Odocoileus virginianus and took this stunning photo.

I frankly do not understand what fake yard ornaments like these bring to the owners. Oh well. Back to work.


Anonymous Maliha said...

"Perfect. The animal with the kind of speed that permitted me to "sneak" up and shoot." This had me laugh out loud! I have the same issue with taking photos of all the amazing awe inspiring living things around us.

I have a hard enough time capturing Sufyan doing a "cute" thing, by the time I focus the lenses he is off doing something else or catch him right when he is turning away...sigh.

5/16/2007 9:24 AM  
Blogger fromclay said...

I think you just need to walk around with a camera and take random shots and maybe catch one or two moments when "cute" happens. Or, go find a turtle instead. Meanwhile, I'm not giving up on finding the egret.

5/16/2007 1:36 PM  

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