Monday, May 31, 2010

New Territory...Same Old...Stuff




Being a little tired of the attractions of Conn Brown Harbor (pelicans,wildflowers and disreputable looking boats), I decided to search out new ground today and try for a fresh approach. So, I went to the San Patricio County Navigation District Park and shot some pelicans and wildflowers...I guess the disreputable looking boats will have to wait for another day.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Disaster


I have to apologize for this picture...it's somewhat repetitious of some of the others I've posted lately but it's one of the only ones I got to shoot today. My photo safari had not gotten too far when disaster struck! My companion (wife) suffered grievous injury (ant bite) and we had to return home for emergency medical treatment. I suppose high adventure is not for the faint of heart!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Two Shepherds and the Native Texan




I called the first image "Two Shepherds". You can probably figure out the first one; the figure of Christ on the Memorial Tower...pretty obvious. The second shepherd reference regards the building. That's Margaret Garret's place. Margaret is a local fixture at Conn Brown Harbor. She and her family have made their living at the harbor for many years. Margaret buys and sells shrimp, makes a mean burger and will cook up shrimp and fish tacos that make my mouth water. During the recent squabbles over the future of the harbor, Margaret was the most stalwart and outspoken defender of the shrimpers and other harbor folks that have been here for years and made this town unique...so in a sense, Margaret is a shepherd too...and besides, any grandmother that is forcibly removed from a city council meeting and arrested on the personal order of the mayor is OK in my books. So, if you're ever down here in Aransas Pass, looking for peace of mind, come on down to Margaret's and she'll give you a little piece of hers!
I don't really know what kind of bug this is in the second picture but I know he is a native Texan. How do I know? ...because it's the 29th of May and he's headed for the shade.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Black and White


Hey, even in a black and white world...we all need a little color in our lives.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I'm Baaack


I love the resiliency of nature. A couple of weeks ago the city mowing crews cut the field where this afternoon's picture was taken. There was nothing left in the field but stubble. Today, when I drove by, this little paint brush was there. I could almost hear it shout; Hey, Mr. City Manager...I'm Baaack!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Day Out





My friend Wendy came to town today and abducted me. Really, she was kind enough to pick me up and drive around to shoot some pictures. Thanks Wendy, I had a blast...good company and good fun on a beautiful day.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Aerial Attack


My friend the heron returned today, proving that some folks can just never get enough. I know I can't get enough of a good thing, including the opportunity to watch and photograph these magnificent creatures...God gives us such glorious gifts! He looks intent on perpetrating an aerial attack on these unsuspecting fishermen but really he was just looking for a perch. We all need to perch now and then to survey our world...to see what we have and what we may lose. The herons as well as all the other species of water birds stand to lose a lot if the environmental impacts of the recent oil spill are not addressed in a timely fashion. I sorta take the plentiful brown pelicans for granted. They are everywhere ...but it wasn't long ago that they were on the endangered species list. If things aren't rectified soon, they could very easily go right back on that list...as well as the Great Blue Heron and hundreds of other coastal wildlife varieties. Let's hope, for their sakes as well as ours, that the industry gets their act together soon.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Footless Heron



I've been shooting and posting a lot of pelicans lately and they're fun to shoot but I've been longing to get a few shots of something else. I was on the pelican trail today when this Great Blue Heron zoomed into my viewfinder like he had an appointment...and one should ALWAYS keep one's appointments! He was so close that I couldn't get him all into the frame and there was no time for a second shot. After he landed, he had to squawk at me for missing his feet. Well, nobody's perfect...at least I keep my appointments.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Who Sez




Who sez you can't shoot butterflies with a 500mm lens? I was out to shoot birds today when I saw this beautiful butterfly about ten or twelve feet from me. I had the 500mm on and didn't have the time to change it. Even if you think your tools are not ideal, you have to try to capture a beautiful butterfly when one comes your way. The second shot was from yesterday. This little ant was making a mighty effort to get to the top of the flower...just another of nature's little lessons; when you decide where you want to be, you have to make the effort to get there. Now, ain't I the wise old dude?

Monday, May 17, 2010

Bummer


One of those days...took a lot of shots and didn't really think any of them were much good. I did take one other picture that might have pleased some but finally decided this one was the better choice for the blog.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Caged Beauty




Hey, you can't cage beauty, just like you can't cage emotion...but these beauties were beckoning to me from behind a hurricane fence in Fulton today. Yep, I gave my keepers the slip and ventured forth into the free world...all by myself. I feel like a big boy!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Only a Mother

You've heard the old saying about a face only a mother could love...I think they were talking about this guy.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wild Things



What is it with me and wild things? Wild things draw me like a moth to a flame. Wild birds, wildflowers, wild places...wildcats? Maybe it's just the desire to instill my own wildness into the mix, to somehow insert a bit of my wild spirit and to come away enriched by the experience. These litle wild beauties were at the harbor this afternoon and the city mowing crews are methodically cutting them down...bummer. Shot with the Sigma 12-24 at f16

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Close...From a Distance


I was back at the harbor today, shooting pelicans again, when I saw these beautiful wildflowers. I had the 500mm f8 on the camera so I shot these from across the road. I guess when you find something beautiful and precious, you'll find a way to get close...even from a distance.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Perfect Pair




Every now and then, along comes a perfect pair, so close, so in tune, every movement in perfect harmony. These were at Conn Brown Harbor, shot with Minolta 500mm-f8.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Ah, The Wonder


Ah, the wonderful things you can see while laying on your back!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Pop Quiz







If you lay down in the weeds, burrs and creepy-crawlies because somebody likes low angle shots of wildflowers are you:



a. creatively challenged



b. eager to please



c. easily led



d. just plain crazy



And if while doing that, you are able to catch a butterfly that is flying over, are you



a. good



b. lucky



c. in tune with nature



d. lying on a caterpillar



Or maybe it's just all too silly to contemplate. These are at Conn Brown Harbor with the Sigma 15-30

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Wendy's Windy Pelicans




Forgive my corniness but my friend Wendy likes pelicans and it WAS windy today. Caught these guys at the harbor...the light was really harsh so exposure is kind of freaky but they were very cooperative.