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
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
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
Thursday, May 27, 2010
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
Saturday, May 22, 2010
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
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 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
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
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
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
Friday, May 7, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
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
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