Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Resting?

"Resting?" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

There are nice wooden benches located throughout the State Botanical Garden of Georgia for resting and enjoying the beauty of the garden. This hawk found one to perch on.  

Location: Athens, Georgia 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Day Dreaming

"Day Dreaming" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I found this kangaroo at Zoo Atlanta enjoying an afternoon snooze.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Propped

"Propped" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

We had a little bit of snow headed our way this week. 

I headed to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia to shoot. I had to use a stick to help photograph this daffodil because it was drooping from the snow. 

Location: Athens, Georgia

Monday, February 23, 2015

Exposed

"Exposed"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I found this egret on St. Simons Island, Georgia. It was around 3 o'clock, so the sun was harsh. 

I knew the feathers of the egret would be blown out if I was not careful. I had to change my exposure compensation greatly. The background is really dark, but the egret is exposed properly.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Framed

"Framed" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

I typically try not to put my subject in the center of the frame and adhere to the rule of thirds, but I felt the trees provided a perfect frame for my chicadee.

I took this photograph yesterday after Athens received a little bit of ice. I would have loved to photograph the birds in the snow, but I will take what I can get!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Royal Velvet Amaryllis

"Royal Velvet Amaryllis" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

The Amaryllis is known as the Christmas flower and is used for decorations during the holidays. 

I read several neat facts about them. They are the longest-lasting winter cut flower and one website stated they have replaced the poinsettias as Britain's favorite Christmas plant. 

The can still be seen in the Conservatorium at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia:) Aren't they gorgeous?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wading Around

"Wading Around" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

While I was waiting around to photograph the merganser ducks, this wood stork was wading around in the creek too:)

Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia

Monday, February 9, 2015

Furled Fiddlehead

"Furled Fiddlehead" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I have been wanting to photograph a furled fiddlehead for a while now—I just did not know what they were called. I knew it was a curled fern leaf, but after doing a little research, I found they were called fiddleheads. 

More interesting is the fiddlehead got its name from the ferns resemblance to the curled end of a stringed musical instrument like a violin or fiddle. The fiddleheads are also cooked then eaten. I read they high in vitamin A and C, are very nutritious, and also have powerful anti-inflammatory and hormone-regulating abilities.

There are also negative aspect to eating certain types of fiddleheads —cancer being one, and they have also "been linked to a number of food-borne illnesses in both the US and Canada." You can read the article if you would like. 

For me, it won't be bon app├ętit!

Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Surrender!


Surrender! 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

I was really excited to photograph a lot of hooded mergansers two weekends ago on St. Simons Island, Georgia. I saw several two days after Christmas, but I did not get any real good shots. This time, I saw around 19. There were four adult males, about eight immature males, and about seven females. 

At first I thought there were mainly females, but I was wrong. The immature males look a lot like the females. The immature males have the same brown coloring as the females, but the immature males have a thin black beak and yellow eyes and the females have dark eyes and a slender yellow bill.

I will be posting my favorite male hooded merganser photo on guideposts.org in a few weeks. I have a photography blog on their website called He Created It All. I post my photography and write the background story behind the photo. If you haven't visited my Guideposts blog, please check it out:)


Note the splash on water in the right corner. They love to dive for crayfish, fish, and other types of food.

Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia  

Monday, February 2, 2015

Orchid Madness

                                                          "Orchid Madness" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

I am excited to be able to sell my orchid prints in the State Botanical Garden of Georgia's gift shop for the Orchid Madness event that will be held on Saturday. My photograph of an orchid was recently used by the Garden on their posters, postcards, and online media. Other photographs I have taken in the Garden will be available shortly.....especially the hummingbird photographs! 

Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Looking Up

"Looking Up" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Sorry I did not get to post on Monday!


The last three days have been difficult for me. My Mac computer decided it did not want to start Sunday night. I took it to the Apple store Monday morning, and I am just now getting it back. It did lose some data, but I do not know what.

 I have a lot of work to do. I don't think I lost any photographs because I have been backing them up on an external drive.


I prayed the Lord would proved a miracle for my computer and feel some of what Apple was able to restore was from prayer. It saved just the things I really needed! 

Prayers would be greatly appreciated while I am getting it back up to par. Lesson learned......back up my computer more frequently!! 

Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tag You're It!

Tag Your'e It! 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I found these two bees on the same flower. I am sure they were not playing tag, but probably defending the pollen on the flower. I observed this behavior two times in less than a minute. 

Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Monday, January 19, 2015

Opportunistic Thief

"Opportunistic Thief" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I don't see white ibises very often, but my last trip to St. Simons also proved productive for finding a few. They are not quite as skid-dish as some of the other water birds. 

A side note I learned about this bird is it is an "opportunistic thief." It will "steal food from other wading birds and even snatch nest-building material from other ibises in its own colony." 

Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia


Parrish, Dr. J.W. Jr., Beaton, G., & Kennedy, G., (2006). Birds of Georgia
                     Auburn, WA: Lone Pine Publishing International.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Life

"Life" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

Bees are instrumental in helping us sustain life. They pollinate foods that are important to us like fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Go bees! 

Location: Washington Farms, Watkinsville, Georgia

Monday, January 12, 2015

Out of the Shadows

"Out of the Shadows" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I had to get up early this past week to get my son out the door for school before sunrise. I was already meeting a friend to photograph frost flowers at 7:45 a.m. so I decided to find a place to photograph the sunrise. 

Since I was going to the Botanical Garden of Georgia, I decided to turn down a street near the garden to see what I could find. I drove past a grove of trees that were in silhouette. The lighting was beautiful, so I decided to turn back around. 

I had been praying for the Lord to help me because I did not have a lot of time go over my camera settings for a sunrise shot. I started taking a few shots and noticed something on the horizon. "No, that's not a deer." It was not only one deer but two. They were slowing grazing on the grass.

At first they did not notice me. When I crossed the road the buck was not excited about my presence and started stomping his foot. Eventually, they both ran off in the distance.

I am continually amazed at the Lord's blessings with my photography! He blows me away:)

Location: Athens, Georgia