Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Be Still

"Be Still"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

For the last eleven years, I have attended the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference in Ridgecrest, North Carolina. I go because the Lord laid on my heart a story I felt He wanted me to write and publish.

I am attending the conference this week and also love photographing God’s beautiful creation. I spent my hour break Monday photographing the cedar waxwings in the small trees in front of my hotel room at the Ridgecrest Conference Center.

I posted this photo Tuesday for the conferees to remind them to find Him through His amazing creation! “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10

I would covet your prayers as I seek out the Lord's will for my photography and writing. Thank you ~ Judy:)


Monday, May 23, 2016

Cornered?

"Cornered?"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

I enjoyed my time at Keystone Heritage Park, in El Paso, Texas. I mainly went there to photograph the black-necked stilt, but I will photograph anything that moves in front of my camera.

I walked around the wetlands to see how far I could go. As I passed some brush, I noticed a rabbit that was startled and panicked looked for a place to escape. There was a major problem…...he was on a peninsula surrounded by water except where I was standing. He took a desperate leap right into the water.

I did not know rabbits could swim. He swam to the other side then hopped away!


Wet but happy he got away from me.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Towering Above

"Towering Above"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography
I have posted before about George the resident great blue heron on the beach at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Gulf Shores, Alabama. He was kind enough to let me take his portrait while I was at the Alabama Coastal BirdFest.
I have never photographed a great blue heron this close, but he was used to hanging around the local fishermen for a bite to eat. My 80-400mm lens was on my camera, and I took this shot at 195mm.
He was towering over me a bit at I was on the downward slope of the beach and crouched low to get a good shot. 
The background in my photographs is very important to me. I took several shots with the beach and shore in the background but also like the beach house because it gives the shot character:)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Reflecting

"Reflecting"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

I think it is neat the Lord made water to reflect its surroundings. Nature becomes even more splendid when we can see God’s beautiful creation reflected in water.
From the angle I needed to place my camera, I knew it would reflect my camera. That could not be avoided because I wanted to place my camera on the wall to steady my camera.
Taking this photo made me think about what our lives reflect. Are we reflecting the fruit of the spirit…..love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control?

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

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Back on my Throne


"Back on my Throne"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography



The hummingbirds are back at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and so are the new Hummingbird Trail maps! The maps are in the Visitor Center at the front desk. The new map will be on the web site shortly.



There aren't a ton of hummingbirds at the Garden yet. The females are busy building their nests, so female hummingbird sightings are lower. In three to five weeks, I think the babies of two nests may be born. I saw a female collecting dandelion last week near marker # 20 for her nest:)

A male hummingbird can be found frequently at marker #6 on the dead branches at the top of the Loquat tree. Give him 5-10 minutes and you may see him.
The busiest marker right now is marker #11 at the rose garden. This is a new marker this year as there is an abundance of flowers the hummingbirds love!

These photographs were taken today at their respective markers. Thanks to everyone for helping get the trail and maps ready this year!!

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

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Transposed

"Transposed"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

When you see a photograph of a shell at the beach, you don't think the shell was brought from a different location because shells are found at the beach. This shell started at the beach, found it's way to my dad's house, then I took it back to the beach to photograph. I don't typically find nice shells, so I brought a few to photograph.

 Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Intimate Details

"Intimate Details"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

Our God is a big God who created so many amazing details in nature. I love photographing these wonderful details. 

My husband let me pick out my orchid for Valentine's Day. He told me he saw some blue ones, and I had to have one! The orchids are of course color infused and will come back to their normal color next year. 

My orchids were on their last leg and about to die, so I wanted to photograph them one more time. I knew the shot I had imagined, and when I set up my tripod and camera, I actually positioned the camera right the first try. This may be the first time I had accomplished such a task on the first try. I made some minor adjustments, and I was pleased with the outcome.

Some people may not "get" the shot, but I wanted to accentuate the beautiful curved details of the flower. I am glad I God created so many neat details in His creation!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Surrounded by Love

"Surrounded by Love"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography
Happy Mother's Day! 
Moms do so much for us in our lives, and they are so special to us. May we take the time today to thank them and tell them how much they mean to us. My mom is with Jesus in Heaven. I said out loud "Happy Mother's Day." I can't wait to see her again and tell her in person! Be thankful while they are still here:) 

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

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Chillin' in Cozumel

"Chillin' in Cozumel"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

While we were in Cozumel, Mexico on our cruise last year, we took a taxi to the beach. A young girl came and lay in the hammock as I was shooting. Little did she know she was part of my shot.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Beautifully Designed


"Beautifully Designed"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

While at the swamp at the Magnolia Plantation, I loved to photograph the egrets. It was mating season, so they were very active building their nests. 

The patch of neon green on the egret which occurs during mating season is beautiful. God's creatures are so amazing!

Location: Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Storm

"The Storm"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

While at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia yesterday, the sprinklers were watering the poppies. I waited for the perfect timing and photographed the water falling on the poppies. It made me think of a scriptural application. 
Trials and storms will come in our lives, the rain will fall, but if we are anchored to Jesus, He will see us through.
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30 NIV.

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

Monday, April 25, 2016

A Prickly Place

"A Prickly Place"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

While in El Paso, Texas, I also photographed birds through a bird hide in Franklin Mountains State Park. We actually got to talk to the guy who built the hide and takes care of feeding the birds. There are several feeders there and some sort of watering hole for the birds.
This particular bird picked a prickly place to feed its young!
I decided to process the photo with an antique look. It's something I have never tried before.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A Whole New World

"A Whole New World"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

I recently purchased a 14-24mm landscape lens. It is so different than any lens I am comfortable shooting with because it photographs so wide and will even photograph your shoes if you aren't careful! I have a lot of learning to do…..it never ends:)
I even cropped the photo to the left because I did not like an object near the water.

Location: Gibbs Garden, Ball Ground, Georgia

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Claret Cup Cactus

"Claret Cup Cactus"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

While in El Paso, Texas, we stopped at the Franklin Mountains State Park. Of course there are tons of cactus in Texas. This is the flower of the Claret cup cactus.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Answered Prayer

"Answered Prayer"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Meet Barley! He is part of an answer to prayer a few weeks ago. 

We travelled three days of eight plus hour trips to make it to Texas a few weeks ago. I wanted to photograph the blue bonnets while we where there. When I found a small patch on the side of the road, I told my husband I wanted to stop. He always is very tolerating of my craziness to suddenly stop so I can photograph something, but when I asked, he did not want to. We continued on our trip.

He started feeling bad and asking the Lord to show him some flowers so I could photograph them. He found a patch on the side of the road, and we pulled over.

A while later, a truck pulled up and the driver started talking to my husband. I stopped photographing the flowers to see what he was saying.

He said he had a whole field of blue bonnets on his property and ask if we were interested in photographing it. I could not believe what he was asking me. It was like I was in Heaven.

The field was beautiful! I photographed their sweet son named Noah, Kimber, their three week old, and Barley, their lab met which met us when we arrived. It was like a dream come true! Not only did I get to photograph their beautiful field of blue bonnets, but I got the icing on the cake times three!

Location: Luling, Texas