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

Friday, January 9, 2015

Perched

"Perched" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I found this little fellow perched on this branch at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. A wall from the conservatory made for a good background. 

Location: Athens, Georgia 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Hummingbird Angel

"Hummingbird Angel" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

  I don't use a flash when I photograph hummingbirds. I photographed this shot at a friend's house and the hummingbirds were in the shade, so I tried using a flash and like the outcome. I like the neat background that is a wall of my friend's house.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Alert!

Alert! 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

During the Christmas holidays, I went to St. Simons Island, Georgia. I was photographing a blue heron when I noticed a behavior I have never seen before. I was curious, so I took a lot of photographs.


Then it all made sense….another blue heron was walking towards the other heron. I have never seen two blue herons in close proximity before except when they were nesting.


The first heron pointed his beak to the sky and spread his wings dramatically. As the other heron walked towards him, he also had his beak to the sky and spread his wings.


The second heron walked near then passed by the first heron. He then turned around and walked past him again. The second heron did this a total of three times for a duration of about five minutes. Finally, the second heron flew away.


I researched this behavior and found this page that talks about different behaviors in herons. I believe this behavior is the “alert posture” where the heron does this behavior when it is disturbed or threatened. That is my best guess. You can read the article and make your own decision.


Either way, it was a fun and exciting thing for me to be able to witness!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

King of the Mountain

"King of the Mountain" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I love chipmunks! They are the cutest little things. This one appears to be king of the mountain. 

Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Monday, December 29, 2014

Wounded?

"Wounded?" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

When I was out shooting this week, I found the most birds I have ever seen on St. Simons Island. I had a blast! I finished my shoot and was headed back "home" when I found this big fellow by the road.

He wasn't even five feet from the road, and as people were riding past in their cars or on their bikes, he did not hardly move at all.

It was not the typical place where I would find a wood stork, but I did not want to miss out on the opportunity. I photographed him from across the street. I had to be careful with my framing or the road would be in the frame. He was comfortable with me photographing him because he actually bedded down.

The next day I went out to shoot, and he was in the same area. On the way back home from shooting, he was pretty much in the exact spot.

A lady was photographing him. I told her he was there yesterday. She was trying to see if it was the same bird that had a hurt foot in a different location. She said she called DNR and they were not helpful, but I don't know which bird she was talking about.

I did notice a red, bumpy area on his left leg. I don't know if this injury was causing him strife, or if he was sick. I hope he makes it!


I thanked him for my photographs...my usual tradition! 

Location: St.Simons Island, Georgia

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

"I'm Dreaming"

I'm Dreaming" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas even though it is not going to happen. 

Merry CHRISTmas! 

Location: The Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina

Monday, December 22, 2014

"A Perfect Landing"

"A Perfect Landing"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

This insect seems to have made a perfect landing on this small runway! 

Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Second Best

"Second Best" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

This photograph was not what I planned, but it is better than nothing. While I was on Daniel Island, South Carolina for the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament, i wanted to photograph a sunrise. 

I got up early and went to where I thought I would find the sun coming up over the horizon in a scenic location. I kept driving and driving, but did not find what I was looking for. Finally, I gave up on my vision and settle for what I could get.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Amaryllis Samba

 "Amaryllis Samba" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I love when it is almost winter and I can photograph beautiful flowers. I am spoiled having the conservatory to photograph in at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Winging It

"Winging It" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I got a new camera recently. Within about five minutes of having my camera, my husband noticed a hawk fly by in front of our house. He said its wingspan was huge.

He told me where it flew, and I headed down the street to find it. The hawk was perched in my neighbors tree. 

I began to take photos of him, but my new camera was a little different than my other one. I did not know how to change the dials yet, so I just winged it.

I went back to my neighbor's house and measured how tall the hawk was compared to the markings on the tree near his head. He was 14 inches tall from his feet to his head! 

Monday, December 8, 2014

American Coot

"American Coot" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I don't get to photograph the American coot very often. It is not a very pretty bird, but I like to photograph it nonetheless. 

Location: Lake Junaluska, North Carolina