Wednesday, March 25, 2015

My Angry Face

"My Angry Face" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

A comical side of photography for today:) 

Location: Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Georgia

Monday, March 23, 2015

Wings in Motion

"Wings in Motion" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I have been tracking the ruby-throated hummingbird's flight back to the United States. It is a long 18 hour plus non-stop flight across the Gulf of Mexico. I don't know how they do it! 

They have been spotted in Georgia for two weeks and are now in Tennessee and North Carolina. My feeders are up—I'm ready for them to be at the Botanical Garden and my house!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Blue Eye

"Blue Eye" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography


I photographed this pig while at the Wild Animal Safari in Pine Mountain, Georgia. I desaturated all the color in the photo but blue so the pig's blue eye would stand out. Love that place!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Anticipation!

"Anticipation!" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I took this photo of an echinacea flower last summer. I am greatly anticipation the return of flowers blooming and the hummingbirds! 

Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Up in Lights

"Up in Lights"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

The reflections of the light in the water make this dragonfly look like he is in the spotlight on a broadway show. 

Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia

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