Friday, April 18, 2014

Peering

"Peering" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

While I was on Daniel Island, South Carolina, I found a swampy area which would be good for bird photography.  I was experimenting with my polarizing filter I just bought.  

This Little Blue Heron was meandering around looking for breakfast.  He was not far from me, but then he decided to fly right in front of my camera.  I was zoomed in too far and had to zoom out to fit him into the frame. 

He was fun to watch.   He would tilt his head side to side as he tried to peer through the water looking for food.  Maybe he would have benefited from looking through my polarizer to help him see below the surface of the water. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Perched

"Perched" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

This is the second time I was able to photograph this Barred Owl at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.  Here is a link to the photographs from the first time.  There is a small creek in the woods where he likes to hang out.  

I am always amazed how close he lets me photograph him.  This photo was taken at a focal length of 280mm.  The photograph is not cropped.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Banana Split

"Banana Split"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

I enjoyed watching this baby orangutan play around while I was at Zoo Atlanta.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lighthouse Decoration

"Lighthouse Decoration" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

I found this Brown Pelican at the St. Simons Island Pier thanks to my dad.  He took a photograph of the pelicans at the pier and sent it to me.  When I went out for the day, I knew where to stop first.  I did not mind that the pelican helped decorate the lighthouse for me:)

Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia

Monday, April 7, 2014

Face To "Face"

Face To "Face" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

I was visiting Daniel Island, South Carolina for the Family Circle Tennis Tournament. Of course I wanted to photograph wildlife as much as I could. 

This particular morning my heart was set first on photographing the sunrise then wildlife.  The sunrise adventure wasn't so hot, but I found a trove of wildlife.

A local guy named Skip was riding his bike and saw me photographing at a swampy area.  He asked me if I saw the babies.  When I questioned him, he told me in the spring there usually were a lot of baby alligators.  He left, and quickly came back.  He told me there was a "baby" alligator at the small pond.  I asked him if he would show me where it was.  

He told me the alligator had been there for a few years and that it was neat to watch him grow.  When we got there, the alligator was on the bank of the pond.  The alligator was probably six feet long.  

As a bonus there was an egret!  That photo is for another day!    

Slowly I approached him, and he did not move.  I would take a few shots then move in closer.  Only towards the end did he lift his head.

This was one of my last shots.  I wanted to face him square on.  The photograph was with a 400 mm lens.  I had to only crop to straighten the photograph.  As I was in front of him, I wasn't overly concerned with lining up everything perfect!  

Maybe I was a little too close:)  

Friday, April 4, 2014

Steadfast

"Steadfast" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

I found this hawk last night as my husband and I were driving around Daniel Island, South Carolina while I was looking for birds to photograph.  This hawk was sitting in the tree as we were about to drive by.  We stopped the car, and I slowly crept towards him.  Funny thing is he was steadfast on staying on that limb.  After I finished photographing him, I came back later and he was still there.  He must have been there for over 30 minutes.

Again, I asked the Lord to bring to me or help me see what HE wants me to photograph.  I'll take it!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Contemplating

"Contemplating" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

I enjoyed going to Zoo Atlanta yesterday.  I wasn't there for the visit but to photograph the animals.  This Silverback Gorilla seems to be contemplating something.  I overheard a visitor saying she wished she knew what they were thinking.....so do I.

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Beauty Of Spring

The Beauty Of Spring
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

I am glad I got my macro lens before spring arrived.  I love the beauty of these little flowers.  

Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Friday, March 28, 2014

Seed Lover

"Seed Lover"  
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

This Tufted Titmouse is enjoying a sunflower seed from a feeder at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.  It is neat to watch a Titmouse or a Chic-a-dee crack open a sunflower seed with their beak while holding the seed with their claws.  

I also love the pretty spring colors in the tree:)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sulu's Tea Party

"Sulu's Tea Party" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

My daughter came home from college and brought home her new Chinese Dwarf hampster named Sulu.  I told her I wanted to do a photo shoot of Sulu.  


I remembered my daughter had a little teacup set when she was young, and I knew it would be the perfect size to put Sulu in.  Sulu did not cooperate to much.  She either wanted to stay in the teacup or she did not want to get in it.  We ended up getting several good shots.

Monday, March 24, 2014

A Blanket Of Color

"A Blanket Of Color"  
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

I was waiting by the Forsythia to see if I could find any hummingbirds.  While I was waiting, I saw some beautiful tulips next to the Forsythia.  I was torn between keeping on my long lens to hopefully capture a hummingbird shot or putting on my macro to photograph the tulips.  I never saw a hummingbird, but I believe I heard one twice.  

So while I was waiting, I photographed the tulips with the Forsythia in the background.  I sort of looked like a three ring circus as I was trying to get the perfect shot.  I did not have a reflector to diffuse the light, so I hung my jacket on my tripod to block the harsh sunlight.  I then laid on the ground under the tripod to photograph the tulip while it was in the shade of my jacket.  I then used a flash to bring back in more light.  I think the beautiful, yellow Forsythia made for the perfect background!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Honey Snatcher

"Honey Snatcher" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

 I originally saw this Chic-a-dee on a bee box.  I did not know what it was so I asked a curator at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, but I did not ask any other questions. 

The Chic-a-dee went into the top right part of the box, so at first I thought I found it's nest.  There was also another Chic-a-dee there too, but they did not return.  So the only thing I could think of is that they were honey snatchers or bee eaters.  

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Mohawk

"Mohawk" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

It was a blustery day when I found this Reddish Egret on St. Simons Island, Georgia.  The wind gave him a Mohawk:)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Voilà

"Voilà
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

I left my house well before sunrise, so I could drive about an hour away to photograph at Little Mulberry Park.  It is mating season for the Great Blue Heron, and they nest in the tall pine trees there. 

I really did not get any great shots at sunrise but followed this heron around the lake.  He flew across the lake to the dock I usually shoot from.  I saw where he landed and quickly walked there.  When I got to the dock, I could not find him.  I quietly walked to both sides of the dock with no luck.  I walked off the dock and took a few steps near the water then voilà he stepped out from around the dock.  It kinda freaked me out a little because he was so close to me standing out in the open.  I did not know what to do, and he did not know what to do either.  

My tripod was on my camera, so I slowly brought the camera to my face and took a few photos.  I then quickly zoomed out to get his whole body in the frame.  He turned his head away from me, so I slowly put my tripod on the ground.  He turned back towards me then flew away.  I was happy to get a few shots!


Friday, March 14, 2014

Around The Corner

"Around The Corner" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

The daffodils are one of the first flowers to show that spring is around the corner!!

Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia