Friday, August 22, 2014

A Tall Advantage

"A Tall Advantage" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I recently went to the Wild Animal Safari in Pine Mountain, Georgia. I can't afford to go on an African safari right now, so I will settle for second best. I can go to a safari in Georgia!

I do have a "tall" advantage to the safaris in Africa because the giraffes will walk up to your car and wait for a tasty treat. This giraffe got super close, so I put on my macro lens. He was literally in my face.

I decided to do a tonal black and white photograph, so your attention would not go to the reflection in his eye. In the reflection of his eye, you can see me with my camera photographing him.  

Here is a shot video of me feeding him out of my window:)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Hummingbird Trail at The State Botanical Garden makes front page of the Athens Banner-Herald

I am honored and privileged an article concerning my photography and work to design the Hummingbird Trail at The State Botanical Garden of Georgia made the front page of the Athens Banner-Herald this morning.


Many thanks to Anne, Cora, Billie, Shelly, and Lisa, the wonderful staff at The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, for their hard work and dedication to this project.

Click HERE to view the online article.

Correction to the online captions under the photos (my fault for the mix up): the large photo is a Ruby-throated hummingbird feeding on the pink Canna Lily at marker #5. The left photo displays an immature male Ruby-throated hummingbird defending his territory after he fed on the Lantana at marker #14. The right photo displays a mature male Ruby-throated hummingbird sitting on the Major Wheeler Trumpet Honeysuckle at marker #18.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Broken

"Broken" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

The Athens Photography Guild was given special permission to photograph at the Oconee Hill Cemetery August 16, 2014.  Thirteen members from APG enjoyed photographing this amazing landmark.  

This shot I titled "Broken" because I was trying to hide the fact that his right arm was broken off.  During editing of the photo, I noticed his big toe was also broken off.

We met for a quick group photo then spread out our separate ways.  The cemetery expands 100 acres so trying to keep everyone together would have been impossible. 

  I have only taken a few photos of cemeteries in my life, so I was intrigued with the rocks I found on the headstones.  When the Sexton of the cemetery drove up, I asked him why there were rocks on the markers.  He gave me an explanation, then once I got home, I did a little research.

I read the origin of the rocks on grave stones is uncertain, but the basic meaning from what I understand is a stones symbolizes that someone has come to visit, the loved one is not forgotten, or it may be a symbol of enduring love for the departed.  I also read that it may have stemmed for the ancient tradition of marking graves with a pile of stones.  One person also wrote that it was a Jewish custom because flowers are not permitted in a Jewish cemetery.

What is truth or hearsay I don't know, but I thought it was a neat gesture.  This headstone had 33 rocks on it.

Toward the end of the morning I came upon small headstones very close together, and they were scattered everywhere.  I was saddened and started to get tears in my eyes when I figured what the markers represented.  They were the markers of infant deaths.  Some markers represented a single child buried there with the infants name month and year etched on the stone.  I found a few stones where twins were buried.  One stone I found told of a really sad story.  A couple had an infant son who lived from 1935-1937, then an infant daughter who died in 1938.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Balanced

"Balanced" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

I love photographing at Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Townsend, Georgia. The refuge is a former WWII Army airfield.

There is an abundance of wildlife on the 2,762 acres which consists of saltwater marsh, cropland, grassland, and mixed deciduous woods.


This Anhinga was perched on the tree "sunbathing" when I first walked up. The Red-winged blackbird decorates the top of the tree.