Monday, September 15, 2014

A Glance

"A Glance" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

The hummingbirds are familiar with my presence and become very trusting of me. I photographed this one today about seven feet away. This hummer is sitting on the Yucca plant at marker #5 on the Hummingbird Trail at The State Botanical Garden of Georgia.

A hummingbird fed about 12 inches from me today!  The count down has begun....only about two weeks left before they leave The State Botanical Garden of Georgia.  

Location: Athens, Georgia

Friday, September 12, 2014

Close Encounter

"Close Encounter" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I am not a mathematician when it come to figuring out how close I was to my subject compared to the subject in the frame.  This was shot at 400mm and is only about 10 percent cropped.  What I can remember after the fact.......I was TOO CLOSE!  

Location: Daniel Island, South Carolina

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Prickly Lunch

"Prickly Lunch" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

A friend of mine told me the hummingbirds were feeding on the thistle near the power line at The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, so I went out this morning to try to photograph them.  

Location: Athens, Georgia

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sunrise Shrimp Boat

"Sunrise Shrimp Boat" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I rarely photograph before the sun rises, but this particular morning, I went to Jekyll Island, Georgia to photograph at Driftwood Beach.  As I was shooting, a shrimp boat caught my eye. 

I love the silhouette of the captain and his mate as they are too out early to work.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Signature Line

"Signature Line" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

I love this Black & Yellow Argiope's spiderweb because if it's signature zig-zag line in the web.  

Location:  The State Botanical Garden of Georgia 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Constant Presence

"Constant Presence" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

The hummingbirds were active on the Hummingbird Trail at The State Botanical Garden of Georgia today.  This photograph was taken at marker #17.  Two hummingbirds consistently fought for a long time defending their territory and food. 

I love how trustworthy the hummingbirds are of me.  They are used to my consistent presence.  They tolerate my camera, tripod, and gear in their living room.  I get pretty close to them, and they don't mind me much as long as I don't move too quickly.

Location: The Hummingbird Trail at The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens, Georgia   

Monday, September 1, 2014

Blue-bellied Roller

"Blue-bellied Roller" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

Back on my "African Safari" but this time I am at Zoo Atlanta where I found this Blue-bellied Roller.  It is a beautiful bird and interesting enough, it nests in a hole in a cavity of a tree. 

 Location:  Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia

Friday, August 29, 2014

Wonderfully Made

"Wonderfully Made"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

I found this Black Buck Antelope at the Wild Animal Safari and fell in love.  He is beautiful head to toe.  

The Lord made so many neat creatures.  We too are wonderfully made and made in His image:)  

Location:  Wild Animal Safari in Pine Mountain, Georgia 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hummingbird Burrito

"Hummingbird Burrito" 
Judy Royal Glenn  

I went to the Smith-Gilbert Gardens In Kennesaw, Georgia Saturday to observe hummingbirds being banned.  I was excited about the day and left Athens about 6:15 am to arrive at the garden by 8:00.  The roads were already packed with people walking to the garden, and cars were lined up along the road until the gates were open.  

(Note the one red and one rare green gorget feather on the hummingbird's throat.)

The little Ruby-throated hummingbirds are captured by an enclosure that surrounds a feeder, and once the hummingbirds enter the enclosure, the trap door is pulled shut.  They are then brought to the person banding the hummingbird.  The lady banding the hummingbirds is named Julia a.k.a. the "Hummingbird Whisperer."  There are only around 100 people in the United States that are trained to band them.

She carefully places the hummingbird in a women's footy that is used in stores to try on shoes and places a tiny band on the hummingbird's ankle.  Five numbers are stamped on the band.  It does not hurt the hummingbird and is not heavy. The band gives important information to researchers concerning migration, life-span and survival rate, success in reproduction and population, and other helpful knowledge conceding birds.  

 A lot of information about the hummingbird in hand is retrieved.  The hummingbird is weighed, it's sex and age are determined, and other measurements.  Here in this photo Julia is observing the hummingbird's bill to see the amount of fine etchings or corrugations on its bill. Younger hummingbirds  have corrugations on its upper bill which begin to smooth out starting at the tip of the bill.  Usually, the upper part of the bill will be completely smooth after 4-6 months.  Some adults keep as much as 10% of the etchings at the base of it's bill.  A bander looks at the bill to help determine the hummingbird's age. 

 Hummingbirds are super small and weigh a little more than a penny.  The females are 15-25 bigger than the males.  Their overall length from the tip of its tail to the tip of its bill ranges from about 70mm (2.76) inches to about 90mm (3.54) in females.

The "Hummingbird Whisper", Julia, holds up the tiny hummingbird to show the anxious crowds awaiting at a glance of the tiny wonders.

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.