Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Stuck On You

"Stuck On You" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

Upon closer view, one can tell why I gave this photograph this title.  I did not notice that this male Box turtle had a leaf stuck on his mouth while I was photographing him.  

Location:  The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Monday, July 21, 2014

Frozen

"Frozen" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

I enjoyed going to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia this morning and peeked into the garden to find three baby fawns.  I followed them around and for a brief moment this fawn was "Frozen." 

Location:  The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Friday, July 18, 2014

Life Unnoticed

"Life Unnoticed" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

My family and I went on the beach while we where on St. Simons Island, Georgia to watch the forth of July fireworks.  A lot of my extended family members were there too, and we had a large row of chairs set up to watch the fireworks.  

The sun would be setting before the fireworks, so I wanted to walk the shore looking for birds to photograph.  As I was almost back to where my family was sitting, a family saw me photographing, and they asked me if I saw the tiny horseshoe crabs.  The little boy had one in his hands.  I asked him if he could hold it up for me so I could photograph it.

I was amazed at the tiny little creature he was holding.  I told the father I must have killed 100 of them walking back.  I never saw them in the sand.  As I bent down and look closely at the sand, I saw them moving around everywhere. 

video

 When I got back to our seats, I had my daughter hold the horseshoe crab, so I could take a video of it from my cell phone.  

Location:  St. Simons Island, Georgia

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Noticed

"Noticed" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I was waiting by the Trumpet Creeper to see if any hummingbirds were feeding on it.  I did not see any hummingbirds while I was standing there, but I was noticed by this lizard. 

 Location:  The State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Grand Finale

"The Grand Finale" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

I took a group of people through the Hummingbird Trail at The State Botanical Garden of Georgia Saturday.  There was a smaller group this time of only 12 people.  The smaller group encouraged the hummingbirds not to hide from us like they did when we had a much larger group.  As we walked through the trail, they came out of hiding and made themselves known.  


It was neat to see the group the last part of the hour spread out in the garden sitting at the various hummingbird markers waiting for a chance to hopefully photograph them.  I was thrilled to look at the back of a visitor's camera to see the photograph they captured.  Others photographed hummingbirds as well.

After the tour was over, I wanted to stay and photograph the hummers because as everyone was photographing the hummers, I was helping them find these neat little creatures.  

I got out my camera and another lady wanted to follow along.  We started out at the front of the trail to no avail.  The hummingbirds were being very quiet.  I only heard one and never saw any.  We went to the back of the trail, and it was a completely different story.  They were everywhere chasing each other around!  I have never seen them in the four years I have been researching them at the garden be as active as they were.  I told the lady with me she was lucky to witness the event.  I felt like a kid in the candy store.  Normally, I would have already packed my equipment and left because of the heat and harsh light, but knew I was probably going to stay another hour.

The hummingbird in the photograph was not far from our tripods.  The hummingbirds did not care we were there.  They were busy defending their territory and chasing each other off.  The immature male in the photograph was busy chasing off the hummingbird that was right over his head. 

The photograph was shot at marker #14 at the Lantana.  They were also busy feeding on the Cana Lily and perching in the bushes in front of the column to the right of the stage.

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

Friday, July 11, 2014

Up Above

"Up Above" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I found this immature male hummingbird on the Hummingbird Trail at The State Botanical Garden of Georgia.  He can be found visiting marker #6 in the hanging baskets:)      

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

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Jumping Jelly Beans

"Jumping Jelly Beans"  
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

This little guy found me today at The State Botanical Garden of Georgia.  I looked down and he was walking around on my backpack. 

I wanted to photograph him, so I put him on this flower.  

Time after time, he jumped off the flower onto the ground.  Time and time again, I got a piece of pine straw or something else and place him back on the flower.

I love when the Lord answers my prayers of bringing to me what He wants me to photograph:)  

Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Monday, July 7, 2014

Tag

"Tag" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

There weren't many iris flowers left in the iris garden at The State Botanical Garden of Georgia.  I went over to this flower briefly to see if the hummingbirds would feed off of it when I noticed what I thought were ladybugs.   Once I started editing the photograph I noticed it was a different insect. 

Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Friday, July 4, 2014

Cool Blue Sunrise


"Cool Blue Sunrise" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

I went to Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island, Georgia very early this morning to photograph the sunrise.  I needed to get up at 4:45 to drive there and get set up well before the sun peaked its head over the horizon.  

I was playing around with the temperature in my settings, and liked the cooler color of the sunrise. What do you think about the cooler temperature?

A cool blue sunrise on a happy fourth of July!!  

Location:  Driftwood Beach at Jekyll Island, Georgia

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Fly-by


 
"Fly-by"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

I enjoyed photographing several Skimmers flying up and down an inlet on the beach. I set my tripod up and got at the edge of the water and waited for them to come to me. They would soar down the "runway" flying straight towards my camera, then they would do a fly-by and zoom past me.  

Location:  St. Simons Island, Georgia

Monday, June 30, 2014

The State Botanical Garden Of Georgia's Hummingbird Trail

"The State Botanical Garden Of Georgia's Hummingbird Trail" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

This is one of the new signs that are displayed at The State Botanical Garden of Georgia for the new Hummingbird Trail.  If you missed the first post about the Hummingbird Trail please view here. 


These red markers can be found throughout the garden to display where the hummingbirds can be found feeding or perching in their natural habitat.


This photograph of an immature male Ruby-throated hummingbird was taken at marker #6.  He is feeding on the purple salvia.  

I have enjoyed seeing my vision of the Hummingbird Trail come to fruition, and I am appreciative of The State Botanical Garden of Georgia in believing in this project. If you are ever in Athens, come wander through the Hummingbird Trail and see these neatest little creatures in their natural habitat!

  I made a short YouTube video on my cell phone of the trail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLkOfWo-kXs

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


Friday, June 27, 2014

Details


"Details" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

I enjoy looking at this photograph in black and white.  It makes all the intricate details of the flower really stand out.  If the photograph were in color, it would not have the same impact because the color of the flower would over power the shot.  

Location:    The State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Exhausted

"Exhausted" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

This is the first time I have uploaded a photograph from my iPhone.  After a friend and I finished walking the Hummingbird Trail at The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, we walked around to see if we could find the resident hawk.

As we were walking down a path, Heather noticed this baby bluebird in the middle of the path in the blistering sun.  He was exhausted and was very still.  She picked him up, and I took a few photographs with my iPhone of the him in her hands.  


She also had her camera with her, and I was glad she took a photograph for me.  He was hot and exhausted, so we put him in the shade next to the road where we found him.  We walked away and watched to see if the mom and dad would help him.  Confident is was okay, we left.

    

Monday, June 23, 2014

Resident Hawk

"Resident Hawk" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

This hawk lives at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and is not bothered at all by humans.  I know several people that have photographed him from very short distances.

He has several perches where he loves to hang out, and I knew just where to look for him this morning.  As I was walking down a path near one of his favorite perches, he flew overhead to a  large patch of very tall grass and attempted to pounce on something.  I hurried closer, and he sprung up in the air and pounced once more.  Whatever he was after, he did not get because he flew up to his perch in the tree.  He sat there undisturbed as I took my photographs!  He did not want to disappoint!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

"Hidden" At The State Botanical Garden Of Georgia's Hummingbird Trail

"Hidden" At The State Botanical Garden Of Georgia's Hummingbird Trail  
Judy Royal Glenn Photography
  
I never post on a Saturday, but I was excited about the Hummingbird Trail being officially "open" today at The State Botanical Garden of Georgia.  I lead a group of people through the trail this morning and showed them where the hummingbirds hide at the garden.  There are 20 markers showing where the hummingbirds love to fed, perch, and hide.  There are maps located in the Visitor Center for people to pick up and walk the trail at their leisure.  

I photographed this particular hummingbird three weeks ago hiding in the Pineapple Guava shrub which is at marker #3.  The hummingbirds were quite shy today as we had over 20 people attend the ramble.  I did have one visitor tell me after the crowds left, she saw a number of hummingbirds around this area.

  This is most of the crowd that showed up for the Hummingbird Trail.