Friday, September 22, 2017

Heavenly Gaze

“Heavenly Gaze”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography
Male rufous hummingbird

I have the privilege of photographing the rufous hummingbird this past weekend at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. It was an amazing day!

My research was done and knew where I wanted to photograph in the Los Angeles/Anaheim area; now I had to find the hummingbirds. With 127 acres to meander through, I knew it might be difficult, but I asked the Lord to help me find them. I was on a tight schedule, only one day to shoot and about 6 hours.

As soon as I walked into the garden, I heard the unfamiliar sounds of hummingbirds not found in Georgia and it excited me! Their calls and wings make amazing sounds—much different than the ruby-throated hummingbird.

I photographed this fellow for two hours. He camped out on the yucca plant and defended the area. After talking to a few people who live out there, they mentioned he was on the same plant last year. One man told me I was lucky to find him because of the drought. He said usually they were everywhere.

Instead of feeding on the flowers frequently, he turned to eating small bugs non-stop. He would land on a branch, fly up to get eat a bug, and repeat.

Maybe one day I can return to this wonderful garden. I barely scratched its surface.


Location: Arcadia, California

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Roaming Fishermen

“Roaming Fishermen”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

A few years ago, I watched a beautiful sunset on the St. Simons Island pier and then decided to shoot long exposure shots. I titled the photograph to draw your attention to the moving fishermen and visitors on the pier.

I’m thinking of my family and everyone dealing with the after effects of Hurricane Irma. Hoping everyone can get home soon!!

This photo is from my archives and never published on my social media.

Nikon D600 + Nikon AF-S 80-400mm, 20.0 sec., f/14, 100 ISO, 220 mm

Location: St. Simons Island pier, St. Simons Island, Georgia

Monday, September 11, 2017

Tap Dancing on Sunflowers

 
“Tap Dancing on Sunflowers”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography
Immature male ruby-throated hummingbird

Some flowers were going to be discarded from the place I volunteered at this weekend, so I took them home and made magic. I placed a small hand hummingbird feeder in the flower and played with my hummingbirds.

Location: Athens, Georgia

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

It’s My Natural Curl

“It’s My Natural Curl”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

I love this alpaca’s natural curl. She can hardly see. Good thing she got a hair cut the next weekend!

Location: Clyde, North Carolina

Monday, September 4, 2017

Mommie?!

“Mommie?!”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Warning cuteness alert!

What does a bear cub do when he wakes from his nap and doesn’t see his family? Just what he was taught to do—climb a tree and let out a cry.

Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Cades Cove, Tennessee