Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Little Harder


"A Little Harder" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

I went to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia today to photograph. I knew I may not find much, but there is still beauty to be found. The pretty, colorful flowers are no longer there, so you just have to look a little harder. 

Location: Athens, Georgia

Monday, November 24, 2014

Morning Munchies

"Morning Munchies" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I love getting to the State Botanical Garden early in the morning because the deer are usually eating their breakfast. The Garden has a fence to keep the deer out, but somehow a family of deer has made it into the Garden. 

The curators spend their time making the garden beautiful, but the deer just see the plants as food. The deer are used to seeing people, so this fawn let me get real close! 

Location: Athens, Georgia

Friday, November 21, 2014

Follow the Leader

"Follow the Leader" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I found this King Fisher at Memorial Park and was very excited! I have only had one other occasion to photograph a King Fisher, and I was too far away to get a good shot.

The King Fisher reminded me of a tendency hummingbirds have.....perching on favorite branches. He had two branches that he perched on regularly. When I walked up, he was on this branch. I did not see him and scared him, so he flew to his other favorite branch.

It then became follow the leader. He was the leader….I was the follower. He left this branch, but I knew he was coming back, and I waited for him. 

Location: Memorial Park, Athens, Georgia

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Zebra Playing Fetch

"A Zebra Playing Fetch" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I took this photograph while at the Wild Animal Safari. I was glad I was able to photograph the zebra at eye level. Looks can be deceiving. It looks as though I am laying on the ground to take this shot. 

The zebra looks like he is fetching a stick for me.

Location: Wild Animal Safari in Pine Mountain, Georgia

Monday, November 17, 2014

Two Miracles - Update

"Two Miracles - Update" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I did not remember until yesterday that I forgot to update my blog post "Two Miracles." It was a story of how the Lord allowed me to photograph two miracles at once.

The incredible story is too long with too many amazing details to summarize, so you can click on the link here. 

This photograph of the Iris plants is not meant to woe anyone. I just took a quick photo to document the Japanese iris did not bloom at all in September 2014. This photograph was taken on September 16, 2014 and shows no buds or flowers. 

This plant finished blooming during the summer like the rest of the iris plants. The last time I photographed the Japanese iris in 2014 was at the end of May. To me, it just adds icing to the cake and solidifies the truth to the two miracles told in my story. Click here to read the story of the dwindling Japanese iris flowers in 2014. I was excited to photograph another amazing shot this year.

I think the Japanese iris is going to be a plant I photograph every September!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hidden

"Hidden" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I have been noticing the beautiful purple flowers in my neighbors yard and wanted to photograph them. I saw my neighbors out walking the other night and asked them if it would be okay. They did not mind at all.

I went out yesterday morning and enjoyed photographing the beauty that was before me. The clematis flowers were stunning.

While editing I noticed a visitor on the flower that blended in so nicely because it to was the same color as the flower.  Can you see it?

A caterpillar is on the stamen:)

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Dance

 "The Dance" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Sandpipers have a hard time going slow....well, when being photographed. They move at the very quick pace making me stay on my toes to keep up with them.

It is a dance actually between the bird and the photographer. A typical 15 minute series would end up something like this.....from a low angle I set up the tripod and camera, I take a few photos, the bird walks past, I get up, walk ahead of the bird, set my tripod up again and the sequence repeats itself over and over again.


The dance is necessary to capture the shot, so it is one I don't mind.

Location: St Simons Island, Georgia

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Masked Bandit

"The Masked Bandit" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

Another first for me is seeing the white egret during breeding season. Usually the area on each side of the bird's head between the upper base of the beak and the eye is yellow. This area is referred to as the lore. During mating season, the lore is a beautiful shade of green.

For spring break this year, I went to the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge. There were several photographers there photographing the various birds building their nests in the brush over Woody pond. This egret went into the woods to break off a branch to build its nest. 

Location: Townsend, Georgia


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014

Donkey!

"Donkey!" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

One of my favorite photos from this past weekend is of a donkey in a field. My husband and I were headed to photograph waterfalls when I noticed the donkey.  

At first, he was far away. I called to him, "Donkey!" I called him repeatedly to see if he would come closer. He did walk closer, but he was still far away. I photographed him from a distance but did not give up on trying to get him closer.

I pulled some long weeds and waved them in the air hoping it would entice him. Slowly but surely he came closer and closer. He eventually walked up to the fence and let me feed him.  He did not want to be petted though!

Location: Clayton, Georgia

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Fall

"Happy Fall" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

The perfect background and setting for a pretty pumpkin!  
Happy fall:)  

Location:  Blood Mountain, Georgia

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What?!?

What?!? 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography  

It always amazes me the fortitude and courage it takes small birds to stand up to a much larger bird.  The smaller bird knows it can be eaten, but dive-bombs the predator.  This behavior is known is "mobbing" and is typically done in attempt to drive the predatory bird out of a breeding territory or nonbreeding territory, to protect its nest/young or its food source.  Mobbing is used to drive a predator away instead of harming them.

The smaller birds are usually more agile and can quickly get away when mobbing a large bird.  The larger bird may flee instead of expending so much energy to chase the small bird.  

Location:  The State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Change of Direction

"A Change of Direction" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

As I was out photographing at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, I passed a section of beautiful flowers and had to go back to photograph them. 

The beauty found in the single drop of water on the petal is what I decided to focus on.

  Location: Athens, Georgia