Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Dew Bee

"Dew Bee"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

I was on an expedition at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia to do my yearly documentation as to when the hummingbirds leave the Garden. An immature male hummingbird is there as of today which is a tie for last year's final hummer departure. 
I was able to photograph the hummer, but my favorite shot from today goes to this sleeping bee. I love seeing the dew on his body, especially his eyes.
I had to stand on a borrowed bucket to get high enough to photograph down on the bee, but even then I held my camera in the air and tried to look through my LCD screen to photograph him. I normally do not put the subject in the middle of my photo, but hey.....I'll take what I can get while standing on a bucket:) 
Location: Athens, Georgia

Monday, October 5, 2015


Judy Royal Glenn Photography
This is George the resident great blue heron on the beach at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Gulf Shores, Alabama. This photo was taken while I was at the Alabama Coastal BirdFest. 
When I first got to the beach, I saw George off in the distance next to a few fishermen. At first glance, I said out loud, "Is that real?" He was a very large heron, and I did not know if it was a decoration. 
George also wanted the shrimp on the line of the fisherman just like the willet. The fisherman threw George a shrimp to eat and then caught a fish and gave it to George so I could photograph him.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Tug of War

"Tug of War"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I am at the Alabama Coastal BirdFest this weekend and having a blast! This willet was playing tug-of-war with a fisherman's line.

Location: Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Gulf Shores, Alabama

Monday, September 28, 2015


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Saturday, my husband and I headed out to photograph waterfalls. There were so many striking images to view, but this one is one of my favorites. I was a little safer this time and sat on a handrail instead of standing on it. I even had my husband stand beside me and hold onto me as I focused on my equipment and getting the shot.

I used an six second exposure to capture the milkiness of the water flowing over the rock. What are we letting flow over us? As for me….God’s love and strength.

Location: Anna Ruby Falls near Unicoi State Park in White County near Helen, Georgia

Friday, September 25, 2015

Got Ya!

"Got Ya!"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

I had to wait for this fiddler crab to come back out of his hole. I lay on my stomach on the sand and waited. I did not want people to think I was hurt while I was laying there facedown, so I folded my legs up behind me and wiggled them around. The things I do for a photograph:) 

Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia

Monday, September 21, 2015


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My eye was drawn to the drop of water on this leaf. I could not figure out why I was so drawn to the image before me, but photographed it anyway. 

I loved the highlight coming into the drop of water. I also love the patterns in the dark horseshoe shape. The drop of water looks like a teardrop.

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

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

In Spotlight

"In Spotlight"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography
Yesterday, I met again a fellow photography friend to shoot at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Before she got there, I found a little grasshopper relaxing on a large leaf plant. I took several "normal" shots then photographed the grasshopper backlit and in silhouette.

Location: Athens, Georgia

Monday, September 14, 2015

Under the Dock

"Under the Dock" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I went to the marina on St. Simons Island, Georgia to see what I could find to photograph. I saw a few barn swallows diving in and out underneath the dock, so I walked down the ramp, to get closer to the birds.

I found this particular bird perching on the pipes. 

It did not take long to find its nest full of babies which was not far from its perch.
 Location: Morningstar Marinas, St. Simons Island, Georgia

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Red-billed Streamertail Hummingbird

"Red-billed Streamertail Hummingbird"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Paul and I enjoyed our trip to Rocklands Bird Sanctuary in Anchovy, Jamaica. It was my favorite part of the whole cruise. The red-billed streamertail hummingbird is Jamaica's national bird. 

The red-billed streamertail hummingbird is Jamaica's national bird. 

We were given little bottles of sugar water and the hummingbirds were accustomed to the bottles and would feed from them. This red-billed streamer tail hummingbird landed on my husband’s finger to feed.
I enjoyed feeding them too!

I took this video of the hummingbird feeding. The speed of the video was slow as the lighting was dark, but I love watching its wings in slow motion.

Monday, September 7, 2015


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The Nilgai a large antelope found in India and eastern Pakistan. Luckily, I did not have to travel there to photograph it. That's why I love the Wild Animal Safari in Pine Mountain, Georgia. It brings animals from all over the world to me!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

"Caught in the Rain" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

I spent about five hours in this small section of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia photographing two hummingbirds busy feeding and fighting each other. The flowers are lush in this section this year and have been a hummingbird magnet.

I found several new perches I did not know about because I haven't spent much time in this section. This tall rose branch was one of his favorite branches. 

He finally landed on the perch, and I got my perfect background when it started to rain. It did not bother me. I covered my gear and continued to shoot.

I love this immature male's markings on his neck. It looks like he has on a colorful necklace. Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hanging On

"Hanging On"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

The thing I love about dragonflies is they come back to the same perch time and time again like hummingbirds do. It makes it so much easier to photograph them. It just takes patience.

This particular dragonfly usually landed repeatedly on the top of this branch. I guess he tired of doing so and decided to hang on it. 

Location: Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Georgia

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Missing One

"Missing One" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Here is another photo from my shoot with my friend Heather. Since she had her macro lens, she was looking for tiny details and noticed this spider was missing a leg. She was my spotter and constantly found things for me to photograph. What I love about this photo is the bokeh.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Scampering Along

"Scampering Along"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Our Royal Caribbean cruise ship, the Independence of the Seas, stopped at Labadee Haiti. My family went back to the ship, but I am glad I decided to stay and photograph the beach. The Lord provided an immature Sally Lightfoot Crab (Grapsus grapsus) for me to photograph. I followed it along the rocky shore for quite sometime. This is one of my favorite photographs. As an adult, these crabs have striking colors such as blue, red and yellow. 

Location: Labadee, Haiti

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Haiti's Shores

"Haiti's Shores" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Haiti's shores were a mixture of beautiful white sand in some places, whereas other spots were extremely rocky.

My family had already gone back to the ship, but I enjoyed photographing the beach. I loved the beautiful blue water splashing on the rocks.