Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Second Best

"Second Best" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

This photograph was not what I planned, but it is better than nothing. While I was on Daniel Island, South Carolina for the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament, i wanted to photograph a sunrise. 

I got up early and went to where I thought I would find the sun coming up over the horizon in a scenic location. I kept driving and driving, but did not find what I was looking for. Finally, I gave up on my vision and settle for what I could get.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Amaryllis Samba

 "Amaryllis Samba" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I love when it is almost winter and I can photograph beautiful flowers. I am spoiled having the conservatory to photograph in at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Winging It

"Winging It" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I got a new camera recently. Within about five minutes of having my camera, my husband noticed a hawk fly by in front of our house. He said its wingspan was huge.

He told me where it flew, and I headed down the street to find it. The hawk was perched in my neighbors tree. 

I began to take photos of him, but my new camera was a little different than my other one. I did not know how to change the dials yet, so I just winged it.

I went back to my neighbor's house and measured how tall the hawk was compared to the markings on the tree near his head. He was 14 inches tall from his feet to his head! 

Monday, December 8, 2014

American Coot

"American Coot" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I don't get to photograph the American coot very often. It is not a very pretty bird, but I like to photograph it nonetheless. 

Location: Lake Junaluska, North Carolina

Friday, December 5, 2014

Horse Trough Falls

"Horse Trough Falls" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I love how the sun decided to show up and add neat light on the tree on the left.  

Location: Near Helen, Georgia

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

In a Sea of Darkness

"In a Sea of Darkness" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I love photographing lily flowers! The contrast of the water really makes the flower stand out. 

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

Monday, December 1, 2014

Posing by the Lake

"Posing by the Lake" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I love when wildlife stops for a few minutes to let me photograph them. This Canadian goose was hanging out by the lake at Little Mulberry Park and let me photograph him. 

Location:  Dacula, Georgia

Friday, November 28, 2014

Among the Thistles

"Among the Thistles" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

I still have Ruby-throated hummingbird images that have not had the chance to see the light. I need to get them posted before the hummingbirds come back this spring.

So since we just finished Thanksgiving, I want to do an after Thanksgiving thankfulness post. I am also so thankful for hummingbirds! 

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

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