Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Essence

"The Essence"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography
I normally do not photograph people, as my passion is nature and wildlife. But, while walking on the Grand Cayman beach, I found beauty in the serenity of a lady enjoying the nature around her. It is the essence of what I felt while on my Caribbean vacation. I am ready to go back!

Location: Grand Cayman Island

Monday, October 26, 2015

Fishing the Easy Way


"Fishing the Easy Way"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography
This great blue heron fished the easy way. Nick the fisherman caught a fish and tossed it to the heron so I could take a photograph.
Location: Photo taken during the Alabama Coastal BirdFest at the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Miss Me Yet?

"Miss Me Yet?"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography
It makes me sad when the hummingbirds leave each fall. A worker from the Garden saw a hummer October 15 at the Garden. That is a record for the hummers leaving the Garden since I have been keeping track in 2011. At least they are sticking around a little longer. 
It does give me something to look forward to during the LONG cold winter:) 

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

Monday, October 19, 2015

He Calls Them by Name

"He Calls Them By Name" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography
The Milky Way was an amazing sight to behold when I photographed the stars last week. I loved being able to look at it with my naked eye.
I looked in one direction across the open field and saw where the Milky Way was just above the trees. I followed it with my eyes until I was looking across the field in the opposite direction where it dipped below the horizon.
What is even more amazing is the Lord calls each one by name!

"He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name." Psalm 147:4

Friday, October 16, 2015

Andromeda Galaxy

"Andromeda Galaxy" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography
A member of our Athens Photography Guild (APG) asked if anyone would be interested in coming to his house for a star party. He has an observatory at his house with several telescopes to observe the night sky.
I went Wednesday night to his house and was able to photograph the Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy (M31). I was amazed seeing all the Lord had made!

This photo is of the Andromeda Galaxy also called M31 or Messier 31. I was so excited I was able to photograph a galaxy. One can see this galaxy with the naked eye.
It is the closest spiral galaxy to the Milky Way and contains an estimated trillion stars. It is much larger than our own Milky Way and is 2.5 million light-years away.. If you can’t imagine how many stars this is, the Milky Way contains 200-400 billion stars.
The dark bands visible to the top left are bands of dust. The dust blocks the light from the stars behind them.
My camera was piggy backed to his telescope and the scope matched the movement of the earth’s rotation so during the long exposure the stars did not streak.
Setting: Nikon D800 + Nikon AF-S 80-400mm, 30 seconds, f/5.6, 12800 ISO, 320mm

Monday, October 12, 2015

Junk Food Please!

Junk Food Please! 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

I did photograph animals besides birds while at the Alabama Coast BirdFest. This particular day, our group stopped for a lunch break while we were on Dauphin Island. 

We had a sack lunch packed for us and we ate at the picnic tables at a small park. This little guy wanted some of my lunch. I tossed him something healthy....lettuce. He turned up his nose. He did enjoy the bread and M&M cookies and took them to this branch and ate them!

Location: Dauphin Island, Alabama 

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

George

"George" 
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