Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Looking Back to 2017

"Looking Back to 2017"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

In 2017, I discovered many great photographers who share the same passion for wildlife as I do. In Rome, Georgia, I met many great people that introduced me to eagles, and many wonderful photographers who got me addicted to photographing black bears in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The comradery amongst us is a neat bond—kind of like family.

Until this year, my favorite subject to photograph was hummingbirds. I never really thought about a different kind of wildlife taking its place, but hummingbirds were surpassed by black bears this year.

While photographing hummingbirds, I really can't witness any personality amongst them interacting with each other. The one thing I can say for certain is they are feisty little rascals.

Black bears are different though. Staring a momma bear in her face as she interacts with her cubs draws me and entangles me. It makes me desire to photograph them more.

What will 2018 hold for me? Only the Lord knows that answer. But, I do know with Him by my side, He will guide me and take care of me!
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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Mesmerizing Merganser

”Mesmerizing Merganser”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 
Hopefully, everyone is not as mesmerized as this hooded merganser after all the Christmas shopping & celebrations! I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas!!

Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Christmas Tree at Driftwood Beach

"Christmas Tree at Driftwood Beach" 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

This is a long exposure photo of a light painted tree on Driftwood Beach from Jekyll Island, Georgia. I wanted to use this photo to wish my followers a Merry CHRISTmas! #Jesusisthereasonfortheseason

Monday, December 18, 2017

Trust

“Trust” 
Blue-winged Teal Duck 
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

When I am photographing an animal in the wild, there is a trust factor between the subject and myself. I am sure of my intent—to photograph them, but they don’t know why I am there.

Recently, there were a lot of birds in a distant pond at the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, and I wanted to photograph them. I noticed it was a bird I very rarely get to photograph—the blue-winged teal duck. The first and only time I photographed them was in 2014. 

My goal was to get super close as they swam through a beautiful, thick, green layer of duckweed, which was on top of the pond. Birds are lucky; they have the luxury of flying away from danger, so I usually try to get a quick shot. Then my normal routine is to take a shot, move closer, and repeat. 

Their trust or lack thereof comes into play as they see me move closer. About 15 birds were in the pond, and as I moved closer, they swam away. But, as they saw me being still and I wasn’t a threat, they came back.

It was quite a balancing act, a sort of dance if you may. None-the-less, I got the shots I wanted and thanked them for allowing me to photograph them.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Great Surprise!

“A Great Surprise!”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography
Zebra Longwing Butterfly on a Mexican Sunflower

The zebra longwing butterfly visiting my backyard was a great surprise. I did not even know what type of butterfly it was. It is Florida’s state butterfly and rarely seen in Athens. 

Location: Athens, Georgia

Monday, December 11, 2017

Ho! Ho! Ho!


"Ho! Ho! Ho!"
Judy Royal Glenn Photography

Ginger, (a Yorkshire terrier) is quite the mess. Trying to get her to sit still with a Santa hat on made for an interesting shoot:) I love the natural light shining through the blinds, which is reflected in her eye.

Location: Athens, Georgia

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Mama’s Kisses

“Mama’s Kisses”
Judy Royal Glenn Photography 

Watching wildlife interact with their young is a pretty amazing sight. I used my car as a hide and watched these two for quite sometime while I was at Berry College.

Berry College, Rome, Georgia