Spirit Of Air And Water

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Spirit Of Air And Water 41021a” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The big blue truck delivers me once more to that little spot on Muddlety Creek where the fishers gather. A strong Spring breeze ripples through the cattails as the song of the red-winged blackbirds sweeps across the marsh. The cattails are filling the landscape with their fluffy windblown seeds and if not for warm sun it would be easy to imagine myself in a snowstorm. I am parked behind some tall bushes that hide me from the songbirds well enough that they ignore me if I stay in the truck and shoot through the open windows. The challenge is to find an opening through the branches that doesn’t interfere with the lens. I was focusing in a male displaying his red shoulders and calling for a mate when he suddenly dropped into the reeds and the whole swamp fell silent. It was like someone turned off the radio. Out in the distance I saw the movement of a huge set of wings as pumped their way to altitude and locked. At first I thought a great blue Heron was on its way to wade the area where I was set up. But as the airborn shadow came closer I could tell it’s neck and legs were way too short. Then the massive bird banked and saw the white belly. This was an osprey.

Image Titled “Spirit Of Air And Water 41021b”.

The ospreys are really just now making a significant comeback to my mountains. Like the eagles they suffered from use of DDT and low birthrates made them a rare sight that was only experienced on the coast. The fact is that this is only the second time I’ve seen one in West Virginia. The large predator silently circled in and was way to swift for the narrow field of my long lens and way to high for a wide angle. One of the most amazing things in nature is the sight of a large raptor hanging motionless in mid air for several seconds but that’s exactly what he did. The range was still well outside of the comfort zone of my 300mm lens but it was the only chance I had to capture the moment. I could tell he was scanning the water below and that he was about to dive. Suddenly he dropped from the invisible perch created by the air currents and fell like a living bomb. His dive took him below the line of sight and I lost him behind the cover of the bushes. I could hear the splash but couldn’t witness the action. It was only a matter of 50 yards or so but it was more than enough to prevent the shot of a lifetime. This time. After a talking to a few people I learned that the osprey is favoring my favorite marsh as his hunting grounds and so there’s a chance that if I can be in the right place at the right time I’ll have a second chance. After the splashing ended I saw him take to wind once more and he circled for a while but never came within decent range of the camera. Some days are like that. Actually, a lot of days are like that. But as they say, ” The third time is a charm.” Within the realm of photography the moment was a “qualified success”. I did manage to catch a few shots but I can do better if the bird cooperates. For now I’m obsessed with the idea. There’s only two ways to deal with it. Give up and blame rotten luck and not quite being in the wrong place or learn from the experience and make adjustments for when the next opportunity comes along. I know he’s in the area and I know that I’ll be back in that spot from time to time. I’ll also know not to pick that angle again if I can avoid it. The difference between winning and losing is the ability to not quit. It’s a quest now.

Image Titled “Spirit Of Air And Water 41021c”.

I moved the truck to the spot where the osprey had made his splash down hoping that he might circle back to grab another fish. However the gift he gave me was a parting shot that cemented my resolve to keep trying. Never give up.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

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Forging Yesterday

It’s said that photographers work with two main elements. Light and Time. I suppose that’s why so many of my writings emphasizes the observation of time. Tonight I’m looking at another version of my favorite old barn and I began to think about how quickly all of our tomorrows become yesterdays. It seems that I was just blogging about how much I was looking forward to Springtime and this morning I saw the leaves falling on my lawn. When I was a kid summer seemed to last a lifetime and today I blink my eyes and it’s almost gone. Sure we’ve had some unseasonably warm weather but the light is fading fast. A few years ago I was in a gym and one of the other men in the locker room made the same observation about how fast the summer went by. His friend answered that when they were only six years old summer was 1/6 of their lives. Now they’re sixty years old and summer was only 1/60 of their lives. The passage of time was relative to the age of the observer.

We live in the moment but moments pass so quickly and we are left with a collection of yesterdays. We can plan what we want tomorrow to become but we only have now to bend time and forge the now into a yesterday worth collecting. Mistakes will be made. It’s inevitable. Many of us are trying so hard to go back and fix the errors that we are losing the now and the opportunity for a new and better yesterday. You see, the old cliche about building a better tomorrow is just that. A cliche. All we can really do is use our now in the best way possible and hope that when we are finished with it that it matures into a better yesterday. A yesterday that is captured by the lens of memory and added to a fine collection which can be shared with those we love.

Chasing Eagles Part 2

I just wanted give you a quick update on my quest for the eagles of the Kanawha River. This image was taken a couple of weeks ago near the Glen Ferris Inn in West Virginia. The bird was spotted over Kanawha Falls. I was out with my camera on the way home from my day job. I decided that I had time for a few quick shots of falls and kayaks when flash of white caught my attention. The largest lens I had with me was my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30. Knowing that the local eagles are dark in color and only the head is white I was fairly certain that it wasn’t an eagle but this was still a big bird and it was moving fast. Fighting to keep my hands from trembling with excitement I engaged the burst mode. This bird is really fast! I kinda felt like an old west gun fighter as I tried desperately to keep him in frame and in focus. (This is not a time for manual mode) The whole encounter was only about 30 seconds as this bird’s aerobatic maneuvers kept me shifting focus out of pure reflex! First he skimmed the water towards the falls only pulling up at the last second. I lost sight of him as he banked in front of the trees and disappeared behind the inn. I started to scan the falls with my camera hoping that he would come back for a second run over the falls. That didn’t happen. Instead he pops up from behind the inn directly overhead of me. I raised my camera one more time bending over backwards and trying to focus. I almost fell over backwards. I spun around while zooming in and out and praying for that little beep from the camera body to let me know that I have a lock on the focus. Finally I get the beep and green square in the viewfinder just as the raptor performs a figure 8 maneuver that would leave any jet fighter in pieces on the ground. As the bird dives and skims parallel to the falls this time I managed to get one usable image. This was an osprey! Only about half the size of the eagle but still a very special bird. I now have a second goal to catch a high quality image the osprey.

On a side note, the existence of bald eagle has been challenged. As proof that both birds are in fact inhabiting the area I’m sharing this photo of a juvenile bald eagle. The image is too grainy to sell as art but it’s the best I could get without a longer lens. It’s only a matter of time before I can either stalk in close enough for a clear image or afford an equipment upgrade. Both eagle and the osprey were taken with the same camera.