Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Snowy Day

With the new year, I have started to expand my photography beyond the boundaries of Great Meadows. Wednesday morning I met my friend and photography buddy Roy for a bit of nature photography at Crane's Beach. The day started interestingly as Roy spotted some Horned Larks on the beach. I got some spectacular shots...except when Nikon repaired my camera, they reset the settings. I thought I had reset them all, but I missed the one about not taking photos without a memory card in the camera.

A bit further down the beach, we started to look for a snowy owl. Amazingly as I lifted my binoculars to my eyes it was directly in my view! It was sitting on a pile of drift wood in the middle of the beach. We had to walk in a very large semi-circle to get on the correct side of the bird to not be shooting back into the sun.

While firing off a few "record shots" and checking my highlight warnings, I noticed the strange icon alerting me that I wasn't recording my photos. After inserting a memory card, the day got better.


Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl, Cranes Beach

Soon it bored of watching us and flew to a decidedly unphotographic location. So we continued our wandering to see if we could find more subjects. Unsuccessful we wandered back. The Snowy Owl had migrated to a much more photographic location. It seemed to take a momentary interest in a flock of Snow Buntings that flew by. After a quick fly by it settled in again.

Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl In Flight
Snowy Owl in Flight



With the sun high in the sky we began the long trudge back to the car. Thankfully along the way we encountered these Snow Buntings feeding. That kept their attention off of us allowing for some interesting photos

Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting Landing

3 comments:

  1. Beautiful, Larry. Those are some of the nicest snowy owl shots I've seen. I like the color balance overall too. I'm glad your expanding!

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  2. Very nice captures. A productive day Larry.

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