Here is one more of the freezing fog shots that I promised in an earlier post. Yes it really was as cold as it looks in this photo! And I was really torn between wanting to get back to my warm woodstove and wanting to capture as many photos of this rare and fleeting weather event as possible before it was too late! I opted for the later if more uncomfortable choice and felt a little but proud of myself for my dedication to my work! But then as much as I love snapping photos it hardly feels like work to me, even when I'm freezing my buns off!
The wildlife population around our ten acre property is astonishing! Box turtles are extra plentiful around here, I average saving two per week from my dogs in the warm weather months. As I mentioned in a previous post titled "Bully" our dogs are constantly on the hunt around here but the two things they find the most often are snakes and turtles both of which I always try to rescue before they kill them! You would think that box turtles would be safe just hiding inside their shells but I have learned that isn't always true... I have found several empty and crushed turtle shells as evidence that they need my help! As a sort of payment for my rescue services, I always make them stop for a photoshoot! This little girl was happy to oblige, lol!
I've been waiting for the trees to turn this year, but they don't seem to want to cooperate! This spectacular color is from last autumn when I was pleasantly surprised at how rich they turned out to be! Last year I thought that the severe drought we experienced would ruin any chance of a beautiful fall color event. But boy was I ever wrong, as you can clearly see here! I'm not sure what is happening this year, but the trees are resisting the change... The drought was not as bad this summer so I really don't understand. Maybe I am just being impatient and need to wait and see. I'm just glad I have oodles of great shots from last year just in case!
Here's another cloudy sky scene for you, or as they are commonly called on Instagram... #cloudporn. I really love getting shots like this when the sun is hiding behind an interesting cloud formation just peeking through with rays stretching out all around! It looks like heaven cracked open and the blinding light of God's glory is leaking through the cracks! Makes me feel impatient for the afterlife, and to see Him face to face!
I thought I'd post a cold winter scene to help me remember to appreciate these Indian summer temperatures we are enjoying lately! It won't be long at all before this kind of weather will be back and set in, so even though it's windy at least it's warm! This is another shot I took on that same morning that we had frozen fog (see more pix in previous post). This beautiful little finch was all huddled up waiting for the sun to come out and warm his tiny little body. Or maybe he was just waiting for me to serve breakfast on my free winter bird buffet! Lol.
As I've gotten older I have grown less fond of winter, mostly because I've started noticing that the cold hurts more than it used to when I was younger... Especially here in the windchill zone of America! But one compensation for the bone chilling wind is how beautiful the bare gnarly trees are against a dramatic Oklahoma sunset! So three cheers for four seasons!
Up early on an early winter morning, the air is crisp and reminiscent of the Colorado mountain air I was raised on. Oklahoma at daybreak is a beautiful thing. I never regret getting up early to capture sights like this one... And I love sharing them with you!
This beauty was definitely my least shy model last year... I saw him nearly every morning and he rarely if ever got spooked by me and my camera! He hung around all winter into mid spring and I haven't seen him or his fellows since then... I think we are their southern stop in winter and they fly north for summer, which sounds backwards but really isn't! But this guy gave me the feeling that if he had a camera he would be taking pictures of me, lol!
This isn't the first time I've had one of my IG pix featured in a forum or challenge that I've participated in, but it is my first solo feature in the daily forum that I submit to nearly every day! This jj daily theme forum is very popular and is where many of the most talented and passionate igers show off some of their best work! I'm honored to have one of my pix singled out for this feature!
This big preying mantis started using my hummingbird feeder for a hunting ground last summer, so I took advantage and started coming out everday to snap pictures of him. He turned out to be a big hambone, posing and strutting for the camera, lol! I thought he might get aggressive like the few I had encountered before, but I think he was kind of dissappointed when I decided I had enough shots of him and stopped...
One thing I love about macro photography is how it makes tiny little things look so much larger than life and shows details that you would never see otherwise. These little yellow rocket flowers are really quite small, approximately 1/16th of an inch or less but you couldn't tell from this photo that they were so tiny! I wasn't sure if the teeny weeny blooms were going to make a good picture or not, so I was pleased with this shot!
I owe this great shot to the sweet smelling weeds here, which no bug around here could resist! I had been chasing these white beauties around for weeks trying to get a good shot and learning how skittish they are. They'll land on the bunch of flowers just out of camera range and feed with one eye on you at all times and if you make a slight move in their direction, off they go! It was very frustrating! But the day these flowers started blooming I had a heyday and was able to capture at least three great shots of the elusive white butterfly that I have yet to identify. So I hope you'll excuse me for being a tiny bit proud of this shot! ;)
If you have been following my blog you've seen this windmill used as a prop, backdrop and even as the main subject before. In a previous post here I featured it and told the story of how I'm not sure how much longer it will be there on the property next door. I sure will miss it if they tear it down, and not only me but also the red tail hawk who uses it as a hunting perch, he will really miss it! But while it is still there I will try to capture as many of these dramatic sunrise shots as I can with it as the backdrop. It sure adds a prairie home touch to my sunrise photos!
Psalm 55:6 (KJV)
And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.
This white mourning dove apparently has no idea that we dove hunt every season right here on the property. It did however figure out that I feed the winter birds and started hanging around to get as much of the cracked corn as the bluejays would let it have. At first it was real shy, but after a few weeks it realized I was pointing a camera, not a shotgun. He started to relax and even seemed to enjoy having his picture taken, ha ha! I guess he was a male? I don't know how to tell with dove.
I took this skyshot on an afternoon in early spring 2011, when severe thunderstorms were in the forecast. Oklahoma skies are a cloudlovers paradise and a weather chasers dream come true! One of the first things you learn when you move here from somewhere else, is to keep your eyes to the sky and your channel tuned to the weatherman. We are very fortunate in this state to have the best meteorologists in the world! In fact one of the Okc news channels has the weatherman who developed Doplar radar as the chief meteorologist. So when they say stay "weather aware" today, we pay attention! They are not usually wrong! So anyway, on this day the storm towers started to build east of me, which normally means great pictures of the storm with the sun backlighting it as you see here. Storms here normally travel toward the south east, so if they start to build to the east of me I can be pretty sure they won't wreak their havoc anywhere close by. Of course I have learned that Oklahoma weather is nothing if not highly unpredictable! These particular storms turned out to be makers of large hail and high winds that caused quite a bit of damage in the Oklahoma city area, but all we got here at my place were some great photos!
This pair of bluebirds is part of a raucous bunch that lives in the woods south of my property and only seems to come around when certain conditions exist, as far as I can tell. The only time I see them is when the poke and hack berries are the only fruit left in early winter, or if the water supply is hard to get during the coldest part of winter. When the ponds are frozen up, they come around searching for an easy water source. I snapped these two photos of this pair during their poke berry raid one day last winter, in fact the male here is actually perched on the dry poke branches that grow up against the wire fence that the female is sitting on. If you put these two photos side by side (female on the left) you get the panoramic view of where they actually were when they posed for this shoot, lol! And I saw this pair several times that week, always together, so I believe they were mates.
By the time I took this macro shot I had been practicing a lot and starting to get better at it! I love to take super macro details of flowers and if I can get a bug in there too, hey, bonus! It took me quite a few overexposed shots of yellow flowers that should have been awesome shots, before I started learning that yellow doesn't translate well when you shoot it in full sunlight! So I started shooting my yellow shots on cloudy days or in the shade! I even learned to make my own shade when necessary by casting my shadow over my subject matter. Lighting really is the most critical aspect of getting a good shot! Being a self taught photographer really just means lots of trial and error, lol!
This is one of my favorite flower macro shots that I've ever taken. I don't know what kind of flowers these are. I tried to identify them with my field guides and thought they were a variety of aster, but that was before this day when I found these two growing pretty close together. I have never seen the blue color before, only white, and I was shocked and happily amazed at the contrast! But that blue blossom meant that my identification cannot be correct... So hail to the beautiful mystery flowers! And I hope to find more blue ones next spring!
This cardinal, and several others just like him, are some of my favorite winter buffet diners! Even before I had my cameras, one of my favorite winter pass times has been to feed and watch these lovely winter birds! I'm so glad that they don't fly off south and desert us when it's cold outside! There is nothing that cheers up my soul on a gloomy winter day like looking out and seeing these bright colored clowns flitting around the bird feeders!
These three photos were all taken on the same freezing cold morning last winter. We were experiencing a rare weather phenomenon called freezing fog, and even though I was tempted to stay inside by the woodstove, I knew this photo op may not come again soon, if ever. So I bundled up and got out there to capture as many shots as possible before it melted off. In all the over 20 years I've lived here in Oklahoma I've seen many ice storms, blizzards, droughts, and tornados, but this is the only freezing fog event I have ever seen. These are three of the better of approximately 25 shots I was able to get before the sun broke through and it was all over. I will be posting a few more of the best shots from that day at a later date, so stay tuned. ;)
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