Last week, while going to get the mail, I witnessed a Great Blue Heron catch a fish for a meal. I photographed all stages of the process from the point where the fish was still alive until the photo above where you can see the fish in his neck. It took the Heron at least ten times of throwing his head back with the fish in his mouth before he (?) could swallow it. I was very close through the whole process. Some of the photos actually upset me as they are so graphic and gruesome, rather than gross anyone else out, I thought I’d share this one. 🙂
This waterfall was photographed a few weeks ago while on a sunset cruise around Bear Lake in Tuckasegee North Carolina. My idea is that water falling is a “soft image” and provides contrast for the “hard” rocks. Western North Carolina is known for its beautiful waterfalls. I have some better photos of the waterfalls around Lake Glenville but they were taken over a year ago and do not qualify for this year’s challenge.
I wasn’t sure what to do for the theme “contrast” and have been thinking about it for a bit. While reviewing my photos from my trip to Western North Carolina last week, I stumbled upon this photo of a spotted moth that might fit the bill. Its black spots/markings are in contrast with its white body. I also adjusted the contrast to the max to make the moth “pop” off the driveway. I was originally photographing the moth to practice Macro photography.
I took this picture last week at our cottage in Western North Carolina. I am always amazed at how tall the trees in our community are. When a storm blows through, it seems as if they will bend in half. I get nervous watching them sway above our roof. I thought this would do for a creative use of leading lines as these trees lead my eye straight up to that Carolina blue sky,
I took this picture of a Magnolia bud from the tree in front of my house after the sun went down. I then adjusted the lighting and color to make the photo look more “low key.” I also used photoshop to remove the ant that was crawling up the largest petal.
I took this picture at the end of May while staying at the Long Boat Key Club and Resort. For my Sky Overlay challenge, I added a moon from my own collection of moon photos. It was my first time trying to do a sky overlay. I watched a few YouTube videos and tried to follow the tips of fellow bloggers but still had trouble getting the box around the moon to go away. I finally gave up and adjusted the opacity as a way to blend the photos.
Here is one last photo from our Memorial Day Weekend at our cottage at Bear Lake Reserve in North Carolina. I wish I knew the story of this old truck but I don’t. It is locate in our development so I am hoping one of my neighbors will eventually fill me in.