Sometimes it is well worth being up early to catch the sunrise.
The lights and smoke stacks blend well with the colors of this gorgeous sunrise.
I was thankful I got to see it.
Fully Equipped for Bird photography
This is Rick O'Shea, well equipped for photographing birds at Delta Ponds.
That is a Nikkor 600mm f/4 telephoto lens on that tripod, a beautiful pro lens.
You can see some of Rick's work on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/rick.oshea.566?fref=nf
He has an excellent collection of wildlife photographs from around Oregon. I sure enjoyed visiting with him.
Poetry in Motion
This Great Egret just took off from that old snag and looked so pretty with its wings folded that I couldn't resist this picture. It was true poetry in motion.
Hungry for Hydrangea
I found I still had this shot in my camera. It was shot last June! There were some other flower images on the card too. Can't believe I hadn't downloaded them!They were on there with some more recent images and I used the card yesterday in my D300. I liked the leaves on the left. They remind me of a mouth about to take a bite out of the Hydrangea, Yes, I know! I have a good imagination. :)
Canal at Clearwater Park
This is a scene along the canal that runs through Clearwater Park. To get to this spot one has to follow a primitive unofficial trail along the opposite side of the canal from the official paved path. Since the park on this side of the canal is undeveloped, it is a pretty place to walk. The spot where I shot this photo is as far as one can go. It was worth the effort.
Middle Fork Path at Dorris Ranch
The Middle Fork Trail is four miles long, with one end at Clearwater Park and the other end at Dorris Ranch. The trail is managed by the Willamalane Park District. This scene is at the Dorris Ranch end of the trail.
I thought this Great Blue Heron at Delta Ponds looked a bit windblown. Looks good to me! :)
Cool Morning Sky
The morning sky over Springfield was full of pretty colors and interesting forms. I found it unusual and eye catching. I hope that you do too!
Turtle at Delta Ponds
I didn't expect to see any turtles today. They seem to enjoy a sunny day for being out of water, sitting on a log. We did get a bit of sunshine, enough to bring them out I guess. Anyway, I enjoyed seeing this one and the opportunity to photograph it. Handsome fellow, I think!
On Golden Pond
I just loved the color tones I found at this pond in Alton Baker Park. The pond has provided me hours of enjoyment and a variety of photo opportunities. It is the destination of many of my walks.
Really Making Tracks
I am pretty sure this is a Bufflehead. I got a good look at it before it took off. When it saw me coming down the trail by the water at Delta Ponds it made tracks out of there, like a rock skipping across the water! I was fortunate to capture its tracks. :) Now that was fun!
Note for the curious: The image is as shot, with only contrast, color, sharpness, and crop adjustments.
Running on the Edge
The Pre Trail passes along two sides of this pond in Alton Baker Park. It is quite popular and is used daily by UO runners, as well as many others. It is a pretty pond and popular with fishermen. Sometimes various birds are found on or near the pond. Here, we see a runner on the trail as it courses along the edge of the pond.
I always enjoy6 my walks here.