Hurry Up Dad, the Boy is Leaving You Behind!
It looked like father and son heading for a fishing spot, as the boy has a fishing pole in his canoe. The yellow and green canoes stood out as they paddled on the pond. They sure caught my attention. I liked the peaceful scene.
Well it felt like a graduation, and in some ways it was. I finished with cardiac rehab today and received my "McKenzie Cardiac Rehab Certificate of Completion;" It was an excellent program, very helpful. I enjoyed so much working with Chris, the manager, and Megan. They were great, always so helpful and made it an enjoyable experience. I won't forget them. I will have to stop by to say hi from time to time. Of course, I had to get a photo together with them before I left. In case you are wondering, they gave me a model of a heart to hold. :)
Two Birds in a Bush!
I can't believe how fortunate I was! I saw a Green Heron fly past me out of the corner of my eye as I was watching a Great Blue Heron across the water. I had problems locating it as it landed not far from the GBH. But I got a couple pictures of it by shooting where I thought it was. Then I lost track of it. So I went back to the GBH to get some nice photos of it. Little did I know that the Green Heron had worked its way to a spot below the GBH. So here you have a photo of both. I haven't seen the two kinds so close together before. I am excited to get this result.
Teasel (Dipsacus) Illuminated
The beauty of morning (and evening) light is that it is directional and can be used for dramatic effects with backlight or sidelight. This shot of backlighted teasel looks much better to me than it would with normal light.
A Big Catch
Could herons possibly be better at fishing than humans? Of course, to them it is a matter of life and death, so they had better be good! Unfortunately, this fish was just too big for the heron to handle and it dropped it. I felt bad for the heron!
Glowing in the Sunlight
This beautiful flower was made even prettier by the backlight coming through it. Not sure of the name but it reminds me of morning-glory. The flower was intertwined in a fence and beautified it.
A Lot of Fluff
This Rhea was sitting in the grass all fluffed up. Don't know why but thought it made an interesting picture!
Photograph made at Wildlife Safari, Winston OR.
Really Getting Into Its Work!
On a neighborhood walk I passed a beautiful yard full of flowers. Bees and other pollinators were busy buzzing from flower to flower.
I tried to get as close as I could to this one.
I am pleased to get this photo of a bee in flight, even if the bee could be a bit sharper. But then, I think it conveys that the bee is in motion. Even though the 70-300 is not a close up lens, it certainly did well in my view (which isn't all that great, considering my vision problems. I have trouble even seeing the bees).
Carol and I got this view tonight on the way home from dinner with friends. The sun's brilliance was dulled by the dark clouds above. Just below the sun were layers or lighter clouds. Then we have a layer of clear sky and finally the trees. I dropped Carol off at home and had to drive a couple miles away to a spot where I could get a good view. It was an awesome sky, unfortunately due to smoke from fires in the area!
This Great Blue Heron at Delta Ponds decided it was time for a change of scenery. I got a few shots as it flew off. This was my favorite. The pond is becoming filled with a plant that is an invasive species but I don't recall the name of it. Some areas are still free of it, as that in the background in the picture. Ducks and geese do eat the underwater parts of the plants but not enough to make a difference. Anyway, the Great Blue Herob, Green Heron, and Great White Egret don't seem to mind these water plants. It seems that some other, smaller birds no longer frequent these areas.