A Surprising Picture!

Last week, we traveled to Wilmington, NC to spend Thanksgiving with our daughter and her family and another daughter and her family joined us and it was great fun. Every time I go to Wilmington, I have to go to the beach, even if it's cold. It was cool - about 60, but the ocean breeze made it feel cooler. I didn't care! Not only did we all see the ocean, but three of our grandkids saw it for the very first time! It was incredibly special...a day they will never forget.

While sitting on the beach with my wonderful Canadian, then walking around for a while, I spotted a fishing vessel way off to the left. It was about two miles out, but I noticed after a while it was moving closer. I had taken a couple shots already, but when it moved closer, I took more shots.

I was in for a surprise, though, and I didn't see it coming.
When I uploaded all my pictures from the weekend up on my laptop, I was surprised to see all the birds surrounding this fishing vessel.
The birds were not visible from shore.
But, look! So many birds! I love this shot and had to share.

The picture was taken with my new Nikon B500 camera and I zoomed in all the way, which is 40x. 
This fishing vessel was about 1.5 miles off shore when the pic was taken.

Here's another pic of the same vessel. In this one, the waves are clearly splashing hard and you can almost see the ocean moving even in this still picture:

I love this camera!

My Photography Update

My favorite camera, my Nikon D40, for still photography has not been in good working condition since we moved last year. The larger lens I have has not worked at all for about two years.

But, as I write this, that camera and both its lenses are at a camera shop in Smyrna, GA, being repaired! I'm so excited to get them back (they promised before Thanksgiving) so I can expand my photography hobby and continue to learn and improve.

I've also treated myself to a new camera....another Nikon, this time the Coolpix B500.....which takes HD video and still pictures and has a fabulous zoom lens already built in. I'm super excited to get that and do more on my YouTube Channel, which you can follow here.

In the meantime, enjoy these pictures, taken with my iphone this past summer:

This first picture was taken while leaving our local Target store and I happened to catch the sun just before it disappeared below the surface of the road. I was shocked at the lack of traffic!

This picture was taken while we were out driving somewhere....I'm not even sure where we were going....but I saw this sunset and had to snap a pic. Gorgeous!
You can find beauty ready!

This next picture was taken while I was walking around the Lake at a vacation house we rented in Western Maryland this past August. 
This "spray" of flowers makes me think summer every time since these flowers only bloom in late summer and attract bees and butterflies. 

In this next picture, I could not resist how the trees were perfectly framing this small cloud that had suddenly formed out of nowhere.
I'm sad that I couldn't capture the cloud forming as the sky was blank one minute and had this the next, I'm happy I was able to capture this before the wind took it away.

There's nothing like going for a late-summer walk in the country by a lake! 
You can almost hear the cicadas and the bullfrog in the background......

My country walks while on vacation continued with long shadows lining my way in the 
picture below:

Across the lake, this was the vacation house at night with a perfect reflection on the lake:

These next two pictures are showcasing Queen Ann's Lace from a couple different angles.
Another reminder of late summer!
Did you know August is my favorite month?
Do you know why?

I love how the trees perfectly reflect in the lake on this one and you can see the cattails in the foreground and the lighthouse off on the right:

The next two pictures are from my garden on Freedom Hill.
They are both Zinnias and I think they look like plastic flowers!
But they are real!

Thanks for viewing my photography!

My Gallery of Photography

I am an award winning amateur photographer and this gallery showcases some of my best work. Can you guess which of these pictures won an award? Hint: More than one! Some of these pics were taken by my son, Myles, a great photographer in his own right.

Another award-winning, this photograph which I've named "Blooming Rose" was taken in my garden in MN. I took it with my Nikon D40, a camera my hubby got for me for Valentine's Day one year. I love how I could blur the background while keeping the rose in focus.
This photo is in the top 30 out of over 50,000 photographs in
Viewbug's "Photo of the Month" contest.

Last night, I got to spend a little time at a local lake with my youngest son. He and I had a great time watching the ducks. They are great fun! I captured this beautiful female as she floated along. 
My son thought it was great that I could get a picture this good with my iPhone. 
I think it's all in the angle. I wanted a sliver of the pretty plant along the side and the natural reflection of the duck in the water is breathtaking. 
It's the only way to tell that she has her beak open! 
The photo is unretouched; uploaded just as it was taken.

These flowers bloom in our back yard for only a few days.
I felt like I had to work fast to capture them.
They are so pretty!

I call the following pictures "Winter's Last Dance" because the temperatures are 
supposed to warm up next week.

It is, after all, March!

When we lived in MN, we learned that March is just another winter month.
Here, however, in our warmer climate, March means spring.
So, let winter have his last dance.
Spring is coming!

Evening over Lake Michigan in the summer of 2010:

A duck in a tree in the spring in Minnesota. This picture was taken by my son, Myles.

A duck in flight in our back yard in Minnesota. This picture was taken by my son, Myles.

I call this one "Due West" because we were on Lake Michigan and the sun seemed to line up with our boat and its reflection just right:

On Lake Superior, an osprey snatches a fish right out of the water!

A beautiful cardinal makes a pretty picture in a tree in our back yard in Minnesota:

A European Starling peeks out from his nest inside a huge oak tree in our back yard in Minnesota. 
This picture was taken by my son, Myles.

A Robin claims his territory early in the morning while searching for worms:

A bridge in the Kitchitikipi Park on Michigan's Upper Peninsula: 

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