"The business of art is rather to understand Nature and to reveal her meanings to those unable to understand. It is to convey the soul of a tree… The mission of art is to bring out the unfamiliar from the most familiar." –Khalil Gilbran
Red-tailed hawk doing a fly-by, intent on its destination. Another of the birds of prey. Rarely will I find hawks stick around for very long in order for me to get a good shot. They tend to thwart me more times than not. But on occasion I can get a decent shot.
Late fall and early winter are the times when I have my best chance of getting a decent hawk photo as they seem to be around more during that time of year. This one was taken in November.
Bald eagles are a predatory bird that I see more often than one might expect. This one appeared to be drying off after a rainstorm, or perhaps after diving for a salmon for its lunch.
This is not a bird I often see close up, so, again, a long lens is necessity, especially since the trees are very tall, and eagles always like to take that top seat to get the best place to survey the world around. Again, if I’m out and about early in the morning, when few others are walking or running the trails, I have a better chance of seeing them nearby to photograph.
Swans arrive in winter and stay around till February. Just the other day a saw a wedge of swans flying by as I was out hiking. So, I’ll be looking for them as usual this year. Such graceful, lovely birds to watch and photograph, sometimes on the lakes, sometimes in the fields. If I can get out early in the morning I find them easier to spot on the water in smaller groups, sometimes called bevies. Further north, and I can get a glimpse of tundra swans, closer to home we see trumpeter swans. They winter with us for a short time, and then they move on.
Movement, action, sunshine, and a bird’s wing. Capturing a moment in time, a bit of su nlight caught in this bird’s wing as it preens. That curve, that tilt of a head, that fan of the wing. It’s just that moment that makes photographing such a joy.
Dragonflies are one of my favorite subjects to photograph. This yellow dragonfly brightened by an August sun to a shimmer of gold. Again, those wings make for an interesting stufy, like a pice of delicate stained glass design.
I used to work a bit in stained glass, mostly suncatchers, not the big leaded window designs one sees in churches and Victorian homes, as much. So details of wings especially intrigue me.
I used to create a lot of butterly suncatchers. Noticing this detail had me in my head, designing pieces of stained glass once again. Maybe some clear glass with copper threading, not necessarily heavier led channels. Delicate, whistful, beautiful.
Note the dusting of pollen on the wings, like golddust. Tiny particles, that from a distance we wouldn’t even notice. But up close, the powdery substance looks like someone had sprinkled yellow bits across the wings. Maybe some fairy dancing by with a basket of golden pollen, sprinkling it, dancing along.
Spring, what a joyful, magical time of year. Bright colors everywhere. and early spring, that unfolding after a long winter’s sleep. Reawakening. Alive and dancing among the flowers.