More birds and life forms

And here are the ones that didn’t make the cut. I thought they were worthy of an extras post anyway.

Looking at this collection I’m seeing that I took a lot of ‘negative space’ photos without even really realizing it….I guess practice does help! :D

Animals

The only purpose of the internet is to distract me. Ugh!

Today’s challenge is ‘animals’ and I found a few today, though the photos I took were not what I wanted them to be. I glimpsed a bald eagle as we were driving along and I made Isaac stop and let me jump out, which I did, but the bald eagle was wary of me and took off. This is the best shot I got of him before he got too far:

Bald Eagle

I’m kicking myself for not getting a better photo, but deep down I know that was next to impossible without a longer zoom lens. It was just too forest-y and he took off pretty quickly. But I thought it was too cool not to share a photo of a bald eagle just hanging out there. Sorry I bothered you, big guy!

I also saw an awesome banana slug on the trail, but none of my photos of him are crisp enough. :( I thought they were at the time I took them, but, turns out I was wrong. I was using my extension tubes, and focusing on his little eyeball/antennas but I guess I wasn’t stable enough. Argh.

And this is my “official” photo challenge photo of the day:

Mallard

A few more from Lake Washington

It was such a beautiful afternoon yesterday!

The main thing I’m learning here in NW Washington is not to wait for the sun to appear before I go out and take photos.

That being said, however, for every single outdoor photo challenge that I’ve done so far, the weather has been obliging.

 

What a difference a day makes

The day after Valentine’s Day and this token of somebody’s love, already in the drink.

As Shakespeare wrote, “the course of true love never did run smooth.”

Balloon in the drink

 

I just realized this is my 31st photo. I’ve made it a month! Yay! I feel like I’m improving already, and I look forward to seeing what else I can learn in the next 11 months!