Birds – up close

I’m not a hard-core bird photographer.  Having said that, I do enjoy the opportunity to make some images that give me a closer look at these remarkable creatures.  A photo’s ability to freeze time is the perfect way to get to know their details.

Horicon marsh is close enough for an easy day trip and right now there are lots of birds up there.  Memorial Day weather was perfect to wander around the trails enjoying the sounds and sights of the flocks of birds making it a temporary home.  Here are a few of the birds I saw.

All images made with 300mm f/2.8 Olympus lens on E-3 digital camera.

Black crowned night heron

Egret with fish

Canada goose and gosling

Sunny nap time

Purple martin

Female red-winged blackbird

More moving water

A few more waterfalls from the southern Appalachians, all somewhat off the beaten path unless your travels frequent winding, remote US highways.

Elk River Falls, Elk Park, NC – a five image HDR with other processing to handle the day’s high dynamic range

Bridal Veil Falls, Highlands, NC – the path of the road used to be the paved portion passing behind the falls. I’m standing on the current road to make this image.

The oddly named Dry Falls, Highlands, NC – another falls you can walk behind. Notice the path against the rock wall in the middle of the image, to the right of the falls.

 

Water running

On the road a bit, wandering around the mountains.  Found a great road in North Carolina winding around up the valleys.  With all the rain that region has been getting the streams were running faster than usual.  This particular road passes several waterfalls cutting through this narrow gorge.  It was a cloudy day so the light was soft and enabled lower contrast of the white water against the other surfaces.  Here are a couple of perspectives of Cullasaja Falls near Sugarfork, NC.