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This particular goose is usually reported as a Domestic goose sp. x Canada Goose. It wasn't until recently when I met a more experienced birder, who in turn consulted other more experienced people, decided to list this hybrid goose as a Swan Goose x Canada Goose (hybrid). As a result, I also now list it as such when I report my bird sightings on eBird.
This goose is a semi resident to the area who disappears for a time and then returns. He has quite the personally - look at the slight head tilt in the photo - and will let you know (by a hiss) that you are to close to him.
In the geese hierarchy, he is the boss bird and also noticeably bigger the the other geese.
Goose Hybrid by Andy
This shot was taken about 2 to 3 years back during the Covid lockdown period where we are asked to confine ourselves in the house.
As the days go by, it has taken a mental toll on all of us and I decided to go outside to the top of the multi-storey car opposite my residence to take a breather.
That's where I saw this boy spinning around on the spot and laughing hysterically alone, as though mocking at the crazy situation we all have landed ourselves into.
I guess at that point of time, he must have yearned to be able to run around freely again and to be able to meet up with his friends instead of being confined at home (school was stopped and learning was home based as well) for so long.
This scene has evoked such a strong feeling in me then and I knew I had to capture it. I took the shot with what I had on me then, my phone.
The wire netting blurred out in the foreground added a strong sense of juxtaposition to depict the situation that we are all prisoners of our own world.
While walking the trails in a nature preserve I noticed these little wooden structures at the base of the tree. Closer inspection revealed they were little wooden homes and a ship.
Someone constructed these and left them by the tree I suspect for the elves.
each time I walked by the area, I looked for the small homes and maybe get a glance of the elves. The village was intact or a few months until they eventually disappeared. Perhaps, someone took them, or the property Stewarts took them, or the Keebler Elves moved on, since their village was discovered!
I never did see the elves.
This is a small shed - too bad to use - and the owner made it for the chickens! It is part of a forest pub where we use to take our coffee after a hike. He renewed the pub and used the old doors, recycled the wood. The chickens are specially as well...it is lovely..
Thinking about "Enchanting" images. On this night I was truly enchanted after a great day out touring around Thessaloniki and then as I was walking back to my hotel, snapping photos along the way, I turned to see this big thumbnail of a moon hanging in an orange sky.
After a deep breath and a moment of reverence, I proceeded to walk briskly along the water, looking for good photo opps.
For the Aminus3 Weekly Prompt : Enchanting
This dining plate rock carved in such a way if we hit the plate using one of the fingers it gives copper plate sound, crystal sound. we never expect such sound to originate from rocks. You can even play them like drums.
I love shooting during the golden hour at dusk, always looking out for backlit subject and lens flare in my composition.
Chanced upon this scene when I was walking around the neighbourhood one quiet evening.
Was actually hoping for a subject (insect, animal or person etc) to come into the scene "silhouetted" to give more visual context and a more interesting composition but no luck.
The sun was setting fast and guess I would have to make do with this for now.
On our approach to land at Dunkerswell airfield in Devon, we had flown down from a grass airstrip in Somerset to refuel. I had become friendly with a former Royal Air Force pilot who owned this historic Auster. It was built in the late 1930's and saw service during the 2nd World War. I was only visiting to look at the Auster and a few other aircraft kept at the airfield but as it needed fuel Mike asked me if I would like to accompany him, and I jumped at the opportunity. This was doubly a pleasure as not only had I never had the experience of flying in a light aircraft, but also it was multiplied with the fact that my dear departed Father had flown in an Auster while he was in the RAF during the 2nd World War. Even more amazing during the flight back to Somerset Mike gave me the opportunity to fly the aircraft for a while, something I was absolutely blown away by.
Relics from years gone by (World War II era) mark the start of the unpaved South Canol Road in the Yukon. This shot was taken in the early morning with a nice sunrise. This drive is one of my favorite in the Yukon since it provides remoteness, beautiful scenery, chance to see wildlife and opportunities to camp amongst nature.
The relentless pounding surf along the Big Sur Coast caused the demise of a much beloved Garrapata Sea Arch.
Behind the funeral home... The front of this building had an entrance and signage for a funeral home, It was closed when we passed, but there was no indication that it was out of business. Out back, these three vehicles implied a long closed establishment. The peeled paint is not an "overnight" development, and the flat tire also indicated disuse. I darkened and desaturated this a bit to make for a more somber mood.
Christmas is one of the holidays when we take candles to the graves of our loved ones. It's our way of remembering them and thanking them for the time we spent together
First real snow of the season which was just enough to cover the ground and trees. As a result, we drove to one of the private parks for some landscape and bird photos. This happens to be one of our favorite areas.
There were only three sets of footprints in the snow. One set on the road and we were the other set of footprints. In other areas our foot prints were accompanied by deer and turkey prints. We seen only two deer which promptly ran away. They were very skittish this day.
Although, it was a dark cloudy morning, the storm clouds gave way to sunshine in the afternoon. I wonder if anyone sat on the benches when the sun came out?
Yesterday morning, I watched a Bluebird standing on the edge of the house roof. It kept dipping down with its beak under the edge.
I watched for a while and then I realized it was sipping water from the melted snow that was trickling down the roof.
Marengo Road, Half Moon Township
Bluebird Sipping Drops of Water from Melted Snow by Donna M Hughes
Vancouver to London: Earth's shadow from cruise altitude. As ordinary as the rising and setting of our sun is, sometimes an extraordinary sight catches the eye! The narrow, dark-blue band on the horizon, about 350km away still, is actually the shadow of our earth being projected off into space! The dark-blue band is the coming night. Above the band it is still daytime. The beautiful light from the setting sun shows the peaks of the Canadian Rockies below. We are looking at dusk which we sometimes call in photography, "the blue-hour" !
Treasured is such an evocative word.
That's the word association that 'treasured' has triggered.
Searching through back catalogues that are littered with holiday photo's, it would be easy to just pick a holiday photo, but among those treasures what sets them apart and what most captures that 'treasured memory?'
In 2016, to mark a 'retirement' we visited USA & Canada. A visit to Washington DC and to Quebec & Montreal to watch Grand Prix cycling. The experiences on such a trip were classy and life long lasting. After a lot of work, generous, support and luck, we were privileged to secure a visit to the US Senate and to the White House during the Presidency of Barrack Obama.
It was a bucket list experience and a *treasured* memory.
So, the image is of a corridor. Not just any corridor but an early approach into the White House and as ordinary as this may look, the image evokes momentous and treasured memories.
A landscape from my Maine excursion last June. Besides the bright (infrared) grasses and the large rocks, I like how you can see the rocks through the shallow water, yet see the reflected trees near the far shore.
With a little help from a light projector, I managed to travel back in time to create this street scene of old New York without the need for a time machine.
Decided to take things a step further by merging "street photography" with a fashion theme.
The experimental concept/idea here is to show the contrast and juxtaposition of the what's new and modern against the old and rustic New York city street.
Красивая игра солнечного света на колючей проволоке
Beautiful play of sunlight on barbed wire.
In 1876, gold and silver were discovered in this place.They started to mine it, and over time, it become a mining town with population of 10000 people.
Chinese puppetry is a tradition that is slowly losing ground and becoming rare in Singapore.
The faces and colours of these puppets, together with the intricate details of their costumes has always fascinated me, not to mention the skilful art of manipulating a puppet by the puppeteer from above to bring each puppet to life.
Thus when I come across this rare performance near where I lived, I know I have to capture some photographs of this intriguing craft!
I want to merge the style of street and editorial photography when photographing the subject. Thus I had her positioned before this traffic junction along this busy street, blending and putting her in the comfort of the crowds she sees everyday.
At the same time, I made her stand out from each shot by keeping her still and dragging the shutter to blur out the crowd and traffic both in the foreground and background to achieve the effect of a "layered" composition.
In this series of photos, I experimented with the combination of fashion photography and the concept of levitation photography (made popular by Natsumi Hayashi) to create a series of levitation photo that seems to defy gravity.
Timing is critical as the model actual jumps and I have to take the shot at exactly the right moment to create the natural levitation look.
I worked with this fashion designer and decided to shoot his entire fashion collection (for this series) against a black and white checkered setting which gives a sense of distortion of perspective and yet is able to make his collection/design stand out.
For the Aminus3 prompt Nightfall.
I took this on our amazing trip to Norway. We were on a cruise to Tromso in November last year in the hope of seeing the Northern Lights. We took a coach trip into the countryside to a dark sky area the night we docked and as we were traveling the coach driver stopped the bus and suggested we get out and look. We were treated to this incredible sight, and to add to it one of the nearby farms must have had dogs, because when the lights began to show more vivid the dogs began to howl like you would expect a pack of wolves. This really was one of the most amazing things I've ever witnessed and for my wife and I a bucket list event ticked off as well as something we will never forget.
After covid quarantine and pandemic finally finished in Istanbul, Turkey, people were so happy. Some people jumped in the river from Galata bridge.
Az a Street/Documentary Photographer I traveled a lot. But this place and people are so different from anywhere I went before! Makhunik is a village in South Khorasan Province, Iran. Village is about 35 kilometers far from Afghanistan border. In ancient times this area is famous for short heights or dwarf living here. They are famous as Liliputs of Iran!
With a simple search on the internet you can find more information about the village but going there is a totally different experience.
The poor people, hopeless parents and no good future children is the most you can see! Every people has a deep story and I will never forget non of their faces.
A Crested Caracara perched on a fence post by a farm in rural Okeechobee County, Florida. The Caracara is in the falcon family and largely feeds on carrion, birds, reptiles and amphibians. You often see them around Vultures. Vin and I just read a fascinating book about Caracara. It is "A Most Remarkable Creature" by Jonathan Meiburg.
A couple being blessed by a monk after exchanging wedding vows during a buddhist ritual.
I saw how the 3 pairs of arms and hands interplayed and intermingled from different directions (which created various leading lines to the center of the image where the the hands meet) and thought it made an interesting composition and took the shot.
C'est l'histoire d'un petit merle perdu dans mes rosiers, sans parents pour le récupérer. Nous l'avions ramassé, et mis dans un petit enclos à l'abri des prédateurs. Mon mari l'a nourri pendant des semaines jusqu'à ce qu'il soit en mesure de le faire lui même. Ce petit oiseau était une femelle, elle est toujours restée près de notre jardin. L'année qui a suivi elle nous a présenté sa progéniture, de jolis petits merles. Nous avons tout fait pour qu'elle reprenne son autonomie, et elle l'a fait.
This is the story of a little blackbird lost in my roses, without parents to retrieve it.. We had picked it up, and put it in a small enclosure safe from predators. My husband fed him for weeks until he was able to do it himself. This little bird was a female, she always stayed near our garden. The following year she introduced us to her offspring, pretty little blackbirds. We did everything we could to get her back on her feet, and she did.
Experimenting and combining the use of continuous and strobe lighting to depict movement and achieve sort of a double exposure effect.
Instead of promised blue skies, we were met with poor light, fog and low clouds along the way that moved in and out as we circled the mountain and until we reached the sunshine and promised blue skies.
This was a favourite image from the day. "Favourite" is defined differently by us all and for different values. So here's why...
It was a tough climb to get to the top of the mountain and tougher for my 12 year old nephew but along the way I believe he learned a lesson about effort, reward and achievement and their relationship. His adventurers pose is therefore well earned and a fine memory of a great day.
The image is also a lesson in technique and chance, not necessarily in equal parts:
- getting your subject to stand as you want them to (if you can persuade them long enough);
- using light for silhouette
- and here's the chance - when the light is so varied that you can't clearly see the camera settings - set up and take a chance...it could end up being a favourite image.
Almost got soaked with this wave.
I got low to photograph, the wave rolled in, it was deceiving as to its height and speed, at the last moment I got up and escaped with millimeters to spare. If the wave had caught me, let's say it would have ruined my day. ;)
The grand old Capitol theatre, considered one of Singapore's finest theatres in the 1930s, just before her demolishment.
Unlike other cinemas that were decorated simply, the Capitol featured elaborate decorations on its walls and ceilings.
The interior decorations were green and gold, with the golden dome as its highlight.
Managed to sneak in to capture her beauty and grandeur one last time before it was torn down for redevelopment.
The light was pretty complex at this martial arts meeting. The main light was backlighting and on the other side there were two spotlights which, appart failing to really light the scene, made it very difficult to take pictures. After spending a good part of the evening wondering how to counter this light, I ended up realizing that rather than going against it I could try to play with it.
Cette église du XVème siècle est la plus haute église gothique du Béarn.
L'escalier de la tour qui grimpe au clocher compte 72 marches.
This church of the fifteenth century is the highest Gothic church of Béarn. The staircase of the tower that climbs to the bell tower has 72 steps.
The World of Banksy (Paris) est une exposition permanente de plus d'une centaine d’œuvres du graffeur de Bristol.
"Au départ, je voulais essayer de sauver le monde, mais maintenant je ne suis pas sûr que je l'aime assez." ~ Banksy
From a permanent exhibition in Paris of over 100 works of the artist Banksy.
"I originally set out to try and save the world, but now I'm not sure I like it enough" ~ Banksy
Dans la paysage ligérien, vous verrez en levant les yeux des joueurs de boule de fort, une pratique sportive locale.
In the Loire landscape, you will see by looking up the players of boule de fort, a local sport to discover if you pass by.
This is shot at vishnoi village in Rajasthan
Arranged in a cruciform pattern with a central stone circle, the Callanish Stones are on the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides Islands of Scotland. Believed to be built in the late Neolithic era, they were used for Bronze Age ritual activity.
We visited twice at sunset. I took this the first night. The second night looked even bleaker, so I was wandering around taking other compositions when the sky magically turned pink, and the more patient photographers in the group got a better shot than this!
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