Category: wildlife


A little humor

I have been sitting here for a while tonight trying to decide what I want to blog about and something funny happened.  I was going through my archives of photos and I found a few pictures I took of some ducks.  Normally, I wouldn’t think anything funny about them, but tonight, as I looked at them side by side, my twisted sense of humor took over.  You may or may not find this humorous, but I got a chuckle out of it.

On a side note, as I am writing this, all I can think about it Lynyrd Skynyrd’s song ‘That Smell’.  Now it’s stuck in my head!  Hope it’s stuck in yours too!  Do you have another funny scenario?  Share it with me!  See ya soon!

And by that time, I mean Spring time!  The sun is shining again and the trees are starting to sprout buds.  Rose and I rode the Harley down to her parents house in Rhinebeck for Easter dinner, and on the way down I saw a ton of brilliant yellow blooms.  There were also seedlings growing in her parent’s backyard.  The birds are chirping in the mornings and insects are starting to come back around.  Here is a dragonfly I found one Spring trying to blend in with a stick.

Spring coming around is a huge relief to me.  I am sure I have mentioned before that I go into a sort of (self-proclaimed) “photographic depression” after the leaves fall off the trees and Winter rolls around.  It’s not until those first blooms of Spring that I get the urge to shoot again.  Seeing those first flowers and buds just starts to inspire me.  Here’s a shot I took last year as the flowers were just starting to grow.

But, here’s the problem – now that the weather is getting better, I get torn on what I’d rather do, go riding or go shooting.  Tough decision to make for me.  Between Thursday and Sunday, I put about 150 miles a day on the bike.  It’s been five months, so it was way overdue.  Now, I am ready to do some shooting.  I want to gather locations in the area that I haven’t shot before.  I’ve done Washington Park and Tulip fest a million times.  Been to Plotter Kill falls and Ka’aterskill falls is a favorite of mine.

What I am looking for are places that I can take my photography group, The Capital Region Photography Meetup Group, and have interesting subjects for them to shoot.  I would love suggestions in the Albany, NY area.  I don’t mind traveling, but would like to keep it within an hour or so of Albany because members will need to travel and carpool.  I appreciate any suggestions you can give me.  Thanks in advance!

See ya soon…

Just ducky!

Last Spring, I took a trip to Buckingham Lake on Berkshire Blvd in Albany.  It was a warm but breezy day, and I was anxious to see what wildlife I could find there.  It turned out to be a great day for shooting the wildlife, with the camera, of course.

There were tons of baby ducks swimming around the lake that day.  It was a perfect day to get some ‘family shots’.  The baby ducks would follow the mothers around and never really strayed.  Here are some of the shots I got that day.  Enjoy!

The babies…

The ever-watchful mother…

A calming reflection…

A Mallard lounges on the shore…

Looks like this egg was someone’s lunch…

A chick up close…

So, no matter what happens today, just let it roll off your back and have a great day!  See ya soon!