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With the warmer temperatures we have been having lately, I am getting pretty excited for spring.  I mentioned before about how I fall into a rut with my photography during the late fall and early winter months.  I barely do any shooting for four or five months.  That’s all about to change very soon!

It’s been starting to warm up lately, and the snow is melting.  As I was going through some of my pictures, I found the ones I am going to use today that I took last  spring as one of the trees in the back yard was beginning to bloom.  It is such a beautiful time of year.  It makes me happy and motivates me to get the camera out again.

I am also adding a flower picture that I took last year.  Can you identify the flower?

Tastes like chicken…

That’s one of my favorite sayings.  I say it about all kinds of food and beverages all the time, jokingly.  Now that I have your attention, I’d like to tell you about a visitor we had two winters ago.

Here’s the scene…There was a crazy mix of snow/sleet/freezing rain going on outside on this particular day.  The roads were slick, and I had no reason to go out, so I was just hanging out around the house watching it snow.  I am not a big fan of winter or snow, but I really love to watch the snow fall.  It’s very peaceful to me.  So, I wander around the house from window to window, looking out to see the snow or whatever may be falling, and debating whether or not I should go out and do something with the driveway, or let it finish and then deal with it.

So, this lap brings me to the kitchen window.  As I look out, it looks just like the other 400 times I have looked out.  Wait.  What the…?  What is that in the tree?  Well, it’s a Red-tailed Hawk, and he’s eating something while being pelted by sleet.  WOW!  I have never seen anything like this before.  So, I grab the camera and go out on the front porch, under the overhang, to take some pics.  I was looking through the zoom lens when I realized what he was eating.  It was another bird.  There were two legs, and only a little bird left.  I really had never seen anything like this before.  Cannibal, I thought.

So, I am watching, and he drops what he is eating.  I can’t see anymore.  The car is in the way.  I grabbed the tripod and put on my shoes.  I had to get better pictures.  Standing in the middle of the driveway, about 15 feet away from the hawk, I am ready for a dive if this guy gets mad and tries to attack me.  He never flinched.  Just kept on chewing on his dinner.  I went back in after a few minutes because the camera was getting soaked, and it’s my baby.  I couldn’t live without it.

Here are the pics I got that day.  Have you seen any hawks in the area?  I saw one today on my way to Delmar.  Share your experiences.

Tastes like chicken

Tastes like chicken

On the ground

On the ground

Looks like it's a little stringy

Looks like it's a little stringy

I must be delusional, because it is freezing outside.  This time of year is really tough for me as a photographer.  I am not a fan of the cold.  Not one bit.  Don’t get me wrong, the snow on the ground and the scenery is gorgeous, but I still don’t like it.  And you can’t make me.  You may tempt me if we get a somewhat warm spell,  which brings me to today’s photos.

A good friend (and the Co-Organizer of my photo group) Angela got me out on such an adventure last year.  We had fresh snow, and moderate temperatures, so I agreed to go out and do some shooting.  We went to a place called Rensselaerville Falls about 30 minutes from Albany.  It was beautiful.  As beautiful as an icy cold stream with snow covered banks can be.

I am including a few shots that I took that day.  I liked one of these shots so much that I displayed it at the TCRPMG gallery exhibit last month at our local library.  Imagine this – a fresh snowfall on a footbridge, untouched be anyone else.  No footprints.  Incredibly serene. I really like this picture.  I don’t say that about a lot of my photos, but every now and then I really like one.  I called it “Walk With Me”.  My thoughts were, walk with me as we make fresh prints in the snow.  When it was framed with a solid black mat on the wall, it looked like you could walk right into it.

Walk With Me

Walk With me

I took quite a few more shots that day, but that one was my favorite.  Maybe shooting in the Winter isn’t totally horrible, but I am still not a fan.  Maybe in Florida…Until then, here are a few more.

Up Close

Up Close

Icy Falls

Icy Falls

Long Way Down

Long Way Down