Canadian Goslings & Other Things


These photos and videos were taken earlier today at El Dorado Park. ❤

Canadian Geese come to Southern Ca. every year for their winter/spring destination and obviously breeding grounds away from the harsh cold of Canada. These  precious Goslings were very well protected by Mom & Dad.  They are so adorable how they clumsily follow their parents around, and copy everything they see Mom and Dad do! I just love how fluffy & puffy their downy feathers are.  I couldn’t get any closer as there was another Goose of some kind that was REALLY protective of the goslings.  This  confused me at first because I couldn’t figure out who the mom was, but the babies stayed next to the Canadian Geese and not the other goose that was tagging along. I’ve never seen another type of bird protect the offspring of another bird before. They all seemed to get along…reminds me of that saying, “It takes a village to raise a child”, maybe in the goose world that might be true, as for us humans, I strongly believe it’s the parents job, but that’s another topic for another forum. 🙂

There really wasn’t much going on at the park aside from the adorable fluffballs, so I just focused on subjects that most of the time get looked over.  You’ll notice that I have a thing for baby leaves.  It’s a theme you will find throughout my blog.  They are always so beautiful to me, colored so differently from the rest of the tree/plants, they just look so dainty and elegant.  I also got a shot of an Osprey circling way above the lake.  It’s moments like that I really wish I had a longer zoom lens, at least a 300mm, but for now, I”ll just have to settle with my 200mm. 😉

 

Enjoy!

An Evening at El Dorado


I wandered around El Dorado Park this evening with my camera while my husband did a little Bass Fishing.  The lighting was magical and there was an abundance of Red Winged Blackbirds, Grackles and Geese.  I was so excited to pull up my photos and find I actually captured a Red Winged Blackbird in flight! Do you know how hard it is to capture these birds in flight so that they are sharp and the wing colors are visible?  Well, it’s hard and I finally did it!  I’m not even caring that it’s not super sharp, it’s good enough for me! These birds are so beautiful and graceful!

 

So…here’s a few pics. Enjoy. 🙂

 

Photoshop Fun!


I love taking photos, but this is what I love the most!

More photos from Kaitlyn & Tony’s special day. I couldn’t wait to share! Enjoy!

Outing at El Dorado Park


This morning I took a break from furniture refinishing/painting and went over to El Dorado Park with my husband. I figured I could bring my camera gear and do a little bird photography (one of my favorite things to shoot…with a camera that is) 🙂 while the Mr. did a little fishing.  El Dorado Park in Long Beach, CA is a favorite place of mine to do bird photography, especially Western Bluebirds and Birds of Prey.  I’ve always been fascinated with birds, ever since I was about 9 years old when I read book after book and pretty much memorized every bird in the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Southern California Birds-Western Region.  As I grew older, I never lost interest in birds, I grew more fond of them as I aged especially with a newfound passion, photography.  I always say, my favorite photo subjects are children, flowers, birds and pretty much anything related to nature.

Anyways, today was a bit overcast with mottled grey skies and a few patches of blue. The lighting wasn’t the best, but I did take a few share-worthy photos (and actually one is my new favorite bird photo).

Here are some Western Bluebirds frolicking in the Maple Trees.  I even managed to face my fear of Yellow Jackets and get some photos of them on a flowering bush.  Enjoy! 🙂

 

 

iPhone Photography


Everyone that knows me, knows my love of photography, but I will let you all in on a little secret…I don’t like carrying my big guns with me wherever I go.  It can be a real pain to lug around two camera bags with all my gear, not to mention, it could be a very costly mistake (theft, accidental drops etc), so what is the next best solution?  Yeah, a P&S (point and shoot) camera can fit in my purse but it’s still not very convenient for me.  So, the next best solution is to invest in a great smartphone with nice camera as it’s always on hand wherever I go. You can’t go wrong with an iPhone, that’s for sure.  I also own a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which is decent too, but I’m partial to Apple, I feel the photo quality in iPhone’s are hard to beat especially the exposure, low noise and sharpness.

My husband and I were in Westlake Village for our Nephew’s engagement party this past weekend.   We stayed at an absolutely stunning hotel,  The Four Season’s Westlake Village.  This is probably one of the nicest, if not THE nicest hotel’s I’ve ever stayed at.  Everywhere you look there is a beautiful photo subject waiting for you, from murals on the ceiling, gorgeous chandeliers, to their stunning pools and Japanese Gardens.  I didn’t have my big guns with me, but did have my iPhone 6s+ charged and ready for rapid fire.  Here are a few of my favorite shots. I am sure I missed many photo opportunities, but I’m happy with the ones I was able to capture.  Enjoy!