Special Moments

This week Tina gives us the prompt Special Moments for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

Weekly Prompts: Boundaries

A female Wilson’s Phalarope. I was on a section of the Middle Quill Lake shoreline looking for summer migrants when half a dozen Wilson’s Phalaropes flew in and started feeding around me. I lay down in the sand (and wildfowl poop) to photograph them at eye level. They completely ignored me, some of the birds came so close I couldn’t focus on them.

One Word Sunday: Bright

Having been experimenting with intentional camera movement recently this photo may be where it started for me. A competitor in the 1982 Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle endurance race enters the start/finish straight shortly before midnight. Far to abstract for the magazine editor but I liked the images and have been experimenting on and off ever since.

Throwback Thursday: 28th May 2020

An adult Eurasian Blue Tit feeding young in a specially constructed nestbox in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich, Cheshire. I documented the entire nesting cycle from the beginning of nest building to the empty nestbox after the last youngster had left. Extensively published I spent a week looking at a nestbox photo on the contents page of the Radio Times without recognising it as mine.

One Word Sunday: Drama

Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland. I was in Scotland one autumn with the plan of doing lots of landscape photography. With almost constant rain I wasn’t getting a lot of photos until the end of day three when the rain stopped towards sunset. One of the photos from this evening was published worldwide by Olympus Japan and won a national photo contest on the theme of ‘The Beauty of Light.’

12 replies on “Special Moments”

Lovely choices David – the baby birds are quite something. Haven’t seen so many in one nest before. And of course your Scottish landscape makes the weeks of rain well worth it! Congrats on the award!

Thanks Tina. Researching the number of young in the nest, 11 in total, it seems that there could have been two females egg laying. That may also account for why I observed egg laying early in the morning and in the evening on occasions.

You have documented exceptional moments, many more than these of course, and must have a great nature experience throughout. Just gorgeous. Congtats to all your winnings!

Thanks Ann-Christine. I must admit that the nature encounter with the Wilson’s Phalarope was the hardest to select. There was too many to choose from so I went with the one where the birds ignored me from the beginning and were so relaxed they were walking within a metre or two.

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