Today’s photo was a fun. I snuck up on deer and turkey in a large field. As I closed in, the turkey caught sight of me before the deer, raised hell, and took off into the woodline.
These long distance shots aren’t the highest quality, but they’re good enough to tell the story. Superzooms are so much fun because you can get into wildlife and other types of photography without a huge investment.
Seagulls Fishing At Dillon Dam Near Zanesville, Ohio
These seagulls at Dillon Dam were diving for fish.
I can watch seagulls for hours. What I found interesting this time was that I never seen them dive underwater before. At the 1:25 mark of this video, you can see one dive and resurface a few seconds later.
I didn’t get a photo today. When that happens I go back a few days and see what didn’t make it before and choose from those. Some days you can get a bunch, others life gets in the way.
Seagulls are my favorite birds to watch. They are supreme survivalists and opportunists. They show up everywhere, from the deserts to the oceans. They’re not afraid of anything and they’re always checking us humans out to see if we’re got anything for them.
These birds seemed to actually enjoy the snowstorm.
Some folks have wishes, dreams, and demands for where they live. From mountain tops to ocean fronts, their laundry list for the perfect place is diverse. For me, if I can get on my motorcycle, ride five minutes and be in the country with the deer, turkey, horses, and farms, good enough.
Today, I road 15 minutes and came upon these workhorses in a field. It was a beautiful sight. In general, workhorses are the most gentle lumbering beasts that love people.
I’ve never understood the animosity towards seagulls, commonly referred to as “Sky Carp”. Sure, they’re common and they can be scavengers, but these birds are highly adaptive survivors.
Today the snow let up enough to take pictures and these seagulls at Buckeye Lake were thriving in temperatures that were in the low 20’s.
I really started to enjoy watching seagulls when I first seen them in the deserts of California. It was freezing in January in the Mojave. The thought that anything could be thriving in such a inhospitable environment seemed amazing to me. I thought they were primarily water birds too, but it turns out that they are in just about every corner of the Earth, even Antarctica.
I’ve read that seagulls are a symbol of freedom. Maybe that’s why so many find them intolerable? That kind of hate without a good specific reason as to why attitude happens with freedom too.
This a really common bird in Ohio called a European Starling. They are everywhere in downtown Newark, Ohio. They remain active throughout the winter too.
When this photo was taken, I was walking into work. This is one of the reasons I try to always carry a camera. Sure, it’s just a common bird, but it made me stop in my tracks and take a moment to enjoy natures beauty in an area where you really have to pay attention to find beauty.
It made me look up information about something so common that I really didn’t know much about too. I found out that they were brought here by Eugene Schieffelin, a wealthy industrialist. Like so many of today’s wealthy, they found it fashionable to fund junk environmentalism in the 1890’s too. In Schieffelin’s day, they thought it was a wise endeavor to import wildlife and plants from one area of the globe to another. Starlings have made a negative impact on the native birds and the effort proved destructive in the end. They’re still a beautiful and interesting bird to watch and photograph.
Today was a windy and cold day which really isn’t all that bad if you’re going on a short hike at Dawes Arboretum. The place is usually crowded, but in the winter, it gets far fewer visitors. All that you hear on a winter day is the wind and the hawk’s screeching.
Dawes is an interesting place that is maintained by a trust from the Dawes Family. It’s a mix of nature and man’s interference. There are both areas of native plants in their natural setting and plants that are completely out of place, like a cypress swamp in Ohio.
A friend told me a weight loss tip a while back, “At least once a week go somewhere for a long hike.”. It’s been paying off and more than in weight loss. It improves your mental well-being to get out in the fresh air. You see things that may not be important, but that are interesting. It’s a great relief from the usual. It wasn’t like he was telling me something I didn’t know, but the advice made me think to actually plan and do it.
Today was another good one to stay inside for a while and catch up on some work. I have many photos from this summer that never made it to the editor. When I came across this photo I had to stop and make my post for the day.
It was a warm day and we had rode motorcycles all the way down to Bob Evans Farms outside Gallipolis, Ohio. There were horses there at a stable and this horse caught my attention with his wild looking mane. He was edging over to me at the fence and probably thought I may have a treat for me. The other horse in the photo just kept popping in behind him. When I seen the photo I got a smile remembering it.
I like how the photo turned out if it wasn’t that single horse with the cool mane by himself as I had pictured in my mind.
On a day when I lacked the ability to find a really interesting photograph, it was cool to watch the resourcefulness of the rabbits in the yard. They’re destructive to a degree, but even with their total lack of ability to protect themselves(for the exception of being able to run away quickly), they thrive with their abilities to adapt and multiply.
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