Monday, October 7, 2013

All Things Winged

This weekend was a beauty, a true indian summer weekend, with warm temps and sunny skies!  We were also having unseasonably high tides due to the wind, so Mr. Tide offered to paddle me around in the tandem kayak so that I could rest my shoulders and back and also so that I could hopefully take some pics of wildlife.

We decided to wander way up to the headwaters of the creek, where the marsh grasses grow tall and the eagles live.  Though we've never found a nest, we know there must be one up that way somewhere, probably too far for us to reach before the tiny trickle of water is completely blocked by overgrown wetlands.

I was so happy I felt up to going, but even happier that I was able to use my big lens for at least awhile, taking frequent breaks waiting for something to fly overhead.  Of course when I got back, I had to play around with the images I had captured.  On the one above I gave it a bit of a 1950s nostalgic look to it.  I told Mr. Tide that I could see it in a hunting lodge from the 50s, probably decoupaged onto a large wedge of wood...remember those?!

The images in this post were taken over several days, and even though I was sore from shooting the first day, I couldn't resist going out and trying again because it was so nice to be on the water again, and I wanted to take full advantage of it while I could!  No pain, no gain right?!

I was glad I pushed myself, because I captured some wonderful images of eagles on one of the days.  I always have trouble catching them in flight, especially from the land, as they often fly behind the trees before I can focus on them.

And the same is true for herons, they are so quick to fly away long before you get anywhere near them, but if you sit patiently in a kayak, sometimes they fly right past you.

This particular heron was perched high atop a long needled pine tree out in the open part of the creek, and surprisingly he or she was more than happy to let me snap a few shots before taking off.  It's the closest I've ever gotten to one and with the setting sun, the light was perfect!

But by far, this last image is my favorite.  This egret let me take some pictures of it perched atop this piling, but then it decided it was time to take flight.  I love that it had only one tiny claw touching as it lifted is a quintessential "bird taking flight" pose in my mind!

There is something about winged things that makes me smile each time I see them....well most things, just not bats!  The quote below is so fitting for each of these images, so I will leave you to ponder your own winged destiny.

“I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you're going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.”
― C. JoyBell C.


  1. Once again, stunning! I especially love your portraits of native birds. So regal and majestic. Take care of your shoulders! xo Loi

  2. Amazing photos, Kat. You are so talented. And to think you were navigating a kayak and balancing a camera at the same time. Hoping all is well and you are enjoying these autumn days.

  3. These photos are breathtaking, Kat...I just want to stare at them! So glad you are out and enjoying the fall weather and are able to capture all of this beauty! And the quote at the end brought tears to my eyes and spoke to me...thank you for sharing!

  4. I don't have any water to go out on. But I am in my backyard poised with my camera watching every movement most every day. I have yard birds. You have sea birds. We both have bird love! Great photos!

  5. The Audubon Society should be knocking on your door.

  6. Beautiful! (but you knew that already) I just caught sight of some of your beautiful images of Heidelberg in your slideshow on your sidebar. ... sigh .... a place I know so, so well.

  7. Oh. My. Gosh.

    You continue to amaze me.

  8. I can't believe these gorgeous captures Kat. So amazing!!! I love that egret shot, but every one of these is wonderful. Your photography always takes my breath away!
    sending hugs...

  9. Holy Cow! Have I told you lately how talented you are!!!!/????!!!! You are fantastic -a good camera is a good thing but it needs the photographer as its eye. Wonderful winged studies...and I LOVE that last shot! xo Diana

  10. Just beautiful - WOW!
    I managed to get my egrets and blue herons mixed up recently - but to see both (even if a couple days apart) - how wonderful!

  11. Oh man - you took your bird photography to a whole new level with this set. I showed them to my husband last night and he couldn't get over how gorgeous they were either. I love the details in the wing feathers and the lovely backdrops that compliment the birds. My favourites are the second photo and the last one.

  12. you should submit these to the chesapeake bay foundation's calendar.

  13. You gave me goosebumps with this post Kat! And then you topped it off with pairing that quote with that most extraordinary capture! You have me mesmerized with your stunning images. Thanks to Mr. Tide for making that trip with you. xo


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