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Fawns and Owls
We had to go back to Shiloh one more evening this week...I couldn't resist! We cruised around the park for a while before we met our friend Amanda at the cemetery for some owl and fawn hunting. I saw one of the eagles fishing far down the river -- not sure if it was Hiram or Julia or Scarlet, but I was just grateful there's any eagles still around! See, there's been a loud crew of people partying for two months right across from the river pull off near where the eagles spend a lot of time. Day and night, there is constant noise over there. Although on Wednesday when we went back this week, I think the heat was getting to them, because they were much more toned down than usual. And finally, I spotted an eagle. First river spotting I've had since those people have been there! This isn't a good photo, but you get the gist of what I saw. The eagle captured the fish and flew off toward Pickwick....where it's probably a bit more peaceful.
Other than a brief raccoon spotting, I didn't see much of anything else in the park that day. We arrived at the cemetery at 6pm and right away heard the owls screaming. We got a brief glimpse of one flying deep in the trees, but they weren't coming out yet. While we were striving for a good look at the owls, the husband wandered off and found the twins. They were outside the cemetery walls this time, down by the river. I was thrilled to pieces! The photo opp was AMAZING! These fawns love us as much as we love them. After a good while of photographing them, they came up almost right to us. Then they decided they didn't want to be close, so they ran away. Assuming we were done, we started back up the steps into the cemetery, but NOOOOOO...they were not done. When they saw us leaving, they came running right to us! Almost as if to say "don't leave us!". So another round of photos began. The cuteness was just overwhelming!
When the fawns finally decided they were done with us, we went back into the cemetery on the owl hunt. These birds were being quite stubborn on Wednesday. They weren't flying out in the open or hunting like they had two nights before. They stayed back in the trees, screaming. Amanda had to leave, and of course, then one of the owls showed himself.
And he had his gaze right on me. No fooling this bird!
But I was smarter than him. :)
Notice the tree on the left. As I was walking closer to him, I positioned myself where that tree was between him and I. I couldn't see him...so I figured he couldn't see me. When I got to the tree, I quickly pointed my lens around the left side and used the tree to further stabilize me and the camera. And this is the shot I got...
And then, of course, he flew away. By the blurriness of the departing flight shots, I knew it was time to call it a night. Photographing owls is such a challenge due to the low light. But I'll do it again in a heart beat. Probably next week! :)
Introducing Shiloh Wildlife 1, Stock Photos for Artists
To all those artists wanting to use my Shiloh photographs in your work, I have something special from this week's photo sessions -- the first Shiloh Wildlife stock photo package! Including this beautiful young buck, lots of fawn photos, some of the owl shots, and even Mr. Raccoon! Click here to get the package from DailyTexture.com.
Here's what's in the package - 64 photos in all!
"Braving Her First Snow"
A work of art featuring one of the fawn photos from the stock photo collection.
The finished art is available on canvas here.
Each piece of art I create is an adventure. An adventure into me, my mood at the time, my thoughts and feelings... An adventure into nature... An adventure alongside wild birds and animals... An adventure into a variety of artistic processes. As a result, my entire life is one big adventure, and I love it!
I use Backblaze for online cloud storage -- which I highly recommend to have a safe backup of all your photos, textures, and finished art! --Jai