Yesterday I was really jealous of my hubby because he came home with awesome photos he had taken of a big snapping turtle at the side of the road laying her eggs. He always manages to see some type of wildlife when he is on the road for work, while I never see anything! Last night we were sitting on the deck after dinner, and Mike of course started bragging about his wonderful turtle pictures LOL. Not about to be outdone, I suggested that we pack up our cameras and go for a drive. It was a beautiful, warm Friday night, and there are many backroads to explore in a rural area like ours. We love to just hop in the car, pick a direction, and drive. Sometimes when we stop we both take pictures, while other times Mike will fish while I snap away with my camera.
We didn’t have much luck with wildlife last night unfortunately, but I took tons of photos of the scenery around us, and I started to really experiment with my new camera. All of you amazing photographers out there who have been giving me advice over the last few months will be happy to know that I used my tripod the whole time, and I even managed to get up the guts to take my camera off auto mode. I saw a little babbling brook and slowed down the shutter speed so the water looked all dreamy, and I played with the aperture priority mode taking photos of some irises growing at the side of the road.
Although not the best of my photos by any means, I am starting out with this shot because of its uniqueness. We spend a lot of time in a swampy area that is actually like a bird conservation area, and being a swamp there were a lot of dead, skeletal trees. As the sun was going down, I noticed a bird sitting on top of a lone dead tree in the middle of the swamp, and I snapped a few pictures which turned the bird and tree into a silhouette. It’s so simple, yet it really appeals to me. I hope you like it too! Stay tuned over the next few days for more results from our explorations.