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January 1, 2013 / Rae Spencer

Photos, January 1

The year’s first frames were disappointing. I stretched my camera’s zoom too far, resulting in poorly focused photos with a flat, grainy look.

Heron Jan 1

Heron Jan 1

Then there was a tempting glimpse of a kingfisher. (I couldn’t get any closer because there was a canal in the way.)

Kingfisher Jan 1

View Jan 1

On my side of the canal, I watched this partially uprooted tree for a long time. Doesn’t it look like something should live under it?

View Jan 1

In the end, after miles of aimless driving and four forays through a wind that was colder than I had expected, the day’s best photo was found in a roadside ditch…

Heron Jan 1

6 Comments

  1. bardessdmdenton / Jan 4 2013 12:44 PM

    Wonderful photographs, Rae. Thanks for braving the cold winds. A belated wish for a Happy New Year. Hope many blessings come your way in 2013 and far beyond.

  2. Gillian / Jan 4 2013 8:57 PM

    I’ve photographed all of two species so far this year, and none of the photos are worth posting. And I find kingfishers to be notoriously difficult to photograph, even without a canal in the way!

    • Rae Spencer / Jan 4 2013 11:04 PM

      Number seven on my bucket list is “get a good photo of a kingfisher”. For some reason I became attached to them when I was very young, even though I only ever saw them in books. Mother’s bird identification book eventually broke along the spine at the Belted Kingfisher entry, from being forced flat on the table as I traced the sketch over and over again…

  3. Shilpi Gemawat / Jan 4 2013 11:30 PM

    A couple of weeks back, i went bird watching and saw a Kingfisher at close quarters thrice, but everytime, it would sense me looking at him and immediately take off, The only passable shots that I got of it were when it was sitting far off at the water’s edge on a rock. They look so beautiful when they fly…it’s like a splash of blue flying past!

    • Rae Spencer / Jan 4 2013 11:50 PM

      I’m jealous of your recent encounter! All three of my kingfisher sightings have been so far away that I wasn’t able to see them clearly, as they flew. I’m really looking forward to my first close-up!

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