Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A caveat*

Photographing terns on a nude beach requires careful cropping.

 ; )

So my dilemma was this: resist the opportunity to photograph the royal terns, laughing gulls, willets and black-bellied plovers loafing together in the sunshine at Playalinda Beach on the Cape Canaveral National Seashore or bare (tee hee!) with the discomfort of using a camera amid a bunch of naked people.

I chose the assumption that those folks wouldn't mind the long-as-my-arm telephoto lens so long as I didn't ever point it directly at them. I never figured on them to walk purposefully, almost, and repeatedly through my frame. Or to approach me, full-frontal(!), to talk camera gear.

What was I thinking!!!

Never again, never again.

Lesson learned.

*parts of this photo have been excessively blurred in deference to the comfort of readers.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Gem of the Woods

"All the wooden path is broken 
By warm tints along the way,
 And the low and sunny slope 
Is alive with sudden hope. 
When there comes the silent token 
Of an April day, -- 
Blue hepatica."
Dora Read Goodale