Sunday Morning Sunrise

 

1/200sec, f16, ISO 100 Getting a little bit of a starburst effect from the sunrise over the Golden Ears.
1/200sec, f16, ISO 100
Getting a little bit of a starburst effect from the sunrise over the Golden Ears.
1/200sec, f16, ISO100
1/200sec, f16, ISO100

Sunday morning was incredibly beautiful.  We were up bright and early, and heading off for our favourite spot at the dikes before 6.  I haven’t had much success recently when I have taken my camera along, but this past Sunday more than made up for that.  I’ve got lots of images to go through, both landscape and of birds. 🙂

As I was driving, the light was so lovely that I had to pull aside and put on my 4-way flashers while I snapped away.  Good thing it was so early and the road was deserted.

Here are a few shots from the side of the road.  More to follow in the coming days as I have time to edit and organize.

I just had to stop the car to get a few photos.  The mist, the mountains and the clouds were all just perfect.
I just had to stop the car to get a few photos. The mist, the mountains and the clouds were all just perfect.
The Golden Ears mountains. 1/200sec, f16, ISO100
The Golden Ears mountains.
1/200sec, f16, ISO100

African Pied Wagtail

This African Pied Wagtail most have gotten tired of flying, as it caught a ride on our boat during our river cruise along the Chobe. 1/1000sec, f4.8, ISO640
This African Pied Wagtail most have gotten tired of flying, as it caught a ride on our boat during our river cruise along the Chobe.
1/1000sec, f4.8, ISO640

Spencer – 10 years together

Ten years ago, I drove up to Kaleden and returned home with 4 1/2 pounds of fluff and attitude.  My life forever changed.

Just a few months old, playing with his teething keys.  I was very lucky he almost always chose to destroy his own things rather than mine.
Just a few months old, playing with his teething keys. I was very lucky he almost always chose to destroy his own things rather than mine.

 

He’s always been, and always will be, much more than just a dog.

Out at the dikes for a walk, one of his favourite places.
Out at the dikes for a walk, one of his favourite places.

Rather than say any more, it’s time to grab the leash and head out for an early morning walk; just us and the birds, which we both prefer.

Bee-Eaters

Beautiful Bee-eaters seen on a river cruise along the Chobe River. 1/200sec, f8.0, ISO360
Beautiful Bee-eaters seen on a river cruise along the Chobe River.
1/200sec, f8.0, ISO360

Wire-tailed Swallow

Along tag along on our river cruise!  This wire tailed swallow had built a nest somewhere on the boat itself. 1/1000sec, f4.8, ISO800
Along tag along on our river cruise! This wire tailed swallow had built a nest somewhere on the boat itself.
1/1000sec, f4.8, ISO800

African Pied Kingfisher

Decent photos of kingfishers elude me to this day!  This is as good as it gets, so far. An African Pied Kingfisher along the Chobe River. 1/400sec, f5.3, ISO100
Decent photos of kingfishers elude me to this day! This is as good as it gets, so far.
An African Pied Kingfisher along the Chobe River.
1/400sec, f5.3, ISO100

Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters

I couldn't have timed this better had I tried - I love the symmetry of their position and the shadows being cast by their beaks. 1/400sec, f5.6, ISO100
I couldn’t have timed this better had I tried – I love the symmetry of their position and the shadows being cast by their beaks.
1/400sec, f5.6, ISO100

Evening grosbeak

A female evening grosbeak 1/400sec, f5.6, ISO400
A female evening grosbeak
1/400sec, f5.6, ISO400
A female evening grosbeak leaning in for a drink at my parent's backyard pond. 1/400sec, f5.6, ISO400
A female evening grosbeak leaning in for a drink at my parent’s backyard pond.
1/400sec, f5.6, ISO400