I had a few hours to myself Sunday and spent it at Maurice K. Goddard State Park. The weather was very nice and the sun brighten my spirits a bit. I managed to photograph this juvenile eagle taking off from a branch near where I was walking (of course he saw me first and I think I startled it away):
Juvenile eagle taking off
It’s not the best photo but the point is that I had a breakthrough on this photo shoot. When I got to the park I took a few practice shots to set up my camera – totally in Manual mode. That means I set up all the parameters for shooting. I didn’t leave anything up to the camera. I’ve never been brave enough or I didn’t think I was good enough to figure it all out. Well, I proved myself wrong.
After this eagle took off, I spent a moment watching it soar to see where it would land again. But then all of a sudden I had a sense, a feeling. I slowly turned directly opposite of where I was watching the eagle and look what I saw:
Deer at Maurice K. Goddard State Park
I think there were half a dozen deer behind me. I think we both noticed each other at the same time. I had just a second to get the camera up and shoot this photo just as they were running away. It was an amazing capture. But I had forgotten, nor did I have time, to change my settings. However, since I was shooting in all RAW format (another new thing for me on this shoot as I normally shoot both jpg and raw), I was able to use editing software to save the photo. I lighten it up a bit and the photo shown here was the result.
I was so in awe with the fact that I sensed the deer behind me! I have learned to become more observant in nature. And it’s pretty exciting! I love all the things I’m seeing out there. Nature is a beautiful place.
My brother is spending the next 6 months in nature hiking the Appalachian Trail. What a great adventure he’s traveling and I’m so excited for him. I wish me and my camera could join him! But alas, I must live vicariously through him.
So plan a day away if you can. Observe what’s around you. One of my mantra used to be, “Sometimes you just gotta take a deep breath and look around.” My college girlfriends can attest me saying that often to them!
~ melissa michelle