Tag Archive: azalea



Our trip north was when things deteriorated with my 365 photo project. I’d planned to quick run out and take one last photo of the lagoon the morning we left Hilton Head. I went to get my camera, which I’d placed in the “staging area” of our living room – but my husband had been ever so vigilant – and the camera had been long since packed in the car – and buried under a multitude of other things. There was no way I could unearth it for the photo… 😦 However, when I ran out to remove the bird feeders (which is such a sad job for me, so I wait to do it at the very last minute — the morning we are leaving), there was a most magnificent Great Blue Heron walking right on our lawn along the shore of the lagoon. I stopped short and looked at him — and “snapped the photo” in my mind. If only that camera was with me… I looked at him squarely in the eye — and he looked at me. I finally said … out loud, “Goodbye sweet Great Blue Heron, I will miss you so very much. I’ll see you in the fall.” Yeah — I know … I’m sappy. I thought my voice would scare him and he’d fly off – but he continued to look at me even as I said, “I love you sweet birdie”. I don’t know if he/she was the bird who belonged to the nest we had in our yard this spring, but I also thanked him for allowing me to see his nest while he/she raised his/her babies. He continued to look at me, but then started walking slowly across our yard — and faced the lagoon – fishing, as always.

So – – in honor of this great blue heron — a photo of another one is my photo of the day. I’m sorry that the “real” photo is only in my mind and that I can’t share it here, but here is a photo of another great blue heron in it’s place:

IMG_2611
365 substitute photo of the day #129 (May 8) of a great blue heron taken 1/7/11 on the shores of our lagoon

And … with that we were on our way north…

The following day was a complete blur, and once my camera was unpacked, I was way too exhausted to even think about a photo of the day. These trips north (or south) with the cats are tiring, and fray my nerves. I need to remember that they always end up fine, and that it’s my lack of confidence in the entire process that makes me nervous.

365 photo #130 — Epic Fail. (May 9)

365 photo #131 — Another Epic Fail. Wildly distracted in “Unpacking hell”! (May 10)

IMG_9580
365 photo #132 (May 11) — Finally a photo was taken. This is a mirror which we purchased from Lori Wilkinson, a vendor at “Springtime Made in the South” in February. Check out her website to see more of her wonderful work! I knew when I purchased it where it would go – in the dressing area of the bedroom. It’s made of a lovely color combination of mosaic tile and it’s gorgeous. You can see the reflection of the window to the back yard in the mirror.

365 photo #133 (May 12) – Another Epic Fail. How did that day get away from me? I was getting nervous that this project was headed for the trash. Even with forgetfulness, however, I have decided to continue…

IMG_9615
365 photo #134 (May 13) – a sparrow of some kind – – I hope not a house sparrow, as they are the arch enemy of bluebirds and bluebird nests. I think it’s a song sparrow, though, and it was singing it’s heart out the entire time I was snapping photos! It was taken – by chance in one of our bushes. Our feeders were not yet up at this point.

IMG_9649
365 photo #135 (May 14) – azalea bush in full bloom – with the rhododendron bush next to it just coming into bloom

IMG_9667
365 photo #136 (May 15) – Sweet Little Misty kitty. I almost forgot to take the photo that day! The cats have made themselves at home in their Long Island home!

IMG_9690
365 photo #137 (May 16) – the rhododendron buds are are beginning to bloom!

And .. with that I will end for this entry, but will continue with the catch-up soon…. Stay tuned!

Advertisements

I’ve been a bit negligent on posting, but I have not neglected taking photos. So – to continue the photos of the day from where I left off….

The following photo – From Friday – is a simple one — a minuscule, delicate weed – barely noticeable, but oh so intricate and lovely. It’s the way life is — the smallest things are often beautiful, but it requires one to have an unhurried mindset to notice. It’s times like this when I wish I had a macro lens… I was also practicing using the manual setting on my camera and experimenting with some of the camera settings to see what combination would make a good photo. After several false starts – this is the one I kept:

IMG_7171
365 photo #69

On the next day (Saturday) – Ray and I went up to Harbourtown, to get out and take advantage of the lovely day. We stopped in some of the shops, then walked past the Harbourtown Lighthouse onto the dock. On a pier wall next to the dock there were some pelicans sunning, which are Saturday’s 365 photo. I love the way some of them were sleeping — all curled up with their beaks in their feathers. While photographing the pelicans, I met another man there who was using the exact same 100-400 mm lens – also taking pelican pictures, too! I wonder how his turned out?

IMG_7223
365 photo #70

Bonus photos (click to make them larger in Flickr):

IMG_7215 IMG_7212
1. a few of the shops in Harbourtown
2. The Harbourtown Lighthouse – as seen through the trees as we approached the dock.

IMG_7217 IMG_7248
1. kayaks along the edge of the water (Calibogue Sound)
2. a little gull on a post

On Sunday Ray and I went to Hilton Head’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, so my 365 photo will come from there. Here’s a leprechaun who started the parade:

IMG_7272
365 photo #71

Bonus Photos:

IMG_7385 IMG_7438
1. I was SO not ready to take this shot, so this is as good as it got. It’s a cheer leading group, and they did all sorts of tricks along the route. To see it clearly, click to see it larger
2. reflections of parade goers in water by the side of the road. It wasn’t just the parade I photographed! 🙂

Today (or – considering the time I’m posting now – yesterday!) I took more photos of the azaleas which are at their peak now. This photo is of some white azaleas with the blurred background of the many colors of other azaleas and green leaves!:

IMG_7497
365 photo #72

bonus photos:

IMG_7516 IMG_7525
Azaleas of many colors. The different color azaleas were planted together so that they now are intermixed!

Our azalea is now fully out, and the blooms cover (or mostly cover) the bush. The azaleas are out a little earlier this year, but then, due to the warmer winter, most everything is early. These are mature bushes. When planted back in the 1980’s, there were three different color azaleas planted together. In time – with careful trimming, they grew together to form one single “hedge like” bush. Yesterday’s photo of the day is of several of the pink blooms. in the bonus photo you can see a darker and lighter pink flowers

IMG_7106
365 photo #67

Bonus photo:

IMG_7097
One darker pink bloom among the lighter ones

Last night I attended an interesting workshop sponsored by the Camera Club of Hilton Head Island called, “Be A Beginner But Shoot Like a Pro”. Basically it was to explain some of the photography terminology — aperture (F-stop – or opening size – what lets in light), shutter speed, and ISO – and how these settings interact with each other depending what you’re photographing. The course is designed to help us be more comfortable using our camera’s manual settings, rather than relying on the various automatic settings. I came out of this course understanding a lot more than I did before, but realizing it will take hours of practice, lots of trial and (mostly) error, and a lot of bad shots to finally get the hang of this.

So … today I went outside to practice. And, guess what. None of THOSE shots will be today’s photo of the day. The camera’s delete key was well used! *g*. It’s my hope that my next practice session will see improvement with more usable photos!

Next Wednesday the course continues – and clearly I will be attending! LOL. One question (er – well — one of many questions!) still remains. Will I ever be comfortable enough with my manual settings to be able to get them in place fast enough so that I can get that photograph before the wildlife flies away *g*! Maybe there is a time and a place for some pre-set automatic settings for this type of situation!

Anyway — back to today’s photo…

As I was practicing my manual setting photography, I heard movement up in the pine tree above — and there … again … was Mr. (or Mrs.?) Great Blue Heron. Then I moved around a bit and noticed that there was a nest up there. Personally I’m a little skeptical that it’s great blue heron nest, as it seemed kind of small — but the bird seemed to be working on it – or watching it – or something. Maybe the nest is larger than it appears? Plus — occasionally he/she raised it’s beak high in the air and let out this long, low pitched “howl”, that sounded more like a “moan”. It had a sadness about it – and I suspect, now, it is related to nesting / mating behavior. Might we have a great blue heron nest in our yard? And – today’s photo shows the heron in the sun!

IMG_7146
365 photo #68

Bonus photo. Heron and the nest:

IMG_7155
%d bloggers like this: