What gets my attention is how easily they glide across the water, 
how the water reflects their wing feathers and their long necks,
and how the blue sky shows in their wake.
I carry my camera for moments like this.
I hope you all have a great weekend! 
All I can say is the grandson is coming with his mommy.
Need I say more?
Peace and blessings to all of you…

More from the field trip

I have a few more images from my recent field trip to the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge that I want to share with you.
I love the ‘layers’ in this one, of the vegetation in the marsh, their different colors.
Tundra swans are in the front and behind them are some egrets.  
I do not know the name of this flowering bush that was growing next to one of the visitor centers. The brilliant yellow flowers and their reflection in the water really stood out on that cold, gray day. 
Waves from Lake Erie…
Scouring, cleansing, continually flowing.
Layers of wood that have been scoured by those waves and tossed ashore.
Driftwood. Bleached by the elements, discolored, stripped clean of any “skin”, 
beautiful in it’s state of destruction.
(These images were taken using my Tamron 70-300mm lens, but I set it to Shutter Priority mode, using a shutter speed of 1/250 sec. I wanted to avoid camera shake and get sharp images.  For the most part, this worked. The ISO and f-stop adjusted accordingly in each image. I say for the most part…because I noticed if I have to extend that lens its full length, the image quality suffers.  Oh, well. I guess I’ll just have to keep taking photos ’til I get it right…)

Little Finch

At the bird feeder, in the sun today, this little finch came for a snack.
I’m sure he saw my lens through the living room window.
Such perfect beauty.
How grateful I am that he was there today,
that I was able to be there, too, and witness this.
What a gift!