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Weekly Photo Challenge: VIVID

It’s hard learning to live with vivid mental images of scenes I cared for and failed to photograph.”

Sam Abell

(11 photos)

VIVID BLUE
VIVID BLUE
GREAT BLUE II
GREAT BLUE II

Well I guess this is my month for birds . I’m opening this week’s challenge response with two captures of a beautiful, vividly blue heron balancing on a slender branch as he prepares to launch into the unknown.ย  I shot these on a second trip to the rookery I posted about last week. As I mentioned in that post, I was happily entertained by the bird chicks as they ventured out of their protective nests for the first time, but I failed to capture any shots of their antics. I was determined to correct that with a second visit.

PRECARIOUS
PRECARIOUS

“Somewhere, things must be beautiful and vivid.”

Lisa Ann Sandell

Lest you think my task might be easy, consider the challenges. First; find a bird who is old enough to climb, but too young to fly. Next; find a vantage point that allows a clear shot within the dense foliage that protects the birds’ nests. Finally; without disturbing its natural environment,ย  find a chick intent on venturing out and about. Exhibit A: the young chicks in my captures above and below. ๐Ÿ˜„

READY TO LAUNCH
READY TO LAUNCH

“No man-made invention will ever be as clear, or as vivid, as the image captured in your mind of a loved one who’s gone.”

Larry Wilder
After observing the birds for a bit, I learned that before they seriously consider an adventure, they puff their little wings out and assume what I can only describe as a pre-dive position. Much like an olympian about to launch from the high-dive, they move into a tuck position like the one above, poised and ready – but often this results in a false alarm and no jump occurs.
ABOUT TO JUMP
ABOUT TO JUMP

“It is a gift to see life around you clearly and vividly, as something that is exciting in its own right.”

Bill Brandt

Speaking of vivid, how about the color of the waters over which the young birds were frolicking? The brilliant green was a lovely background for my shots, but I wouldn’t want to have to swim in it!

BEAK TO BEAK BROTHERS
BEAK TO BEAK BROTHERS

“Vivid images are like a beautiful melody that speaks to you on an emotional level.”

Steve Bochco

SPREADING WINGS
SPREADING WINGS

ย “A vivid imagination compels the whole body to obey it.”

Aristotle

Once I became acclimated to the movements of the chicks, I began to get a sense about which of them would be active, and when an adventure might begin. Then it became a waiting game – how much patience did I have and what might I have been missing at some other nest while waiting at this one! Sometimes there’s a reward like the shot above and much more often, not so much. The little chick below, for example, never got much farther than his nose/beak.

EAGER TO EXPLORE
EAGER TO EXPLORE

“The impressions of one’s youth remain the most vivid in manhood.”

Gustav Stressmann

I found myself wondering what it must be like for a chick about to make its first dive. As the youngsters mature, their nests become increasingly smaller. What seemed a cozy, protective environment soon becomes crowded and restrictive, and although mom and dad have worked hard to deliver meals, the lure of the fish swimming below must become harder and harder to resist. What’s a baby bird to do???

DARING TO DIVE
DARING TO DIVE

“Vivid simplicity is the articulation, the nature of genius.”

Criss Jami

Happily, I was able to capture some of the bravery of the little chicks as they tested the limits of their newly-found abilities. None of the birds in my post were yet able to fly, but they were exploring their little patch of the rookery as far as their scrawny legs and oversized talons would allow. Clearly it would not be long before they’d be soaring overhead, seeing the world from an entirely new point of view.

ALMOST THERE
ALMOST THERE

“Every child is born blessed with a vivid imagination. “

Walt Disney

For the moment though, the chicks are restricted to an area within which they can climb or hop. Because their claws and beaks are large and strong they travel quite effectively, hopping from branch to branch and tree to tree.ย  Interestingly, each set of siblings seems to have it’s own little home, within a small “neighborhood”. They could clearly travel farther but seem to choose to stay within established boundaries. How they know the extent of their reach, and why they stay within it, are questions for another day.

THE LONG HARD CLIMB
THE LONG HARD CLIMB

“Open your eyes to life: to see it in the vivid colors that God gave us.”

Nancy Reagan

Next week — ABB (Anything But Birds!!) Stay tuned ๐Ÿ˜„

To enjoy the vivid examples ofย  some other bloggers, click here.

 

 

 

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127 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: VIVID Leave a comment

  1. These are lovely clicks Tina. Photographing birds is so much about patience and perseverance. But it’s also about having an eye for capturing the moment in all the randomness around you. ‘Beak to Beak Brothers’ and ‘Spreading Wings’ are classic examples of just that — finding harmony in the cacophony of nature.

  2. To watch the antics and exploring of these lovely, scrawny babies is a delight. I can see how fascinating it would be to spend time with them. How much longer do you think it will be before they have all flown the nest?

    • Thanks Pomme, glad you enjoyed! I expect most of them have fledged by now. Unfortunately the friend who was my access to the rookery has left for the summer so sadly I’ve seen the last of the birds for this year. But rest assured I’ll be back for more next spring!

  3. These are lovely shots. How wonderful is it that you caught the birds in their first flight. Your patience and perseverance paid off very well. ๐Ÿ™‚

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