Lens-Artists Challenge #144 – Taking Flight
“Birds are magical. Their flight alone can arouse a clever thought.”Michael Bassey
Flying…how often have you thought about how amazing it would be to simply stretch your arms and soar? When you think about it, the number of flying “objects” is quite large. Yes, of course the birds. But beyond them, butterflies, bees and other insects, airplanes, balloons, bubbles, kites….well, you get the idea. So this week, although I’m focused on some of the beautiful birds of Kiawah, please feel free to be creative and choose whichever flying objects catch your imagination and your lens.
“The biggest favor you can do to yourself is fly freely like birds.”Kuldeep Gera
Kiawah is home to an incredible abundance of birdlife. I captured the barred owl in my opening image two weeks ago very close to my home. As the old poem says, “A wise old owl sat on an oak”, and indeed he did. Roseate spoonbills such as those just above spend weeks here in the spring but leave to have their chicks in Florida. They return and can be seen here well into autumn. Their distinctive pink coloring and spoon-shaped bills are obvious elements of their name.
“What joy can compare with that of a bird that has just learned she can fly?”Marty Rubin
A few weeks ago I posted an image of the eaglets above with one of their parents on the nest. On a return visit, big brother was apparently either teaching the next-born how to fly – or he was letting the little guy know who was really boss. We were fortunate to have four active eagle nests on the island this year and all of them had eaglets that successfully fledged. Does that mean next year we’ll have eight?!
“You are the only one that knows how high or how far you can fly.”Theodore Volgoff
I’ve often posted images of the beautiful blue herons that are frequently seen around our lagoons and ponds.This is the first time however that I’ve shared an image of a juvenile such as the one above. It’s hard to believe his rather unimpressive brown feathers will soon become a beautiful blue-grey, and his little wings will expand to over 6 feet across.
“A bird seldom depends on the strength of the breeze for its flight. It relies solely on its own wings to soar higher.”Anurag Anand
The image above is one of my archived favorites. We’d had a “fish kill” here on Kiawah, which sometimes happens when the water in our more shallow lagoons gets too warm. I was shooting with a friend who’d shared her 600mm lens that fit my camera as well. Fortunately I was using a tripod that day as I could not have handheld something that heavy.
If you never dream of flying, then you’ll never wake up with wings.”Natalie Kendall
Finally, I’ll admit the little hummingbird above is not a Kiawah Resident. I spent hours at my brother’s home in Colorado trying to capture these incredible creatures as they lined up for their turn at the feeder. Their speed and agility was amazing, although I was surprised by their aggressiveness toward each other. I could have watched them for days – and in fact, I did!
Thank you as always for your responses to last week’s Colorful April challenge – you shared some amazing examples of spring’s (as well as a few of autumn’s) incredible beauty. We very much appreciate your creativity and continued support of our challenge. We look forward to seeing your interpretation of this week’s Taking Flight challenge – please remember to link to my original post and to include the Lens-Artists Tag. Last but definitely not least, we hope you’ll join us next week when we welcome our Guest Host, Priscilla of Scillagrace . Be sure to check out her ever-thoughtful and interesting blog.
You do live in a magical place.Tina 🙂
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Beautiful images, as always, Tina.
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Tina, I really liked the images of the owl and the hummingbird. I’ve always been fascinated by the way owls “stare” in what seems to be their normal mode of looking; I wouldn’t want to mess with them, though. I liked how the very fast shutter speed got the hummingbird’s wing in flight without motion blur.
It’s hard for me to pick a favorite among your photos here, although the hummingbird is definitely a prize winner 🙂 Since I rarely see spoonbills, I’ll pick that as my favorite. The detail of their feathers is such that I feel I can literally touch them through your photo.
Thanks so much for the lovely comment Marie. The spoonbills are a really beautiful bird. We love seeing them anywhere and any time!
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Tina, this is my post on Taking Flight – a great topic! https://mycolorfulexpressions.com/lens-artist-photo-challenge-144-taking-flight/ Thanks!
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Your Spoonbills are so beautiful! Hope all is well with you, Tina.
Thanks lindy, no complaints 😊. Wishing you the same
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Love this post! I especially love the Roseate Spoonbill at the tippy top of the post. Thanks for sharing, great topic for this time of year!
Thanks Dianne – it was the only time I’ve ever seen one in flight. Usually they’re spooning in the marsh for food. Glad you enjoyed!
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Birds are indeed magical, as your lead quote attests, and thank you for choosing a topic that is so near and dear to my heart. Your top image of the flying spoonbill is gorgeous, and I’m enamored of your owl. The focus on the eye in Bright Eyes is absolutely perfect – so sharp and clear.
Here’s my submission this week, featuring – how could it be other than a heron of course.
Thanks so much Babsje, always great to see your name pop up. Of course your herons are perfect for this one!
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Love your first quote: “Birds are magical.” But so is your photography. You are in your element photographing what you love, and it shows. So beautiful!
We’re headed to Pawleys tomorrow, and I’m hoping we find time to go to Huntington Beach. I can sit for a long spell just watching the birds take flight!
Hi Rusha, and many thanks. We’re all a-flutter here on Kiawah with the PGA championship arriving in just two weeks. The island is looking its absolute best in preparation for the thousands of visitors 😱. All of the residents are stocking up on food as no one wants to even think of getting onto our roads (although there are serious restrictions against cars for visitors who must use a shuttle from off island). If you’re still around in late May it would be fun if you and Bert could spend a day with us down here.
Tempting. Bert’s had some tests run and is awaiting results to be disclosed in late May. If it’s good news, we may celebrate in Kiawah!!! Such a pretty place.
Good luck with the tests Rusha, hoping it’s all good!
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Such stunning bird photos, Tina. It really is buzzing with life in your part of the world.
😊Thanks Tracy. It’s warm enough here that our birds hang around most of the year – lucky us! The eagles are seasonal though so we’re always excited to see them, especially when they have eaglets.
You are so lucky to be able to share your home with them.
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A wonderful collection of our feathered friends, Tina 👏 Those roseate spoonbills are stunning 😃 Here’s mine: https://jezbraithwaite.blog/2021/04/22/learning-to-fly-lens-artists-challenge-144/
Thanks Jez – we love having them around, they’re so unique and are relatively new to our area.
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These photos are wonderful and oh so inspiring for this week. 😀 😀
Here is my entry. Hopefully a little it of everything. Okay maybe not everything.
Thanks so much Cee – and I LOVED your opener this week.
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hi tina, a wonderful selection of photos i like them very much.
many greetings robert
Many greetings to you too Robert – and thanks very much.
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What a nice blog, I love all the photos. Thanks for sharing! your should plan for a birding trip to Tanzania with ernestmagictours.com
😊I’d love to visit Tanzania! We’ve been to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana and loved the birds there which are so different from ours. I’m sure Tanzania would be equally wonderful!
These are wonderful: I can’t possibly choose a winning shot, but I do have a soft spot for that owl. I decided to go with birds too, staying very local, and then taking a trip to Northumberland: https://margaret21.com/2021/04/21/taking-flight/
I have a soft spot for the little guy myself Margaret 😊. Many thanks.
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