I Feel Like Buzzing

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I took a few minutes, to just snap some shots… Buzzing bees, are a great subject, and a great way to pass some time while waiting. Keeping it short this week, LOTS TO DO, and LOTS OF FUTURE PLANS.

 

I Feel Like Buzzing

Pollen Hunter

Grasshoper

Grass hoper

Pollen

Pollen

My best

Mike

 

 

RAPTOR STRIKE PHASE ONE

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As we begin our project, a few notes…

Traveling to Binghamton on a daily basis has given me several sightings of Red tails. The problem with capturing these sighting is the mere fact that I am behind a wheel, and we all know that death comes to distracted drivers. AKA Texting, cell phone use, and even snap shooting. This is what I have gathered. These raptors seem to have a draw to the medians along interstates. On any given day I see between ten to twenty right in the middle of the thruway, and they simply seem to sit there. Poses a question, Why do they do this? I suspect because there are mice and or easy pickings for them in the search for a meal.

Sadly though, a problem with this, is the fact that this week I have seen five of these birds on the side of the road, Killed by traffic. I suppose this could be considered as an unfortunate incident, but with any wildlife that hovers around man-made structures, this is bound to happen.. It is however sad.

As I chase these raptors, here is the first image I have captured. While sitting in wait I spotted this red tail as he rode the crosswind. I know this sounds cliché, but I cant help myself. I simply just enjoy watching these creatures as they do what they do.

I guess it’s simple things for a simple mind… I’m cool with that.

Red Tailed in Flight

Red Tailed in Flight

MY BEST,

Mike.

PROJECT. RAPTOR STRIKE.

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As we enter a new season, I am proud to announce the start of the Raptor strike project. The intention of the project is to simply capture the moment when these majestic raptors swoop in for the final kill. The inspiration for the project is simply out of interest and my infatuations with these large hawks.

The scope of the project will include, Redtail hawks, Osprey’s, Falcons, Bald eagles,and possibly owls. Now it remains to be seen if we will be successful with capturing all thee species mentioned, but either way, it’s going to be fun. Wish us luck.

My Shot of the week:

My Favorite of the Week

My Favorite of the Week

Shot with a Canon camera and lens combination, I found the contrast interesting as the foreground was filled with tree branches,as the moon slowly gave way to the rising sun.

 

More details as they develop on Project Raptor Strike.

My Best,

Mike

 

EXPSOURE

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Ducks returning to the swamplands

Ducks returning to the swamplands

Ok, with a photography related title, I am going to touch on a subject, that is somewhat related to life as much as it is in photography. Frankly, I am sick of the words PHOTOGRAPHY, and PASSION. The later is thrown around like the word love and honestly, in my humble opinion,  I have one clear opinion on all this terminology.

Having a passion for something is wonderful, but not having the dedication to do whatever needs to be done to fulfill that passion is simply a desire. We are human beings, and we have a tendency to covet what we see, but all to often we lack the dedication and fail to put forth the effort to realize the success of these so-called passions. This all leads to regrets. Woulda, coulda, shouda, is not something that is in my vocabulary and when you give it your best shot, you can walk away from something knowing you gave it your best shot with no regrets. We often times blame problems or issues in our lives that keep us from moving on with endeavours, and in most cases it is the right choice, although no matter the choice, these problems will still exist. Long thoughts and soul-searching is a part of everyday life and some choices are easier than others. This is all so obvious, but we all can see the finished product and think Wow! I would like to be able to do that, but what we don’t see is what went into that finished product. That’s the distinction, between desire and passion. Those who truly have it, do whatever they need to do to make it happen. Even with all the effort, you must also be prepared to walk away with nothing, because that is what can and does happen. The beauty of this, we can learn from every adventure we have, and instead of calling something a mistake we can learn from it. If we do this, Was it really a mistake?

THE SUMMARY:

Do these words inspire? Unlikely, but if anything life has taught me one thing. Having a shot, at something you love is a rare thing. To say that it was not meant to be because of life’s problems is a subject that will lead to regrets down the road. I feel regret is one of the worse things a person can carry around with them. Grumpy, bitter old people are made in this way,and I figure I can be grumpy enough without the regrets. Live your life, with no regrets, and although very hard, realize that problems exist no matter the choice’s you make. Changing paths can lead to either more problems or they may just change the current ones you face… Is this selfish thinking, or is it thinking outside the box?. You be the judge . Either way, you will never know unless you take that shot.

My best,

Mike

http://www.mrsargent.com

GOOD THINGS

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owl final comp-1Long roads and long walks have been a constant over the last six years, and as I continue to just simply do what I love, I am happy to be able to say that my dedication to photography is starting to pay off. I recently posted some photographs on this blog of the short eared owl. Well it seems that some notes have been taken, and recently I applied for membership to the National Geographic Society. Excited about this I was welcomed. I now have a profile and who knows, maybe I will be published… That’s the next step so to those of you that continue to read this and have shown me some blogging love, I want to thank you for you continued support.

FOR MSP it is time to step the game up. Thank you all again for inspiring me.

Humbled and ready for an adventure.

MIKE