Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Sunday Ramble

A nice, diffused-light day today. It was overcast when I set out and gradually cleared throughout the day. Just the kind of light I love to shoot in - no harsh, bright light and strong contrast, which brings out more detail and color in the subject. I took a lot of "hmmmm, let's see what this will do" shots today, and none of them worked. Oh well. I did get three I thought good enough to share.

More signs of Spring: the Pussy Willows are starting to sprout catkins. I saw these alongside the road on Ruggles Ave. and ended up having to tramp through some brambles to get a good macro shot of these.

I caught these Mute Swans in mid-preen out on Gooseneck Cove at low tide. This is one of those instances when I took a lot of shots trying to get a decent pose. I was trying to get a shot with both of them having the curved neck. Out of close to 15 shots, this was the only one that fit what I wanted.

Finally, I took this shot looking north up Gooseneck Cove from Ocean Drive. A nice long-focus shot looking over a sinuously curving and recurving stretch of water.

© 2009 by A. Roy Hilbinger


  1. yay for pussy willows!

    too early for them here yet, but just seeing your picture reminded me that it won't be all that long now.

  2. very pretty. The pussy willows look like feathers from the swans!

  3. Who doesn't love a pussy willow?

    I've a pussy willow at my small yard pond. Ordered from a catalog a few years back, "her" mercantile origins are long forgotten as she holds court over the dragonflies, frogs and all other members of her realm. She wears her furry coat for the last nip of winter before she unveils her summer gown.

  4. I'm always a fan of pussy willows. I don't think I've seen any that white. I also really like your long shot.

  5. Great photos, Roy, especially the macro.