Today was a good day for my Bride and I but it was different. With my parents both deceased, and my mother-in-law no longer hosting Thanksgiving, we set out to make the day a good one. After a late breakfast at the truck stop we headed to a friends house to enjoy some quiet time by their small lake/big pond. About a mile from there, as we were on our way to our local lake, My Bride spots two Eagles in a tree. Turning around to see them and take a few pictures I was thankful there was no traffic. We found a driveway across from the Eagles and I took several snaps but the distance was beyond my zooms ability for anything of great clarity. None the less we are tickled to have seen them.
After leaving the Eagles in their grandeur we headed off to our local lake. There I set off to capture ducks in flight, something I am struggling to do with my Sony A37. I thought on what I could be doing wrong but was coming up empty. So Tuesday I went to the lake with my old Canon Powershot S3is, the camera that got me hooked and taught me it is OK not to shoot in auto mode. After several hours at the controls of the S3is I figured it out, sort of, and felt confident I could get some decent ones today. Walking to my per-determined spot, I was lined up and ready to have a go as the ducks to do their flybys. After a few passes I decided I need to be lower than where I was standing. This was needed to catch the best of the last rays of the day on the ducks. On the next pass I moved and was ready… and so this happened: A doe come down the path I was crossing and jumped into the lake to swim past me to woods lining the shore at the end of the path. I didn’t see her, but heard something out of place as I was concentrating on shooting the fast approaching ducks. As I took the shot posted here I looked at the “noise” I heard just in time to see her jump in the water! I panned my camera around and go this shot, which is several seconds after she landed due to my camera having to refocus.It was quite amazing as was the day all and all. I hope yours was as well.