Throughout my travels I took over 3000 photos in 2014. Many are travel and quirky things, but there were a number of nature photos I took while on the road as well as right here at home in Lexington. I have grown to love nature…watching squirrels play in the trees, watching geese fly overhead, gaining joy points from a sunrise. Herein are my ten favorite nature shots from 2014 and the stories behind them (and a few honorable mentions).
NUMBER 1 – BLUE HERON AT SUNRISE
This shot was captured only a few miles from my house on a late spring morning. I frequent Jacobson Park on nice mornings after dropping my wife off at work at the University of Kentucky. I like the lake there and the wildlife and the sunrises on partly cloudy days. This silhouette of the heron against the bright orange lake was one of many “lucky shots” for me in 2014.
NUMBER 2 – THE SNOWBALL SQUIRREL
Many of my Facebook friends have seen this shot of a squirrel that looks angry and appears to be getting ready to chuck a snowball at me. This little guy was frolicking in our front yard after an overnight snow in February and I took about 20 photos. As I began reviewing them, I was delighted to a chuckle to see this shot!
NUMBER 3 – MAGNIFICENT SUNRISE
There are many mornings that I am able to catch the sunrise after dropping of my wife. On this particular fall morning in October I caught the magnificent glow behind the clouds. I had to drive through a couple of neighborhoods as I saw it coming up. To my good fortune, I came to a clearing and was able to get seven or eight nice shots.
NUMBER 4 – SPIDER WEB IN SPRING
On one trip to Jacobson Park, I came across this droplet enhanced spider web. I love Spider Art!!
NUMBER 5 – PELICANS
In June I took a trip to Galveston, Texas and became fascinated by the brown pelicans (see my blog post). They flew gracefully, in very specific formations and in synchronized flight. I took this shot while sitting on the beach relaxing…a rarity for me in my travels. But, mind you, I was there for a family reunion and we were all at the beach. Love the pelicans.
NUMBER 6 – WATERCOLOR SKY
My good friend Antsy McClain has a song entitled Watercolor Sky (unreleased on any albums – I have a demo version). When I see skies like this it reminds me of the title, though the song is about a broken up love relationship. “We cut our way through evergreens that stood a mile high, through a patchwork quilt of farmland and a watercolor sky.” I love to look at the skies as I drive through the evergreens, the mountains and the patchwork quilts of farmland. This photo was taken in Lexington, ironically.
NUMBER 7 – THE BEARTOOTHS
I fulfilled a life long dream on Memorial Day weekend in 2014 as I got to drive the Beartooth Scenic Highway in north central Wyoming. These mountains are spectacular (see my blog post) and my photography could never do them justice.
NUMBER 8 – ANTELOPE CONVENTION
On my trip through Wyoming (see my blog post) I ran into a herd of about 10 antelope on the side of the road. I stopped, stayed in the car with the window open and took about 30 photos of these beautiful animals. Apparently, in Wyoming they outnumber people. After a while they all gracefully sped away…they are the fastest land mammals in North America.
NUMBER 9 – BIG SKY COUNTRY
As I drove on US 89 heading south in Montana, I caught this expansive view of clouds over the plains. The dark clouds and blue sky are so Montana….
NUMBER 10 – SUNRISE
This was an amazing fall sunrise I captured one late October morning in Lexington. I could see it peaking as I headed down Richmond Rd and found a place where I could pull off. The clouds intensified it. As I look at this it reminds me of woodblock drawings from 1600 Japan…the land of the Rising Sun.
I have a few more shots I wanted to include in this post….other shots I am proud of.