Had another opportunity to shoot this morning, so I headed back to LLELA. This time I decided to hike the Bittern Marsh Trail, hoping for some nice views just after sunrise and closeups of birds from the viewing blinds.
circular polarizer had shattered. So that was a bit of a surprise when I first removed the lens cap. Without it, I lost some saturation in the morning sky.
osprey with breakfast. The blind was too far enough to get a decent shot. I hustled for a better vantage point, but this was as good as it got.
Northern Cardinal. She stayed still enough and close enough for me to capture this nice shot.
Pollinator Pocket Prairie on my way out, hoping some late season wildflowers would be in bloom. Some were. :)
monarch butterfly was also flitting about and nectaring. I would have liked a more distinct silhouette of its antennae in the petals, but I'm not unhappy with what I got.
Joel Sartore National Geographic images where they actually take animals out of their normal environments and photograph them in a stark white setting. I've never been a huge fan of that look. But I like it better when it's my shot. :)
A fine fall morning in North Texas!