Sunday, September 15, 2013

On the Water: The Last of Summer

As I left a Raystown Lake dock early Saturday morning I could hear the honking of geese over the idling of my outboard motor.  I had the Canon 100-400 L attached to the 6D and by hand holding it at 100mm, ISO 1000 was able to capture the scene as the flock passed overhead.

There seemed to be boats everywhere.  Later I learned that there were four tournaments underway in the area.  With summer rapidly winding down the some of the foliage is already beginning to change color. 

At one point I spotted this lone fisherman motoring at a moderate speed with the front mount trolling motor down.  I wonder if he was just wanting to go slow or if he was worrying about why his boat was not cruising normally.
It has been my experience that wildlife photos are difficult to come by on this lake.  There is plenty of diverse habitats to attract a variety of water loving birds and animals.  However it seems that most wildlife either avoid the area or remain hidden because of the high level of human disturbance.

Even the Great Blue Herons are quick to flush and seldom allow an approach to within good telephoto lens range.  For some reason this particular bird did allow me to approach it using both the electric motor and the outboard, both a slow speed.

This day was probably my last summer day on the water as I have different plans for the upcoming weekend.  While it is still summer it certainly didn't feel like it with the morning temperature in the mid 40's nor did it look like summer with the autumn colors beginning to show.
As I look at the calendar I see that soon autumn will begin and once again it will be time for my annual trip to the Pennsylvania elk range. 


Anonymous said...

Beautiful shots. I definitely see fall color.

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful! Love your Heron Shots

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful photo, the first sky shot is beautiful and I love the heron shots.

Ruth Hiebert said...

I love the Great blue Heron shots.This is one bird that seems to evade my camera.Oh,I have pictures,but nothing I am very happy with.

Elaine said...

Lovely shots of the Blue Heron! I think all of the geese are gone from here, and today we have a bit of snow again. With the temps around the freezing mark all day, I hope the weather forecast for mid-40s on Weds comes to pass.

Lindsjö taxar said...

Beutiful, love herons.