Saturday, December 19, 2009

Pelicans in the Mist



These pictures are not the highest resolution but after looking at them, I still kinda like 'em. A little different style than I usually go after. Actually, I really like them despite not being as sharp as I'd like. I took them this morning, in insanely thick fog. Everything was so gray to begin with, so I decided to make them black and white.

You really could hardly tell where the water stopped and the sky began, so it basically just looks like a mirror. That I like. It looks like there's a backdrop or something behind him...so weird. But that's just the way the morning was! Seeing the pelican fly in was pretty wild looking because of the lack of light and the fog and the mirror effect. It was totally cool, the reflection was so crisp!

It's a Brown Pelican, by the way. And a big congrats to them for coming off the endangered list recently!! Usually this time of year they aren't as abundant around here, but the weather has been so nice, I think they've decided to stick around a little longer. Bird Photography Weely and Watery Wednesday and Weekend Reflectins

31 comments:

elvira pajarola said...

Absolutely FASCINATING....your brown Pelican in flight and landing on water....!
MERAVIGLIOSO!!!
You did a wonderful work; incredible!!
have a beautiful and sunny sunday!!
ciao elvira
(thanks for stepping back in my tuscany!)

Michael said...

These are very nice pics. The reflections give the pics that little extra. Great photography in tricky conditions. Nice bird too.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Johnny: Wonderful capture of the pelican, excellant work.

Steve Borichevsky said...

Yes, they are pretty cool px.

Kelly said...

...beautiful photos. I love them because they are so different. Yesterday during our CBC I saw an American White Pelican on a river in Cincinnati (highly unusual). --we are definitely on the same page today!! :-)

eileeninmd said...

Great captures of the Pelican. Well done!

Larry said...

Cool shots of the Brown Pelican Jill. I always enjoy reflection shots and the B&W contrast makes them even more interesting.

SquirrelQueen said...

Love the pelicans, I enjoy watching the fly. Great shots even with the fog. The thick fog is up our way too.
I have an inland gull in the snow.
The Road to Here

NatureFootstep said...

i love this mirror image of teh pelican. :) Beautiful.

Bob and Cynthia Kaufman said...

Very artistic shots, Jill!

mick said...

Beautiful reflections! Lovely birds and great photos.

Coffeedoff said...

wonderful photos!

J Bar said...

Great shot.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

nuts said...

great shots with a little tricks!

Leora said...

Wow - what great shots. It took me a while to figure out I was looking at reflections.

Guy D said...

These shots are outstanding, especially the second one.

All the best
Guy
Regina In Pictures

chubskulit said...

These are stunning shots. You're right, you can't really tell where the water is.

Japan Sea

Lorac said...

Love the brown pelican! I think these are great shots and thanks for showing them!

Wren said...

I love these, especially the second one. The black and white format is perfect, and really, if you'd said you intended the softer look, no one would have doubted it was intentional.

Johnny Nutcase said...

thanks to all..and thanks to the fog too for inviting an interesting photo!

Woody said...

Pretty cool reflections! I agree, it's difficult to figure out where the fog ends and the water begins, but once you do, it's spectacular!

Cezar and Léia said...

You have a blessed talent, it's outstanding!
great pictures!
Léia - Bonjour Luxembourg

awarewriter said...

These are outstanding photos, especially the second. No need to apologize.

Merry Christmas.

Julie said...

I am sooo appreciative that you DID post these shots, and for your text.

Firstly, I have not seen a photo of a Brown Pelican before and am fascinated as it looks so different from the pelican that I am used to from the seaside.

Secondly, I love the effect of the fog which has removed both background AND foreground just leaving the bird and his reflection.

All this just adds to this reflective time of year. Of taking stock of myself, where I have been and where I want to go.

Merry Christmas. Happy 2010.

Quilt Works said...

Wow. Such pure reflections that took me a second staring at the photo to see what I was seeing :-)

I like them very much!


... "Moonlight becomes you..."

James said...

Regardless of the sharpness these are really nice pictures. I like them a lot.

Malyss said...

FA-BU-LOUS! I love those pictures, so simple and so great at the same time!

Thérèse said...

No an easy take and to know that these brown pelicans are out of the endangered List is a beautiful end of the year Present.

Helena said...

These are beautiful!

mbkatc230 said...

These are wonderful! I love the way the fog acts as nature's photographer's backdrop! Great capture, these are beautiful. Kathy

NicoleB said...

Glad they came off the list and glad you could 'catch' them!
They are wonderful!

I've never seen a Pelican in the wild, let alone this kind.