Project 365/132 & 133 – Where do I Start?

So a photo is due for yesterday and admittedly, the one I quickly took was…bleech ! It was one of those times that the idea is sound, but the image doesn’t come out with what the eye sees.

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But today’s adventure more than made up for with amazing photo opportunities and spectacular scenery. Heading out early to Maryland’s Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary to meet with two friends to go scouting for a hike, the fresh spring day greeted me. Today was to be a hiking day, a long overdue hiking day. I haven’t been able to truly hike since last October in Shenandoah for a number of health/body related issues. So excitedly I packed up my car with hiking boots, poles and a small pack.

I also included my full camera kit. iPhone 4s, Canon G12 to use during the hike. The Canon 60D with the 24-105mm lens for landscape shots; and finally the Canon 7D with the 500mm L lens attached in case I could do some birding.

Getting into the parking lot, houses filled with Purple Martins and birds singing in the woods promised to be a great day.

Purple Martin annoyed with the Papparrazzi

Purple Martin annoyed with the Papparrazzi
Canon 7D, 500mm L. f/7.1, ISO 400, 1/2500 sec

We began with a good trail, but ended up bushwacking through a good section of woods. Warblers singing and taunting me as I couldn’t see them. We stopped on the bridge for a short rest and enjoyed Osprey, Indigo Buntings, White Vireo, Orchard Orioles, Eastern Towhees, a sandpiper, a hummingbird resting in a tree and who knows what else. Alas, the lens baby and Canon 7D was back in the car.

Canon G

Canon G12

Bridge leading from Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary to Patuxent River Park

Bridge leading from Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary to Patuxent River Park

There were all sorts of spring signs to enjoy along the hike. With expansive landscape views with verdant fields filled with wheat and color.

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I even looked into a bird box and found some baby birds. They were sleeping, and mom was nowhere close by.

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And the barns…Oh the barns. They were everywhere ! They all seemed to have built in the same era, mostly likely from the early 20th century.

Canon G12, P mode RAW. Edited in Nik Color Efex Pro. Detail extractor, Grad ND, Lighten Center, Brilliance/Warmth

Canon G12, P mode RAW.
Edited in Nik Color Efex Pro. Detail extractor, Grad ND, Lighten Center, Brilliance/Warmth

We were able to walk into this barn, I was hoping for an owl. Instead a little bunny ducked under some stuff stored in the barn.Β My friends walked further into the barn and saw sleeping on a hay pile a feral cat snoozing. Not too pleased, the cat ran through the barn eaves and out the front door.Β The bunny, seeing that the cat was high tailing it out of there, ran right after the rabbit as if chasing it. One went left, the other went right. Perhaps hoping to confuse us.

Bunny on the Road

Bunny on the Road

Not the same cat, but one channelling what the other thought of us.

Not the same cat, but one channelling what the other thought of us.

The day was complete after ten miles added to my boots. The day was truly picture perfect with so many birds, wonderful weather, great friends and barns galore.

Canon 60D 24-105mm L Edited in Nik Color Efex Pro Detail Extractor, Brilliance/Warmth, Lighten Center, Image border

Canon 60D 24-105mm L
Edited in Nik Color Efex Pro
Detail Extractor, Brilliance/Warmth, Lighten Center, Image border

36 thoughts on “Project 365/132 & 133 – Where do I Start?

  1. Well done, the grass even looked so pretty the way you took them. What is a baby lens and Canon 7D. I cannot really tell the difference what lens or camera you used just by looking at the pictures. Oh, I’m disappointed no barn owl.

    • I really shouldn’t have called it a baby lens. There is a lens line up called lens baby. What it is, I call my 500mm lens, which was 9 pounds my ‘baby’. Thus the Lens Baby.
      I also was surprised about how these images looked similar in quality regardless of the equipment. Cool exercise to show others what they can do.
      Me too about the owl…I really wanted to see one and I looked into 2 barns yesterday

    • Hi Michael ! So great to see you ! Hope things are going well with you. Will be through Orlando again next month and will think of you. Thanks for stopping by, and of course the barn is right up your alley.

  2. It looks like a very nice hike. May I offer a suggestion? You should try talking your hiking companions into acting as “gun bearers” to assist you in carrying all your camera gear. πŸ˜‰

  3. Bugs Bunny on the way to the carrot field… “lol lol”

    Wow, these wonderful barns and old old well-used truck… πŸ˜‰

    Excellent captured, Emily… πŸ™‚

  4. Wonderful hike, felt like I was on the road and pathways with you. Love your choices that showcase your finds. The barn and pathways are my favorites.

    • When you leave a comment Mary it always puts a wonderful smile on my face. This is a truly special place and I’m so happy you enjoyed going on this adventure with me. You would find tons of inspiration here for your artwork.

  5. You surely had a wonderful day. I gave up on the Canon60D/400L and other Canon lenses for that reason, left at home or in the car. I have gone totally m43. It’s what I kept taking with me anyway. Now I need one or two more lenses to complete a set-up for that. All superb photos and I especially like the red barn..

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