“An object in motion tends to remain in motion along a straight line unless acted upon by an outside force.” – Isaac Newton
Spring has sprung here in Oklahoma, which means allergies. I have been sick for the past two days. It is also close to 80 degrees here, and I am extremely heat intolerant. This means that I am stuck indoors for the most part. However, I did try to get some photos. I was able to stay outside for about 30 minutes before the heat and sinuses decided to attack. Unfortunately, even though I braved the allergies and heat, nature didn’t want to cooperate. The only things moving were bugs and squirrels. My bug pictures were horrible, but I got a few squirrel pictures I am proud of. Since I really couldn’t get what I wanted, I decided to include some of my better photos from times past.
Earlier this year, my mom and I witnessed the annual reenactment of The Birds. For some reason, every year a swarm of black birds, numbered in the thousands, surround our house, and threaten to peck us to death. Just kidding, they just sit there and stare at us, a la the playground scene in The Birds. It’s quite an amazing event, and I enjoy it immensely.
For the past two years, I pull out my camera and a blanket, and open the window to photograph birds in the snow. Because it’s snowing, the birds swarm our bird feeder, and I can get some great pictures. I really enjoy it when I am able to capture the birds in flight.
Of course, I couldn’t leave out my aircraft photos when the topic is motion. I live near Tinker AFB, and in the middle of Tornado Alley. This means that at any given time, I am guaranteed to be able to see an aircraft flying over my house. My favorites are the fighter jets, but those are ridiculously hard to capture. The helicopter photos are from two different storm disasters that have occurred here. The top one was from when a tornado hit a housing edition down the road from us. This was the first time a tornado has ever come close to our house, and we actually had damage from the downdrafts. The bottom photo was from the 2013 floods that basically isolated us for a month. The floods were so bad, that the bridge on the main road out of our valley collapsed. Interestingly, I was headed into town, and had I not been distracted by some of the storm debris in our yard, I would have been on the bridge as it collapsed. Fun times in Oklahoma!
I love going to concerts. But it is really hard to get good photos. I was pleased to see that I could get some good ones, without looking at the screen the whole time. Special mention to my favorite band in the world, Avenged Sevenfold (First picture)!
There are two places I try to visit whenever I am in a new area; the zoo and the aquarium. I love watching the animals, and revel in trying to make my pictures look like they were taking in the animal’s natural habitat. The pictures above, were taken at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks. I definitely recommend it, if you haven’t been.
One of my absolute favorite exhibits at any aquarium is the touch pool, especially when you can touch the rays. They are the cutest things you can imagine. They love being petted, and will jump out of the water in order to get a little lovin’. They also exhibit an interesting behavior, one that none of the employees and trainers can explain. They flip upside down, and swim backwards while halfway out of the water (upper-right photo). These pictures are from the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco.
While in San Francisco, I visited the zoo. I was lucky enough to be there on their annual March of the Penguins, which is adorable! While there, I saw a rhinoceros kicking up dirt, and caught some great photos of it. And don’t even get me started on the primate exhibit. Any day I get to see a monkey or lemur, I am in heaven!
A few years ago, I was required to go to the Oklahoma City Zoo for a class. No hardship for me! I didn’t get to spend a lot of time there the first day, so I went back the next day, and caught these lovely gorillas being gorillaey. It was so awesome!
So sorry for the long post, I get wordy when I am sick, and when I am reminiscing. Have a great day, and don’t let the allergies get you too.