Thursday, May 19, 2011

More Portland

Because I have SO many photos, I am trying to put together a video. I was up until 1AM putting the finishing touches on it...went to bed thinking it was finished, then decided I wanted to change a couple of things around for better flow. Anyway! Here are some more photos that I want to share with you all today.
I always chuckle at the way a squirrel becomes immobilized when they first see you. It's like I'm a cop, my camera is the gun, and I say "FREEZE!"
I could not get over the large, reptilian-looking appendage on this little gosling. A gosling is a young Canadian goose, btw. I think I'll call this one Ryan. :)
Bridge at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
I have never seen such abundant azaleas. I thought Louisiana had the prettiest, but Portland's are thicker and more colorful, I must admit.
Great Blue Heron with tiny fish. 
Crustose lichens grows on a lot of trees there. It's a type of fungus/aglae.
Rhododendron bloom
Tree Swallow at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, Hillsboro, OR
My daughter and I were able to get incredibly close to the tree swallows. Love their bluish-green iridescent feathers. When the light hits it just right, it's so pretty!

26 comments:

Jillsy Girl said...

my eyes are popping out of their sockets!! luscious photos!

and talking about goslings...just in case Wendy isn't a peep of yours....
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the wild magnolia said...

Stunning! Absolutely memorable! Among the best I've seen, your photographs.

I will return again and again to drink in this beauty!

missing moments said...

Great photos and so detailed! I love the little duckling.

Barbara Shallue said...

Just gorgeous - and that little gosling...is that an extra leg? Poor Ryan, if it is.

Tricia said...

They're all so beautifully colored/edited... I tend to over saturate or use too much contrast, but I'm working on that! =)
Wonderfully captured!!!

Kittie Howard said...

I agree, Gail, your photos are lucious. The colors are so real I felt like I could reach through the screen and actually pet little Ryan. Love his eyes, so gentle. And, you're right, that's some gorgeous azalea bush. Never saw red that red before.

Butterbean Row said...

Gail,
These pictures take my breath away! If I thought I could take as good a photo with a 400mm like you, I would sure get one. In fact, I think I will. :o)
What software do you edit with?
I use PSE 7 & 9 and recently purchased Lightroom 3 because of the batching possibilitis. When you have so many photos, It is supposed to streamline your editing. I have tried the trial online and liked it.

Evelyn S. said...

I think you have done a great job advertising the natural beauties of the Portland area! (Did you photograph the blue heron at the wetlands? )

lisa said...

May I pick 2 favorites (pleeeese!)?
Every one of these is wonderful Gail, but the second and third are perfection!!!

Shug said...

I have just scrolled up and down, looking at each picture over and over...They are gorgeous and so creative...I can't believe you were able to capture the tiny fish..Awesome job!
Enjoyed them all...
shug

Rosemary Aubut said...

Great work my friend! You are truly an inspiration! Thank you for all your kind comments thru my travels! Loved your home state! Have a wonderful day!

A Rosy Note said...

Every single photo is just gorgeous! I can't get over the color and detail.

~tricia

Starla said...

Your photos are just breath taking! Makes me want to chuck everything and go out to take pictures!

bluntdelivery said...

hey! great pictures! and what do ya know, i'm obsessed with Italy as well, my grandparents came over from there. oh, and I love God too.
So there's always that.

Thanks for stopping by!

Henrietta said...

OMG those rhodorendums and azaleas are amazing. I have never seen seen the rhodo colored like that as that last rhodo, I would love to have that kind.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

oh my goodness...these are wonderful! So amazing! Clear, colorful and great compositions.

*Honest Abe said...

Very nice post with great photos. Nice cropping.

hootnonny said...

You hit the mother lode! These are all wonderful. Bet the video will be awesome!

ladyfi said...

Wow - each and every one of these shots is a masterpiece. Just exquisite!

Michelle said...

These are FABULOUS captures. I ♥ every single one...the natural bridge, the azaleas, LOVE THEM!

Kamana said...

gorgeous shot! all of them! but my fave is the one with the lichen

rayfamily said...

I'm so glad I found you through Jill's challenge this week! Thanks for stopping by my blog :) Your shots are amazing!!

Doris (drdesigns) said...

These are beautiful. Love the bird shots the best.

I just clicked to follow you on twitter. I'm new to twitter myself and trying to figure out all this social media stuff. If you have any tips, please let me know. :)

Doris (drdesigns)

texwisgirl said...

your photos are beautiful! thanks for coming by my blog today and leaving a comment (on the catholic story). i saw your name, and thought "my dog is writing to me?" we have two catahoula pups that we rescued off the back road (thelma and louise). louise's formal name is Louisiana Bella because catahoulas originated from louisiana and she's my 'belle'. :)

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Well, Gail, every time I come to your site, I get jealous--guess I need to quit coming. :) Looks like the 400mm is bringing you a lot of joy--how great is it to be able to get such detail, like the duckling's legs. Wow! Hope you have a great weekend.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Stunning photos Gail! The bridge photo is SO beautiful!