Monday, January 27, 2014

Extreme Close-ups

I was able to get super close to a great egret earnestly fishing on the side of a pond. This is the most laid-back one I've come across. Very patient and gracious.





If we magnified our successes
as much as we magnify our disappointments
we'd all be much happier.
Abraham Lincoln

Linking with I'd Rather B Birdin'
Thanks, Anni!!

53 comments:

Andy said...

Yes... close indeed. Excellent!

Pallavi said...

He truly looks very gracious :) glad you got to have his close up Gail. He is a beautiful bird!

Buttons said...

Oh Gail the detail oh my these are beautiful. Hug B

R. Mac Wheeler said...

Those shots show how precious life is.

Anni said...

One word today Gail....INCREDIBLE!!!

Nancy Claeys said...

He actually looks to be posing for you! Beautiful!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Wow yes these are some great close-ups indeed. I love the detail in the eyes!

Barb Brookbank said...

How wonderful!

Anvilcloud said...

Really well done. I am curious about what you shoot with: lens, camera etc.

Terri Buster said...

Awesome close-ups and a perfect quote!

rainfield61 said...

You have in fact magnified "our" happiness.

TexWisGirl said...

absolutely amazing! they are SO skittish! you are the egret whisperer! :)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

WOW!!! What long toes he has!

hootnonny said...

What big toes you have, my dear! What great pics!

BTW, you have been blessed.

Evelyn S. said...

Seriously...your photos should be in a book! These are wonderful!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Wow! What wonderful closeups of the Egret! Just look at those long claws!

Karen said...

WOW. Fabulous shots, and I love the feet!

Karen said...

WOW. Fabulous shots, and I love the feet!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

And very very awesome!!
NEAT!! Almost a macro on an egret :-}}}

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

These are amazing! I love seeing his feet--so delicate and intricate!

Breathtaking said...

You did well to get so close to the egret, and beautiful shots they are too.

Bill said...

Fantastic shots!

Stephanie said...

Wow Gail, those are extremely insane closeups! And I mean insane in a good way :) How do you do it? Your photography is always and I mean always stunning!

Love and hugs to you!

Mitzi said...

I am impressed that you were able to get that close to him. There are a few of them out this way that like to hang out just by the roadside. Often I've thought of stopping to snap a few shots...but naturally I never have my camera when I pass by. Hope you are bracing for our 2nd Winter Storm within a week. Big hugs...stay warm!

Wally Jones said...

Great portraits of the Great Egret!

Very nice, Gail!

cobie en bas van Es said...

dat is wel heel close.

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i enjoy the close-up's - what a beauty!! ( :

what a beauty.

Deanna said...

wow, such great shots...isn't it wonderful when you come across one as beautiful as this and she sits calmly while you snap away!!

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Trust Lincoln to be stating a wonderful thing I just needed to hear! yay!

Oh, thanks Gail for the fun comment. The spiky bracelets isn't firm at all. I meant not sharp. lol

I LOVE THESE CLOSE UPS. wow.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

These are so beautiful!

bailey-road.com said...

These are great!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Gorgeous. I think you've bonded!!

eileeninmd said...

Gail, awesome closeups! And a beautiful bird! Enjoy your new week ahead!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

How beautifully he posed -- you have good bird Karma...they know you're friendly! The quote is especially meaningful to me ...

Debbie said...

magnificent close ups....so much detail!! i can't imagine getting this close to this skittesh bird!!

love those "paws"!!

Brian King said...

Fantastic, gorgeous portraits! Nicely done!

DeniseinVA said...

I my gosh these are fantastic!!! Love the one you have of its claws. And it is so nice to meet another Krsipy-Kreme fan ;)

Barbara said...

He is gorgeous! Next time you see him, tell him thank you for me!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Awesome shots, Gail! Almost like macros!!

Nancy said...

These shots are amazing...I took some shots of egerts today but I couldn't get as close as you did...Mine flew away....You obviously have a soft touch....

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

I knew I'd love this post when I saw the post title. And you didn't disappoint. These are amazing. Love the feet. :)

A View From A Brown Dog said...

What a wonderful close up, looks like he was posing for you. The detail is stunning! Nice capture Gail.

A View From A Brown Dog said...

What a wonderful close up, looks like he was posing for you. The detail is stunning! Nice capture Gail.

ladyfi said...

Wow - gorgeous and elegant. It's almost as if he posed for you.

Stewart M said...

Was it dead??

Great pictures - I must have been very relaxed.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Betty Manousos said...

terrific close-ups, gail! gorgeous details and a handsome bird!

have great day~\xo

Starla said...

WOW....Just WOW!!

Dave said...

this Egret was certainly co-operative, lovely images

Anita Johnson said...

Such great detail!

Donna said...

I love that quote!! What a tremendous view of this beautiful bird!

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Wow, amazing shots of this gorgeous bird!

Helma said...


Particularly difficult to photograph Gail but you have done a fantastic job!
Beautiful portraits.

catskillblogger said...

Amazing shot.