Sandpiper Central

I’ve been away from this blog so long, I now don’t even know how to navigate WordPress anymore!

The winter months are always lean for photos, between a lot of things being dormant (or wintering elsewhere) and my being a giant baby when it comes to being out in the cold. I have, however, been to a few beaches over the last couple of months, so here are some of the sights I’ve seen:

Loon, Cape Cod

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Ruddy Duck, Westport Point

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Goldeneye, Wareham

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Absolute scads of Sanderlings and Dunlins, Gooseberry Point

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I have a Canon Rebel T3, which does some interesting vignetting (which may be the new 55-250mm lens). I think I like it,though…

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And this is a shorebird I haven’t seen before – a ruddy turnstone. Male, I believe. (Bird experts, please correct me if I’m wrong!) This is his winter plumage; their breeding plumage is striking, although I’d have to follow him up to Alaska to see it.

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BTW, I have a new shop on Etsy with both stock photos and fine art prints. The stock photos are the decent ones I’ve taken over the years, that I’m not necessarily in love with or attached to; the fine art prints are the ones I am most proud of and don’t want to essentially give away. I’m pretty happy with the logo I designed, which I also made a brush in Photoshop for easy watermarking.

September round-up

I haven’t posted for a loooong while… partly because the summer was hot (or maybe I’m just a giant wuss) and I haven’t been out a lot… and partly because, as usual, I’m doing far too much.

Anyhow, here is a round-up of some photos I’ve taken over the last few weekends, just so folks know I’m still shooting! ;)

Nasketucket Bay State Reservation:

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At work:

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AC Moore parking lot

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Allen’s Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

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Scusset Beach

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Almost beach weather…

It was a bit windy to be on the beach today, and of course the sun didn’t come out until we were driving home (rrrrr!), but it was still nice to be ON A BEACH.

I started and ended my day taking silly photos of my newest Blythe doll:

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I then took some black-and-white photos of the dunes using a circular polarizing filter:

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Know what a Saluki is? It’s a beautiful, slender dog with a long, thin, super delicate face and long, silky fur. This is “Daisy”:

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There were more shells, and more of a variety of shells, on the beach than usual:

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There were also tons of sandpipers about, but the light wasn’t great and those little buggers are FAST!

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On the Beach – in February!

We took a walk on West Island yesterday, and it was just what the doctor ordered – warm sun, clear, calm water, some little sandpipers feeding amongst the rocks and Brandt geese galore – heaven!

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All of these were taken looking through the water:

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And this one is my favorite for the deep purples and reds (also for sale on my Etsy shop):

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Took what may be my last walk on a beach in a long time today and saw Brant geese and a yellowlegs and found some really cool rocks and even a partial skull of something…

I’m pretty happy with these two moon abstracts.

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Because it isn’t complete, I’m having a tough time figuring out what this skull was. No teeth, cat-like nose, long face, good-sized… Any ideas?

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Footy prints

We went to the beach this weekend – the first time this season (we stay away during the summer months) and the first time since Hurricane Irene, which changed it a lot. It’s a lot rockier now. There were a couple people riding horses, but the light wasn’t good. Plus, there were trucks all over the beach, which was annoying.

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I found the dunes on the way to and around the parking lot to be the most interesting photographic subjects of our visit.

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The sun cast long shadows, which I love, and there were interesting tracks from mice and other critters in the sand.

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I can’t decide which of these two is my favorite…

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