Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


Backyard Otter!

Amazingly there is an otter in the lake on our golf course right off our back deck!  I’ve seen him there before but I’ve never been able to take his picture because I have to cross the fairway and there have always been golfers at play.

The sun had just gone down, so my ISO was up pretty high.  I had to aggressively crop because even with my 28-300mm lens, I still couldn’t get a close enough shot of this little guy without cropping.

I was really excited when he hopped out of the water on the bank across the lake!  What luck.   He was checking out the ducks and the heron intently.  They weren’t too concerned about him…although maybe they were wondering if he was going to eat all their fish.   😉

The little guy seemed interested in me.  For his final act, he dove under the water and started swimming toward me!  I could see the air bubbles in the lake as they approached me.  Honestly I was so giddy I was trying to change the settings on my camera but really didn’t have time, so I snapped two pics of him as he surfaced and stared at me.

After his final appearance, he dove under never to be seen again that evening.  I’m thinking there must be an underground water tunnel of some sort.  River otters can walk a long way too.  There was one walking down our town’s main street not too long ago; and with all the rivers around, they seem to be adapting to us quite readily.

I love seeing him and I hope you enjoy the pics!



It’s for the Birds

The little lake off our back deck attracts an amazing array of birds!  From our back deck, it’s not possible to zoom in on these beautiful birds with my 300mm because it just isn’t long enough.  Even on my DX.  So the day I had my momentous walk around the lake, I had my 300mm in tow and tried to get a bit closer.  Bird photography is quite different from the landscapes and macros I’m used to.  I quickly realized I needed a very fast shutter speed, especially for the egret in flight.  You can even see he is wearing his “golden slippers” as they call them.  I got about four shots of him before he flew off into the tree.  I thought it so funny that he sat in that small tree.

The number of birds I’ve already identified is quite extensive!  For bird lovers, the list is (and I know there are many small birds that I haven’t identified yet):  Great blue heron, great white egret, green heron (juvenile in November), robin, bluebird, black phoebe, scrub bluejay, finch, anna’s hummingbird, sparrow, plover, red shouldered hawk, white tailed kite, kingfisher, crow, mallard duck, merganser duck, comorant, buzzard, northern flicker, northern harrier (juvenile in Nov), Turkey, Canadian Goose.

The last image I tried a blur technique.  You may have seen this expertly done on the Mythical Horse blog, but I thought I’d give it a whirl.  I hadn’t read up on how to do it yet, so I just sort of tried to create it myself with the photoshop knowledge I already have.  I would love to explore this further because I think the results can be quite beautiful.


This Quacks Me Up

Some of you may know how much I love ducks.  They always seem to be smiling don’t they?

Fortunately, we have a pond practically right out our back door and we love hearing the gentle little “quacks” when they’re out and about.  Maybe it’s my imagination but was this mother checking me out?  I hoped to see her ducklings but alas, no luck.

I clicked and smiled back.  😀