You can't be too picky when photographing wildlife. Most of the time it's being thankful for the opportunity, and hoping the shots turn out great once the opportunity ends. Often the lighting isn't ideal, or the shadows are tricky, or the angles are limited, or the background is bland, or the animal doesn't turn your way, or whatever. But every once in a while, the stars align, and you get something like this; a majestic eagle, perched in the sunlight, with zero distracting shadows, a beautiful blue-sky background, showing off it's sharp profile and close enough to allow for a clear, clean shot.
"Sometimes I arrive just when God’s ready to have someone click the shutter."
As things around the world are beginning to open back up after the shutdown, it got me thinking about all the beautiful places I was lucky enough to visit before the chaos began, as well as where I'd like to visit next. I then started looking through some old photos from my road trip and realized I had never shared this one with you. So here it is! El Cap in all her granite glory.
"Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space."
As I mentioned before, my recent eagle sighting was most likely the best wildlife photo shoot of my life. Not only did I get a bunch of great photos of it perched in a tree, I also got a few of it in flight.
"May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world."
-Jonathan Lockwood Huie
My mom and I just spent a few days up in Lassen relaxing, exploring and enjoying nature. While hiking around Manzanita Lake, we spotted an eagle perched in a tree way off on the other side of the lake. I kept my eye on it as we hiked along the trail and was fortunate enough to track it down once we got back to the other side. At which point this beautiful bird gave me the best eagle photo shoot of my life.
"In an eagle there is all the wisdom of the world."