How to Have Fun When You’re Bored and Have a Fever
This is another special guest post by my friend and fellow nature stalker, Jan, and she’s thrown in some of her photos of George and Martha, the mute swans, and a few of the other visitors to the pond she frequents. So, no need for me to babble on, take it away Jan!
Apparently I didn’t duck fast enough because a flu bug slammed me right between the eyes a few days ago. So I found myself stuck inside, bored to tears, and running a fever of about 101… and I had a small group of photos that I’d taken a couple of days before in lousy lighting. Playtime!
I’d gone to the lake early in the evening. It was overcast. It was cold. It was drizzling off and on. It was windy. (I think I just figured out how I got the flu.) The swans, who are named George and Martha (not my fault), were taking a break from harassing two geese, so I started taking photos. When I got them uploaded that night, I hated them all. The lighting was horrible, and the backgrounds were a depressing dark gray, not to mention that I couldn’t seem to get the swans to strike any amazing poses. For some reason I didn’t delete them.
Once the boredom hit, I started playing around with those photos, adjusting shadows and highlights. It was a nice surprise when those one-click-away-from-the-recycling-bin photos actually started to look halfway decent!
The rest of the photos here were all taken the following day. It was one of those days when it was alternating between cloudy and sunny so quickly that a beautiful shot could turn to a poorly lit one by the time you hit the shutter button. But despite the cold, the wind, and impending snow showers, somehow the waterfowl were feeling spring in the air. Personally, my numb fingers and I disagreed with them.
Me again, I hope that you have enjoyed Jan’s post and photos as much as I do, and will join me in encouraging her to start a blog of her own!
That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!