I have been watching these beautiful terns at Thorpe Lake, where I do my open water swimming, from the shore and from the waters, wanting to capture their beauty and elegance in flight. I decided that the best way to achieve my goals was to take my toughened Olympus out swimming with me! This pair are nesting on one of the pontoons that divides areas of the lakes. Over the last few weeks I have seen them take to the air whenever a swimmer, or the other lake residents, come anywhere close to the pontoon. I have absolutely reveled in these aerial acrobatics, performed right above me as I glide through the waters. A couple of times I have turned onto my back and floated, gazing up at these angels. To capture these images last week I trod water for a while so that I could turn more easily and track their flight with both hands on the camera. I can’t tread water for long without using up all my energy, so it actually helped that terns fly fast and low! I ended up with three images, that had both male and female in the frame, and just couldn’t pick a favourite to enter into this week’s Wex Mondays challenge, so I created a tern triptych. I will post all three of the images for you to check out individually. Perhaps you will have a favourite?
I’m also posting this as part of the WPC: Ooh, Shiny! Pretty much anything with wings distracts me, as those of you who follow my work, or come out on photography trips with me, know already 😉
I’ve been going to RHS Wisley’s Butterflies in The Glasshouse event since it’s inauguration in 2009 but today was the FIRST time I’ve spotted this beautiful little butterfly called the Malay Lacewing! I got EXTREMELY excited 😉
I wanted to put this triptych together to show you it’s delicate beauty from all sides and was very grateful to my subject for opening it’s wings for me 🙂
Today was also a lovely opportunity to spend a full-on photography day with my new brother-in-law, Kevin, who’s own photography, and that of my sister Helen, you can find on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ErosImageworks
It didn’t take very long for other visitors and photographers to figure out that following us was akin to getting their own guided tour, which was quite fun really.