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Monday, June 04, 2007

Neighbors

I was in the mood for photography today...so I wandered down to the beach at Little Corona in hopes of seeing something interesting on this gray, somewhat fog swept day...

I noticed that about every 15 minutes a flock of pelicans flew overhead. I sat watching for awhile and noted that each different flock flew the same flight path - swooping around a tree, out over Arch Rock in the water, circling back towards the homes on the cliffs - then right towards me where I was sitting on the path that leads down to the water...

I saw two pelicans heading towards me and quickly focused my camera into a digital zoom mode...
and CLICK.

I didn't know what I had captured until I had arrived home...and that is when I saw this...

-CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE-

I am never one to rave about my photos. But this, in my eyes, is a one in a million moment. This photo was not altered at all...when I saw it I thought of Jurassic Park!

*please scroll down for todays Visual Journal page that I posted earlier this evening*

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20 Comments:

  • At 10:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Mija Jolene, you're so lucky to live near nature at it's best. Man, those pelicans are HUGE! Thanks for taking your camera out today. What a fantastic photo!
    Linda

     
  • At 10:29 PM , Blogger ~jolene said...

    Linda, you are welcome! :) I am just so happy to see them flying and healthy..we have had terrible 'red tide' in our oceans recently and so many birds and sea lions perished from eating the toxic blooms :( Things seem to be improving, but the red tide is still somewhat visible.

     
  • At 12:08 AM , Anonymous marita said...

    great picture of nature's beauty. lucky for you enjoying it close hand!!

     
  • At 12:34 AM , Blogger ~jolene said...

    marita - thank you ..how true I am fortunate. I was just spending time visiting your blog! So beautiful. I will visit often.

     
  • At 12:42 AM , Blogger Garden Painter Art said...

    Jolene:

    I am literally sitting here with my mouth open!! That picture is amazing and I can't wait to show it to my husband and kids tomorrow. As long as you hold the copyright, you should contact a few birding magazines. I am fascinated and stunned and a little breathless. I see Pelicans flying overhead so often at the beach, but never close enough to see facial expression! Look at their eyes and beaks. They truly look ancient and bold. You have captured a rare moment!!

    Kim
    Garden Painter Art

     
  • At 12:54 AM , Blogger ~jolene said...

    Kim...yeah, ancient and bold...you really summed it up well. Amazing aren't they? I've seen many close up living here...mostly sitting on the rocks, or on boats over on Balboa Island...but I've never been able to capture a moment like this. It was quite a day - there were pods of dolphins swimming past as I was taking these photos as well :)
    I would love to submit this photo somewhere ..but I am unsure yet where to do so.

     
  • At 6:34 AM , Blogger Dagny said...

    I love heading over to the coast and seeing the pelicans. Great photo!

    Oh, and I just knew that you would love that house when I passed by it.

     
  • At 7:22 AM , Blogger Tammy said...

    Wow! What an awesome shot!! The focus on the birds is so great! What a great catch!

     
  • At 9:17 AM , Blogger Gene Black said...

    -jolene,
    Dave and I were at the beach last week and were watching pelicans. I made the comment that I found them fascinating because they look so prehistoric.

    Your picture is awesome! With the background it is VERY "Jurassic Park"

    Love it. Thanks for sharing.

     
  • At 9:20 AM , Blogger Garden Painter Art said...

    Jolene:

    Check this blog:

    http://wildbirdonthefly.blogspot.com/. I don't know if it will help, but it looks like they have lots of links to lots of birding info.

    Hope it helps
    Kim

     
  • At 11:06 AM , Blogger ~jolene said...

    Dagny, Tammy, Gene, Kim - I am so happy that everyone is enjoying this cool photo! I still can't believe I was lucky enough to capture it. As soon as I noticed all the pelicans I challenged myself to get a 'good shot in flight' - since I have captured so many pelicans just sitting. Because I am up on a cliff while at Little Corona the pelicans fly so close it feels like I can reach out and touch them...it is awesome. I thought of cropping out the home on the cliff in the background....but just left things as is....the only thing I did do was lighten up the photo a bit since it was a gray and somewhat foggy day.

     
  • At 8:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Your photo is great Jolene. Thanks for letting your blog readers see your great shot!

    ;-)

     
  • At 9:20 PM , Blogger ~jolene said...

    Hi Anon! Glad you liked it! You know I love 'show and tell' with my blogiddity friends :)

     
  • At 9:40 AM , Anonymous Britt-Arnhild said...

    Wow, impressing.
    I love the movement in the photo.

     
  • At 12:55 PM , Blogger ~jolene said...

    britt-arnhild...thank you! Yes, I agree regarding the movement...and look at that wing spread!

     
  • At 10:52 PM , Blogger Tami said...

    Great shot Jolene! Looking at it, I'm surprised you made it home uninjured...

     
  • At 10:57 PM , Blogger ~jolene said...

    tami..hi! Thanks. There were actually a few fly by's that came closer but I couldn't focus my camera quickly enough! Besides, I get so awestruck seeing them so close up I just stare! LOL!

     
  • At 5:51 AM , Anonymous misty said...

    wow, that is such an awesome shot... when I first saw it I thought jurassic park, too. They look so unreal... amazing!
    thanks for sharing.

     
  • At 6:04 AM , Blogger katie said...

    what an amazing photo, i can only imagine how you must have felt watching them in flight. thank you for sharing it here, it brought an early morning smile to my heart...

     
  • At 6:31 PM , Blogger ~jolene said...

    misty - I am so happy that you had a moment to see the photo! Thank you for stopping by. I look at the pelicans as well and say to myself.."they look so unreal"...but trust me...they were REAL. LOL!

    katie - hello new friend :) How cool that a photo I took down the street from home brought a smile to your heart - and before this I didn't even know you :) I love bloggers :)

     

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