Photographers Trying To Exercise

We decided to get out there and exercise. Exercising is healthy after all. I mean any diet you ever try always has the same thing in fine print: best results with regular exercise. The only real constant: exercise. We planned to go to beautiful McKinney Falls park to get our hearts pumping walking on the many trails there. Working off those excess calories building cardiovascular strength with a prolonged, determined, sweating, fist-pumping workout. Yeah! We’re gonna do this!

Of course, we brought along the cameras. You know, just in case…

We hadn’t even made it to the park when we saw something extraordinary atop a light pole at a quite busy intersection.

A Swainson’s Hawk. Gorgeous. He didn’t flinch at the many cars below or even at us. You don’t pass up an opportunity like this. You TAKE THE SHOT! I had to do a u-turn, drop Shey off, and find a place to park. And then, you’re never really done with just one picture. Oh no! You have to take MANY, from different angles and different distances. What if something went wrong with just one shot? So we took many indeed.
Finally, we made it into the park and then to the trailhead, but then, there’s this beautiful patch of Bluebonnets covering a large field. Got a take a pic of that, right?IMG_5327

Oh, and LOOK! There’s a butterfly landing only on the red flowers. That’s an important event and we absolutely MUST get a pic of that. Of course this requires shooting MANY pics just in case a single pic doesn’t fully capture the beauty of the moment. We took many pics.
Okay. We’re at the trail and ready to…uh…what was it? Oh yeah, exercise! But then, what are those crows so excited about? We can see them in the distant trees, but not what’s got their interest. But then…movement! It’s a Ladder-backed Woodpecker. So beautiful. He’s hiding behind the tree, so…of course…we HAD to wait him out. Sure enough, he came out and we got a lucky pic from close by.
Okay, back to the exercising. We’re here to walk, right? By then the sun was slipping down and a distant storm was rolling in. This creates an exotic looking light with high contrasts, and it makes the trees and the wildflowers below look magical. This is the Blue Time where wondrous pictures may be captured. So, of course, you don’t let a moment like that slip by.


We’re walking, we’re walking…wait! What’s that? Snowy Egrets practically POSING for us like bookends! Got to get a pic of that! As I mentioned before, MANY pics must be taken to get just one good one, and so we did.
By now, it was getting darker. A storm was definitely on the way. After covering perhaps half a mile, we decided to call it a day. Hey, at least we agreed to take the long way back. We’re walking, heyhey! And then…is that an howl hooting? Sharp-eyed Shey found it, and we HAD to take many pics of this Great Horned Owl.
By now, lightning was striking and we could feel raindrops, increasing in frequency. So when a storm drives an avid photographer away with threats of flooding, terrible driving conditions, and lightning strikes, does the photographer curse the storm? NO! You take a picture of it!
I suppose in the end we did get some exercise, mostly with our index fingers. All in all, it was a lovely day with Shey, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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14 Responses to Photographers Trying To Exercise

  1. Definitely the best excercise, and some great captures!


  2. And you have lovely fingers to boot. Who could ask for more?

    Great bird shots, by the way. 🙂


  3. You should come to the Netherlands this time of the year, you will have a blast with tulips of all colours and sizes and in the fields around mills…


    • EagleAye says:

      Oh yes, we certainly would! We’d probably spend days just photographing flowers. Oh, and then the windmills…oh, and then the shorelines…oh, and then… 😉

      Thanks for stopping to visit, Veronica!


  4. Lyn says:

    Oh wow! You live in such a beautiful area. I’d go walking everyday if my area was as beautiful as that.


  5. Pat(ricia) says:

    Absolutely wonderful! So less walking than planned? ah well, some things in life are too good to pass by – and besides – fresh air and all that gorgeous scenery is more than enough to wear someone out 😉


    • EagleAye says:

      It sure is. Exercise is good for stress relief. Well all that time spent in beauty and enjoying it so much is another way of stress relief. We were a bit tired by the end. Trying to get a perfect pic takes a lot of concentration. It was all fun though. Thanks for stopping in, Pat!


      • Pat(ricia) says:

        It’s always a pleasure to stop by and visit your space and Shey’s – I’m walking on adventure through your words and images – so it’s wonderful 🙂

        Yes, getting the right picture does take concentration and effort – especially since the subject matters tend to be elusive and don’t necessarily sit still – but well done to you both! Have as great day 🙂


      • EagleAye says:

        Thank you kindly, Pat. 😉


  6. Shey says:

    I agree, there’s a lot of wonderful things to stop for and capture esp when shared by a special someone. 🙂 🙂 🙂


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