Yesterday I took Mum out and about and we visited several villages up and down the Mosel River, including Bernkastel Kues where we stopped for lunch and did a bit of shopping.
There were dozens of these little birds hopping about in the bushes by the river when we went back to the carpark, obviously used to the tourists ..... as they let me get quite close to take their picture!!
Sipping a cuppa on the deck this afternoon I spied this lovely creature alight at the bottom of the garden. In a flash I was back inside for the camera but by the time I'd returned my magestic birdie had disappeared.
A little peering around discovered him removed to next door's garden, so I crept stealthily down the steps and through the grass, tiptoe'ing ever so slowly...... and was rewarded by being allowed to get within about 20 feet or so and treated to a few preening poses before this lovely Great Blue Heron flew off.
(...and just for the record, regarding my previous post .... I'm quite happy with my new life on the lake, and with taking photographs and teaching photoshop - there are just times when conversations happen which make you think of past times, in this case, triggering fond memories of a profession well loved....)
As the sun was setting this evening I spied some new arrivals to our lake ... 6 lovely chicks on what appeared to be, perhaps, their first outing from the nest, with Mum and Dad.
The Family wasn't to keen on the stranger with the long lens perched at the end of the dock and quickly swam in the other direction once they saw me, but I am hopeful that with a little more patience I can get some better shots of these new neighbours and document their progress over Summer.
My name is Marie Otero. I'm a mixed media artist and spend my life hopping between my beloved Australia and the US. My current passion is digital art and photography, but I love to create new and fun stuff with almost anything I can lay my hands on.