Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Mildred..Grand Lady of Clinch River Raptor Center

 For now,  click for a larger view. The Facebook page for the rehab center is gone as of June 8, 2018, as is the now closed center.. And, this wonderful hawk who helped educate many children and adults  passed on late May, 2018. She was approximately 26 years old!  A wonderful red tailed hawk, she is missed, as is the Clinch River Raptor Center. Owl Ridge Rehab is open in Washburn, Tennessee. It is home for some of the educational birds formerly living at the Clinch River Raptor Center.

Friday, August 26, 2016

CLINCH RIVER RAPTOR CENTER BLOG..new and well worth a visit

A bright young lady is  editor at the Clinch River Raptor Center Facebook Page.  She is driven to write and does excellent creative and non-fiction work.She recently put up a blog for the raptor center. The center provides rescue and rehabilitation for  birds or prey, including hawks, owls, falcons and the occasional vulture.  Located in its own facilities within the surrounds of a middle school, students work as volunteers with the birds, learning associations with nature gained no way other than "being there"...experiences and memories to last a lifetime.  We introduce introduce you to the Clinch River Raptor Center Blog with a copy of a recent post:

Clinch River Raptor Center is permanently closed. We do miss it but the people who worked in rehab and education for 3+ decades have retired from running the center.  Mildred, matriarch red tailed hawk, has passed on to fly free in a new dimension. Other birds are now living in other rehab/edu centers such as Owl Ridge in Washburn, Tennessee.  Martha, barred owl from CRRC is now there with screeches. 

Here is that post-
Everybody has seen at least one cartoon where a vulture circles above something dead or dying, eyes full of evil plans to eat away at whatever remains later. But did you know that seeing a vulture isn’t necessarily a sign that something is about to die?
The ragged wingspan of a vulture is easily picked out from other birds of prey with their very distinct primaries sticking out like dark fingers. Whether intentional or not, their circling seems menacing and unusual. What the vultures are up to would make a lot more sense if we could see air currents.
Long wings of a vulture as it circles above

When a vulture circles in the air, they are riding the air currents, their feathers spread out to glide without any effort. In this manner a vulture can stay airborne without flapping their wings like most common birds do. Many different types of birds can glide, but vultures are the only famous ones prone to riding the circular air drafts up high into the sky. This action does help in spotting prey, but doesn’t mean that a vulture has already spotted something.
So, when you see vultures circling above your head, don’t jump to conclusions! They may not be considering you as a meal, but simply riding the air drafts up higher into the clouds.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Nanny Goat and Two Kids, Appalachia Style

An easy drive east and we come to the Museum of Appalachia,  John Rice Irwin’s fields and woods filled with cabins, barns, work buildings and some livestock typical of old rural Appalachia.  The buildings include a log church house and one room school building carefully moved from original locations in the country and reassembled there for tourists and the rest of us to visit and get a tiny feel for life a few years ago in this part of Tennessee in and around the green Cumberland mountains.    Small pastures border the entrance road and it is in these fields we often find subjects for our photographs.  We noticed the quite small and very, very cute baby goats a couple of months ago when they were almost to short to reach their mother for milk. Today, the nanny and her two kids were in the field near the road.  They are small animals, full of energy and typical goat rambunctiousness.  We got these photos then went into the front building for a simple Sunday lunch. 
Small white nanny goat with two kids

Old Appalachian barn in platinum tone image

See a neat draft horse from the field toward this old barn at our commercial photography blog site, first page on the blog.  The Museum of Appalachia is a fine visit if you are in the area or passing through on I75.

Friday, July 15, 2016

TIME FOR A FULL REDO..Turning this Blog Around and Fresh Again

This blog was initially to cover interesting topics of nature, religion and what might come up worth considering.  The intent was to illustrate topics as well as could be with photographs from our commercial photography blog.
 reed basket, on a stand, empty but for the strrong glow of sunlight going through.,
Basket of Sunshine
 We did not want this to be just another extension of photo business marketing efforts but to have a life of its own, even if awkward at times.  This Landing Heron blog was for us to be a breath of fresh air, set apart from our gallery website 
and from our photo blog.

As time has worked on us, we used this blog to promote our photo business then moved most of that off the Landing Heron blog, trying to restore the original focus and to once again find this a place to comfortably write and illustrate a variety of topics where we find separation  from business pressures in the meantime.  We hope it works because such rest is very much needed.

This basket-full of sunshine is what we need... and is a goal of approach and attitude for this blog in its new makeover.

Monday, August 31, 2015

A Photograph, not a Snapshot

With literally thousands of snapshots and selfies are recorded everyday,  I have seen a decline in clients looking for a professional photographer.  Weddings and baby photos are exceptions, however often the quality and artfulness of the photos in print miss the mark when people go for the least cost and often least experience in doing that work. Over the years, I have discovered that time spent editing a group of photos is 2 to 3 times the minutes or hours spent in actually "taking the photos".  During that time at the computer, in a nutshell this is what happens:  The best images are selected and set aside.  A second review is done for the selection of first choice photos. Photos are corrected for accurate color. This and the other basic corrections mentioned next, require in the least a calibrated monitor.  The primary monitor I use is a NEC­­­­® and calibration requires software and external measuring device used directly on the screen. Colorite® color cards are used to calibrate the camera.  Contrast, intensity of color, strength of shadows and highlights are adjusted. (Differences in these visuals and composition define differences in styles of one photographer next to another. Images are sharpened for print, projector or computer monitor and cropped(edges adjusted) to allow specific print sizes and provide the best display in print or on Internet.

Photography has a definite place in fine art and this photo is an example. This is the photographers interpretation of the time and place, presenting it as the photographer wants with an atmosphere and mood you would be pressed to find on an everyday drive here, rain or not.
dark highway, rainy driving scene