The Wild Horses of the Salt River, Arizona are out and viewable from the road. Don't look for the horses, instead look for the many cars parked along side the Bush Highway. Mix in the green grasses, the orange and yellow flowers and it makes the perfect setting to photograph these wild beauties.
It's pretty amazing that we still have wild horses at all. Seeing them in their natural habitat surrounded by wildflowers is something to behold.
In the Southwestern plains, where the sun beats down,
And the earth is painted gold and brown,
The wild horses roam, unbridled and free,
In a land of blooming wildflowers as far as the eye can see.
Their manes fly free in the windswept air,
As they gallop and play without a care,
Their hooves pound the earth in a rhythmic beat,
As they explore and discover this wilderness retreat.
The wildflowers dance in the breeze,
Their petals alive with color and ease,
The horses stop to taste the sweet nectar,
And drink from the crystal-clear streams that reflect her.
In this land of infinite beauty and grace,
The horses run and explore this boundless space,
Their spirits free, their souls unchained,
As they bask in the sunshine and embrace the untamed.
The wild horses and wildflowers together,
Are a sight to behold, a natural wonder,
As they coexist in a harmony so true,
In this land of the wild and the free, it's all that they knew.
And so they roam and they play,
In this Southwestern land, day after day,
Wild horses and wildflowers, forever free,
In a world where beauty and freedom reign endlessly.
Capturing a birds reflection in a body of water is a unique way to capture wildlife that you don't see often in photographs. When done correctly, these reflections can create a painting-like affect that will take your wildlife photography to the next level. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
1. Find the right location
The key to capturing wildlife reflections is to find the right location next to water. Look for a calm body of water that is surrounded by nature and animals, such as a lake, pond, or river. It's also important to choose a location with a good view of the sky, as this will reflect in the water and add depth to your shot.
2. Wait for the right light
Lighting is critical when shooting wildlife reflections. You want to avoid harsh shadows and overcast days, as these can ruin the reflection in the water. Wait for a sunny day with a clear sky, and shoot either early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the light is soft and warm.
3. Get high
Getting high above the water is crucial when shooting wildlife reflections. You need to find the right angle to where you can see the reflection of your subject.
4. Use a telephoto lens
Usually you will need a telephoto lens for wildlife. Keeping a distance will help to not disturb your subject.
5. Use a tripod
Using a tripod will help you stabilize your camera and ensure a sharp photo. But wildlife often doesn't remain still, so don't take too long. If your shutter speed can account for hand holding your telephoto lens, this may be the optimal choice.
6. Flip your image
In your image editor you will need to flip your image and crop out part of the image you don't want to show.
In conclusion, shooting wildlife reflections in the water is a beautiful and unique way to capture nature. By finding the right location, waiting for the right light, getting the right angle, using a tripod, and paying attention to the background, you can create stunning, painting-like images that will take your wildlife photography to the next level.
I Almost missed this hummingbird; I caught this little guy hanging out on a branch staring at me like I'm the next tree he's gonna hang out on. This little hummingbird let me get within 4 feet to photograph. The colors are absolutely amazing.
I saw this bird standing in the water with nice light casting down on it. Even though the water background is a little busy and there are a lot of distractions, there is something I really like about this shot. I think it's just the colors: greens, dark blues and greys melding together. I could have shot this with a 200mm at 2.8 to help blur the background but I wanted to see the reflections of the palm trees.
Pretty sure this is an Osprey perched atop a T.V. antenna. Again, I always say this: I love it when I have big dark clouds in the background with the light of the sun illuminating the subject. It just makes the best photos.