Last Saturday, we took some time to visit a favorite spot of mine, the Horicon Marsh near Waupun. It was a nice day except for the mosquitoes. I was on the lookout for birds, and this trip did not disappoint. This location has a nice boardwalk where you can walk out over the marsh and observe the wildlife. We saw a variety of birds, a few turtles, and a water rodent (probably a muskrat, but it was too far away to really tell).
The beginning or end of the boardwalk, depending on where you start…
It’s so adorable!
The marsh, along with a cormorant posing in a tree.
This Foster’s Tern is chilling out here, but when they spot something to eat, they nose dive into the water.
A pair of blue-winged teals.
At this point we were off of the boardwalk…and then there were geese. Lots of geese. The parents were pretty wary of us and there was some hissing, but we made it through the crowd without any issues.
All those babies!
Considering February 1st was 12 days ago, I thought I had better get the pictures posted that I took that day! It was a little warmer than January 1st, I think it was about 12 degrees when I took the photos, and sunny. Sun and snow make for very bright pictures.
You can see that my little friends are still here! They’re happy, just hanging out in the snow like it’s no big deal.
I made a recent post about taking pictures of the river near my house once a month for the rest of the year to track the changes through out the seasons. Before I posted the pictures, I had to do some editing because the originals turned out very blue.
I go through an internal struggle with editing photos because I want them to be great photos straight out of the camera. As you can see in the pictures below, that was not the case, and editing was necessary. After I made the initial post, I was still not happy with the coloring. I was also a bit frustrated because I didn’t have a program to open raw files.
I started experimenting with a free trial of some photo editing software and was very pleased with the results. Below are side by side comparisons of the original jpeg, the edited jpeg, and the edited raw file. My favorite is the last picture of the ducks. You can really see the true color of the mallards. They are one of my favorite things about living here.
The biggerized* versions of the final edits: *Google says “biggerized” is not a word, but I’ve been using it for years.
For Christmas, I received a new camera. It is my first digital SLR camera. It is much more technical than any point and shoot I’ve owned, but the picture quality is so much better. Still, I have a lot to learn about the camera and photography.
To see how or if my skills develop over the next year, I decided that I want to take a picture of the same thing once a month. We live on a river, so I decided to use a bridge along the river as my focal spot. I got nervous about taking these pictures in manual mode, so I did them in “P” mode. After looking at the pictures once I was home, I wished I had spent the time adjusting the setting in manual mode. The pictures turned out very blue, so I did some adjusting to “warm” them up a bit.
On January 1, 2014, it was 7 degrees, overcast with flurries, and it was around 4:00 in the afternoon.
It’s pretty bland right now, but I think it will get more exciting as the season’s change.
I had to show some of the local residents of the river. While they are still here, at least.