11/09/09 - Washing
If you don't know, this is a female mallard duck. The boys and I had a good time over at Lake Wheeler yesterday at the Simpkins Pond area feeding several types of ducks. It was warm, just a slight breeze, beautiful fall color around, and just a wonderful time. After we fed the ducks, they got quite frisky bathing and splashing about. I caught this mallerd in some nice light and loved how her head is focused in the frame. I waited patiently for her to turn and glide away, but instead she quickly raised her wings up to flap them, and that wasn't as detailed a shot.
So, we're over at Yates Mill and I'm set up to take some more bracketed shots. Johnny has his and Joey's camera on another tripod, and he's taking shots too (I need to offload them). A family with a little girl walked up, and Johnny came over to me and said, "Mom, she's beautiful. I want to take her picture." Remember, he's 5. I said, "Why don't you go tell her you think she's pretty and ask her to turn around so you can take her picture." So... "Hey, pretty girl. Can I take your picture?" She turns around, blushes, her mom with her big wide angle lense smiles, and Johnny takes the shot. My shot of him taking his shot (I was not set up for this!).
Over at the new White Deer Park in Garner, Joey gave me quite the scare. He fell off what he called The Spinaroo. Some sort of merry-go-round minus the handles and center. Kids just sit on the donut shape. Anyway, he begged me to help push and when I did, he ended up falling off and pounding into the ground quite hard. I really thought he'd broke his leg for 20-30 seconds. It was bent back and trapped under the ride. A father in the area came over and pulled him out as I held his head...he was sobbing. Thankfully, everything worked. But, he does have quite the shiner on both (how did he do that?) eyes. Good thing we got the family portrait out of the way the day before!