As I continue my quest for adventure, I sometimes am able to capture things on camera that are even better than when I saw it. I was in the meadow at one of the parks I routinely like to go, and when I looked up in the sky there was a big bird.
This bird was flying overhead so I rushed to get a few pictures of it. I've seen birds like this in the same area before. There have even been a few times where the bird was closer to me. I have pictures from those times, but they're not very good.
This time the bird looks very small in the picture because it's a little farther away. It was flying above the distant treeline right in between me and the sun. I tried to get a few pictures as fast as I could before I had to stop. I didn't want to point the camera directly at the sun.
Well, I did get a few pictures of the bird. Just so you know, the bird is either a cormorant or a heron. I'm not sure which because I've seen both flying around up there. That is only part of the reason I'm showing you these pictures.
The main reason is because I like the way the shining sun is captured as the bird flies past. I saw this while I was taking the pictures, but it's just not the same because it's just too hard to see very well when you're trying not to stare into the sun.
This is where the camera came in extremely useful. I was able to get a picture of not only the bird, but also of the shining sun. I just like the way it came out. Usually something like this would have shown all sorts of distorted colors in the image, but I got lucky and was able to get a clear picture of it all.
Here is the bird flying away, and you can see it in the opening in between the trees. I didn't know what I had until I got home. This is one of the best things about taking these pictures. Sometimes I get a nice surprise when I finally am able to look at them. This time it was the sunshine and the bird.