Yesterday, shortly before dusk, I put on my boots, coat & gloves, and went outside during our first snowfall of 2012 to brush the snow from my car and sprinkle ice-melting pellets on our front stoop and path leading to the driveway.
|© 2012 Ann Parry, All rights reserved - My Trusty Honda along Milburn Pond, Baldwin, NY, 1/21/2012|
Then I went back inside to get my Nikon D700 with f/2.8 24-70mm lens, and drove to Cammans Pond in South Merrick.
Though I wish birds the best, I'm not particularly interested in photographing ones that aren't pets, but the seagulls and ducks were the most promising subjects at the gray, snowy pond.
|© 2012 Ann Parry, All rights reserved - Cammans Pond Merrick, NY, 1st Snowfall 1/21/2012|
And it wasn't long before I realized I should have brought my f/2.8 70-200mm lens. So I sat on the bench nearest the seagull, and when that wasn't close enough, I sat down on the snowy ground and inched my way closer and closer until the bird flew away, and then we repeated the dance when the exquisite ball of fluff returned.
Then before it got quite dark, I headed to Milburn Pond alongside Coral House, with its lovely lights shimmering in the pond.
Though the flock of ducks kept their distance, the pair of swans swam to the edge of the pond to meet me. Once it was clear I had come bearing a shiny black box, rather than food, alack & alas, they slowly paddled away.
Photo Gallery (in progress): First Long Island, NY, Snowfall of 2012