Sunday, March 24, 2013

A million and one

A million and one odds.

That's about what I would have given myself in trying to capture the above photo.  But as luck would have it, I spied my first eagle up here in Rockport Harbor the other day and quickly grabbed my 70-300mm lens and shot a dozen or so images.  He was quite a distance away and the  images were definitely not sharp.  But after I downloaded them, I realized I captured one image of the eagle near the U.S. flag, and I couldn't have planned it better.  I haven't seen him since, but hope he has a nest nearby and becomes a frequent visitor.

We hiked up Mt. Battie and enjoyed the view of Camden's harbor and beyond.
It's been a nice spring break although Spring definitely has not arrived here in Maine.  
But no matter.
Maine seems to exude beauty no matter the time of the year.

The Camden Harbor sits empty right now
except for the large schooners which have been shrunk wrapped 
to protect their wood hulls from winter's harshness.

 Rockport Harbor, which is the harbor we overlook,
has only a half dozen lobster boats that remain in the harbor 
throughout the winter.

 But come this summer, 
this empty harbor will be active once again
with sail and motorboats,
providing us with much entertainment of their
comings and goings!

And maybe, just maybe, 
I may have an old sailboat
this summer to explore
the many islands that surround us!

By the way,
have I mentioned how much I love Maine?

(And for those inquiring minds, all the images were edited with DistressedFX.)


eileeninmd said...

Reena, cool shot of the eagle with the flag. Congrats on getting your shot! Love the pretty Maine scenery. Have a happy day!

rainfield61 said...

Does it mean that:

"Welcome to America,"

"and the American dream."?

Out on the prairie said...

Being that far north would mean the eagle is a resident.Lovely pictures, I really need to revisit that area.

Gail said...

It's easy to see why you love this beautiful place.

Country Girl said...

Beautiful images, Reena! And what a great one with the eagle and the flag. I also love that you hiked up Mt. Battie. Very inspiring for me, especially now.

Brian Miller said...

just wow...the view of the harbor out the cave...that first harbor pic
the brilliant sky are an incredible artist

Grace said...

Stunning pictures, love that one in a million shot of the eagle ~

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

You must have been so excited to see that one photo with the flag. A sailboat sounds like a great way to spend some summer hours.

Judy said...

Beautiful photos as always Reena :)
My hubby would love to have a sail boat, but his plan would be for us to sail around the world...sigh...I love the water but not that much :)

Dianne said...

the eagle!! how wonderful
love the harbor shots

TexWisGirl said...

awesome catch! love the boat in the harbor, too.

Sylvia K said...

What an awesome capture of the eagle, Reena!! Terrific! I do think I would love Maine, too! What a beautiful place! Your captures for the day all look like paintings -- great editing program you have, plus talent with the camera! Have a great week!! Enjoy!

She Who Carries Camera said...

those colorful images just make me want to be there with you!!

Unknown said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE that Eagle shot. That would have made my day!

Kerri Farley said...

Wow! That is an amazing capture - congrats!
I'm in love with that app too!

grammie g said...

Hi Reena... Opportunity you had is priceless, and you pulled of a great about that!!!
I have heard many reports of Eagles recently, and even saw one a week ago ,but of course my neighbors saw it real low over there chicken house Ooops, but me not that lucky!!
I like very much the distressed look, and I couldn't agree more how you feel about this
beautiful state : )))

Tracey9AD said...

What beautiful, beautiful images. I've only been to Maine once and it was one of the most scenic places I've ever seen. Thanks for taking me back there.

Unknown said...

I can see why you love it. It looks amazing. And what a cool shot of that Eagle.

Happy Sunday....


Nancy said...

You certainly inspire me with all your wonderful shots of Maine. We had a trip planned last year but it fell through so hopefully we will get up that way before too long.

The shot of the eagle is just awesome. I do hope he comes back so you can photograph him again......

Bill Lisleman said...

Thanks for mentioning it, I was wondering if you processed them with a type of filter. You need to take many shots to get those special ones. great work.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful artistic images!

Dan said...

Beautiful artistic treatment. You breathed new life into the images.

The eagle and flag is a treasure and rich in symbolism. Extremely marketable!

Awena Robert said...

Great shot of the Eagle! I love the post-finish that you give your photos. They always look like paintings. I really love the one with the yellow sky and the houses (5). Have a good week.

Wayne said...

I like the 'painted' mood of these. The eagle is great!!!

Daryl said...

love that shot .... it is a keeper .. cant wait to see it all myself .... say hi to the Prof xo

My Mind's Eye said...

Gorgeous pictures as always but #1
is a once in a lifetime shot..or maybe not. Maybe he will visit you often.
Hugs madi and mom

Unknown said...

Wonderful photos. Looking forward to summer Harbor activity.

Anonymous said...

What an amazing capture! Perfect! And Maine is gorgeous - no wonder you love it!

Lisa Gordon said...

Maine is definitely a most wonderful place to be.

Now, that sailboat sounds so exciting! Imagine the photographs you will be able to capture.

Congratulations on the eagle. I've had but one opportunity, and of course, missed it! :-)

Have a great day, Reena!

GailO said...

Your knee must be feeling better if you hiked up a mountain! Glad to see it!

I capture3d my first eagle picture last summer in Winter Harbor where they just seemed to be sitting in trees posing:) So beautiful flying!

Do you transfer your dslr photos to the iphone or ipad to use distressed fx? They are gorgeous!

Pat Tillett said...

What a great stroke of luck! Of course luck is usually the result of good planning. You had your equipment nearby and got the photo! Great job!

Jennifer Richardson said...

aMAZing shot of the eagle!!!
wow...what a gift.
and all the others,
so beautiful and magical.
i love your eye.
thanks for sharing the wonder,