A Walk Around Prophetstown State Park

Taking a Walk Through Prophetstown State Park

Yesterday I decided to change things up a bit. For most of the last few days I have spent my mornings just north of Lafayette watching a snowy owl sit in a field. In all of that time the owl flew once, and of course it was away from me. I realized that it really is not very mobile in the mornings. I decided to go out and look for eagles. I tried the usual places with no luck. I decided to take a drive to Prophetstown State Park to see what I could see. I found a pond in the back where some have been spotted in the past, but none were present yesterday. The good news was that there were many other forms of wildlife to capture. The first that I saw during the day were these beautiful swans on the ice. Here I isolated one by itself for what I thought was a good photo.

Using The Tamron 150-600mm G2

A couple of weeks ago I picked this lens up for a couple of reasons. One of them is that my 400mm is getting older. It is now a 22 year old lens. If the previous owner(s) took good care of it there is no reason why it shouldn’t last for a long time. The aperture blades are stuck at f/2.8 right now though. That is great for sports photography, but I keep thinking the lens is going to just give out on me at some crucial time. Having something long as a backup makes me feel a little better about it. At some point I will give my thoughts on the lens, but I really have only had this opportunity to really use it. I have shot the stationary owl with it countless times, but when the subject is moving is when you really find out a lot about your equipment. For now it seems to be doing okay.

The Flock Mentality

I like this photo for a couple of reasons. One is that if I were to clone out the three geese not in line it would look like a composite of one goose flying. Sometimes when you go out looking for one thing another good shot flies overhead. This will never win me any awards, but it was fun to make today. For the price of admission (free) I had a heck of a time yesterday morning. I need to make more trips out to Prophetstown. Maybe the eagles will show up for me next time.

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