About the Animal Gallery
Animal pictures just happen. Unless you are on safari or otherwise solely in pursuit of animals, you have to keep an eye out for what presents itself. Animals, like children, won’t sit still and let you fuss around with a photo. You focus, shoot, and hope.
Look at the cormorant photo I took in China. It’s hard to see the cormorant itself; what I liked was the wiggly reflection of its neck in the water. And the sheep on the Italian hillside seemed to have arranged themselves in a semi-circle just for me. Neither of those images jump out as a must-have animal photo. They aren’t exotic or unusual – it’s the composition that makes them interesting.
Then there were the pigeons in Venice sitting on a windowsill. That’s an image an artist might have painted. Plain old pigeons are anything but – on the windowsill, or in a colorful close-up. The mundane can be quite beautiful.
The photos of the swans are as much about the patterns and light in the water as the swans themselves.
The peacocks live at a local Kern County park. They are showy and endlessly fascinating birds with attitude. How, I always wonder, can such colors and patterns exist?