Where Heaven Meets Earth, Lost Coast, CA 2009
To get to this pristine paradise in Humboldt County, California, one needs to hike in from either the north or south. There are no roads for a 25 mile stretch, hence the name “Lost Coast.”
On this particular day, the low clouds drifted in and practically touched the Sea…the closest I have come to a place where Heaven meets Earth.
The Osprey is an unusual species of raptor in that it can be found worldwide in temperate and tropical regions of all continents except Antarctica, second in distribution only to the Peregrine Falcon. The Osprey can reach two feet long and almost six feet across across the wings. This impressive specimen seemed every bit that size.
During a drive through Everglades National Park, we came across this magnificent creature perched on a mangled tree near the side of the road. I know from experience that with wild birds, start shooting from your first sighting position, because each has there own level of tolerance as to when they will take flight. It is also best practice to use the longest lens possible so as not to disturb the wildlife. Here, using a long 400mm Canon L lens, I was able to capture the beautiful yellow eyes, feather detail, talons, beak and tongue from a safe distance.
While their tongues provide ventilation as well as modulation for calling to other birds, their impressive talons allow them to capture fish as they swoop down from the sky and across the surface of a body of water. Once the fish are secured, Ospreys can be seen in flight, carrying their prey somewhere safe to eat. On this occasion the Osprey itself was the (photographic) prey, I captured his image and took it somewhere safe to …post on my blog.
One of my signature images, Niagara, 2006 is included in the Black and White Exhibition at the PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont. http://www.vtphotoworkplace.com/index.html. PhotoPlace Gallery’s mission is to support contemporary fine art photography as a means of creative expression and cultural insight.
The Exhibition runs from March 28 through April 25th. The Exhibition Catalog is available at: http://bit.ly/1ls8XP5
Black and White was juried by Karen E. Haas, Lane Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. https://www.mfa.org/
Niagara has also been juried into exhibitions around the U.S. by legendary collector and curator, W.M. Hunt http://www.wmhunt.com/ as well as iconic Fine Art Photographer Joyce Tenneson http://www.tenneson.com
Road to the Sea, California Coast, 2009
To commemorate the beginning of spring, I posted the image above, Road to the Sea.
Along a dirt and gravel road, spring flowers guide the way for surfers heading to the ocean. On this relatively calm day the sky was filled with beautiful clouds. This particular road beckoned to be captured in a photograph, because for me, it epitomizes how I am always, and forever…drawn to the sea.
Essex House, NYC, 2012
After the Gallery hosting my Solo Exhibition in NYC closed for the night, I grabbed my camera and hit the streets.
Shot from Central Park, this was a new take on a classic hotel, and has become a great addition to my series: Cityscapes. Other images in the series can be viewed at: http://www.barrystevengreff.com
Pelican Bay, Florida Keys 2013
Brown Pelican, 2012
Many of my animal images are captured at wildlife rescues which offer two distinct advantages for me. First and foremost, hopefully my images and their attention, shine some light on the plight of the animals and gain support for the rescue locations. Second, it gives me an opportunity to get close to animals that are usually more elusive in the wild. (Although Pelicans, as in the second image captured elsewhere, often are used to people and won’t fly off until you are right next to them).
The Florida Keys Wild Bird Center/Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary http://fkwbc.org/ is one example of such a rescue facility, located at 93600 Overseas Hwy (Mile Marker 93.6) in Tavernier in the Florida Keys. In the case of the FKWBC, there is an opportunity to see birds while being rehabilitated and after they have been released, since some stay close to home for a while.
The Sanctuary as well as many other animal rescues are listed in my Blog Roll to the right with links to their websites. Anyone wishing to know more, details on visiting or just wanting to donate to their great causes is encouraged to do so. They are the front- runners in the difficult but noble task of protecting many of Mother Nature’s endangered creatures and they deserved to be recognized….and supported.