How do you quench your thirst?

Sonya Lira Photography Photo Challenge # 1 –  How do you quench your thirst?

Here in Texas is is pretty hot most of the year. I love ice tea, but normally it is not in glass container due to the condensation that forms on the glass. I prefer plastic because it does not seem to sweat near as bad.

I took these pictures on the back porch using natural light, a glass table and of course, my macro lens. For the sake of these pictures, I chose the glass because it photographs better. Somehow a picture of a glass sweating from condensation just makes everyone thirsty.

If you want to join in take a picture of your drink of choice and add the pingback back to this post in your post. I am looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.

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White Ibis adventures | Manvel, Texas Photographer

As we were walking around the lake there was this White Ibis on the edge of the water about 12 feet from me. He looked up to see what I was doing but continued to look for his food poking his long beak in the mud.

The way he was faced the sun side lit him and it made for some beautiful lighting. He was a beautiful bird, but his beak was so dirty from digging down in the mud. Maybe if he had known he was getting his picture taken he would have groomed himself.

I was able to get quite a few pictures of him before he flew up in the tree with the Little Blue Heron. I shot all these pictures with the Canon 400mm 5.6L lens.

We continued on our path around the lake and we ran across another White Ibis who had just caught a crawdad. One thing we learned is they only eat the tails there were 3 other ones on the trail he had already discarded. I guess the left overs get eaten by the scavenger birds.

Morning light changes so quickly but it can be quite beautiful if the birds you are shooting are being side lit by the sun.

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Yellow Lotus | Manvel, Texas Photographer

While we were out at Brazos Bend Park wandering the trails around 40 – acre lake we spotted these Lotus flowers.

The Yellow Lotus (Nelumbo lutea) are quite spectacular early in the morning. As you can see by the pictures the leaves extend above the water surface. They seem to multiply quite well there were 100’s of them on this lake.

These flowers were beautiful and just waiting to be photographed in the early morning light.

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National Dog Day

Today is National Dog Day and I needed to post a picture of Miss. Daisy.

I have used this picture recently in a post on here, but it is one of the best ones I have of her. Daisy was two years old in April and still thinks she’s a puppy. She requires daily doses of fetch until she gets so hot she runs and gets in her pool to cool off and then gets ready to go again. We have been waiting until 7-8:00 p.m to even play with her. In fact she’s never done we have to make her quit playing.

This in appreciation of her and all the love she brings to our lives. We love you, Daisy!

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Reflections of the sky | Manvel, Texas Photographer

I love to shoot reflections especially when there is a lot to see in the reflection.

The reflection with the white puffy clouds was taken around 9:30 a.m but the one with no clouds was taken around 7:15 a.m. There is quite a difference in the look of the reflections in these two pictures. In the early morning, you will never get some pretty clouds in your images but a little bit later you can.

I prefer reflections that involve the sky with some puffy white clouds to add more interest to the picture. I also like it when there is very little wind so you can see the reflection clearer without ripples in the water.

Reflections are a mirror image of what we see in front of us. It is our future and look how bright it is.

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The Great Egret | Manvel, Texas Photography

The sun rose on Sunday morning around 6:55 a.m we arrived at Brazos Bend State Park around 7:30 a.m. The very first stop was 40-acre lake which is the first lake you come to as you enter the park.

The morning sun was so bright in front of this Great Egret. There he stood with his S-shaped head and neck sitting on the railing of the fishing pier. Even though the shooting conditions at that moment were by far not my favorite I could not resist taking a few pictures.

These birds have a huge wing span and are quite elegant when they fly.

I would have much rather been there 30 minutes sooner than shoot into the sun like this, but I am glad I was able to capture pictures of this beautiful bird.

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A day with nature | Sonya Lira Photography

My husband and I went out to Brazos Bend State Park in Needville Sunday morning.

We thought by getting there at 7:30 a.m. that would be early enough to beat some of the heat. It might have been, but we spent 3 hours walking around soaking up nature. By the time we were done, it was really hot.

When you’re out at Brazos Bend you can walk a lot of miles without even realizing it. It is one of those places you kind of get lost in nature because there is so much to see.

You have the wildlife, lakes, swamps, trails, towers, and just the beauty of it all. I love photographing all I can while we are out there.

We spotted this young buck as he crossed in front of us there was quite a few doe nearby. We saw about 20 deer in all but they were in a few different locations. The way he stood so proud in this clearing was the perfect chance to grab a few pictures. He was so beautiful I just wanted to stare at him.

The early morning reflections in the water made for a beautiful picture the water looked like glass since there was no wind at all.

The alligator being camouflaged by the swamp water was quite entertaining. I almost walked right past him. Good thing his eye was showing because that was what caught my attention. I was only about 10 feet away from him. I think most of the alligators were in the water yesterday because we did not see any basking in the sun.

The bench that was by the  lake was so peaceful and welcoming. It looked like the perfect place to sit and relax.

Then there was the juvenile yellow-crowned night heron posing on what appeared to be an old fence post that was sticking out of the water.

I took over 400 pictures so there will be plenty more to share soon. This should be my 400 blog post.

The Texas State Park pass is one of the best investments anyone can make that loves wildlife and the great outdoors.Texas has 54 state park and many that are close enough for a day trip. We plan on visiting a few of the ones we have not been to before when the weather gets a little bit cooler.

Yesterday was a beautiful day, getting to see all the wildlife and soaking up nature was wonderful.This was a great way to start a new week.

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