Project 366: The End. I did it, woo hoo!!!!
When I started this project I had no idea the challenges we would face as a nation and globally. Each day I start my prayer thanking God for the day. This morning I saw a prayer on Twitter from @Corrynmb that is similar to my own prayers of late:
Thank you God for 2020, for every trial that brought me closer to you. For every obstacle that taught me to abide in you. For the love and peace that you cover me with. God, you are so good and faithful! May you be glorified in 2021 and continue to take us deeper in our relationship!
Happy New Year and may 2021 bring all of us peace and blessings. Let's look forward, not backward. Cheers!
400mm | f/6.3 | ISO 400 | 1/800 sec
One more day of this project!! I have something "fiery" planned for tomorrow if it doesn't rain. *fingers crossed*
After another restless night of sleep and two cups of coffee, I decided to drive to our local zoo. I'm not a fan of zoos in general, but I understand their role as a place for injured wildlife and education. Thankfully, they've made some improvements to our zoo, so I'll start supporting them again.
I present to you the Black-handed Spider Monkey. This tree-dwelling creature has a prehensile tale that can be used like an extra hand. He and his gang of three put on quite a show. Even though it rained off and on, it was a fun afternoon.
400mm | f/5.6 | ISO 1600 | 1/1000 sec
This morning I got a wild hair and drove to Lacassine Wildlife Refuge, 2-1/2 hours southwest. It was a beautiful day and the place had been on my bucket list all year. The year is nearly over, as well as this project, so I thought 'Why not?'
As I neared the refuge I saw a strange bird I had never seen before in some tall grass just off the road. I took some shots from the car window, and since that didn't seem to scare him off, I crept out as stealthily as possible to get closer. Well, that was the wrong move! Buh-bye Crested Caracara. Out of 10 snaps, this is the best of the bunch. Hot dog, I have a new bird to add to my bird list!
I will definitely make a trip back to Lacassine. I saw hundreds if not thousands of ducks. When they'd all take flight at once it took my breath away. God's creation in action is medicine for the soul.
400mm | f/5.6 | ISO 320 | 1/1600 sec
In between loads of laundry, I spotted a Chipping Sparrow in our crape myrtle tree. An unexpected GOD blessing which I always cherish.
400mm | f/5.6 | ISO 200 | 1/1250 sec
The husband returned with me to Ben Hur Rd., the latest birding hotspot in town. The Vermilion Flycatcher was still there and my husband was thrilled to see him so clearly with his binoculars. My job was to photograph the Savannah Sparrows, which were so plentiful the day before. Today, they were scarce. I lured this one out with my iBird Pro app. His expression seemed to say, "Who goes there?!"
400mm | f/6.3 | ISO 400 | 1/1600 sec