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November 24, 2011

Traveling Down the Road

Filed under: Christina — Christina @ 04:57

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve



  1. Figured this might be an appropriate post as today is our Thanksgiving holiday — often celebrated with a big turkey dinner, (though we don’t follow that tradition at our house)

    Before someone asks — the vignette is in the original and was unintentional — I forgot and left an extension tube on the lens after shooting something at minimum range. I decided I liked it and left it alone.

    Comment by Christina — November 24, 2011 @ 05:05

  2. Or maybe it could be titled ‘the end of the road’?! The vignette is rather fun and is what suggested the alternative title to me (along with Thanksiving), although I appreciate that these are free to continue down the road in the that rather indeterminate mix of curiosity and shyness that they have, which you have caught so well. The vignette also brings a slight hint of ’50s Disney cartoon endings.

    Every inch of that stretch of road supports the group and then fades away into the subtle colours of the background. A very anthropomorphic shot – as is the case with much poultry. If you want an insight into tribal behaviour, look at how domestic geese behave!

    Comment by zavaell — November 24, 2011 @ 07:50

  3. Very fine image, turkeys walking along the street …

    Comment by Astrid — November 24, 2011 @ 08:21

  4. I have interpreted the title as a generic one which relates to the fact that Christina has been showing many pictures taken on this road lately (like the oncoming traffic, sunset photographer and ambitious mosquitoes). So this one is a continuation of her photographic expedition along this road as in: further traveling down the road, we have run into a flock of turkeys. I am allowed to use my imagination, right? :)

    Re. the picture, I like the composition, the limited DoF and the vignette; which all together create an “end of the road” feeling as John wrote. The vertical frame conveys the feeling of distance well. BTW, the DoF is so shallow that the heads of most of the turkeys are a bit blurred. It seems that the you/camera have/has focused on the middle turkey which is the trailing one.

    Comment by Cem — November 24, 2011 @ 09:05

    • Cem, I like your interpretation — maybe I’ll use it! It is true that I’ve taken many, many photos that include the road through this preserve. I have plans to label a portion of a presentation about this place “The Road Show”.

      It interests me how the road is used — seemingly intentionally — by so many animals in different ways — despite all the wild acreage available.

      Comment by Christina — November 24, 2011 @ 15:05

  5. A rafter of turkeys which at first glance is apparently floating down the road and it is only a bit of closer inspection that anchors it to the road with a few shadows.
    This gave me a laugh and I was a bit slow to realise the significance of the date of the posting, I’m a bit dim on things like that.
    The shadows indicate near mid-day, a time of day I don’t associate with prairie images.
    Love it.

    Comment by Rex — November 24, 2011 @ 22:05

  6. I think why I like this so much is for the very strong anthropomorphic feelings it generates. Indeed it reminds me of the Jack Vettriano painting “The Billy Boys”.

    I’m curious, are these male, female or mixed? Only, anthropomorphically, I’d say it was a group of males

    Comment by cgcooke — November 26, 2011 @ 02:36

  7. Thanks. It is difficult to tell the sex of the turkeys from this view and this time of year — some of them are probably young and they are not in their breeding colors — but the turkey on the right with foot raised is definitely an adult male — I can see his “beard” — those feathers that hang down from the chest. I’d hazard a guess based on this and other images from this series of shots that it is a mixed group. There were more in this flock than can be seen here, too — some on the side of the road out of view.

    Comment by Christina — November 26, 2011 @ 03:29

  8. sometimes more is better, a bit more depth of field to keep all those heads in focus would still keep that lovely background out of focus (I think). I like the arrangement of birds on the road.

    Comment by rhoehne — November 30, 2011 @ 22:45

  9. I like the vignetting and the blur. Hving one clearly focussed bird means that the rest slightl blury works weel for me. And this belies the need for maximum number of eyes in a successful wildlife group shot.

    Comment by doonster — December 8, 2011 @ 15:19

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