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Nature in Motion

Updated on September 19, 2014

Nature in Motion

Summer hummers, bee-autiful bees, bluebirds and even a snail ~ nature in motion and the motion of nature, all intriguing and make for wonderful captures to enjoy as art hanging in your home or office ~ or for study in a science class.

Let's explore some of these intriguing natural phenomenon, and I have some photography tips that may help you capture nature in motion ~

Let's get windblown!

All pictures and notes by Bev Lemley ~ all rights reserved.

Nature in Motion...

...or is it the Nature of Motion?

Either way, Let's go catch some wind!

Wings in motion

A SPECIAL PRESENTATION OF NATURE IN MOTION ~ I HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY THE SHOW!

Nature in Motion

BEST IF VIEWED "FULL SCREEN," ALMOST TOP LEFT OPTION ~ THANKS!

MUSIC CREDIT:

A Walk in the Sierra Nevadas

www.jimmygelhaar.com Licensed under Creative Commons 'Attribution 3.0' http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Nature in Motion

"Every good and perfect thing comes from above." James 1:16-18 We should do all we can to protect our world!

Hummingbird moths...

...love lantana, butterfly bushes, abelias and many other kinds of nectar plants, just like the butterflies do! Their flight is truly a thing of beauty!

For a picture such as this, try to get above them or beside them, where the flower will come through the wings. Have fun considering the light!

Hummingbird moth wings at rest... - ...Nature is Amazing!

Hummingbird moth in flight and feeding..

Flutter-bye

Windblown but Hangin' On!

A storm was coming...

...and the wind was picking up. Butterflies need warmth, so catch them when the sun starts heating things up, unfortunately, so do you and your camera! On those days when it starts to get a little cloudy, and the butterflies are still out ~ and they just don't want to give up, go for it!

Nature in Motion II

Dragonfly at rest - Amazing Wings!

Nature on a Walk...

Motion with a... - ...unique twist!

Nature at rest!

Look for unique shots...

...this is a lightning bug, or a firefly, that was perusing the butterfly bush. As they search for nectar or smaller bugs, they do present some interesting captures!

Beauty in Motion

Cruising!

Be Ready!

A photo op is just that ~ an opportunity! Be ready!

On His Toes... - ...and ready for business!

Nature in Motion

Have you ever noticed nature in motion?

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Do the Chick-A-Hop!

Do the Dive Bomb!

Once more!

Taking a sharp right!

Slowing Down for a Touchdown

Reach!

Offer Props...

...for candid photos of birds, offer food in a safe environment, with a good natural background. Remember to consider how background colors will blur. Use a tripod and enjoy the wait!

Slow Motion!

Keep the shutter speed up as much as possible

...For the sharpest pictures, take advantage of bright light, and a high ISO and a high number F-stop. Keep practicing!

Summer Humming

Does your camera have the capability of taking burst shots?

Like sports shots? Great! Learn the camera's features and practice! Catch the light just right, and fly away!

Pause for a moment!

Some ideas for catching the moment in motion...

  • Look for great photo ops on nature's nectar plants ~ This is another reason to not use pesticides!
  • Use your camera's burst feature ~ experiment ~ keep at it!
  • Fix props for the birds to come around safely and catch them in candid moments, planning for desireable background colors and/or details. Set your F-stop to a lower number if you want the background to blur to colors, larger number if you want the background to be detailed. Just remember too low a number and your subject may not be completely focused. But auto works well, too!
  • Butterflies like the warm part of the day ~ take advantage of their schedule!
  • You will be able to capture the sharpest fast images in the brightest light, with a high ISO of at least 400 ~ greater perhaps ("noise" may be evident at higher ISO, but it may be worth it)
  • Nature is always changing, sometimes, believe it or not, the opportunity only lasts for a few hours. Grab and camera and go check out the lastest nature has to offer!
  • Remember that we're all learning ~ at least hopefully! I love learning from others ~ I hope it shows!
  • To freeze a bird in flight, try for the brightest time without glaring sun, use manual setting if possible, set to a high ISO, high shutter speed, and a large F-stop number ~ Think big!
  • As you can tell from these pictures, I'm still learning! So thanks for your patience, as my learning continues ~ join in the fun!
  • Visit my article on How to Make Winning Photographs for more ideas!

Motion-less... - ...but not without e-motion!

Please enjoy the last segment of our Special Presentation, Nature in Motion - Part III

BEST IF VIEWED "FULL SCREEN," ALMOST TOP LEFT OPTION ~ I HOPE YOU ENJOY!

MUSIC CREDIT:

A Walk in the Sierra Nevadas

www.jimmygelhaar.com Licensed under Creative Commons 'Attribution 3.0' http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Nature in Motion III

© 2012 Beverly Lemley

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Loretta L: You are so kind and thoughtful to offer such terrific comments and support! Yes, God did make an incredible world ~ I just read today in my Bible study, "Every good and perfect thing comes from God" James 1:16-18. We should strive to keep this world as untouched as possible! Thank you for your kind support, Lovelifelaughter! God is Great, thank you! B : )

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      I am totally in awe. These are glorious. Didn't God make a beautiful world, and haven't you just captured some wonderful shots. I am so glad I happened by. If I were an angel I would bless you. Instead I am giving this lens a great big like! I may even tweet it! And I don't do that often.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @LittleLindaPinda: Thank you, Linda! Thank you for your encouragement! I'm glad you enjoyed the little critters! B : )

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      Little Linda Pinda 4 years ago from Florida

      Absolutely beautiful as always. I enjoy your photo so much. They are captivating.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @flinnie lm: Thanks, flinnie! I appreciate the blessings and kind comments and support! Bev : )

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi BLemley, you have some great photos here, love them. Blessing to you, and added to my lens...Squid Angel flinnie.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @justramblin: Thank you, Justramblin! I appreciate your support and kind comments! I hope you enjoyed the slideshows, too ~ I love your flamingo avatar! B : )

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      I love, love, love your photos. Wonderful. I especially love the bird hopping ones. Great ideas and thanks for sharing your tips.

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Bellezza-Decor: Thank you! I love the little hummers, too! Don't they just add a special something to this world?! Thank you for stopping by! B : )

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      Bellezza-Decor 4 years ago from Canada

      Your photos are beautiful. I particularly adore hummingbirds.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Gorgeous photos! I love them all!!!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @AlienwareCoupons: Thanks for your kind visit! After you feed the birds enough, they tend to forget you're around. This was a very cold day, and they were probably very glad to get the treats! I was camouflaged, though, under a warm fleece and sweats. I can't get these shots in the summertime! Thank you for your awesome compliment ~ made my day for sure! Cheers! B : )

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      AlienwareCoupons 5 years ago

      Oh my god! What a nice shot!

      Love the worm pic also bird's hop.

      Awesomeness!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Deserthorse: Thank you, Deserthorse! I appreciate your kind visit and comments! B : )

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      Deserthorse 5 years ago

      Wonderful photos! I really enjoyed looking at these.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Keith J Winter: Thank you very much for your kind visit! I appreciate the really nice comments! B : )

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      Keith Winter 5 years ago from Spain

      Great lens and beautiful images.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: Thank you so much for stopping by, Tipi! I hope you liked the slide shows ~ I'm not sure if you watched all three or not. The last one has some surprises in it, at the end. I won't spoil it here! Thank you for your kind words! B : )

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      YOu have created an absolute feast of many delights of nature in motion, I got lost in your slide show and was a little sad it was over but returned to the banquet table for many more delights. Your tips are wonderful, I like the idea of providing a prop and then enjoying the wait and how you talk about getting a picture of a hummingbird moth with the flower showing through the wings...delightfully delightful!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @golfspice: Thank you! You are very kind to stop by and leave such a nice comment ~ I appreciate it! I use Sonys, I have a H7 and an A-55, both do different type work, and I've learned to not fret that I can't get the same thing out of each of them; they are unique and have their strengths! Thank you for stopping by! B: )

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      psiloveyou1 5 years ago

      Gorgeous lens. I love all the of the photos and tips for taking photos in the yard. Sending an Angel Blessing your way!

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      golfspice 5 years ago

      Great work - terrific photos. You've captured nature in motion perfectly! You must have a good camera and lenses, and most importantly you clearly know what you are doing with them.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @jasminesphotogr: Thank you, Jasmine for stopping by! I'm glad to meet someone else who loves nature! Thank you for your nice commets! B : )

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      jasminesphotogr 5 years ago

      Neat pictures. :) I love nature photos like these, it gives one such a different perspective on everything.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @MayaIxchel: Thank you so much for your kind visit and comments! Thank you! B : )

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      MayaIxchel 5 years ago

      Beautiful photos!! Great lens!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Edwardjames81: It's nice to meet a fellow bug person! Thank you for stopping by and saying hi! I appreciate your love of nature! thank you for your really nice comments! Cheers! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @gatornic15: Thank you so much for the blessing and for the really nice, uplifting thoughts! I appreciate this great start to my day! Cheers! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @chrisflees: That's funny! You're right, it does look sort of like a shrimp! It's nice to know you enjoy these down in Charlotte ~ we're practically neighbors! Take care of my "friends" if any make it down there! Thanks for stopping by! B : )

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      Chris Flees 5 years ago from Charlotte

      finally. I could never find out what that moth looking flying shrimp was, I live in charlotte and there all over the place its a "hummingbird moth"

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      As always, you have spectacular photographs! What a great way to show the beauty of motion. Blessed

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      Edwardjames81 5 years ago

      I like nothing more than getting down in the dirt on my hands and knees looking under rocks and branches for some creepy crawlies to photograph. This is a very well crafted lens and the images are stunning. Thanks for showcasing one of my lenses too : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Breakdown3133: I'm so glad you liked it ~ especially since you dislike insects! Thank you for taking a look! I hope you can look at them in a different light, at least if they're pictures! Thank you! B : )

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      Breakdown3133 5 years ago

      Even though I hate insects, I can't help but marvel at these pictures. Thanks very much for sharing!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: Thank you, KristaH, for stopping by! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you! You've certainly made my day by your kind thoughts! How nice to have someone send such gracious thoughts! I appreciate you taking a moment to stop by. I hope you had a chance to check out the slideshow ~ Thank you! B : )

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      My very favorite beauty and wonder... nature in motion. Beautifully featured here. A lovely way to begin my day. May you have more than a few of these moments today.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Lovely! Thanks.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Thamisgith: Thank you so much for stopping by ~ thank you! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @ektacis lm: Thank you so much! B : )

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      Thamisgith 5 years ago

      Great pics. thanks for sharing.

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      ektacis lm 5 years ago

      Nice lens with nice pics!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @JimH: Thank you! I'm so glad you did! B : )

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      JimH 5 years ago

      Really enjoyed the pics!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @AShotgunGold: Thank you, Shotgun Gold! I appreciate your visit! B : )

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      AShotgunGold 5 years ago

      Nice shots!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @JessicaBarst: Thank you so much, JessicaBarst, for your visit and for your kind words! Yes, Mother Nature is amazing! Thank you! B : )

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      Jessica Barst 5 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Awesome photos! Your candid shots of the birds are especially amazing. Beautiful colorful lens; an excellent homage to Mother Nature!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @ItayaLightbourne: Thank you for your kind comments ~ and for stopping by! Glad you like the chick-a-hop! Cheers! B : )

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Wow! You are an amazing photographer! I love the little chick-a-hop shot. LOL So cute. You must have endless patience to capture such beautiful shots of nature in motion. Blessings! :)

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @JohnTannahill: Thank you, JohnTannahill! I appreciate your great support! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @PhotographicStu: Thank you so much ~ and I appreciate your visit! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @pawpaw911: Thank you, PawPaw ~ and thank you for stopping by! B : )

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Love the photos. Very nicely done.

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      PhotographicStu 5 years ago

      Great lens love the wildlife photography

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      Wonderful photography!