May Monthly Assignment Gallery – “Every Picture Tells (or Has) a Story”

This month’s assignment was to submit a photo that either tells a story or for which there is an interesting story about how the photo came to be taken. I think you’ll agree that our members’ photos have some very interesting stories to tell…

Pam McCluskey – “Robin Happy Hour” – “The chances of catching this particular shot again are pretty slim. 11 robins having a drink on their way south. It was taken in December.”
Mike Hazuda – “Wedding at Oakridge”
Michael Siegel – “New Life” – “A heavy June rain caused the Turtle Pond at the UGA Marine Extension and Aquarium to overflow. An enterprising (and determined) female Yellow-bellied Slider Turtle crawled out of the pond, made her way across the front lawn to a tree she liked and proceeded to dig a nest. Then, to the delight of the Marine Science Campers who were there (and me), she laid seven eggs, buried them, and made her way back to the pond. Amazing!”
Jayne Rogers – “I Can’t Believe What I’m Seeing!”
Fitz Clarke – “Fiery Skipper” – “The photo of this tiny female Fiery Skipper butterfly (wingspan only 1.2”) was taken at The Landing’s Sparrow Field Pollinator Garden Berm. It captures the extended proboscis, three legs from thorax and ventral view. I spent 30 minutes on a portable stool studying the nectaring insects on this nectar source in order to better understand the ecological relationships between our plants and wildlife.”
Ed Shapoff – “Beautiful Guatemalan Lady” – “While photographing patients and family members on my surgical mission trip to Guatemala in 2016, I took this photo of a beautiful Guatemalan Lady.  She was not smiling in my first photo (I always show the people the photo I took).  She then asked in Spanish could I take one more so she could smile.  She was not the patient, rather she had brought her sister to the hospital for a surgical evaluation.”
Ed Case – “On The Feeder” – “The Rose Breasted Grosbeak is not native to our area, but might be sighted on its way north in the spring.  This male joined me for breakfast a few weeks ago and I was able to get these shots while I was seated at the kitchen table, shooting through the window. My breakfast friend hung around all day munching on the feeder and the next day he was history.”
Dawn Cordo – “Beauty on the Beach” – “A favorite part of our trips to Hilton Head is watching our dog, Murray, running  through the grasses on the dunes or on the beach or in the water.  He’s free, smiling and happy.   Seeing him so unreserved brings peace and calm to the soul!”
Bruna Dinetz – “Coastal Queen” – “Dozens of beautiful boats pass in front of my house every day. I used to have a power boat when living on Long Island and I have fond memories of the trips and adventures with “Nauty Gal”, but this boat in particular struck my mind. The Coastal Queen is the type of boat I wanted to live on and explore rivers and lakes and oceans  when retired.  Who knows, maybe one day…”
Art Altman – “Close Encounter”
Amy Collings – “So THAT’S How They Do That!” – “This was my first SCAD sidewalk chalk show, and I had always wondered how it’s done, how they get such detail with chalk. This photo shows “how it’s done:” with brushes, a cup of diluted chalk, water bottle, smudge rags and a template illustration.”
Walt Thompson – “Evolution Theory”
Trudy Smith – “The Birthday Gift” – “Sunday morning, October, 2014, sleeping soundly when the phone rang before 7 a.m. A frantic friend begged a favor to take her place to make coffee for the early morning bible study at church. Oh man, my birthday, and now have to rush rush, and it’s freezing out, and I’m just not filled with brotherly love. Got the coffee pot perking and walked outside to a light so rare I literally ran to my car to grab my point and shoot. Sun was just burning through the chilly fog. And there it was-clinging to the railing, a web laden with perfect droplets. It would be gone in minutes with full sun. No one saw that but me, on that day, on my birthday. It was my gift.”
Toni Floyd – “Hungry Curiosity” – “I took this with my iPhone 6 while walking on the beach at Tybee last Spring with my six year old grandson.  He was throwing popcorn in the air and catching it in his mouth when suddenly the seagulls flew toward us.”
Terry Breyman – “Buffalo in Trouble”
Sherri Reddick – “Shredding” – “My nephews, Aiden and Daniel, who were not yet 2, had come for the weekend. They were far more interested in random household items than the few toys I had for them. The activity they enjoyed the most was going into my recycling basket removing the paper and tearing it to shreds. It drove Paul crazy but I thought if it made them happy they should go for it.”
Piper Hawes – “Waiting to Meet Baby Brother”