In The North Carolina Mountains, Lake Lure

matthewo

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Took a trip up to Lake Lure area this weekend to visit family. We ended up staying on the north side of lake lure. I woke up early one morning and set out to see what I could find.

I was driving in a newly developed mountain community with miles of roads and few houses. I saw a small mouse or other small rodent scurry across the road and then this hawk swooped down. I pulled over yet the hawk did not get the mouse. I waited around and took photos of the juvenile redtailed hawk for a while hopping it would find the mouse. The morning light was very nice, as well as the colors of the leaves as they change in the mountains.

1)intent on hunting
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2)profile portrait
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3)doing a little framing between a split in a tree
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4)framing of foreground OOF leaves to left
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5)giving me a look
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6)this is the first photo when it swooped down to look for the mouse
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non hawk photos.
7)a shot from chimney rock café area of the chimney
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8)the broad river near chimney rock village
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9)panoramic 3 images of the broad
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All very nice but like the portrait best.
 

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I love your DOF on the hawk photos! Am working on that :)
the panorama is great, also working on that!
great captures in your early morning.
Nancy
 

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#2 is awwwwwesommme (Chris Farley voice)
 

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I'm going to use #2 as my portrait on my resume for now on
 
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well if you like #2 here is another cropped semi profile shot, I kind of like the look of this as well with the feathers in the bottom left and the wise beyond his years look...

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Nice job on the portrait! :)

Beautiful countryside, the SE is gorgeous and you captured some flavor here.
 

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