Three Birds- Cape Cod Gifts


When we arrived at Coast Guard Beach on the last day of our workshop, the winds were howling!  The hurricane had gone out to sea, but, we could feel it’s 35mph winds and 45mph gusts. We sat bundled up in our cars, looking at the dark brooding sky,hoping for some magic.  I said a silent prayer, give us a little break in the sky, and let us end this wonderful tour with a bang.  Not too long after, I looked through my sunroof and saw a patch of blue sky. I got on the walkie talkie and shouted, lets go! Most of us ended up at the beach, feet spread apart leaning into the wind when THIS happened!  I said a silent thank you when we headed back to the car.

You have to show up!  And being on a workshop or tour helps that to happen!  If you click on the image to make it bigger, you can see the three birds. 

I have a few openings for my spring Charleston and Smokies workshops.  And Rad Drew has invited me to join his Palouse tour in mid May.  I’d love to see you on any of these!

I’ll be adding an October Cape Cod Experience for 2017 with the amazing Betty Wiley very soon.  Stay tuned!

I’m off to the Smoky Mountains on Friday where Rad Drew and I will be co-leading a group.  Can’t wait!

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  1. DIana October 19, 2016 at 9:44 am #

    What an wow-mazing way to end the workshop! Prayer works and this is the proof! So looking forward to being “there” in December!

    • JB October 19, 2016 at 11:13 am #

      Thank you Diana!

  2. Larry Richardson October 19, 2016 at 10:02 am #


    What a fantastic shot. I was going to say how fortunate you were, but this wasn’t luck. You anticipated this one and it worked. One of the best shots of yours that I have seen. I hope we cross paths again soon. I am a member of the South Shore Camera Club in Quincy, and we would be elated if you could ever be one of our guest speakers.

    Larry Richardson
    Vice President

    • JB October 19, 2016 at 11:13 am #

      Hello Larry. Thank you. Lets make the speaking gig happen! How do we do that?

  3. Steve L October 19, 2016 at 10:43 am #

    Outstanding capture!
    Your eyes are always open…it ain’t luck.

    • JB October 19, 2016 at 11:12 am #

      Thank you Steve!

  4. Mary Hulett October 19, 2016 at 10:55 am #

    An incredible shot. One that you will remember for a long time. Love how you captured the drama and the hope with the birds flying. Each bird is so distinct. It is amazing that they were able to fly in those winds. So glad you captured this and shared. It is a prize winner for sure.

    • JB October 19, 2016 at 11:12 am #

      Thank you Mary. It was an amazing experience and yes, one I will not soon forget.

  5. LINDA RUSSO October 19, 2016 at 7:49 pm #

    What an ah-hah moment experience. Great capture: one that only comes along by being in the right place at the right time. A moment captured in time. Awesome….I’m jealous, again -:)

    • JB October 24, 2016 at 9:35 am #

      🙂 Thanks Linda.

  6. Felice October 21, 2016 at 1:56 am #

    Wowee! Breathtaking. What an incredible addition to your already powerful portfolio!

    • JB October 24, 2016 at 9:35 am #

      Thank you Felice!! 🙂

  7. Bob Towery October 21, 2016 at 12:42 pm #

    This is amazing. Everything just came together for a singular moment, never to be repeated. The sea, the sky, the joyous birds, and a skilled photographer. I have made many such similar images but am pretty confident I’ll never make one this glorious. So glad you were there.

    • JB October 24, 2016 at 9:35 am #

      Thank you Bob.

  8. Joan Herwig October 23, 2016 at 1:48 am #

    John, this is a spectacular image – just stunning!

    • JB October 24, 2016 at 9:34 am #

      Thank you Joan.

  9. Brenda Tharp November 3, 2016 at 8:26 pm #

    WOO-HOO, John! This is an outstanding moment to have captured. I would not have said a silent thank you, though. I would be screaming it at the top of my joy-filled lungs for all to hear! lol. One to remember.

    • JB November 3, 2016 at 8:52 pm #

      Thank you Brenda!

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