Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion in Nature (9 Images)

This week’s DP photo challenge is “motion”.  Since I love to capture motion in our precious natural environment, I thought it’d be fun to participate. So here are some images representing four different types of motion in nature. In addition to the butt-shaking, water spraying motion demonstrated by Mama Osprey in the featured image.

I hope your week has started well.

Slow motion.  Enjoyable, hardly noticeable, purposeful. Often lovable.

mama and baby bottlenose dolphin slowly gliding by Caladesi Island Florida
Mama and baby Bottlenose Dolphin glide slowly on the surface of the calm ocean.
mottled duck with ducklings Sand Key Park Clearwater Florida
Mama Mottled Duck swims slowly with her ducklings in tow.

Quick motion. Fast and furious. Gone in a blink. Always momentary.

sandwich tern flying in the surf Sand Key Beach Clearwater Florida
A Sandwich Tern flies fast to get out of the furiously moving surf.
A great egret eats a fish sand key park clearwater Florida
A little fish pops extremely fast into the mouth of a Great Egret.

Accelerating motion. Rising. Upward. Onward. Often sudden and surprising.

A brown pelican takes off Sand Key Beach Clearwater Florida
A Brown Pelican takes off.
A Great Egret takes off Sand Key Park Clearwater Florida
A Great Egret takes off.

Decelerating motion. Slow-down. Approach. Touch down. Most often anticipated.

Royal Terns and Sandwich Terns come in for landing.
papa osprey lands in the nest in Sand Key Park Clearwater Florida
Papa Osprey lands…for a romantic interlude a couple of months ago. Now he’s landing to feed three chicks 🙂

You can find other DP Weekly Photo Challenge entries on Motion here.

58 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion in Nature (9 Images)”

    1. Thank you, Joanne. The morning I saw these dolphins the ocean was completely calm, they were gliding by slowly, possibly still sleeping. Dolphins sleep with half of their brain active 🙂

  1. Great take on, Tiny! Love the Mama and baby Bottlenose Dolphin, baby ducks, and these beautiful flying birds, Papa Osprey’s and majestic landing! Fantastic! Thank you, Tiny! 🙂

    1. Happy you enjoyed these captures of nature in motion, Amy. I saw the dolphins one gorgeous morning in February and the ducklings just last week. Their nest is in the salt marsh so I’m hoping to see them again.

    1. Thanks Janet. Happy you liked them. The last one is special to me too as I’ve been following this Osprey family for over a year now.

    1. Oh, they do so many more amazing things that my camera just refuses to capture 😉 The terns landing reminded me about all the congested airports…but much more elegant and smooth operation, no scraping of wings 🙂

  2. Another wonderful series! Spring is a wonderful time indeed. Not surprisingly, I loved the Mama Duck & ducklings especially. There’s something about duckies…they always seem to be smiling 😀

    1. Thanks Takami! These ducklings are so cute, I hope to see them again to get more pictures. I know where their nest is, but they haven’t come out when I’ve been around 🙂

      1. Thank you for your kind and encouraging words, Hien. I have so many pictures of manmade motion, all kinds of machines (some really funny looking) flying up there, but they lack the grace of motion that is nature-made.

    1. Thanks Dina. I’m always impressed by the amazing “stuff” that happens in the nature 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend, Tiny

  3. You have great eyes Tiny! You know just when to capture the moment! Your photos truly amaze me. I look forward to seeing all your posts! Makes my moments so joyful! Thank you! 🙂

  4. Fabulous captures of motion! Loved seeing the dolphins. My favorite photo is the egret catching the fish in its beak! And thanks for another peak of the baby ducks! 🙂

    1. Thanks Amy! The egret was amazing, one swing and into the mouth it went. I hope to see the baby ducks again one of these days.

    1. Thanks much! I think it is difficult for man to create beauty that parallels that of nature…hence I mostly “shoot” natural objects 🙂

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