A Peacock is loose in the neighborhood! Quick, Where’s My Camera…
What should a photographer do during quarantine and a peacock is loose in the neighborhood? Well, click the shutter of coarse!
To set the morning, I am busy prepping for the day and getting ready to leave for an errand, as I can hear my wife’s phone buzzing with alerts of some kind as the morning goes on. She is primping and ignoring it as she starts her day. An hour or so goes by I stumble on a Facebook post that mentions a peacock on the loose in the subdivision. Just then my wife yells from the bedroom “The neighbor wants to know if you’re going to take pictures of the peacock?”.
At this point, I was at the living room windows opening them and what do I see directly across the street? yes the now named Mallard Pointe Peacock. So I rush to grab some gear quickly, as I know we have an appointment to get to shortly. I grabbed the 5D MKIII with the TAMRON 150-600 on the tripod and the 7D with an EF70-200mm f/2.8L. I got to spend about 20 minutes taking pics before we had to leave, some of the clicks from our little adventure are below. – And yes, the owner of the peacock was found and he got back home safe.
This one with the peacock on the porch eating something out of a dish? (I’m going to have to investigate that one). Showing show both the original OOC (Out Of Camera) file as well as my artistic take on it. I went with something a bit softer with this one, and a painted feel.
Here is another one from the peacock on the porch, Again I decided to show both the original OOC file as well as my variation on it. With such bold colors, I really could help but play in that direction.
Long story short to catch you up to date, we have learned that the peacock’s name is Kevin, and he escaped from a local farmer. They tried to catch him, to no avail thus far. So, for the past few weeks, he has been on the loose and living in the woods around the subdivision. How do I know, well there have been sightings in the neighborhood, and if you have never heard the sound a peacock makes, then let me just say it is distinctive (it kinda sounds like a dying cat).
Well, I was able to snap some shots when he returned the other day by my door for a brief moment, so I have some additional photos to add, and I wanted to keep them all together here. So stay tuned for more below. It looks like he is missing some feathers around the neck now…
I contribute with social media groups as a photographer to supply reference and inspirational photos to artists looking for such material. The peacock photos from this collection were ones that were supplied as such. Below are some artworks that were created (I will continue to update here as they come in)
My wife bought a camera just a month after I did, and it is delightful to have a new hobby that we can enjoy and grow together after 25 years of marriage. Being able to explore and enjoy the outdoors, nature, and local beauty together as a shared passion keeps us strong and interested in each other and exploring the subtleties and beauty the world has to offer. Beautiful Art Prints, Canvas Prints, and Greeting Cards of nature photography, digital artistry, and images from around the world for you to own and enjoy.