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Sat May 18, 2024, 10:04 AM May 18


Our May Contest has the theme Motion. Anything that can move or is moving.

Our DU Photography Forum is dedicated to not only sharing our photos, but also discussing photography as an art, a skill, and a means of communication. Please keep those criteria in mind when voting.

There are three (3) Preliminary Threads. Please vote in all of them. The other preliminary thread links are here:
Preliminary Thread 1 https://www.democraticunderground.com/100218959283
Preliminary Thread 2 https://www.democraticunderground.com/100218959282

Preliminaries and Finals will run for 72 hours.

As always, the photographers appreciate your comments!


Wings over Waves

Penquins in Flight

Time Passages

Lake Erie Before the Storm

Doom Scrolling, or Catching Up With The Latest News

The Great American Taxi Boat Race

Meet between east & westbound 'Canadians' at Henry House, Alberta

Running Girl

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29 (17%)
Wings over Waves
33 (20%)
Penquins in Flight
40 (24%)
Time Passages
5 (3%)
Lake Erie Before the Storm
15 (9%)
Doom Scrolling, or Catching Up With The Latest News
4 (2%)
The Great American Taxi Boat Race
5 (3%)
Meet between east & westbound 'Canadians' at Henry House, Alberta
14 (8%)
Running Girl
22 (13%)
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***MAY PHOTO CONTEST PRELIMINARY THREAD 3*** (Original Post) CaliforniaPeggy May 18 OP
K&R Solly Mack May 18 #1
Tough choices AltairIV May 18 #2
Second that. I had a hard time narrowing it down to , what ... five? They were all great shots! KPN May 18 #5
How can one possibly choose? niyad May 18 #3
Lake Erie looks so...well, eerie. Teacher of the Year May 18 #4
K&R 2naSalit May 18 #6
I have decided that having five or six favorites besides the one I vote for is the only way to go. planetc May 18 #7
Yay, photo time! K&R crickets May 18 #8
Kicking.... a kennedy May 18 #9
Kick! TeamProg May 18 #10
Kick! Grumpy Old Guy May 18 #11
Afterburners n/t ChazII May 18 #12
Kick! CaliforniaPeggy May 18 #13
Good morning kick. mnhtnbb May 19 #14
kick HappyCynic May 19 #15
Kick mnhtnbb May 19 #16
Kick! CaliforniaPeggy May 20 #17
All of them are great! FormerOstrich May 20 #18
The photo of the bird flying over waves mnhtnbb May 20 #19
Thank you! FormerOstrich May 20 #21
We were there in February! Grumpy Old Guy May 21 #25
I am jealous! FormerOstrich May 21 #27
Good morning kick mnhtnbb May 20 #20
Please vote! mnhtnbb May 20 #22
Vote! HappyCynic May 20 #23
k n r dmr May 21 #24
Vote! Grumpy Old Guy May 21 #26


(7,999 posts)
7. I have decided that having five or six favorites besides the one I vote for is the only way to go.
Sat May 18, 2024, 02:21 PM
May 18

Cuts down on my anxiety level.


(2,716 posts)
18. All of them are great!
Mon May 20, 2024, 03:39 AM
May 20

But I love Albatrosses!

As I was saying about Osprey in the first thread, I oftentimes watch the Albatross nest cams at https://www.allaboutbirds.org/cams/royal-albatross/. The Albatross are fabulous!

I am convinced birds have much more functional relationships than their human counterparts.


(31,586 posts)
19. The photo of the bird flying over waves
Mon May 20, 2024, 05:50 AM
May 20

is a seagull, not an albatross. Your comment made me look up the differences between them! This shot was taken off the coast of North Carolina, which is not part of the habitat of albatross. There is also a difference in location of the black on the wings, head, and beak. The gull is a shore bird and albatross are found mostly at sea. The flying pattern is also different. Albatross soar on the wind and cannot support flapping their much longer wing span for long.
Lots of info and videos about albatross


(2,716 posts)
21. Thank you!
Mon May 20, 2024, 09:59 AM
May 20

Now I want to go visit North Carolina. It is a beautiful photo.

I appreciate the information/link.

Grumpy Old Guy

(3,331 posts)
25. We were there in February!
Tue May 21, 2024, 04:57 AM
May 21

My wife and I visited the Royal Albatross Center on the Otago Peninsula last February. We were very fortunate that they were extremely active that day, soaring back and forth. We stayed late into the night to watch the blue penguins come ashore as well. We weren't going to leave New Zealand without crossing these birds off our bucket list.

FYI, the albatross pictured here have a nine foot wingspan.


(2,716 posts)
27. I am jealous!
Tue May 21, 2024, 06:49 PM
May 21

I've become so emotionally invested in the bird CAMS. I would love to go to Taiaroa Head and see the Royal Albatross. After all, I feel like I have helped raise 3 generations of Royal CAM chicks. It boggles my mind how they are born in New Zealand....then migrate until they are ready to court/be courted and return back to Taiaroa Head. Get Married and have Children (I think there might be a song in there).

Thanks for sharing your pictures. If a Grumpy Old Guy made it there maybe a cantankerous crotchety former ostrich might make it there, too!

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