Jennifer Widerstrom of American Gladiators, otherwise known as Jennifer Widerstrom, has used two of the images I took of her before she got famous on her new website! For those who don’t know me, I photographed Phoenix at her first fitness contest where she won her division in the Midwest Ironman a few years ago. I then photographed her the next day for her first fitness portfolio images. Anyway, the photos she’s using are in the photos section under her workout photos. The image of her bust while she’s doing a chest exercise, and the one of her doing shoulder lifts in the gym with all the red benches.
Do you love looking at eagle photographs? Would you like a new eagle photograph displayed in your home every month? Why not buy an eagle calendar?! I’ve created my first “Quad City Eagles Calendar” for 2009, complete with photographs and eagle facts for each month. Why not go check it out?
So I got my rear end out of bed at 6AM on my day off, so I could go to a small business networking meeting at 07:30 at a small town restaurant. Glad I did! There were at least 20 people there! I found this group on http://www.meetup.com/ a few months ago. It’s been small groups until today. Anyway, normally I’d go to these things and talk about my nutrition products, but today, I only talked about my photography. Would you believe I had 4 people ask me to do their portraits?!
- To finally get shots of an eagle having lunch up in a tree, with a blue sky background.
- Capturing images of 2 eagles fighting in mid air.
- Capturing images of a juvenille eagle trying to carry a fish that weighed more than he did.
- Being dive bombed by an adult American Bald Eagle. No kidding, the bird flew right over us, and dropped his fish almost on our heads.
After almost 4 hours of photographing eagles, we finally headed out for gas and food, and then made the drive back home to Chicago. We stopped at Village Inn in Bettendorf, and as we left the restaurant, Percy was trying to take pictures of the I74 bridge as the sun set against it. So I drove across the street, and down to the riverfront where we noticed a gorgeous sunset, complete with a couple of trees to frame it up. Percy got some great sunset shots, some great bridge shots, and even some shots of a barge as it went under the bridge. Then we noticed some snow geese, and they even walked up to the car to get their picture taken!
I only worked 4 hours today for some reason, so I took advantage of it, and bolted from work at 1PM to southern Illinois where the bald eagle nest is that I’ve photographed for the last 3 seasons. I wanted to find out if the eagles would return to this same nest again. They have! I saw 1 eagle when I got there, incubating the eggs (sitting on them in the nest). She just kind of looked around a bit. Not much else happening.
Oh! As I was walking down the road in my work attire on my way to the nest, in my London Fog trenchcoat (I looked like a businessman walking on the side of the road), a couple of attractive women in an SUV stopped because they thought I was broken down somewhere, but then they saw the binoculars around my neck, and realized what I was there for. They too were investigating eagle nests in the area. And wouldn’t you know it, I forgot to give them a business card! Darn!
It looks like the DNR have been prepping the eagle blind too. They’ve built a second viewing platform higher up on the hill, so you get a clear view over the platform below it. They still need to build steps into the hill so people don’t kill themselves trying to get up the hill to the blind. Oh well. At least they’ve built us this little viewing platform. 🙂