Credit Where It Is Due

Credit Where It is Due

I like to make photographs, and I enjoy being praised for what I have done. But God teaches a different attitude, one of thankfulness and humility. He pointed that out to me recently. I DO NOT MAKE THESE PHOTOGRAPHS ALONE. I didn't create the light, or the technology which makes photography possible. I didn't buy my camera, it was a gift from my husband. I didn't give myself the ability to see through the camera in order to make an image which others find pleasing. It is right to use what I have been given to the best of my ability, but it is wrong to take credit for what I have not done. God made the light, the elements which are used to manufacture the camera, and the world from which these images come. He has given me gifts: people to teach me, eyes to see with, and a brain to process information. I am thankful for these gifts. He deserves all the praise, not I.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Wild Turkeys

Earlier this week Dina posted a picture of a domestic turkey as part of her Thanksgiving post. In the comments, she indicated she wasn't familiar with wild turkeys. Since we see them regularly, I volunteered a  post about them. So for Camera Critters I present Wild Turkeys.
The picture above and the last two were taken last August. The flock is made up of adult birds, probably hens, and half-grown chicks. I don't know if there are any toms here, and I don't have any pictures of the toms showing off for the hens, so you'll have to do without!

This one shows two toms--the ones to the left which have beards! Turkey beards are made of special feathers which look more like hair and hang from the breast. Hens sometimes have beards, but not frequently. This picture was taken in October.

 Turkeys are quite alert. These are carefully watching something...

one of our cats, who is trying very hard to look like he is NOT watching them! Our other cat has twice (that I know of) caught and eaten a turkey about the size of the smaller ones here. 
I learned about wild turkeys at this site: . They are interesting birds!


Pondside said...

This is very interesting to me, as just last week I saw wild turkeys for the first time.....or at least turkeys running wild!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Dimple: That certainly is a nice flock of Wild turkey to visit you, thanks for sharing this Thanksgiving week treat.

Melissa B. said...

These gobblers are gorgeous, in their own funny way. Thanks so much for sharing these Superior Snaps!

Baruch said...

We have wild turkeys in NZ as well. I have a photo of them somewhere. Should post it some time :)

ellen said...

Nice catch! Mine is up. Hope you can drop by to view my very first entry. Your visit is a blessing. God Bless!

eileeninmd said...

It been awhile since I seen some wild turkeys, great capture.

sonia a. mascaro said...

What a beautiful birds! Great pictures!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and left a nice comment.
Have a good Sunday.

Anonymous said...

Those are FANTASTIC wild turkey shots! The ones around here are so shy, we could never get that close for a photo...nor could a cat get that close. That's just amazing, really. And you must have them in droves. We only get a rare glimpse (but did see one fanning a tail earlier this year).

Halcyon said...

I see wild turkeys sometimes on the Natchez Trace on my way to work. They are pretty funny looking guys!

Terry said...

dear dimple.. i think that they are so pretty.
i had a friend who lived in the country and in his back forested lawn the wild turkeys felt very safe and so did the deer because mr.m. would never let the hunters on to his land.
some of them became quite tame and were almost like pets after a while.
you are so fortunate to have gotten these pictures.
doesn't the lord just send you such delightful photo shoots? terry

Esther Garvi said...

Oh, I love wild animals! It makes nature so much richer... :-D