Follow the White Rabbit
My friend and creative partner Frank (of Frank Aymami Photography) gave me a crash course on photography today over a cup of coffee (him) and a pastry (myself). I’ve been fiddling around with my first DSLR for the past couple of months on my own, but tips and techniques from a professional are definitely required and greatly appreciated. After learning some basics, I ventured out on my own to Lafreniere Park, currently my favorite spot to shoot animals and the best darn thing about Metairie. Seriously. It’s like a mini zoo there, but I’ve said that before. It just needs some honey badgers and elk, and they’d be set.
As I walked through the children’s garden, a white rabbit jumped out from seemingly nowhere.
I took this picture with my Droid Bionic, then posted it to Facebook and Twitter, asking, “Should I follow the white rabbit?” The unanimous answer was, “YES. ALWAYS.”
So, I did.
And this is what I found.
No, down here…
I’ve named him Dirty Hare-y, the Elder Rabbit. This dude straight up has a BEARD. And a toupee, it seems. He also has a coat like a wooly mammoth. I just don’t know what’s up with this guy. Is he old? A hipster?
This photo does Dirty Hare-y no justice, as I apparently suck at determining what setting I should use for light metering, but check out his gnarly clumps of fur. No, he is not sitting in a pile of dog doody. That’s his fur. Now you know why I called him Dirty.
Dirty Hare-y allowed me to photograph him for a bit, then the white rabbit jumped back out and wanted some time with the lens.
Of course, I didn’t just see rabbits. (Click the images for more detail.)
I spotted a variety of fowl. These babies hung out for a while so I could get some decent shots.
This beautiful black mama was guarding her eggs.
I also saw a ton of turtles.
And I saw flowers.
If 87 photos of park wildlife aren’t enough for you, I’ve added more to the gallery below.