Category Archives: Photography
I have decided to take part in Julie Powell’s Sunday Stills photography class. The Week 1 focus was on light. I have to admit, I didn’t exactly follow the rules to set up the scene and photograph it across the day to observe the light changes. I discovered that finding a natural light area for photos in my house was quite a challenge due to window pane shadows! Plus, I only had an hour when I was inspired to set up the scene with light through the window of my back door into my kitchen. Even then, I was challenged with shadows as the afternoon sunlight was shining through tree branches, and I had to avoid blocking the light when taking pictures.
I did immerse myself in setting up the scene, watching the way the objects cast odd shadows, and noting how the changing light affected the color of the tomatoes across just an hour of time. It was almost meditational, just as Julie has suggested it could be!
The photo with only the salt shaker was taken at the start of the hour, the top right around the midway point (after adding the pepper shaker for interest), and the lower right was taken at the end. The light and color changes are subtle given my time constraint. I also cropped the photos to avoid evidence of kitchen clutter!
My house has it’s limits as a photo studio! But, I am looking forward to following the instructions for the next class! You can join in too; the online classes are free!
I finally saw Cedar Waxwings last weekend during a walk in the park! I have been hoping to spot this kind of bird for a long time so the sighting was a celebration. Some passers by even stopped to see what I was so excited about. They congratulated me on my find as they went on their way! Another pretty bird to add to my list!
It’s been tough to devote time to my blog lately, but hopefully I can start to give it more attention. Hope you all are well!
This is a photo of a Little Green Heron that I finally saw mid September. Years ago, I glimpsed this kind of bird at the park creek and have been looking to spot one there ever since! Finally, there it was! Very exciting! It was starting to rain (like nearly every day recently) so I was glad I got the chance to take the picture when I did. That’s one more bird for my list!
Ok, I must admit that I backdated this post to yesterday! I didn’t want to miss posting in September since I’ve been trying to post every month since I started four years ago. I got distracted and suddenly it’s October! I did take the picture in September, so that will have to do for now!
😊 happy fall, y’all!
Summer Haiku (Butterfly)
Taking on the heat
Flutter by, my butterfly
Summer on your wings
Where has summer gone?
Isn’t this male ruby throated hummingbird handsome? He showed off his bright color as he approached the feeder for a drink of nectar.
Below, is a beautiful female hummingbird. She put on an air show fluttering around the same feeder for sweet nectar!
I haven’t yet been able to capture a picture of two birds at the feeder at the same time. But, maybe this will be the summer it happens! The little birds will be around into September!
I love this picture of my sweet Stripey Boy. He has now crossed the Rainbow Bridge and I’ve been missing him for 6 months now. He was my buddy for 19 years and will always be in my heart.
This was the very first photo I ever posted for the Daily Post weekly photo challenge going on four years ago. Bringing me full circle, I think it is a fitting entry for the last Daily Post challenge. I’m sorry to see it end. It has been a great way to get motivated and stay connected.
Posted for the last daily post weekly photo challenge: All-Time Favorites
Last year, I saw a fleeting flash of yellow in my yard. I wondered if a new bird had graced my backyard. The next morning, I was sitting on my back porch, camera in hand, watching for a return sighting when my neighbor called out “it’s in your tree.”
And, there it was. It was an unlikely sighting of a budgie parakeet in my dogwood tree. It didn’t stay long. I was able to snap two quick photos before it flew away. It was certainly bright and beautiful, but it seemed out of place. It was my neighbor that suggested it was a parakeet.
So, I searched for yellow birds and parakeets on-line to learn more. Then, I looked at lost bird sites to see if anyone near my area had lost their pet parakeet. I also searched for ways to capture an escaped bird just in case I had an opportunity to make a rescue.
I never saw it again. I can only hope that it somehow, safely, found its way back home.
Posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: unlikely
It would have been easy to overlook this tiny wildflower growing in the foliage of my yard. I’m glad I didn’t miss seeing it’s delicate perfection, and I’m happy to share the vision!
Posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: Awakening
I took this picture last weekend. I woke up early because of the chill in my house after my power went out overnight. The power outage was a surprise because the snowfall wasn’t extreme in my area. It barely stuck to the roads. Fortunately, my power came back on after about 9 hours; some people in nearby counties, where there was heavy snow were out for days!
Seeing this beautiful sunrise was the reward for my chilly “suffering!”
Posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: Rise/Set
This tiny Ruby Throated Hummingbird was a nectar seeking visitor this past summer. He, and these other hummingbirds who stopped by, sure loved the sweet sugar water! It must have compared to the the natural sweetness of honeysuckle growing on the nearby fence!
I love watching these sweet little birds every summer. This past summer, I spotted them from July 10th until September 16th. They come and go like clockwork! You can see more Hummingbird pictures by clicking on the Hummingbird header at the top of my page!
Posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: sweet