First Bloom

It has been a long wait to see some colors in the yard. Lantern Roses flowered in February, but they were distressed in the rainy and chilly weather. Happy to see Sun even for just a few days.

Hellebore grows with her face downwards. It’s a bit challenging to photograph right out of the plant. I cut the flowers from the stem and she became droopy not long after.

Ever since I began to use Lensbaby, I don’t see beauty in perfect sharpness anymore. These two images were taken with Macro lens and I intentionally toned them down with a bit of texture and filter.


It was at least four years ago when I first saw Killdeer on a farm field. Its calling song and the swift move on the ground is unique. It is hard to miss them when they are around. I was thrilled to see at least half dozen of them at Ridge Field Wildlife Refuge soon after.

I presume it’s the mother (male and female look alike) who is always very protective of their babies (or eggs). They would try to mislead you to a different location away from where their eggs really are.  If the secret hide-out is unfortunately broken, they would fluff their full display of wings on alert position and ready to fight you off.

Great Gray Heron

I have lots of Great Heron pictures in my library. Most of the time Heron is going after fish. This is the first time I saw a mouse in his mouth.  

It is supposed to be a better image capturing a wildlife in action, but I would rather see them in still position and have their natural beauty displayed.


Before and After

I took this picture five years ago at Butchart Garden, Victoria. It was the beginning of my photography adventure. I did not know much of anything. It is a sharp picture from a quick walk-by snap. Below is the original, completely unedited. I like the colors and contrast, but it is not my style, and it does not illustrate the cold and gloomy winter day.

And yet Winter does not need to be downcast and lifeless either. When all the bright colors are released, to me, the image does not lose its luster either. I can ‘smell’ the fresh ‘snow ‘, and the ‘wash-down’ exquisite details seem to be contrarily rejuvenating.

Art is created to play your mind, and so mine is played by myself, too.


Oh, Owls

About four years ago, I got my first shot of a Great Horned Owl which is a larger owl sized about  22″. 

And more Great Horned Owls in the last three years until last spring I finally had a shot of Burrowing-Owls. They nest and roost in burrows and are often buried in the bushes. As short as 9.5″, they are hard to be found.

Between hawks and owls, owls are more of my favorite. Thanks to Steve, leader of our BOGO bird walks, for advising us the exact viewing site and the right time of the day. I was so thrilled to capture Short-Eared Owls in the sunset light !!! I was hand-holding my camera with 1″ sensor without a tripod. The images are not super sharp, but I am happy enough at this first attempt. They are only about 15″ long and way up high in the sky.

Imagine 7 or 8 of them hovering in the sunset sky. Utterly spectacular and gorgeous !

Again, I am in ow of God’s creation. I also remain a believer of Secret of Desire. Once you desire hard and long enough, your desire will be granted. What a wonderful universe we are living in.


It’s a Hawk Day

It was a heyday for me to capture hawks. Smaller birds are still my primary interest, but I’ve grown my interest in raptors even since I photographed Prairie Falcon last year.

Driving along the roads, I often saw hawks perching on the electric poles, treetops or top of the fences. But I have not made the stop to photograph them until today. Not sure if I will ever like large and ferocious wildlife like bears and tigers, I do like all birds, large and small.


Cobweb inspirations

Went out birding, I ended up being obsessed with the small nature wonder, the spiderwebs.  The perfectly weaved web is beauty under the cozy light. I would use a larger aperture for the bokeh and clean up the clutters in the background, but I had only my telephoto lens with me.

The imperfection of the web is overcome by the colorful vegetation behind. If not for the slight imperfection, the colors would probably not have the opportunity to display. I am a deadly perfectionist and now I learn not to be one. Leave some room for others to shine.

These are not any special images to speak, but I am so impressed by the will and determination of the little creature. Anything resourceful is being used by IT to support the structure. I wanted to remove some cluttered branches for a better image but decided to leave them alone…

Tuck yourself away from the noise and hide-out here with this meticulously weaved hammock that the spider has prepared for you?

Who would take so many spiderweb pictures? Ask photographers.