Birds of the Week

Wet and cold winter linger. Except a few early blooms, colors are sporadic and barely visible.  Bird activities seems to usually start in February and that’s where my camera goes.

In my continuous pursuit of Western bluebirds, I found them in more places. They are around, but if not for the luck, they are usually too distant to reach. I desired a clear shot with their gorgeous feather fully shown, but whenever that opportunity popped up, they were in the shade.  It seems to me that their natural instinct teaches them the risk of fatal attraction.Black Phobes are common here. They don’t have dramatic outlook and thus can enjoy their freedom everywhere.  We all want to be unique and outstanding, but being ordinary is not necessarily a bad thing.

Cedar Waxwing is one of my all-time favorites. I have enough of their pictures, but I can never get tired of taking more.

I am not a serious birder. I am in for good images (and the satisfaction of seeing), not for number counts. However, I am happy to add a new bird to my list. This Oak Timouse finally came closer for a shot, but it’s an early morning of a cloudy day…

I thought this is a new bird, but they are juvenile Western Bluebird.

They wear red caps like Acorn Woodpecker, but Nuttall’s Woodpeaker has striped outfit.

Thriving trees and shrubs are in the vicinity, but Acorn Woodpecker is doing his woodwork on somebody’s house.  If your house is aged, be aware.

Enough of birds, I am longing for spring colors, or, more new birds.

 

Bluebird

Completely unexpected, I ran into a small flock of bluebirds. I may have seen one from distance in the past. This first closer encounter has made my day. Though he hid himself in the shade, I am content with what I got. You know I will continue to pursue that perfect shot particularly such a gorgeous creature.

Bewick’s Wren is not uncommon, but a clear shot in the right angle does not come easy. Two favorite birds in a shoot, I call it a good day.

 

Morning Inspiration

It’s a hint of rainbow colors, a subtle highlight of the background,  a natural phenomenon, a God’s covenant, a divine promise… whatever on your mind is whatever it should be. How you see it is most important.

It’s a bright early morning on a chilly day. With Sun included, nobody was anxious to rise and shine. This party of Mother and Boy inspired me to pull my head out of the stocking cap, and hands from the gloves.

Looking at either of the pictures, I feel energized and relaxed at the same time.

Barely Fall Colors

Out chasing fall colors, but nothing but yellow and occasional orange and red.  Waterfalls are not one of my favorite subjects, but it is now my only option. Rarely I used my tripod but I did it this time except that the wind kept blowing and the dancing leaves appeared blurry…

Wanting some fall colors in the scene, but the gushing water was overpowering.

Not exactly what I came here for, but I accomplished one thing – took my tripod out of the trunk.

Hay Bales

‘Three Sisters’, Bend, Oregon

Mountains are beautiful, but I took the picture because of the sage green hay bales. Either they are squares, rolls or piles, I just like them to be my subject. Brown haybales are what I usually see and that makes these sage green ones special.

On a special project, I might not be as punctual as I used to.

 

Natural Sculpture – Lower Antelope Canyon

natural It’s unusual for me not to post anything in a week. And yet it’s quite challenging to travel in the 110-degree temperature. Besides, I’d decided not to carry my laptop also no editing or posting through any handheld devices.  Below are again ‘vacation pictures’. Busing time is long while stops for photography is short.

Two years ago I visited upper Antelope Canyon with a large crowd and I did it again as a tourist this time except that the location is the lower section of the canyon. Walk path at lower canyon seems to be narrower, but the light condition is better. I could manage OK for handheld shots.

How nature has made her way to formulate our environment is inspiring. I can just look at the curves, shades, and colors for hours. I know if I go back the next time, I will bring home another set of images, completely different.

Twisted

Ever since I began to experiment with Lensbaby, my visual world has been turned and twisted around. I am no longer an advocate of tack sharp images. To me, the beauty is in subtlety, in vagueness, and in obscurity.  Reality is usually not as pretty as fantasy.

Had a little fun with Lensbaby Twist 60 this morning. There are certainly many twisted hidden in this lens. I love it. Just to share with you couple of examples.