Dancing Thistles

There has not been any snow or ice storm this winter, and the temperature seems to be climbing up. I had fun photographing iced and frosted vegetation last year, but chances of getting my dream scene are minimum this year.

Whenever I walk by this ‘path of thistles,’ they are mostly dark and dry. I’ve often challenged myself to create something out of nothing. But how can I make something lively from something so deadly?

With Lensbaby velvet lens with me, I discovered the world that I have not seen. I was dazzled by the soft glow. Sunlight was in the background, and I  found this small group of thistles glowing and dancing in the light.

I examined many single thistles and walked into the mud trying to shoot from various angles. Sunbeams on the thistle danced an array of radial glow.

I wish I could take a better picture to show you the virtual reality from the viewer of my camera. This is the first time I come to realize what GLOW really means.

The sensational light circles were hovering over the thistles. They caught me by surprise and filled me up with excitement. I was obsessed with the light circles and suddenly discovered a HEART light ring within!

The last image was taken last summer when the thistle was crowned with purple and adorned with green.  If we talk about colors, summer is their prime time.

Yesterday when I was on the path, I found the lavender flowers were green, a sign of spring, yes! I cannot wait for the plants and flowers to bud and to bloom.

Splashed – triptych image


Not an adventurous driver, I am in the process of engaging more indoor photography projects, I took this image three years ago and liked it a lot myself. After posting three black and white images on my blog, I decided to show something more colorful and cheerful.

Have not printed much of my images, I am hoping to do so in the coming years. I was figuring what media to use and the triptych concept came to my mind. I think I would make it a metal print, what do you think?



Love in the Backyard – Flickers

Aside from technical aspect, bird photography puts me in training for my patience and persistence. I heard Flicker’s calls and saw them flying by for years without taking a good picture. Credited to a ‘woodpecker delight’ suet I randomly picked up at the store which suddenly becomes a hit, my backyard has been busy. Flickers came numerous times a day this summer, and they seemed to become less intimidated by the people around.

At first, I love how they hang (bashfully) on the tree trunk, half hidden. Later I was thrilled to see them come to drink the water (getting closer to my camera). I am no bird expert, but a bird with his mouth wide open tells he is waiting to be fed, a newbie. Thinking ‘patience’, I waited and waited, and was able to capture the feeding scene. However, not until I looked at the picture carefully, I did not realize that Dad was doing the feeding.

FYI. Flicker male has a red mark under his chin.


GotCha – Brown Creeper

Managed to post one decent picture last time after months of waiting, I continued to look for the opportunity for the bird to show up again and, most importantly, at the right time (when I am ready to fire the shot). This moment finally came, and I was able to take 7-8 pictures from different angles. The natural camouflage as such, can you even tell its existence if this little guy is not moving?

New Year backyard visitors


Bushtits come in a flock and leave as a group. I wonder if they have a leader in command. Suet is one great winter protein source for the birds.

This little guy, a ruby-crowned kinglet, was around a lot this winter. However, he usually came early in the morning when it’s still dark outside, and once he got his bite, he did not hang out. I don’t sit around waiting to take bird pictures and the chance of getting a good shot is very slim.  Still hoping to get some better pictures.

I saw Townsend Warbler the first time about 5 years ago, and they rarely showed up until this year. I have to credit this peanut butter that I was recently introduced to. It smells just like fresh peanut butter and the birds love it.Brown Creeper

Brown Creeper is the reason this bird’s peanut butter was first created. I scraped the butter on the bark, but the Creepers so far have not been able to taste it. Squirrels seemed to always come before the Creepers. Creepers make their move by creeping up and down the tree trunk. I am still trying to figure out how to feed them without the nuisance from the Squirrels.

Believe or not, backyard birds have become part of my life.

Holiday Greetings

Sailing my Best Regards and Warmest Christmas and New Year greetings to all my blog audience, friends, and families. Your visits have kept my camera and computer running in the last 5 years.

May the Silent Night bring you peace and joy on Christmas Day and many more nights in the coming New Year.

Iced Thistle

This picture was taken same time last year on my regular walk path. It’s a path full of thistles that I found boring most of the time. But, thanks (and no thanks for severe cold weather) to the ice storm… and the natural bokeh in the background.



Golden Eagle

First I heard a loud wing flapping sound and I saw a good-sized bird hovering above. It is certainly larger than a hawk. I have seen hawks and bald eagles in the area, but Golden Eagle is the first. Before I participated birding activities, I was not aware that birding is an all-year-round event.