Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Positively Housebound

by Mauverneen


I've been watching the birds again. That's not quite true. I'm always watching the birds. I should say I've been photographing the birds again. I am an avid and prolific photographer. My excuse (if I need one) is that if I take 10 or 12 or 20 photos of something maybe I will end up with one good one.

So, with all the photos of birds I already have, I recently set up my tripod in a window and decided I needed a few more pictures of the birds that come to the feeder. Last week's weather was atrocious; below zero temps, snow, freezing rain - everyone was housebound. Even the squirrels it seems. But not the birds. I always feed my birds, but with the terrible weather, I fed them even more.

And they showed up. In droves - or should I say they flocked to the feeder. I do have a couple of actual feeders, but I shoveled the snow off of the picnic table and spread the feast. I had all the winter birds - Sparrows, Juncos, Jays, Mourning Doves, Chickadees, Cardinals, a Nuthatch, and a Woodpecker. Starlings descended on the table one day leaving no room. A hawk was very close, but if it ever came to the table, I missed it.

Mixed Company
The birds were very tolerant of each other, mingling like they were having a reunion of some sort. Maybe they just realized they needed to let each other be. In peace. Everybody was hungry and there was enough for them all.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Positively Planning A Vacation - Today

by Mauverneen
“To Travel is to Live” – Hans Christian Andersen

 Today is National Plan A Vacation Day. I didn't know I needed to wait.

I love to travel, even if I may not get as much opportunity to do so as I would like. I have an overflowing bin of brochures of places I want to see, and places that look interesting. Some are exotic, and some are within a days drive. After all, it's not always possible to get away for two or three weeks at a time.

I have a weekend trip coming up to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. A short drive from my home in Illinois. A friend, who also has the wanderlust, and I have been talking about something in the Fall - possibly Spain/Portugal or Portugal/Morocco. It's nice to dream. And sometimes, we can make some of those dreams come true. I still have my bucket list but these other things (places) keep popping up! 

It doesn't matter if you prefer the beach,
the city,
or the mountains.
A vacation is an indulgence; a time to be selfish, to spoil yourself a bit. And if the planning doesn't yield the anticipated trip, oh well, I've learned something about a place and the day dreaming has been fun.

So excuse me while I go do some planning. I've got a bin to get through.


As always, words and photos are my own, and require permission to reprint.
However, feel free to share the blog in it's entirety. In fact, I encourage it!
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Positively Shadowy

by Mauverneen

Shadows fascinate me.  

For photographers, shadows can provide depth. At sunset, as the light becomes golden, the shadows grow long. That can make for some gorgeous shots. But I'm not talking about shadows that enhance a scene, I'm talking about the shadow itself. Not silhouettes. Although, yes, I guess they are silhouettes, but they are actual shadows, not just darkened images of an object itself.

Particularly intriguing to me are the shadows on the wall. I have photographed shadows on my wall more than once. Shadows of plants dance across the walls, teasing my imagination. Often they look like actual scenes, or sometimes, something other than what they really are. The other day my attention was caught by my own shadow as I walked through the room, coffee cup in hand. Does it look domestic? Or mysterious? Benign? Or foreboding?


I think that is what captures my fancy. The 'something other' that sparks the imagination. What is it really? or - What do I think it is? 

What do YOU see?



As always, words and photos are my own, and require permission to reprint.
However, feel free to share the blog in it's entirety. In fact, I encourage it!
Interested in photo prints? Contact me! maureenblevins@yahoo.com

and visit my website:  mauveonthemove.com