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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Positively Photographing Birds ( in Winter)

 by Mauverneen


I love watching my birds and I love photographing them. And in winter, it's a good pastime to help pass time. That said, I have to add - they are a challenge. They're quick. And unpredictable. And uncooperative. And infuriating. So often by the time I get my camera focused on them, they are gone. Lots of blurry shots. Delete, delete, delete. Digital was invented for times like these. So, I set my camera up on the tripod and pick a spot. 

I decide to focus on the feeder they have been swarming. They all decide to land on the branch and take a look first. Make sure it's safe. Ok. So I focus on the branch where about 50 of them have just taken turns sitting. They all decide to bypass the branch and go directly to the feeder. Ok, back to focusing on the branch. They all decide to bypass the branch and go directly...  

And so it goes. Somehow they know. Somehow, they know.

But I still love them so I will be back tomorrow, or later today, or just stay here for another hour and keep trying. They have issued the challenge.  

As I pour myself another cup of coffee I can see out the window. A bird. A beautiful bird. Sitting perfectly still right where my camera is focused. Of course.  But am I there, hand on the trigger? Of course not. I took 15 seconds to go pour myself some coffee.

Sometimes I get lucky. Luck, along with doses of patience and perseverance. And maybe a little sympathy on the part of the bird. After all, they know. I know that they know.


There is one species however that will sit and pose happily as long as there is seed available. The Gray Long-tailed Wannabe! 


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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Positively February

 by Mauverneen

Happy February!

My backyard. Notice the birds on the table off the deck. 

 The shortest month of the year. That means just a little bit less winter. We just had our big snowfall of the year - about 9". Typical for a "big" winter storm in these parts. Some people had a lot more, but 9" is enough. Believe me. 

Locals may well remember this store. It's a sturdy yardstick!

My wonderful neighbor and his two young sons have been keeping my driveway cleared. It's about 90 feet long. Which means they do theirs and then they do mine. They are awesome neighbors. I had to say thank you somehow, so I baked them an apple pie. I hope they like apple pie.

February brings Valentine's Day - the 14th, and Mardi Gras - the 16th. I've had my Mardi Gras wreath on my door since I took took the Christmas one down. 

Mardi Gras! I love the colors! And the sparkle! 

I keep the birds fed - a little more seed in the feeders this time of year. It's so cold. And the feeders are swarmed with birds of all kinds. I have my camera set up in a window, hoping to take some good photos. I've taken a lot of photos. 

Well, there's still feed in the feeder, and I know I'm missing something so I will go pour my self another cup of coffee and stand watch at that window. Oh, and I have apple pie. You don't think I wouldn't make one for myself while I was at it do you? 

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Positively Frosted

 by Mauverneen

It's been a good week. 

The holidays are over. I took down my Christmas tree and decorations and as always, it looks so bare. It makes me want to redecorate, spruce things up, liven them up. It's just not the same without the Christmas lights. But I've been distracted. 

It's not all that hard to distract me, but there's been some snow, and some frost, and the world beyond my door is beautiful. I know, it's not the same if you have to drive in it. But it's beautiful all the same. And nothing makes me lose myself more than having something to photograph. So, I put on my boots...

It's white, and it's wondrous, and, except for the crunching of my boots on the snow,  it's silent. Frost on branches, snow on weeds, ice crystals, it all looks enticing. Like frosting on cake, it looks delicious. I'm lost in a winter wonderland. Trite words, but there are no others. 

Getting back inside and checking my photographs on my computer screen I am disappointed. The pictures have not done it justice. Some are blurry and some are just blah. Looks like I'll just have to put my boots back on...

Upside down world in my lensball

Autumn's leftovers

Tomato cages in the garden

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