Sunday, May 27, 2012

Let me tell you 'bout the birds and the bees

OK, not bees.

Birds and flowers and stuff. It is that time of year. I'll get back to landscapes soon! I think I've taken a big step in making sharp pictures (even without a D800!).

People tell me they like to look at the photos in my blog, so here we go. That's what this post is about.


Lupines on black. Beside my house.


Dandelion Puffballs on black. I have a love/hate relationship with these guys.


Right place at the right time. This mallard drake flushed out of a puddle as I walked along the road near my dock. I just happened to have the right lens on the camera, the right settings, the reactions to shoot a 5 or 6-shot burst. The background's not great, but the duck's in perfect focus. I have another shot when he lost lift and touched down on the road: his feathers were, well, feathered, but the background was even worse!


Female American Goldfinch. This is one of my first successful shots with the 400mm lens: I'm convinced that removing the filter makes a difference.



Male American Goldfinch. Same tree, same time.


Taking a break. This is a male ruby-throated hummingbird, taking a break from his usual helicopter routine. You can only see the red on the throat at certain angles, but this is a better shot.

On the wing. This is the female ruby-throated hummingbird giving me the eye.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. (Thanks, Linda!) Right near my dock, this butterfly was competing with a bunch of big honey bees for nectar from this flowering tree.

Hope you enjoy the pictures. I now have enough black background shots to put a gallery selection together, perfect for that kitchen wall you have begging for pictures! Drop me a note if you want some prints!

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