Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

a hummingbird at my window

an early morning visit from a very small friend

I took these photos from inside the living room
and through the window screen

it was the first time I managed to watch her at
the feeders and flowers

sometimes staying far away is better

Sunday, August 7, 2016

mockingbird parents

I was doing some trimming at the bottom
of our steep backyard last week.
Lots of mockingbirds live down there.

A pair of them very agitated with my presence.
I shot a few quick photos through a bush
then retreated back uphill.

I couldn't figure out why they were so upset 
until I spotted this baby bird on the
other side of the yard.

The next day, I saw them dive bombing
an innocent groundhog who was just walking through the yard.
I guess I was lucky.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

queen anne's lace in late July

queen anne's lace is in full bloom right now
these photos were taken locally 
over a period of several days
the colors of the background bokeh
come from st john's wort and vetch

some flowers start with pink edges
some have a red dot in the center
all have bees and large black ants 

the plant holding up this five inch blossom 
is almost as tall as I am

the late summer landscape 
I am currently using as my 
desktop photo

Monday, July 18, 2016

two sky watchers

a couple of nights ago
I was out on the deck 
trying out one of the 
scene settings on my 
Nikon D7200 called

as I was working with my camera, 
I noticed a robin standing at the peak of the roof
she seemed to be enjoying the night sky as much as I was
my husband and I had seen 
her there before at sunset
that night,
she was giving out a very high pitched call
every few minutes 
it does make me wonder if
birds and animals relate to
beauty the same way we do
what do you think?

Saturday, July 9, 2016

a memory- a summer afternoon

I remember this afternoon-
the light was already slanted,
the shadows in the woods were dark
as the doe made her way through
the tall grass without noticing me
I was crouched down picking blueberries
in the patch right behind my garden
as usual, my camera was close by
the birch tree is long gone,
it came down in an ice storm
the hayfield is gone, too
houses there now
all that is left of this scene
is my memory,
and this small photo

Saturday, July 2, 2016

sharp shinned hawk

a quick shot of a
sharp shinned hawk
I think of Icarus
not flying, but shooting
too near the sun

Monday, June 27, 2016

small green gardening buddies

you just never know who or what you will
run into in the garden
I found this praying mantis
in the zinnia patch
a few years ago
the mantis seemed
to enjoy the photo shoot,
and so did I

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sunday, June 12, 2016

wild iris-blue flag

wild iris blooms near the water 
here where I live  
it is one of my favorite wildflowers
I almost missed getting a shot of them
this year
the ones growing in the local pond came
out just before four days of rain,
by the end of that 
they were not so good looking
I did not try to get too close for that reason
the day I took these shots, 
we had a partly cloud sky 
the first shot was taken when the sun was hidden,
the one with the red wing was taken in full sun

we have yellow wild ones, too
I just haven't run across many of them

Sunday, May 22, 2016

a batik fern

experimenting with fabric!
this is a cutout of a fern frond
over a wild piece of batik 
I  could have 
made lots of different patterns
with just one piece of fabric
I definitely will try this again
it would be a good way to
add wall art to match a quilt
and get a bit of the garden in, too

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016

just a rose bush

a few photos of a multiflora rose bush
down by the pond behind our house
it is a good place to watch
birds and bees
and the change of seasons

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Thursday, May 5, 2016

HDR sleepy forest

we are in our fourth day of gray clouds
this was taken on monday,
 but could have been any day 
I used the basic program in Aurora HDR
the name for this black and white setting is
 sleepy forest
very fitting, 
since the trees are just ending their winter slumber
this is probably the last week the trees will be see through
I have enjoyed the giant oaks most of all

Monday, May 2, 2016

raindrops in the garden

raindrops are one of my favorite things to photograph
some plants hold them better than others
the top shot is chives
the bottom is garlic chives
grass is great, too
these were taken with a zoom lens

Friday, April 29, 2016

Monday, April 25, 2016

april blossoms

lots of yellow in the neighborhood right now
the forsythia is lovely, 

but so are the dandelions
the bees love them both

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

seeing red

a pair of cardinals
he flitted about in the bushes
she was busy having breakfast 
at the feeder

morning light hits
 maple blossom

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Friday, April 1, 2016

morning clouds

even before I start my morning coffee,
I look out the back door to see what 
the sky is doing

Yesterday's view
was perfect
I had a great day