October 22, 2016 - A morning in my parents' backyard birding paradise yielded
October 22, 2016 - A morning in my parents' backyard birding paradise yielded
October 9, 2016 - We welcomed back friends as our winter birds return to the yard. Recent arrivals include Gray Catbirds, House Wrens, Painted Buntings, and Palm Warblers.
October 8, 2016 - We were very fortunate that Hurricane Matthew stayed offshore. We got 4 inches of rain and a long, boring day of wind. The cats thought it was great because we brought all the patio furniture inside, giving them ample new places to hide. Gosh they look small out on the empty porch… The doves didn’t understand […]
October 1, 2016 - October 1 tends to be a good day in our backyard. Often it’s the first day that we start seeing our winter Palm Warblers. (I’ve been hearing warblers overhead for several weeks, but I’ve yet to see one.) Sometimes October 1 brings cooler weather. (Haha, not this year.) Sometimes we even see a hummingbird. This year, October 1 […]
August 28, 2016 - Summertime birds have been more active than usual this summer. Lots of birds coming in to feast at the feeders!
April 30, 2016 - Painted bunting greenie bath time: lots of splashing in the dripping water proved enjoyable for both birds and the photographer! :)
April 20, 2016 - So many colorful birds are visiting the feeders and birdbath these days! I love springtime!
April 17, 2016 - A migrant Orchard Oriole made a surprise stopover in my backyard. He was a big fan of my hummingbird plants.
March 20, 2016 - More Painted Bunting images from my backyard bird blind, including a video of their Purple Firespike snack time!
March 2, 2016 - A mixed flock of American Robins and Cedar Waxwings gorged themselves on a berry tree in my parents' backyard. A fun challenge to photograph!
February 21, 2016 - I have to make a confession. I bribed some birds today. I had a few free hours (gasp!) and I decided to do some backyard birding. I confess to waiting to refill the bird feeders until it was prime photography time – after the household chores were done, the camera was outside, and the light was […]
November 15, 2015 - My 2015 First of Fall American Goldfinch showed up a bit unexpectedly on November 15. A warm welcome to one of my favorite birds!
October 3, 2015 - I spotted my first male Painted Bunting in the backyard this morning! Let the fall birding begin! He’s about two weeks ahead of schedule. Last year I saw my first bunting on October 12, and the year before that on October 11. But this year he’s right in time for my grandfather’s 90th birthday. :) […]
September 26, 2015 - Springtime blooms make for fun flower photography
August 23, 2015 - The Giant Swallowtails graced my backyard with a dance of summertime as they nectared on my Mexican Sunflower bushes
July 22, 2015 - I found a tiny cardinal fledgling in our backyard in one of my bushes. He let me take a video of him as he fussed for food!
May 15, 2015 - Why did the Sandhill Cranes cross the road? :)
May 6, 2015 - We had two Ruby-throated Hummingbirds visit the yard in late April. They nectared on my salvia and didn't seem to mind my camera clicks
February 4, 2015 - I processed some of my Sandhill Crane family pictures in Topaz Glow. What a fun program! I loved all the different effects.
January 16, 2015 - We've had more Painted Buntings at our feeders in the past week or so. They're also fun to photograph!
January 14, 2015 - The Lesser Scaups in my backyard retention pond posed recently for my camera. I had fun trying to catch them in mid-dive.
January 6, 2015 - When the weather is gross, it's time for backyard birding. Goldfinches and Hooded Mergansers and a head shot of a Mourning Dove!
November 26, 2014 - This week's cold fronts brought some winter visitors to my backyard: a White-crowned Sparrow and Hooded Mergansers
November 14, 2014 - They're back! We had our first of fall American Goldfinches in the yard this afternoon. Yay!
November 2, 2014 - Photos from my first afternoon in my new backyard bird blind. The House Finches, Doves, and Painted Buntings were cooperative!
October 26, 2014 - It was the most wonderful day of the year! Our cats got their first taste of pansies this fall...
October 12, 2014 - Fun with filters and effects. At least one of these made Rich go "Wow!" See if you can figure out which...
October 12, 2014 - I saw my first-of-fall Painted Bunting in the backyard this afternoon!!
July 28, 2014 - My dad helped me build my backyard bird blind this weekend. It doubles as a trellis for hummingbird vines. I can't wait to use it!
July 21, 2014 - You can imagine my surprise when I found THREE fledgling Brown Thrashers in my backyard this weekend. Two of them took a bath together. :)
July 17, 2014 - After years of gardening to attract hummingbirds, I have at least two juvenile Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in my yard this summer!
July 12, 2014 - I did a 2014 update to my Gardening for the Birds post, detailing plants that I grow to attract birds. The hummers are starting to notice!
June 29, 2014 - Our backyard cardinal pair brought us a surprise today - this year's baby cardinal! He's just out of the nest and so cute!
June 27, 2014 - Recently hatched Black Skimmer chicks are always fun to photograph, especially when they play tug-of-war over a needlefish!
June 20, 2014 - A family of Sandhill Cranes, including two juveniles, showed up to inspect our recent home construction project.
May 13, 2014 - I didn't really intend to feed the squirrels at my bird feeders...at least my cats are enjoying their new playmates at the window!
April 26, 2014 - Sadly, I’ve realized in the past week or two that the American Goldfinches in my backyard have migrated home for the summer. It’s always sad to see them go. They are such cheerful little birds and their songs are so sweet. I enjoy hosting them for the winter. The video below was taken back in […]
April 17, 2014 - The last time we had a total lunar eclipse, it was a few days before Christmas and I photographed the moon using my old 40D camera and my 400mm lens. A few days later, Rich surprised me with the Beast! Ever since then, I’ve been waiting for the next eclipse, so that I could get […]
April 6, 2014 - Sometimes it’s great to go off to exciting places to take pictures of nature. Sometimes it’s nice just to stay home and photograph the nature in your own backyard! You never know what you are missing until you spend a few hours curled up in a blind or hidden in some bushes. I know that […]
February 10, 2014 - I finally pulled out my bird blind for the first time this winter. It’s a great way to get shots of the birds in my backyard. My blind is basically a big camouflage tent. There’s room inside for me, the Beast, my tripod, even a chair. I zip myself in as Rich laughs, then I […]
February 7, 2014 - Poor Squirt – it wasn’t enough that I withheld pansies for lightpad photography once, but I had such a good time that I did it again! I took some pansies and some small petunias and played more with my new ArtOGraph Lightpad. Then I spent a rainy afternoon having fun with the post-processing. A few of […]
February 4, 2014 - Rich got me an ArtOGraph Lightpad for Christmas, after seeing me drool over some of Denise Ippolito’s flower shots. I infuriated Squirt by photographing some pansies on the Lightpad out on his porch, where he sat waiting to devour my subjects as soon as I finished photographing them. Whiskey was right there, too! At our […]
January 27, 2014 - The Hooded Mergansers continue to hang out at my backyard pond, and I’ve visited them several times over the past month. They are very skittish birds. I lie down near the pond’s edge and use my groundpod to balance the Beast. The birds usually start out on the opposite side of the pond, but after […]
December 24, 2013 - From our backyard to yours…a very Merry Christmas!
December 21, 2013 - Yesterday afternoon I went down to our local retention pond where a flock of Hooded Mergansers can often be found diving. I got lots of funny looks as I walked down our residential street with my big camera and lens, carrying my groundpod. (The only bad thing about the groundpod is that it is incredibly […]
December 16, 2013 - My mom’s neighbors (hi Dick and Connie!) recently gave her a branch from a flowering orchid, and my mom was sweet and froze it for me! I guess she wanted to see more frozen flowers on my blog. :) Then she was nice enough to keep it in the freezer for me for a few […]
December 8, 2013 - Our neighborhood Yellow-throated Warbler is back! We call him Bow Tie because his black and white colors remind me of a tuxedo, and his bright yellow tummy is his bow tie. We’ve seen him for the past couple of winters. He’s one of my regular suet customers, although my first shot of him this year […]
December 7, 2013 - In my last post I wrote about photographing pansies under a hose. After I finished playing with the flowers, I was inspired to try a different take on my Colorful Water Droplet experiment. With my first colorful water droplets, I focused close on a single water droplet as it dripped from my kitchen faucet. The […]
December 5, 2013 - I have a secret. Don’t tell Squirt. The last time we bought him pansies, I didn’t give them to him right away. I took them to the backyard and photographed them. Then he got to devour them. I have another secret. I wanted to try photographing pansies in rain, but there was no rain in […]
December 1, 2013 - We drove by our local retention pond over Thanksgiving break and found that our flock of Hooded Mergansers is back! These diving ducks are such fun to watch and photograph. They are pretty skittish, though, so you have to move carefully or the whole flock will fly off. A cold front was moving through, and […]