The floofy little sparrows took shelter among the snow covered branches last week as the snow continued to come down last week. And now the snow has melted, and I’m thinking spring is just around the corner!
It’s this winter’s first (and last?) real snow day here in Prescott, and I’m enjoying creating portraits of our backyard birds. Notice how floofed up this little sparrow is as he sits on a branch waiting his turn at the feeder! I jazzed up this image a bit with textures, just because I can! I am a veteran of two cataract surgeries, both taking place in the last 3 weeks, and am getting to the point where I can actually see- with the help of reading glasses. The white balance of my vision is cooler now- an unexpected effect. With new eyes and the possibility of Covid numbers going down. I may be getting out soon to do more photography!
I’m still remembering Winter today with this scene from Willow Lake.
Here is another glimpse of the Winter of 2018.
Yes, this was winter- but not THIS winter. This was taken in 2018, which, as I remember, was a pretty average winter here. There were several significant snowfalls, which provided lots of opportunities for photographing snow against the red rocks. We are still waiting for winter this year; we’ve had several dustings but nothing to write home about- or blog about. I’m already thinking about spring!
We watch a LOT of British TV, and one of my favorite British sayings goes something like “…and then it all went pear shaped…”
So I bought some pears and created a few still lifes a week or so ago. This is one of them.
Our photo club had a wonderful presentation on high key photography last week- what it is, how to shoot, and how to edit a high key photo. Although I didn’t follow directions exactly, I enjoyed creating this peony image with a high key look.
Fog is so unusual here in Prescott that I had to document it!
Tonight’s full Wolf Moon in a cloudy sky
I am working on some quick abstracts for my little photo group presentation. I set up the lemons and couldn’t help but see them as facing each other with their little lemon noses. Should I have put masks on them?
My Christmas pelican is still at Watson Lake. Last week, I received a certificate from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game thanking me for reporting his tag and giving me some information about him/her (they don’t know the gender). Basically, they informed me that the pelican was too young to fly when banded in 2020 near Minidoka, Idaho. I’ve always seen pelicans in groups, but this one seems to be alone; I’m hoping friends fly in soon!
My photography resolution for 2022 is to get more creative- I have lost my mojo! In fact I volunteered to give a presentation to one of my photography groups on “Create Photography Abstracts Wherever You Are”- in order to make ME go out and find SOMETHING I haven’t shot before. I have had a lot of trouble in the last few months finding photo subjects, so I needed a kick in the pants to force me to get more creative.
I usually get inspired with macros, so I used my iPhone to take closeups in my kitchen. This was captured looking down at a Pyrex measuring cup. Yup, I was that desperate!
Christmas Day was quiet at our house with just the two of us, but around noon we took a walk at Watson Lake. There were many ducks, a very few cormorants, one heron, and one pelican. We were hoping to see some sandhill cranes, because we had spotted some flying over Willow Lake a few days before, but did not see any at the lake. We suspect they kept flying, heading south.
Almost immediately after we spotted the pelican, it took off, and I was able to see the tags on his wings (there is a band on his leg as well). I took the time today to report the tag number to the North American Bird Banding Program, which I think will let me know where the bird was tagged.
Merry Christmas to you all!
I spotted this little tree on our October trip to Flagstaff and had to stop and take its photo. It was snowing, and I loved how the little tree was framed by the larger ones. Despite being overshadowed (literally), it grew, and showed its perfect form when covered with snow. The little tree that could!