Category: Things I Love


The Tree in My Backyard

We’ve lived in our house for 12 years now and one thing I’ve really enjoyed is the view from my back window.  There’s a scraggly old maple about 10-12 feet from the house and this 2nd level kitchen window puts me at a ‘bird’s eye view’ of it.  My husband bought these rustic old bird houses that I hung along a horizontal branch with hopes they would be home to the cute little finches and other small birds.  It has never failed, at least one bird family makes their home in one of these houses.  Here is the view from inside the house after the snowfall we had yesterday.

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My Little Bird Houses

Often I’ll open the window and capture this tree because it also has this interesting hole that the birds and squirrels have been working so diligently on making deeper and deeper. It has a certain character, and is like what you see in a many hand drawn pictures, or those in child’s drawings, that ‘hole’ that probably has a name but I can’t think of it.

Hole in my tree

The Hole

So as the seasons change and I see the the tree in each phase I open the window and take a photo of it.  It’s always been my intention to get a photo for every season, though it hasn’t really amounted to me doing anything with them.  I’m not even sure where I filed the others, they are probably on a spare SD card that I intend to work with one day…

As I was photographing the tree, a curious little bird landed on the window sill, and as I was trying to so carefully get a picture of the bird, I startled it and  wound up with just a blur…

The Blur of Wings Flapping

The Blur of Wings Flapping

I was disappointed, though not surprised, it’s almost impossible to change camera setting so quickly from manual to the correct shutter speed priority needed for this shot.  Seconds later a male cardinal landed on the chimney right outside the window but missed that shot too.  Birds are just so darned flighty!! Hard to photograph.  Maybe that will be on my growing list of things to accomplish in my photography.

While working on my ‘night-time’ photography I took a photo of the tree from the living room window.  It was around 9:30 p.m…It always amazes me how bright things get at night when there’s fresh snow on the ground.  It pretty much takes away the creepiness of the darkness.

Shutter speed 4 seconds, ISO 200 (taken at 9:40 at night)

Shutter speed 4 seconds, ISO 200 (taken at 9:40 at night)

Shutter speed 4 seconds, ISO 200 (taken at 9:40 at night)

Shutter speed 4 seconds, ISO 200 (taken at 9:40 at night)

One thing I’ll miss when we move is my view, particularly this tree, my bird hotel, nature’s little haven in my very own backyard.

My View

My View

Another thing on the list of photographic ‘things to do’ is to shoot better high-contrast images…one day.  Today I am enjoying the sounds of the birds and watching the snow melt.  Getting ready to tackle the sink full of dishes, darn!!

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The Proverbial Door

The Proverbial Door

Some doors are really interesting.  Some have more character than others, some are prettier, have more detail, or more fancy or plain.  Like people they are the same but different, each adding it’s particular value to the structure.  There are many proverbial phrases that relate to or reference doors:  “A golden key can open any door”, “The door to success”, or the “Opportunity only knocks once”. Whether directly or indirectly “A woman’s place is in the home” (behind the closed door?),  “There’s no place like home”, and “Home is where the heart is”. Doors represent nonphysical, or spiritual references in our every day life.  “One door opens…another closes” suggests opportunities or life’s choices we make, or come up against.  Closing the door on old friendships, opening the door to new ones, knocking old habits and forming new, better ones, and opening up your heart and letting good things in rather than keeping it shut to the rest of the world.

One of my favorite proverbial phrases is “A picture is worth a thousand words” and with this photo you can literally reference more than a thousand words.

Holidays

Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season and may the new year bring many joys and blessings!

It’s been a while since my last post.  I’ve been busy finishing up a semester at school and getting ready for the holidays.  On top of that I taught my self to knit, I made a pretty scarf for my son’s teacher, and also made a couple batches of cold-process soap that smell so nice.

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Now that I have a break from the pressures of school I have been doing some reading and catching up with some of my photography material I’ve been accumulating.  The past couple of weeks concentrating on shooting at night, prompted by a blog/website by Jim Harmer, 22 Things You Can Do Today to Change Your Photography Forever, Action #7 Shoot night photography in your own city.

Hopefully this winter break will afford me more time to shoot and therefore POST!!

Happy New Year to all my blogger friends!

Reflecting

I love photography, capturing the things I see and sharing that experience with others.  Here during a segment of my self portraiture project for school I sit viewing my photos I framed for an upcoming show.

Today I am sorting through files on my cards and found this…I wonder if I should take another class?  As stressful as it was “making the grade” I walked away with more than I ever imagined.

Things in my yard

My new friend…hanging out on the patio last night.  He’s small compared to some we have seen around here

Aucuba japonica I grew from cuttings

Colorful dead beetle by the wood pile

Tiny white butterfly on my lavender bush

A Black Eyed Susan I grew from seed last year

The ever elegant Calla Lily

An old picture window I plan on doing something creative with one day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Moon Last Night