Posts Tagged ‘#photo101rehab’

copyright janet m. webb 2015

grass copyright janet m. webb 2015

I took this photo a few days before the Parks Department mowed down all these lovely, fuzzy grasses.  I got down at grass level to shoot this and I love the almost Impressionistic look that resulted.  I hope you like it, too.  I edged the photo in two different ways.  Do you have a preference?

fuzzy grasses copyright janet m. webb 2015

Fuzzy grass copyright janet m. webb 2015

Wake! For the Sun, who scatter’d into flight
The Stars before him from the Field of Night,
Drives Night along with them from Heav’n,
and strikes
The Sultan’s Turret with a Shaft of Light.
~Omar Khayyam, Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

dawn copyright janet m. webb 2015

At sunrise everything is luminous but not clear.
~Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

dawn 2 copyright janet m. webb

So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay.
~Robert Frost, New Hampshire

sunrise copyright janet m. webb 2015

Sometimes I get ready to take a photo, only to see a something I didn’t notice at first and change the focus of the shot (so to speak).  That was the case here.  I’m not sure what sort of spider this is but it was, thankfully, not scurrying away, just posing with the rain/dew drops.  Perfect for a Monday macro.

copyright janet m. webb 2015

Midway through my walk through the park, I always stop by the river to see whether I can spot any birds.  This day there were no birds, but a series of tiny “plops” when I cautiously approached indicated there might be other life nearby. I scanned the bank and the water, finally spotting this cutie.  He and I both remained motionless for many minutes.

copyright janet m. webb 2015

There were any number of things floating slowly on the river, all headed inexorably for the spillway, but beautiful as they floated.

copyright janet m. webb 2015

copyright janet m. webb 2015

Fuzzy bee jacket
Snagging bright yellow pollen
Brings nature new life

bumblebee copyright janet m. webb 2015 (more…)

I walk for exercise three mornings a week, carrying my iPhone because photo ops happen all the time at the park.  I keep track of my walks on Map My Walk and was relieved to discover the “Pause workout” button, enabling me to stop for photos without having my pace impacted.  But every so often, I take a photo walk, carrying my Nikon with telephoto lens as well as my iPhone.  I don’t map those walks, as a distance that takes about 30 min. on an exercise day may take as long as an hour and a half on a photography day!

Last week, my photo walk day turned out to be cloudy with the threat of rain.  I packed a plastic bag in my fanny pack to cover  my camera if necessary.  I wasn’t sure if I should expect much in the way of animal life, but perhaps because it still seemed like night or because there were hardly any other people, it was an excellent day, as you’ll see from the following photos.  This is true soul food.

Heron copyright janet m. webb 2015 (more…)

The meadows of my park walk are the warm weather home to goldfinches, beautiful birds characterized by their mini-roller coaster flight patterns.  There are certain areas where I can be generally certain of spotting them.  I’ll glimpse the undulating flight of a small dot of gold and there one is. Often more than several fly together above the grasses and flowers, looking for seeds or perhaps just enjoying the flight.  However, the amount of sightings is inversely proportional to the ease of capturing one of the little beauties on camera!

Goldfinch copyright janet m. webb 2015

The first problem is that the iPhone, wonderful though it is, will never work for these shots. A phone of any type won’t zoom in nearly enough, nor can a distant photo of one be successfully enlarged.  Secondly, goldfinches are either quite shy or very wary or both.  They don’t sit long and once I stop, they’re usually on the wing almost immediately.  Of course, in the nature of these things, the two times my husband and I have gone biking around the little lake near our house and I haven’t taken my phone, the cheeky blighters have mocked me by getting quite close!

Goldfinch copyright janet m. webb 2015

Female goldfinch

By taking my Nikon out periodically on walks, I’ve managed to snap a few decent shots of these stunning birds.  But for every shot that turned out, I’ve consigned twice as many to the trash bin.  As with many birds, the male has the brighter color, vivid yellow in summer, while the female sports a dull yellow brown during the same time.   Both may be aggressive through the short breeding season, but are gregarious the rest of the time. Goldfinches use their feet to cling to plants while their specially designed beaks remove seeds.  They also enjoy eating at feeders.  Meadows and grasslands are their homes, so deforestation actually helps them.  They’re found year-round in much of the United States.

Goldfinches copyright janet m. webb 2015

Here’s what a goldfinch in flight looked like when I tried to follow it with my camera.

Goldfinch in flight copyright janet m. aebb 2015