Thursday, April 24, 2014


Ever since my daughter moved to Portland I've been lost. After she graduated college and subsequently moved back to Dallas, she and I spent many weekends together. We took up photography at the same time, though she got a Nikon and I went with Canon. We've been on many, many photography outings together, usually with our friend, Jay. One of our more memorable trips was traveling the bluebonnet trails in Ennis, Texas. These are some candid shots of Autumn and Jay trying to capture the perfect bluebonnet shot in April, 2009. As you can see, I still had a lot to learn, but the memories of these photos are the most important thing to me.
Just like her mama. On the ground, not afraid to get dirty.

The sky is blown, but I still like the composition of this photo.
Autumn, if you're reading this, I'm not trying to lay a guilt trip. I know you're happy in Oregon and that makes me happy. But I still miss you so much!!

 Linking to TexWisGirl's Good Fences meme. Thank you Tex!!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Swamp Blues

The day after our taxes were filed I treated myself to a day at the swamp. Sounds weird, huh? Like I should've said "a day at the spa." Well, I'm not one of those women who can spend hours at the salon. Never have and probably never will. Just not my thing--nothing against it or anything.

Despite the chaos of school children (again), I managed to spot half a dozen indigo buntings. Sure wish I could see the painted bunting this year. One was netted and banded on Easter Sunday. It's there! And it's high up on my wish list.

For these shots I sat inside a bird blind which is placed right next to a feeder. Getting close to the birds makes a huge difference, even if you have a long lens. The only adjustments I made was to size for the blog, crop, and a slight sharpen.

Oh, by the way, I returned the Canon SX50. Like my sweet friend, Linda, the viewfinder became a deal breaker in the end. It's pretty much useless, which is a shame. Besides, the quality of the images aren't even close to a DSLR. Although some people manage quite well with the SX50, I am not one of those able to deal with its limitations. Maybe I just need to enjoy kayaking without taking photos.

Sharing with Wild Bird Wednesday. Thank you, Stewart!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Melanerpes Carolinus

Red-bellieds and other woodpeckers are extremely attracted to suet placed in cracks and crevices of fallen logs and tree trunks. This is a great way to get photos of them away from the feeders.

Thank you for visiting my little ol' blog and for your friendship. I don't say 'thank you' enough. Blogging can be very time-consuming, so the fact that you took time out of your day to visit me means so much. As the days get prettier, I am out and about with my camera, and catching up with my blogging friends in the evenings. That will be my current schedule until it's too hot to be outside. Thanks for your understanding. :)

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Thanks, Anni!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Northern Parula

The Northern Parula is a small (4-1/2"/11cm) warbler with blue-gray upper parts, yellow throat, white belly, two wing bars, and a yellowish-green "saddle" on its back. It's a summer resident in Louisiana, breeding in swamps, lakes and ponds. They are very dependent on Spanish moss for their nests.

We discussed this bird in our class⎯the first I'd heard of it⎯so it was quickly added to my wish list. Our instructor heard it first, then found it. That's the way we discovered most of the birds, by hearing first. I wish these photos had been better. Besides the bird being small, it flitted around quickly and the lighting was poor. I am no longer striving for photographic perfection since it would limit the variety of birds to post on my blog.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Think Pink

My dear friend, Renae, of Simple Sequins, asked her blogging circle to adorn their blogs with pink today. It was supposed to be her first day of chemotherapy, but it's been postponed. She still wanted us to "Think Pink" in her honor and others! The photo below is special to me because it was taken on my 50th birthday in Portland, OR.

The prayer I found online is beautiful and I offer it to all my friends⎯those in the blogging community and in my own neighborhood⎯who are dealing with this terrible illness. The numbers of those I know struggling with cancer is really quite astounding. Scary even.
Bless, O God,
all who struggle with cancer.
Empower them with hope
for each and every day.
Provide them with loving
and tender care, laughter,
and the support of love.
Grant them
courage when they are afraid,
comfort when they are in pain,
and your blessing
when all else seems hopeless,
that in their fight with illness
they may continue to praise you
and glorify your name.

Happy Easter to all of you! May you be blessed exponentially during this Holy Season.