Sunday, March 10, 2013

Happy Sunday!

Two posts in one weekend. What has gotten into me? The equation is as follows:

Overwhelming number of photos + rainy day = blog post! 

I am also suffering from a little disappointment, but this too shall pass. Sure wish I didn't bruise so easily, but nothing I've tried has changed that part of my personality. Being ultra-sensitive really sucks sometimes. Okay, I'm done whining. The sun is starting to come back and my redbud trees are bursting. They are begging to be photographed. Later gators!
Lake Pontchartrain and the Causeway Bridge, 3/8/13

Red-headed woodpecker, Fontainebleau State Park, 3/8/13

Yellow-bellied sapsucker, Fontainebleau State Park, 3/8/13

Eastern Bluebird, Fontainebleau State Park, 3/8/13
I had no idea they could rotate their heads like that!


I chased this little cutie all over the park entrance until he finally got enough of my nonsense and disappeared for good!

Turtle party, Blackwater Conservation, 3/6/13
I finally had some time to play with Jill's pretty little American Goldfinch. I'm not too good with textures and embellishments, but here is my submission. Check out She Who Carries Camera for Creative License Fridays! This should be a fun new meme and something different. 
Grunge Polaroid frame by Heather Green
Texture by Shadowhouse Creations

46 comments:

Kerry said...

Just look at these images. You can be sooo proud of these. That little bluebird is adorable, and I really like the causeway bridge shot. I know the turtle is sunning itself, but it looks like it just came in for a landing!

TexWisGirl said...

i like your sweet goldfinch edit. really like the turtle party!!! love it! so wish i could see a redheaded woodpecker here (and for the record, a redheaded duck, too!)

Steve Finnell said...

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Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful pictures. as I was scrolling through this post,I found myself wishing that you and I could spend a day together with our cameras.Oh what fun that would be and I would come away,having learned some new skills.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

such a radiant red head on your first woodpecker!! You continue to amaize me with the ability to see some of the birds that blend in so beautifully with that trees and bushes around them.

Richard Pegler said...

What a great set of images, Gail. You really set the scene with the first image, and then wow us with some fabulous birds! Thank you for sharing.

I hope you quickly bounce back from your disappointment, whatever it might be!

Hilary said...

Those turtles make me laugh. :) And I like what you did with Jill's photo. :)

Ann said...

i just LOVE the turtles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

She Who Carries Camera said...

I hadn't realized that you had submitted an edit, so I was surprised to see that cute little goldfinch at the end...I love the wooden sign effect and you did great with the texture! (You know, it doesn't have to involve textures). Anyhoo, onto your glorious photos...that bluebird looks like his head's on backwards and I just love that first shot...great composition, lines and contrast! The blue text really adds something as well!

Nancy said...

Love that little red head sticking out; so cute as is the eastern bluebird.....All of your shots are just awesome.
I think you are selling yourself short on your "texturing" ability....I love the edit you did on the bird and the words that go along add so much....

(I understand the "sensitive thing" I am too.....

bailey-road.com said...

Great captures! Really love the stack o' turtles!

eileeninmd said...

Awesome shots and birds. I just love the Redhead woodie and the bluebird shots. Have a great week!

Tricia Hays said...

You say you're not too good w/ textures... I say, yes, you are... it's beautiful =)

Linda said...

I always look forward to your posts, and you never disappoint. The red on both the woodpecker and the sapsucker is so deep and rich. The bluebird shots are all spectacular, but that "Rosemary's Baby" head rotation is especially nifty. Love the turtle party, too. Interesting poses there.

Barbara said...

Keep it up! I love looking at your photos!! Thanks for the heads up about Jill's new meme - I'm so far behind on my blog reading (and everything else!)

Chatty Crone said...

I love the birds and the turtle. Your rainy day makes it a good day for me. sandie

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

How lovely can one post be! Every bird is wonderful..and the framed picture of the goldfinch is incredible; amazing stuff you're doing with texture. I have no idea how you do that.

Cindy said...

So beautiful. Love the Bluebirds. I love your edit of the Goldfinch too. I am so sensitive I can hurt my own feelings. How's that for being ultra-sensitive? Lol. And you're right it sucks. Have a wonderful week!

Karen said...

Another excellent post. Wonderful captures Gail! I love that little bluebird with his head on backwards.

the wild magnolia said...

love the red head......

turtles a plenty.

love the bluebirds.....one has so cute "a backward glance".

wishing you a terrific week!

Stewart M said...

Hi there - that image of the red-head popping out from behind the brach is great.

Hope the bruises heal quickly.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Barbara said...

These photos are beautiful, and I love your contribution of Creative License Friday.

Maybe we'll meet again Friday.

Dave said...

I enjoyed your lovely bird photos - Dave

Jori said...

Great quotes, and I LOVE your Eastern Bluebird shots!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Red-headed woodpecker!! I've always wanted to see one of these in real life. :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Being sensitive is hard.

I love these bird shots. The first is my favorite.

missing moments said...

Love your bluebird. Wish we had them here. Great job with the little finch!

ladyfi said...

Another brilliant series of shots!

Renae at simple sequins said...

Oh Gail, I love Maya Angelou. Lovely texture, but you know what? I love the Eastern Bluebird. That photo is my fav of these. Thank you. It's is lovely. I love the balance it has and the branches add to the focal point, the bird. yes!!!

Deanna said...

Oh fun, glad you participated in the new meme. Absolutely love that red-headed woodpecker, and that cute little eastern bluebird is a sweetheart!!

Rosemary Aubut said...

Loving the Eastern Bluebird! Awesome captures. O what fun you have. Keep on hiking and sharing your talent!

Buttons said...

Oh how I wish I had seen the turtle party:) Love the bluebirds and all the birds for that matter. Great photography. B

Brian King said...

These are fantastic! I love the bluebirds! Your goldfinch edit is very nice! I like it.

NaNa said...

they are amazing images, thanks for sharing xoxo

EG CameraGirl said...

Your photos are great. I love eastern bluebirds and anxiously await their return to Ontario.

Gail, I am overly sensitive too and agree it will pass. But it's still no fun while it hurts so much. I wish you all the best!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Beautiful Gail!!! Each and every photo you've shared touched my senses perfectly this morning. This park must be magical and marvelous to see so much in one outing. Glad you posted these perfect photos.

PS...I too have a tendency to be easily bruised.

Evelyn S. said...

I continue to be amazed at the colors of the birds in Louisiana! And I LOVE that image of the red-headed woodpecker peering around the trunk of that tree. Again, these are such fabulous bird images --with a turtle, too--Gail!

Charlotte Wilson said...

Your birds always make me smile!

Karen said...

Hi Gail, Nuthatches eat peanuts, and suet.

Phil said...

Lovely colourful birds today Gail. Eclipsed by the turtle party though even for me the hardened bird nerd.

Linda R said...

Fabulous photos once again my sweet friend. That is such a cool shot of the Eastern Bluebird. Love how his head is turned.

Wishing you a happy week..

Hugs~

Patrice said...

Great shots, Gail - I'm down in St. Augustine for a photography workshop - you would LOVE it!

Tina said...

Love the shot of that red headed woodpecker...beautiful! I hear ya in the being super
sensitive :)

Nina Bille said...

Hi Gauil,
I'm visiting from the Creative License Friday - your editing i very beatiful, the color and the style of the frame goes well with the yellow bird - so pretty

travelintoadventure@gmail.com said...

I'm visiting from the Creative License Friday - your editing of this image is very nice - everything work well together.. Now about your other photos.. LOVE the Eastern Bluebird - I've yet to capture this and turtles how unique to capture that photo..
Hugs

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Oh, my, the cute bluebird made me smile.