Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Photographing Flowers

I like to make sure I keep learning. I love doing workshops, watching videos, and reading books to learn new techniques. So today, even though I already earn my living as a nature photographer,  I figure I could still pick up some new tips so I've been watching an online workshop on photographing flowers.

When I lived in the city and was just starting photography, flowers were pretty much all I photographed. I haunted the streets looking for gardens that were close to the sidewalk so I wouldn't be invading peoples' personal space. I loved it!

Since moving to a more rural area I've gotten away from shooting flowers as often but after watching this workshop, I'm dreaming about focusing on flower photography once again. Only problem is, they're forecasting possible snow flurries at the end of the week!

dandelion, macro, waterdrops, bokeh, gold

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Hummingbirds in Winter

We got even more snow today. Our poor hummingbirds. The Anna's hummers over-winter here on the west coast of British Columbia. Normally they just have to put up with a lot of rain but I figure if I can do it, they can do it. This year's been very different though, with many snowfalls and colder temperatures. We have had a few crocuses spring up in the yard but they just keep getting beaten back down. I hope today's snowfall was the last of the season, and I'll bet the hummingbirds wish for the same.

winter birds

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hoar Frost

We didn't get any snow here today but it's definitely colder again. I noticed the crocuses in our yard pushing their brave little faces through the chilly earth. Tomorrow they're forecasting possible snow again. Please, no! We've all had enough of winter...bring on spring!

hoar frost, winter, leaves, ice, icy

hoar frost

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Snow Covered Adirondack Chairs

Today was a beautiful sunny day so it's hard to believe that snow flurries might be on the way. But that's exactly what the forecast says. Just when I was thinking that spring was around the corner.

We're not used to much snow on the west coast. Some people don't even bother to put away their Adirondack chairs at the end of summer. But look at what can happen...

adirondack chairs, snow, winter, pender harbour, pacific northwest

Monday, February 20, 2017

Return of the Canada Geese

I've been hearing flocks of Canada Geese flying overhead the past two days, early in the morning before I'm even out of bed. We're still a month away from the beginning of spring but the constant honking of the geese always signals that we're almost there. I can't wait!

canada geese, birds in flight, textured

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Macro Dandelion and Bling

I feel a touch of spring in the air so I thought I'd share one of my favorite dandelion photographs...the seedling is covered in water drops and it makes me think of the flower getting dressed up in its best bling. :-)

dandelion, macro photograph, waterdrops
"Dandelion and Water Drops Macro"

Let's spring arrives soon...we've had enough snow for the year!

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Anna's Hummingbirds in Winter

Our poor hummingbirds have been putting up with way more snow than usual this winter. Anna's hummingbirds over-winter here on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia where we normally have one or two minor snowfalls each year. But this year has been extreme, with lots of storms and many more inches of snow than usual.

annas hummingbird, winter, snow
"Anna's Hummingbird in Snow"

It's amazing to me how a tiny bird like a hummingbird can withstand that kind of weather. One morning I discovered that the two feeders we have out for the hummers were both frozen. I quickly got them thawed out. Then I found a brightly-colored pair of knitted socks that I never wore and cut out a small hole and fitted a sock over each feeder, with the hanging rope going through the hole. That kept the birds' nectar warm enough during the day.

We were thinking of going away in January but couldn't find someone to house sit so we stayed put...I was concerned about the birds that had become dependent on us to take care of them. Does that sound crazy to you? So in the end the hummingbirds saved us some money!

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