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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Inspired by . . . Life thru My Lens 14:52

Well, it’s been an eventful week. In photos, at least.

I seem to find the most interesting animals in parking lots. You may remember my porcupine experience last August, at the local Whataburger. Well, the sweetest man in the world and I were leaving our favorite restaurant the other day, and I spotted this little guy across the parking lot.

 

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The sun had already set, so it’s not the best picture. But it’s true what they say, the Killdeer are indeed a shorebird you can see without going to the beach! We actually have these on our property quite often, and someday I hope to share with you a better shot!

Speaking of that sun that was setting, I shot this on the way out . . .

 

Sunset

I mentioned last week that the Hummingbirds are back. I just love spending time with these little wonders. Consider yourself duly warned, you will likely see pictures of them here on this blog, weekly, at the least!

Here is a series I shot of a female, pretty sure it’s a Black-chinned Hummingbird, as I haven’t seen any Ruby-throated males yet this year. The females of both the black-chinned and the ruby-throat are nearly impossible to tell apart.

This little gal seemed almost as interested in me as I was in her. What I love about these captures is the detail of her feathers.

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We had a bit of excitement on Sunday, when I got a call that some peacocks had been spotted on the property. Did I want to get some pictures of them? Does a bear have hair? LOL

These aren’t the best shots. With the wind gusts of 20mph, and the birds not really interested in posing for me, getting a crisp shot was impossible. But I wanted to share them with you none-the-less.

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Their jeweled necks simply glowed in the sunlight. I was hoping for the coveted tail shot, but I guess they were too nervous to do any fanning. These are big birds and I wasn’t interested in provoking them!

Here is a link to a pretty cool, interactive series on fancy males that Cornell put together. It really is worth checking out: http://biology.allaboutbirds.org/features/fancymales/fancy-males

The moon has been rising in the afternoon and I was able to get this shot of it waxing gibbous, about 79% illuminated a couple of days ago.

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I think a lot of my shots could benefit from the use of a tripod. I’m in the market for one, if any of you have any recommendations or insights, please share in the comments.

That’s my week.

What have you seen through your lens this week?

 

Blessings,

June

 

 

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22 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos! I especially love the closeups of the hummers!

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  2. Magnificent photography of

    nature, its beautiful critters and that moon shot is awesome!

    Happy Week to you,

    artmusedog and carol

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  3. Oh my goodness! How come none of these creatures ever show up at my place?!

    They must just KNOW that you're going to capture their beauty, June!

    Thanks for bringing them to my neck of the woods today ...

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  4. The Killdeer are sweet birds and I love hummers. So I will enjoy seeing your photo.. And how cool to have peacocks on your property! Neat visitors.. Great post and images. Have a happy week.

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  5. Beautiful friends you've encountered on your journey through the week!

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  6. Man oh man, you're pictures are amazing!


    I thought of you over the weekend. I was out and about the house changing air filters when I heard a familiar "thud" against a glass pane. I walked over to my office door and saw a hummingbird laying lifeless. We've lost more than one of them flying to fast into clear glass. I snapped a picture of him with my phone hoping he was just stunned. As soon as I walked closer to him he stood, wobbled, and awkwardly flew off… I was relieved.


    I've never seen as many hummingbirds as we have this year… I'm like you, I think it's a gift from God.

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  7. I have such a love for hummingbirds so I'm ready for you to share lots and lots of photos. They remind me of my younger days when we'd visit Colorado every summer. We had a feeder outside our cabin and we always had visitors!!


    And peacocks . . . my son told me they are all over the place in Singapore.


    Your images are simply beautiful, friend.


    Love you much.
    xoxo

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  8. "Does a bear have hair?" LOL Thanks for the giggle. What an amazing treat to see a peacock on your property! You truly got some lovely details on the hummingbird feathers. I'm still waiting for ours to arrive. The Killdeer make the most manic screeching sounds ever. I hate when I come upon them by accident. I scare them and they scare me. lol

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  9. Wow, these are all so great. The hummingbird shots are really amazing!

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  10. The hummers are my favorite, too, Marie! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  11. It's great when the moon is sitting just so, showing off it's craters. It's pretty awesome to be able to see it from down here on earth. I feel so ant-like, lol! Happy week to you as well, Carol, thanks for stopping by!

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  12. They're there, Linda, lol, sometimes you just have to set the table :)

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  13. Looking forward to seeing the first hummers of the season on your site, Eileen! Have a great weekend!

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  14. What a lovely perspective, Laura! Thank you for visiting!

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  15. I'm glad your story had a happy ending, Floyd. Sometimes they can be revived with a little sugar water. Decals on the windows help sometimes, too, it just depends. They way they dive bomb each other, I'm really surprised we don't find more casualties. They're tough little creatures - definitely gifts from God :)

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  16. I just love it when something I post connects with something in your world, my friend :) and I'm so enjoying your "mini" posts on FB. So very encouraging and inspiring.

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  17. I did not know that about the Killdeer, Gail, thanks for the warning! I'm hoping to get some shots of them next time they pass through. They only seem to stay around a day or two. Yes, the peacocks were very fun! Maybe next time I'll get "fanned" lol! So nice to have you visit! Have a great weekend!

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  18. She was so sweet to pose for me, don't you think :)

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  19. I love the shots of the inquisitive hummingbird. We have sunbirds here that give the same look if they don't get scared. I could often do with using a tripod and it isn't that I don't have one but more that I never take it with me, good practice for me in having a steady hand maybe.

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  20. wow - love all these captures of the birds! so amazing!

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  21. As long as I haven't had too much coffee I okay. I think the zoomed shots would be more clear with a tripod. Doing the research, on a budget, lol! Thanks for joining the conversation, Anne!

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  22. You definitely got some incredible bird images...a rarity for me...the peacock. I've seen 'em only in zoos. And the sunset....that is a spectacular view!!!

    Thanks for sharing the link this week at I'd Rather B Birdin'.
    http://id-rather-b-birdin.blogspot.com

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