Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Seems I haven't uploaded anything since the spring. My photo hobby usually runs hot and cool... I'll shoot like mad for a year or two and then go on to other interests. This time, I've discovered woodworking with mostly hand tools. I set up shop in our barn and spend most of my hobby time working on one skill/project or another.
Anyway... found this little critter doing his/her best to devour some winter fuel. The pic is a little dark but then, it was dark!
Hope to be shooting a little more this winter when it's just too darned cold to work with tools in the unheated shop.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
It's been rather slim pickin's in the photography pasttime lately. That explains the lack of photos, I guess. A few weeks ago we had several freeze/thaw episodes which left our trails about as treacherous as I've ever experienced. Traversing a nice, flat skating rink would have been a piece of cake compared to these death slides! I wouldn't even think of trying them without my ice cleats on... and even then it was scary.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
This platform feeder I built onto an old fence post has proven a winner from day one. Groups of jays, crows, blackbirds, siskins, finches, grosbeaks, chickadees, sparrows of all kinds, and, of course, SQUIRRELS, enjoy the free lunch from morning 'til night.
I'm going to try growing patches of sunflowers this year to see if I can cut down the expense of buying black oil sunflower seed for these critters. I hope they don't get too disappointed when I shut down my feathered restaurants for the summer and autumn. There's plenty to eat without me footing the bill, so to speak.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Some people might wonder why I stand around in bone-chilling temperatures waiting to take a picture of chickadees. Sometimes I wonder myself. But every once in a 100 pictures or so I get lucky. I think the psychological principle of "intermittent reinforcement" is hard at work encouraging me to try again and again.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
As anyone who's tried to capture an image of a chickadee will attest these critters are fast! It's rare when one will pause for more than one second before a hectic flit to another branch. About the only variation from this schedule is when they've retrieved a black oil sunflower seed from the feeder and now, to open it, must trap it between their "talons" and the branch and whack away at it with their beak until they get to the "meat" inside. Reminds me of my attempts to open a package of frozen food.
Chickadees are also difficult to photograph well. Their heads and eyes are dead matt black while their cheeks are almost pure fluffy white. Expose for the black and the white parts will disappear. Expose for the white part and the head has all the charm of a lump of coal. They also have the uncanny knack of pointing their tail end toward the camera most of the time.
Couple of pics during the recent cold spell. Miss "S" recently has declined many invitations to walk the trails. I think she's calculated that the vague possibility that something interesting will jump out in front of her isn't worth the pain on her tender tootsies. She has the instincts of a barn cat and the constitution of a wuspus.
Thanks to "you know who" for the photos.