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I spent a lot of time with the camera this weekend! It was good and I enjoyed myself, but I have given myself a rest period today...I noticed the bikers returning from the races in the park tonight...I'd like to get over there and practice my panning on them before they stop for the Fall!

I had not been completely satisfied with the hummingbird pictures...at least until yesterday when I got a couple pics that I liked!
Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Hummingbird sitting in a tree

This one was when I put the camera on its back under the feeder, taking pictures at intervals --
From underneath the hummingbird feeder

Originally, I was hand-holding the camera, but when I walked too close to the feeder, the birds flew away.

Then, I put the camera on the tripod taking intervals. But I wasn't happy with the shutter motion or depth of field focus.

The final solution was to stand in place near the porch but in the garden...and they returned. Often it was about 10 minutes before they stopped by my feeder. As long as I was slow in motion while photo taking, they seemed to be okay with me being there.
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I liked this silhouette of a hummingbird sitting in the Crepe Myrtle out front.
Hummingbird Silhouette

The hummingbird is still a bit shy of me, so I can't get too close. The pic below is heavily cropped. It surprises me because in most situations, I have found that hummingbirds don't mind humans. Maybe this bird has just not had very much human exposure.
Hummingbird Sittin' in a Tree...
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It was a cloudy evening, under the porch, so my photos were very noisy! But I got some pics of hummingbirds visiting the feeder I just hung!

Ruby-throated hummingbird


May. 6th, 2017 10:45 pm
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Rosa 'Tahitian Sunset'
Rosa "Tahitian Sunset"

An edit of a photo from 2008 --
"Postcard" from the Golden Gate in 2008

Rosa 'Zephrine Drouhin' which I planted years ago between my neighbor and me --
Rosa 'Zerphrine Drouhin'

Foi Mal!

Apr. 30th, 2017 05:03 pm
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I thought I had already posted this, but I couldn't find it. A few weeks ago, I was mowing the grass, and I saw this cute little baby bunny under the tulips! So cute, so I stopped and took pics with my phone!

Mind you, I was NOT mowing the tulips -- only the grass! But when I came up the other side and got close, I saw the baby bunny run away. And I then I saw baby bunny #2 run a different direction. And I thought, awwww, how cute!

And then...and then...I heard and felt WOMP-WOMP-WOMP under the lawnmower! Baby bunny #3 had run under my lawnmower!!! It was bad...completely by accident...but I didn't even like looking at the pile of bloody baby bunny in the grass!

Anyways, my area of town is overrun with rabbits, and the remaining 2 bunnies have matured a lot in a few weeks! I've noticed a couple of hawks flying and perching here lately, so they also have noticed our abundance of rabbits!
A lazy Sunday evening...

Do you think the rabbits know that I'm a vegetarian?
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Charlotte V has shown up in the yard!
Charlotte V -- Leucauge venusta in evening sun

A few years ago, a car accident occurred in my front yard. Using the insurance payment from the at-fault driver, I had my front yard re-landscaped. Before that happened, I salvaged as many plants as I could from the front yard (knowing that it would be completely re-done).

I planted the salvaged plants in a side area, which had been completely overgrown with ivy. I cleared the ivy, planted the salvaged plants, and the resulting side garden is now starting to come into its own! The area contains tulips, many peony plants, plus coneflowers, Columbine, Balloon flowers, etc., and looks pretty nice. I think a layer of mulch would be the next step, but I'm satisfied with a 'salvaged plants' garden!


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