Daily Prompt Clarity: A bird sings into a hibiscus

This is a photo that I combined from two pictures I photographed .  The first photo is a picture of the American Goldfinch, the sencond is a close up of a Hibiscus.  I chose this picture for the daily prompt: clarity.

It shows the Goldfinch singing into the hollow of the hibiscus.  The funnel of the Hibiscus appears to enhance its clarity.  It reminds me of the old time RCA victrola where a dog named Nipper sits along side the record player listening to the clarity of the music.

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Feel free to comment and enjoy.

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Daily Prompt Refresh; Bird Play

There are many ways for people to refresh.  Some like going to the beach to feel the sprays of the water and lay on the beach to enjoy the suns’ rays.  Others like to surf the waves or enjoy the massaging therapy of the water.

Have you wondered how the ducks like to refresh?  These cormorants enjoy to slide on the surface of the water for a splashing cool down.  I know we have learned much from God’s creatures.  Could it be, we applied the ducks’ technique of surfing to surf boarding?

This particular duck is a double-breasted cormorant. It measures 30-35″. It feeds on fish, snakes and other reptiles. They swallow the fish head first. They do it like that so it is not easy for the fish to escape. I am glad you enjoy the photo. I photographed these birds off the coast of Virginia on the James River.

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Comments are appreciated

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Weekly Photo Challenge; Dance like a Bird

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This Wood Thrush not only sings but dances; He wants to impress his mate who at this moment is flying away.  It was fun to photograph this bird as it did its mating dance and call.  He didn’t give up he flew after her.

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Red headed woodpecker; a bird in flight

Below is a photo of a red-headed woodpecker.  My goal is to photograph each species of woodpeckers within my community.  I have four out of six.

This red-headed woodpecker was an unusual surprise.  I am accustomed to seeing a woodpecker pecking the trunk of a tree in search of food.  This woodpecker decided it is easier to swoop and fly for that parcel of food.   He flew in, turned sideways picked up the bread and flew off.  It was a touch and go maneuver.

Your comments are welcomed

A Fish Hawk’s (osprey) Fleeting Moment

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As with this photo of the osprey, it was a fleeting moment.  At a blink of an eye, I would have missed this photo shot.  In life, we do not know when that fleeting moment will come upon us.

Although we think we have time to prepare ourselves, do you know if your spirit will go into the heavenly bliss or into the fiery pit?   When will that fleeting time knock on your life?

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A park pigeon an outdoor bird with luminous colors shine

At the time I took this shot, I had no idea why I was photographing a typical park pigeon. But, when I brought it up on my computer I see what I didn’t see. When I truly looked at this bird, it is beautiful. The luminous green giving off a brilliant sheen, various shades of blue and grey, and the bright red eye outlined with a black ring. Even the markings create unique patterns and shapes on these stout body birds.   As with life, I sometimes tend to skim the surface and not take the time to see the true colors.

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On the Water at the Pond; Turtles and Geese

What a great day to take some photos.  On the pond, six turtles enjoyed the rays of the sun as they chilled out on a 3 square foot platform.  A clumsy webbed foot Canadian Goose decided to join the turtles.  The goose leaped onto the floating platform, springing the turtles on top of each other.  Some turtles managed to cling to the platform while a few of them took a dive.

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The big bird looked at the remaining turtles as if to say sorry about that and began to preen itself as if nothing really happened.

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I apologize about the rear end shots, I had no choice to compose the characters.  This was a shoot from the hip session.  Hope you all enjoyed the pictures along with the story.

Mockingbird and Grapes

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With a twinkle in its eye, this young mockingbird eyes the ripe green cluster of grapes.   When the grapes are ripe, that is the time to set up a relationship.  The symbol of grapes represents a joyous fellowship.

It is known that if a bird eats enough grapes, the bird will take on a state of being intoxicated.  Hmmm!!!  Is this what it takes to build up the nerve to do the ritual mating dance, spreading its feathers, spreading its wings, and stepping cautiously to support balance.  Day and night the mockingbird is heard doing vocal imitations of other birds.  All for a joyous fellowship.

In the book “To Kill a Mockingbird”, the mockingbird symbolizes innocence.

Photo by: Richard Smith

 

Photographing Nature: Squirrels and Birds

The other morning I stood in the woods with my camera.  I heard various birds chirping and rustling through the leaves.  As I scaned the area for a bird at rest, I noticed something clinging to a rotted piece of a limb.  I wasn’t able to make it out with my naked eye.  So I looked through my camera lens to see this baby squirrel.  It looked frightened as it emerged from the hole in the trunk of the tree.  It nervously tested each piece of the tree bark before he planted its feet.  Here he is holding on for dear life.   Natural instinct may have coaxed it along to let him know its time to search for food or starve.

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I did end up photographing this Tuffed Titmous and Blue Bird

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The photos may not win a prize but I sure enjoy the time I spend with God’s creation and all His love.

Hope you all enjoy!!!