One of Life’s Little Surprises

This morning after I drank my first cup of Joe and reading¬† the news I headed out to clear my head using my favorite form of therapy: Nature Photography¬† Therapy. Now for those who know about this type of therapy the initial consulting fee (Buying a camera, lens, extension tubes, tripods, extra batteries, etc..) isn’t cheap but it is well worth the investment!

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Since about the middle of August I have been waiting for the Jewelweed plants on our place to start blooming. With more than average rain they have bloomed and are thrive much to my delight. The blooms(above photo) are great source of food for Hummingbirds and all types of pollinators. After taking  the above photo I began setting up for a closer shot when I got a little surprise (see photo below). As you can see by the size of the bee that the Jewelweed has a very small bloom but has a big role to play in nature. Till the next time, Peace.

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A Little Too Much Flash

Tonight I found this photo I took at the end of this past fall. Since I took this shot I have learned about flash diffusers and thought it would have been nice to had one for this shot. It would have also been nice to have known how to back the flash input down, I know how to do that now, and I should have used a tripod as well.I did shot this at the far end of the zoom to lessen the impact of the flash so the tripod would have been a good thing. But none the less I like the shot and at least I have learned a bit from having a little too much flash.

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Out My Office Window The Weekend Past

The mornings were unusually and delightfully cool this weekend past. As I drank my first Cup-of-Joe, sitting on the front porch, I watched the coming and goings of the Hummingbirds who have blessed our place this year. With the hot caffeinated brew, and the rising sun, warming me bones I formulated a plan and set about trying to get a few good-to-great captures of them.

 

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I found a good spot close to some Jewelweed they seemed to like and nestled in with some fauna between it and me for cover

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I would ease up and snap a shot or two but found the speed of the Hummingbird to be more than me and my Canon point & shot was able to come to grasp with.

IMG_0088Since I could not get the captures I wanted I could not help feeling blessed none the less. I was enjoying the beautiful blue sky and the whimsical cirrus clouds so life was great.

IMG_0073As I was setting there enjoying the day and the inner play of the Hummingbirds I saw that one keep going to this tree. Can you find it?

IMG_0070I was able to get several shots of this little poser. I hope you enjoy this lovely as much as I did and do!