Friday, May 25, 2012

Birds and Blossoms At The Park

I have a few more pictures to share from my recent walk in the park.
This park is quite small and is more of a playground area for children,but it has a creek running through it.
Along this creek is where I find the things which bring me happiness.

These Cherry Blossoms caught my eye.
I like how this picture turned out,with just the flowers lit up.


As I was slowly walking along waiting for anything to catch my attention,I noticed movement in a small tree.I had heard the song of the Yellow Warbler but had not been able to catch a look at him.When I finally spotted him I started shooting in hopes of getting at least one decent shot.
Look what happened just as I depressed the shutter button.
I know that I was much too far away but I am still happy with this image.


Butterflies,like this Red Admiral are more tolerant of my approach.
I don't ever get tired of seeing a brightly coloured butterfly.


Here is another picture which perhaps breaks all the rules of good photography.
The light in the background is much too bright,the bird is in the shadows and too far away,yet somehow this image has a pleasing look to me.
I guess I could have brightened the bird somewhat in Photoshop,but I didn't.


I have two reasons for sharing this image. One there is a Spotted Sandpiper on one of the stones near the waters edge and two,I love the trees reflected in the water,turning it a bright green.


I spent about two hours at this same park just this Thursday,with a friend.
We had a great time and I have more pictures to share after they have been edited.
The unfortunate fact is that as we were winding up our time there my main camera quit working.It seems that the shutter release button is broken,so off to the doctor it is for my Canon 40D.I do hope they can repair this with limited expense to me.



Thought for today:
Develop a unique style.

Guess that's what I've done with some of the above images. :)

46 comments:

  1. That choke-cherry sets my nose tingling, I just love it's bitter-sweet scent. Such a rich place for birds and sometimes it is enough to catch a glimpse of a bird and not the 'perfect' shot. The last shot with the sandpiper is so soothing.
    Thank you for the beauty you share.

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  2. good luck with the camera! i like that robin shot as it almost reminds me of an oriental painting. and speaking of painting, the green reflections in the water make it look like one!

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  3. I like your unique style, Ruth! Your pictures are all wonderful! I like to go on these photo safaris and take pictures of things I like. You caught the yellow warbler just right! Can you do that again;-) I really like that last picture of the stream, reflections and sandpiper!!
    Hope you have a pleasant weekend!

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  4. I love how the cherry blossoms are front and center, the full focus on their beauty! The Warbler in flight is unique, as is the Robin and the beautiful green reflections in the the little stream! You do have an amazing style!

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  5. you conjure magic!



    Friendly Aloha from Waikiki
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  6. Wonderful images. Sorry to hear the 40D isn't working. I hope it heals soon!

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  7. Oh my - your photos are just beautiful! I really like them all, but the Warbler shot is my favorite. I love that kind of surprise!

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  8. P.S. I have a Canon EOS 40D too, and was just thinking about that today and how many times I've held that shutter button down for bursts of shots. Wonder when mine will quit??? I've rather been expecting it to happen.

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  9. These are each so unique and do have style! I guess the warbler is my favorite because we do not have them here - or I have never seen them.

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  10. Hi Ruth...I love these shots! The Yellow Warbler and the Red Admiral..my favorites!!
    Hope you camera problem is not to costly : {
    Grace

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  11. You came up with some amazing shots just before the camera quit. They're all wonderful shots but the warbler is such a winner and so is that last one, it took me a few seconds to see the sandpiper and then I spotted the reflection first! Hope it goes well with your camers. Diane

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  12. Hi Ruth, Sorry about your camera problem. Hope you can get it fixed quickly... I know that you are life me. I couldn't go very long without my camera....

    Gorgeous pictures. I was struck today by the last one with the reflections.... Awesome...

    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  13. OH what beautiful pictures! I love when I catch a bird on the wing, the warbler shot is great. What an intense green in the water shot!! Thanks for brightening my day.

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  14. A beautiful series, Ruth. Sorry to hear about the 40D. Mine had to have the shutter replaced when it was 6 months old and was thankfully under warranty. There have been no problems with it since. Best of luck on the repair.

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  15. I love the first flower and the way the light is, and the colorful bird in flight. It took me awhile, but I do see the sandpiper now. That was fun trying to find him!!! And isn't it something how birds will fly away from us, but the butterflies let us get close? Wishing you a lovely holiday weekend.

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  16. Your images are always so meaningful. I hope your camera will soon be fixed and that you have a great weekend.

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  17. oh no on the camera repair, i hope you have another to use while it is away and that it doesnt break the bank. i love the yellow bird in the yellow flowers, it is perfect just like it is. the sun paints everything and makes it glow and you captured so much beauty. thanks for reminding me of our Lewis park, which is one mile from us, it is a childrens park but has wonderful old trees and a creek. will have to get over there and see what is blooming.

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  18. Sorry about your camera. I LOVE all the photos, but I especially like the robin pic. Something very charming about it--maybe rules are meant to be broken!!!!! Have a great weekend. Mickie :)

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  19. Looks like a beautiful day in the park! I like that last photo, too. I didn't see the sandpiper at first. The greens behind it really make it a pretty shot. Nice warbler shot, too! I see so few warblers.

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  20. beautiful pictures Ruth.....very calming

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  21. You always post such delightful photos Ruth! Love the last photo of the water, it looks so serene.

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  22. Beautiful series of shots... that little bird taking off is great!

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  23. I love the shot of the Admiral butterfly and also the one of the bird with the bright light behind it. I really don't think it needs any Photoshopping! It's great!

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  24. Ruth, isn't it so much fun to explore God's creations at the park...how fun! and all your photos are gorgeous!

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  25. With the Nursery business...I have seen lots and lots of blossoms,but never have I seen a cherry blossom! They are really very pretty. This is a gorgeous bird picture..love the yellow..
    Hope you have a great weekend.

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  26. rules, what rules?? no one told me there were rules!!

    they are all beautiful and that first one is magical!!

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  27. What a treat that yellow warbler gave you. The shot is remarkably sharp, considering the distance and the action. I might have missed the sandpiper if you hadn't mentioned him. And, for me anyway, photography is all about what's pleasing to the eye. That robin shot definitely qualifies. You do good work. :)

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  28. I enjoyed them all...very nice!

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  29. Haha.. too many beauties simply overloaded your camera.

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  30. Ruth, I really like the Yellow Warbler and the Robin and the reflection images. Dang I like them all. I agree with your thought.:)

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  31. Great photos and explanations. I thought I was with you on your walk.

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  32. I can see how you could easily spend 2 hours there - and more; great shots, Ruth.

    Sorry to hear about the camera; my shutter quit working on me last year - had it repaired by Canon but a little pricey (approx. $180). Good luck.

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  33. Hi Ruth Your photo's are getting more beautiful every day. Your camera stops always when you can't miss it can you but it always does.
    Have a nice week.

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  34. You do so very well in capturing details on your subjects. I would dearly love taking a walk with you through this area.

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  35. I'm sorry your camera is at the doctor's! I hope it can be fixed. I would feel so lost without my camera.

    Love the shot of the yellow warbler. They are not easy to capture, that's for sure!

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  36. Lovely series of shots and what a treasure your little park must be. I love that first of the cherry blossoms and the last with the delightful reflections. I like your style and I think some of the best shots are ones that break the rules. The important thing is to have a photo that is pleasing to eye, especially your own. I hope your camera gets fixed quickly. You'll probably see tons of things that you want to shoot while it is in the hospital.

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  37. Good luck with your camera. I hope it'll be a quick and inexpensive fix. I love the sandpiper shot near the water. The whole image is so serene and peaceful. It makes me want to be transported there. :)

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  38. I love walking where there is a stream and hearing the water.
    Sometimes by not following the rules you can get some of the best shots.
    Great job. Hope your camera gets fixed soon.

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  39. love the shot of the yellow warbler..hope the 40D button can be repaired quick...you must have taken a lot of shots!!

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  40. Nice photos, wonderful entry!
    Hugs
    BShell

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  41. white cherry blossoms, I haven't seen that. We have pink ones.

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  42. Your photo of the cherry blossoms is absolutely gorgeous, but then all of these are wonderful. I hope your camera is soon -- and inexpensively -- repaired.

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  43. wow ruth, such beautiful shots!

    that first shot is truly gorgeous!! very arty and magical as well.


    good luck with the camera.

    big hugs!

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  44. Fotografie molto belle! buona giornata....ciao

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  45. Oh I LOVE these Ruth! How fun it is to catch a bird in "take off" mode!
    The sandpiper/reflection shot is a work of ART!

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  46. Best of luck on the camera repair Ruth. Its a downer when a piece of equipment goes down. Love you bird shots; great to see that you are still out there enjoying what nature has to offer. And you know that I love those little sandpipers; always so pretty posing by the water's edge.

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