Unique Views

I can’t believe that since mid-March I’ve been expanding my macro photography skills by just shooting around my neighbourhood. Am I starting to get bored with just shooting macro all the time? Absolutely not because there are always unique views to find.

Unique views - Burdock

Burdock

Every time I head out I expect to see the same things, but there always seems to be something new to photograph, even if it’s from a different angle or even a different stage of something’s growth.

Flower

Flower

Of course, not everything I shoot with my macro lens is something up close or small. Sometimes I try to sneak up on a bird that’s balanced on a skinny branch.

Bird Silhouette

Bird Silhouette

Who then promptly flies away. Still it makes for an interesting image, don’t you think?

Jack Go To Bed at Noon

Do you ever wonder why some plants have the strangest names? There’s this interesting plant I keep seeing in the meadow behind the school. And it turns out it has a very strange name.

Jack Go to Bed at Noon

Jack Go to Bed at Noon

In my research to find out what I had photographed in the field, I found the name: Jack Go To Bed at Noon. The reason it’s called that is that this flower closes itself at noon, except on cloudy days. It does go by another name as well: Meadow Goatsbeard.

Jack Go To Bead At Noon Open

Jack Go To Bead At Noon at Seed Stage

The reason for that name is because when the flower goes to seed it apparently reminded someone of a goat’s beard. Can you think of a strange name from a flower you’ve come across? Let me know in the comments.

Robin

Robin

As I headed home a robin came to bid me farewell. Well, that’s what I like to think it did. 😀

Buttercups and Rockets

As I walked through the catwalk from my street to the creek path I was surprised by a little bird that decided to do some acrobatics in the tree beside me.

Just Hanging Around

Just Hanging Around

I have been unable to figure out what type of bird this is. I thought it might be a sparrow but its yellow beak is throwing me off. I couldn’t see the colouring on it’s back so I can only go by it’s beak and head stripes. I still think its a sparrow of some sort but in scouring my books I have had no luck in figuring it out. If you know, please tell me.

 After this pleasant surprise, I stuck to my regular shots of flowers.

Dames Rocket

Dames Rocket

This first bunch is of the pretty little Dames Rocket. They grow everywhere and they grow fairly tall.

Then I found this little buttercup.

Creeping Buttercup

Creeping Buttercup

A nice haul for today’s neighbourhood walk. Some new flowers and a spunky little bird. I wonder what tomorrow will bring?

From My Backyard

I didn’t get out for my walk today but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything to photograph. This grackle has a family it’s feeding hidden away in the branches in my neighbour’s evergreen. 

Grackle

Grackle

Our backyards are full of interesting critters if we pay attention.

Wildlife in the Creek

I felt that it was time for a little change to the routine to keep the creative juices flowing so, today I brought my birding lens with me on my walk. My goal is to capture some of the birds that are feeding and nesting in the creek behind the house.

Black Squirrel

Black Squirrel

As I walked down the path I noticed this little squirrel taking a break on a branch. He seems quite comfortable there. My presence didn’t seem to disturb him in the least so I snapped a couple photos and moved on eager to find those elusive birds.

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

The first bird I spotted was this Blue Jay. He seemed interested enough in me, so much so that he stuck around on this branch for quite some time. Needless to say I have more than enough shots of him. But the surprise of the day was this American Pipit.

American Pipit

American Pipit

Although I didn’t know it at the time that I was photographing him, this little bird was only migrating through our area. Talk about a lucky capture. That’s the second bird I’ve found here that I’ve never seen before and that seems to be passing through. Although secretly I hope that the grosbeaks stay the summer. Bringing my long lens with me today gave me a fun break from that macro lens I’ve been using all spring. 

Birds of a Feather

It’s time for another late afternoon walk around the neighbourhood creek. I’ve noticed that the Forget-Me-Nots are starting to appear in more areas of the creek. This bunch was nicely positioned in front of an old log. Such happy little flowers. 

Forget-Me-Nots

Forget-Me-Nots

As I was photographing the flowers I noticed that a few of the white blossoms from the tree above were raining down on me. When I looked up I saw this little brown bird that I had not seen around here before. 

Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak

It turns out it was the female Rose-breasted Grosbeak! Wow! I had no idea that these birds flew through our neck of the woods. And what was this bird doing? She seemed to the plucking the flowers and occasionally casting them aside. Turns out she may be eating them or possibly an insect that might be on them. 

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

It wasn’t too long before I encountered her male counterpart. He decided to stare me down for a few moments before flying off. Isn’t he just so pretty? I wonder if they’ll stay for a while.