For them not interested in reading, you can see the photos in THIS<<link SmugMug Gallery.  

I have a feeling traffic will be heavy for this post . . . and that — having come here with different expectations — most will quickly leave.

That’s right . . . this post is about female birds. Wait, let me be clearer; non-human birds.

Click for larger view
Click for larger view

So, Project FeederWatch<<link — by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology — has been running weekly contests (and I’ve missed a number of weeks). This week, it’s “Fantastic Females; Celebrating the muted tones of female birds”. Anyone wanting to see the current submissions can click this LINK.

Now, I’m always reluctant to enter contests (although I’ve entered a few<<link — warning: there are nine pages of posts), and I’ll tell you why.

I’ve kept pretty busy . . . rather, being a homeowner has kept me pretty busy. Still, I had the opportunity (I took the opportunity) to snap a few photos . . . like, maybe 400 photos or so . . . and fifty or so videos. 

It will take me a while to find the time to process them all but I want to show a preview — give a taste, so to speak — of stuff to come. Don’t worry; only thirty photos or so. And a few videos. And some music I like.

There is no SmugMug Gallery for this preview but there will be when I do the individual posts. For now, you can click on the photos for a larger version. 

That, my dear readers, is a heron frogging in the small drainage ditch bordering the North side of our yard. I mean, I thought he (or she) was an idiot because I know there are no fish in that stream . . . but he (or she) had a taste for frog legs and knew where to find them. Unfortunately, my camera battery died a few seconds before he caught a frog and ate it. 

On May 1st the shrubs and a couple of trees got a much-needed trimming. This Magnolia tree — planted too close to the house — got a pretty good trim . . . 

I noticed something after the landscapers left . . . 

For them not interested in reading, you can go directly to the SmugMug Gallery HERE.  

For a SmugMug slideshow click HERE. When you click the link, it will open in a new window and you have two options:
1) Manually scroll through the photos by clicking the “<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos.
2) There’s a PLAY/PAUSE button at the bottom-left of the screen with the transition set at about 5 seconds. Note: clicking the PLAY arrow will run a full-screen slideshow. You can then still use the”<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos as this will pause the slideshow.

If you want the full experience, keep reading.

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This will be one of them cheap posts where I throw up stuff that appeared before. That means long-time readers of the blog are a bit cheated by the offering of past offerings but new readers have a chance to discover stuff they might have missed. 

It’s nearly the end of May and had we still been living in Colorado, I would be writing about the influx of birds into my then yard. 

"Get off my lawn!"
“Get off my lawn!”

That’s him yelling, not me. In fact, that’s the neighbor’s lawn. Anyway, I figure I would link a few post for them who miss my annual review of avian antics. 

This post is about the selection process for my submission to Leanne Cole Monochrome Madness weekly journey into the world of Black and White Photography. This coming week, there’s a theme: motion or movement. The theme post will go live this coming Thursday (Wednesday, in North America).

There is no SmugMug gallery for these since all of these already appear in existing galleries. You can, however, click on the photos to get a larger version or click on the various galleries therein to view them interactively. 

Right; here we go.  

One of the easiest ways to imply motion is to show something that is in motion. Over the years, I’ve gotten somewhat comfortable with shooting birds in flight. I mean, photograph birds in flight.

The two birds I’ve photographed most are Hummingbirds . . . 

. . . and Hawks . . .