I discovered this little guy outside my second story landing trying to find a way through the window. I stood and watched him for some time as he would dart about the branches close to the window and then fly into the window, attempting to peck his way in. Over and over, he repeated this behavior, returning to various perches to examine the window as if it were a puzzle that he was working out.
I grabbed my camera and captured a number of images through the window. I must have taken 30 or so photos and as usual, ended up with only a few decent ones. I loved the ‘movement’ of the above image and the lines in the birds feathers mimicking the palm in the background. I cleaned up the image and used a Photomorphis texture to give it more punch. As for the Warbler, he hung around for over an hour attempting to break in!
Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL
Yesterday, I joined some friends to view the Clyde Butcher exhibit at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. I most recently became aware of Butcher’s black and white nature scenes of Florida and instantly loved his work. Some call him the ‘Florida Ansel Adams’ and I agree. Butcher was approached by the folks at the Salvador Dali Museum to capture the rugged coastline of Dali’s homeland. Butcher spent 10 days in Spain in Dali’s childhood village of Cadaques, the Cap de Creus, Port Lligat and other parts of the Catalonian region. The results are striking with many 8-foot panoramas.
I couldn’t wait to get outside to capture the building’s beautiful design. It all ended up being a perfect theme for the ‘Geometric Shapes‘ assignment! I loved the reflections on the outside glass of trees and clouds and if you look closely, you can see the gift shop that lies behind.
As I was walking the dogs the other evening, I happened upon this tree with most of its leaves gathered at its base. It made for a perfect ‘Fill the Frame’ image with my iPhone X and edited in apps DistressedFX and Snapseed.
As I looked up, I noticed a few leaves refusing to give up their post, high above me on barren branches, which prompted this little prose:
Fall beckons and yet a few leaf soldiers remain,
unheeding and unyielding,
to the inevitable path of their destiny, and yet
I wonder …
if I were to come back as a tree
would a sweet finch light upon my waving branches
and comfort me with song
as my golden forces
fall in silence
Florida Sandhill Cranes.
These parents with their youngster came swooping into my backyard the other day and slowly made their way around the water line. Although I took about 20 photos, it was this one that caught my eye for this week’s ‘Eye Lines (Where is your subject looking?). As the young one poked around the water, the parents kept their eyes alert to their surroundings. And an added bonus was to capture them all in the same crisscrossed stance!