Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Red Bird

This red bird has everything a photographer and bird watcher would want. The bright red body, the perfect black ring around the light red mouth and the long tall. I was first taking pictures through a tree then I relocated and moved to this location. The red bird was pecking at the nuts before flying away.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


As I was biking just off of the trail, I heard several bird sounds. I turned my bike around to the sound of the birds. I saw two crows chasing a hawk. They chased the hawk. When the hawk landed, the birds sat next to the hawk. When the hawk took flight, the crows would attack it then this process would repeat.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Multi Sunset

I like the other sunset pictures, but this picture has deeper colors. That is what I like the most about this picture. The deep and rich colors draw your eyes around the colorful clouds. Today I am moving to another house. I will not have the access to the trail I use to bike to far places, but I will still be able to take great pictures.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Single Ear Stud for Athena

I know I don't normally post on Sunday's, but I am going to ask you for a favor today. I participated in a Latin contest yesterday and I won fifth place with this photo. I am proud of that but I feel I can do better. Could you take a minute and add a comment about what would make this a better image? I can change almost anything about this image. One of the obvious fixes is centring the ear stud. Anything else?

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Layered Sunset

I turned my camera to the left and found this layered section of the sunset. There are three layers in this picture. The bottom is the red sunset, then there is blue sky, then the semi-colored clouds. This pattern seems to repeat itself as you move from the bottom of the picture up.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Deep Red

As the sunset continued, the colors changed again. The dark red moved behind the trees. I like how the trees just grow on the picture with the sunset behind. If I could retake this picture, I would zoom in closer on the branches and have the branches divide the picture.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Red Sunset

This is the same sunset that has been in the previous days of pictures. The only difference is, I moved to a different spot. As I raced from one spot to another to photograph, the sunset changed dramatically. The once light yellow sunset turned into a deep red. It was like the sunset waited for me to arrive at the new location before showing its full effects.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Sharp Sunset

When the sunset occurs, all other objects go into silhouettes. I focussed on the once brown branch, that had now turned black. We can see every tiny detail on the branch and we can see some of the details on the trees in the background. Above the background trees is the cloudy sunset. This picture is basically split into four parts, the foucssed tree branch, the background blurred trees, the lower sunset, and the cloudy sunset.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Silhouette Tree

As the sun set, it turned this tree black. Even the once light green leaves turned black. I like how the tree is all one color, it keeps the picture simple and interesting at the same time. The simpleness is from the single color and basic shapes. The interesting part is all of the details on the branches and the bright sky in the background.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Invading the Sunset

During this sunset, it was partly cloudy. Towards the beginning of the sunset, there were several big clouds that were in the way. I hoped they didn't ruin my sunset. As the sun set, the clouds started to go over my head and out of my pictures. Then as the sunset continued, I was happy to have the clouds because they started to change colors and add to the sunset.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Reflecting Tree

While waiting for the sun to set, I looked and found some water. I positioned myself so I was able to get the full reflection of the huge oak tree. I like how even though we are reflecting the tree, we can still make out the detail on it. I can almost see the curve on the trunk and I can see the tiniest of details on the branches and twigs.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Pink Sunset

Today is the starting of my next theme, sunsets. I posted some of my pictures last week, but I have plenty more. I took pictures during two sunsets. This sunset, along with the last sunset pictures, is more pink than the next sunset. The next sunset starts very yellow then ends in a very dark red. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hungry Bird

A few days after I took pictures of the yellow bird eating, I saw this gray bird eating. I was able to figure out which type of bird this is, it is a Clark's Nutcracker. Clark's Nutcracker has a special pouch under its tongue to hold seeds long distances. This is why it is eating these seeds, it will probably have some now then save some more for later.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Reflection Sunset

During the same sunset as yesterday's picture, I saw this little pool of water on the side of the road. I crouched down as low as I could, trying the get the trees in the reflection and took this shot. Focusing on the tree, we are able to see the details on the tree without actully looking at it. Then you move to the outside of the pool of water and see the fuzzy edges of the water where it meets with the grass.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Golden Sunset

As the sunset on this day, it caused the clouds to change color. They were a soft white in the light blue sky that turned to a light yellow then a dark yellow as the sunset continued. Of this picture and the Volcanic Sunset picture, I like the Volcanic Sunset picture better becuause the clouds are a deeper shade of red and the mountain adds another layer to the picture. In this picture, the silhouette is the trees, which are nice but they don't make the clouds look like volcanic ash.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Snow Chips

As temperatures dropped and some precipitation was in the air, these snow chips formed. They felt like a mixture of snow and ice. It was a hard outer shell with a softer middle. The snow chips didn't fall everywhere. There was just enough to cover this part of the leaf. If you were able to scroll out of the picture, you wouldn't see any more snow chips.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Looking Around

After finishing all of the nuts that were on this branch, the bird started to look around. He looked around, trying to find a branch with more nuts on it, then flew off. I was surprised that the bird barely noticed me. I was standing below him taking these pictures for about 10 minutes before he moved onto another tree and I couldn't get a good shot of him.

Friday, February 09, 2018


This same bird started looking down and eating. I like how I was able to get a clear shot of the fur on it and the detail on the wings. The bird is in perfect focus which allows us to see the individual feathers on the body of the bird.

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Looking for Food

This bird climbed up high to search for food. Using my 300mm lens, I was able to shoot through the trees and focus on the bird. This was one of my farther shots. The posts that are coming soon, will be much closer and the bird will have much more detail on it. The next shots will also be clearer because I moved around under the bird and took different shots from different spots.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Standing Tall

The thing I like most about this picture is how much detail you can see on the bird. Since the bird is standing on the edge of the tree, you can see all the detail on the wings, some of the legs, and the head. The picture is overexposed but overwise a very good clear picture.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Bug Hunter

This woodpecker uses its sharp beak to drill holes in trees like this one. They drill like a jack-hammer to try and find the bugs inside. They also use the tree as a home. They find holes in the tree or make holes in the tree for their home.

Monday, February 05, 2018

Icy Snow

After cracking the ice, smaller chips flew out. Some flew away others went onto the other ice. The key when photographing ice, is not to let the sun ruin the picture. The sun can travel through the ice and directly into the lens of the camera. This ruins the picture because the bright spots distract the viewer's eye and make it hard to concentrate on what you were trying to photograph.

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Ice Snail

After a deep freeze in Dallas, all standing water froze. I went to the side of a road and broke some of the ice, some accidentally, mostly on purpose. I positioned the ice and I found a snail on one. I focussed on it then shot this picture. You can see the bubbles on the ice and the details on the snail.

Friday, February 02, 2018

Bird Silhouette

This bird was surprisingly in a silhouette. You can see all of the feathers on the bird. The beak and head feathers are really showcased in this picture. They are clear and easy to recognize. The bird looks like a red bird but I don't know exactly what type of bird it is. The chest is red which is why I think it's a red bird but a lot of birds have red chests so I might be wrong.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

City Life

Over the years, birds and other animals have adapted to the ways of the city. The birds have learned to get food from bird feeders and rest on power lines. This red bird was resting on the power line before he jumped and flew away. If you look closely, you can see that the bird is bending its knees before jumping. It bent its knees and leaned forward.