Photo Challenge Day 25: Strangers

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I had a hard time with this assignment. It’s very difficult to photograph Strangers without them noticing.

It’s also difficult to pretend you are not photographing them, when you really are.

For this reason, there are no people in my photo.

I was afraid I would be arrested for stalking strangers with a camera, so I decided to leave them out.

Recently, I came across a Grandfather and his two grandchildren feeding the ducks at the lake.

They were having so much fun.

The little boy would throw his bread in the water and squeal with delight every time the duck ate it.

When it came time to go home, he didn’t want to leave.

“But Grandpa, the ducks will be lonely without me!”

Such sweet words from a stranger to a duck he had never met before.

The ducks were out tonight, but the family was not. I can’t blame them.

It was cold and windy on the lake today. Not a good day for a walk on the shore.

The ducks were out though, looking for bread crumbs from strangers.

I wish I had brought some so we could become friends.

Maybe next time.

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Photo Challenge Day 24: Animal

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Animal

I love this cardinal picture. My sister took it on our recent walk through the Botanical Garden.

When we arrived at the garden, there was a sign posted that read:

” Please be aware of nesting birds. They are protecting their young, do not take offense if they swoop down at you.”

I thought they were exaggerating.

Seriously, they are birds, how dangerous can they be?

But after the third time my son was pecked in the back, we realized they weren’t kidding.

The birds were nesting all over the place.

They were also dive-bombing anyone with dark hair to scare them away from their precious nest.

A man told us that dark hair looks like feathers to birds.

Therefore, they believe you are a threat.

I wonder how he knew that?

Interesting, huh?

After he put a light colored hat on, the birds no longer bothered our boy.

It was fun to see all the birds in action, of course, they never came after me.

We tried an experiment with my new telephoto lens and used the sports setting to catch the birds rapid movement.

It worked like a charm.

I love auto-focus cameras.

I could share dozens of beautiful photos, each one just as perfect as the next.

Who knew the sports setting would be so useful?

Can’t wait to go back to the garden again.

Note to self: Don’t forget to bring a hat.

Only 3 more days until moving day.

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Photo Challenge: Day 16 Habit

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Habit

Perhaps I should call this photo habitat instead. I have struggled with today’s photo topic: Habit. It’s because like most people I have more bad habits than good ones.

I don’t have a habit of exercising.

I have a bad habit of biting my nails.

I have an even worse habit of falling sleep on the couch way to early in the evening.

I do have some good habits, although I can’t remember what they are off hand.

One of our family’s favorite habits is bird watching. We love birds.

We studied backyard bird species as a science project when the boys were small.  They still love watching them.

For the second year, there has been a momma robin who made a nest in the light at our back door. She just hatched her babies a few days ago. We can hear them calling to her when she’s out in the yard pulling at worms.

New to the yard this year, is a family of chickadees. They have taken up residence in a little white bird house in the tree out back. They scold me when I get to close. They have such a sweet little chatter.

Our youngest boy recently discovered this precious nest of blue eggs in the bushes out front. It’s a wren’s nest. I see the mamma flutter away when I open the curtains next to the window. I can’t wait until they hatch.

This is one of my first attempts with the new camera. I love it already.

Enjoy your Memorial Day!