Saturday, March 28, 2009

Meet Minnie

This intriguing face belongs to Minnie. She is the African Gray parrot that keeps things moving in my room.

I have always wanted to get a photo of her. Most parrots are very colorful, with bright, vibrant feathers. Minnie is much more unique. She has light gray feathers, tinged with white. However, her tail feathers are a bright red. I will try again sometime to get a better shot of her, as you can't really see the variance in her feathers, and can only see a little of her tail.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Canadian Geese

I love that we have a lovely little pond near our home.
There are often several different kids of wildlife to be found in, on, and around the pond.
This pair of geese were taking an early morning rest here a few days ago.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Just a few more...

Just had to add these to today's earlier pictures. A cute little
female cardinal, and a male and female duck.

Blue Jay

I was able to get the shot today that I had been working for yesterday!! Finally, we had some beautiful bluejays come to the birdfeeder. My early morning shots were not right, since the lighting was not real great out, but I came back an hour later, and the light and the birds were BEAUTIFUL!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sneaky Squirrel

I have been visiting my parents. My mom had asked me to fill her bird feeders for her, which I willing did, hoping it would attract some birds that I could get good pictures of.

So, I made sure all the feeders were full to the brim of bird seed, went inside and waited.

Shortly thereafter, this crafty little squirrel appeared, climbed the feeder and proceeded to eat...and eat...and eat. I think he was at that feeder for over half an hour!!! But he was awful cute while porking himself up on bird seed!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Got a new lens today. A canon 55-250 mm. So, of course I had to take it for a spin around the block!

I snapped this picture of a wood pecker up in the tree. I could hear him for the longest time, but couldn't see him. Then he moved slightly. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to get a good shot of him. I could hardly see him from the ground, but I am really pleased with how the photo turned out.

Wildlife and sunrises

While walking my dogs this morning, two things caught my eye. I made them finish their job as quickly as possible, then ran inside to get my camera, and back outside to get these shots.

The first (left) is of the sun rising. I like how the sun was peeking between the buildings, and the colors in the sky were so beautiful!!!

These shots are of a group of Canadian geese on the pond. This cracked me up, because as we were walking this morning, the geese just looked at me and my dogs (one of which is a large black lab), and then proceeded to completely ignore us with the type of dignity only a goose could muster. However, when I came back outside with the camera, they all began to freak out and honked at me very loudly. I was hoping to get a good group shot of them on the water, but they all took off. So, I got some action shots instead. These are my first shots of this type, and they are a little blurry, but I was excited to get them.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Early morning shots

I may be on "spring break," but my dogs aren't. So, since they still feel the need to get up and go for a walk at the crack of dawn, I thought I might as well take some pictures of the early morning sunrise. Hope you enjoy them!

These are of the sunset.

All of the above photos were edited using the Picasa photo editing system.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


This photo I actually took several years ago. It is taken on the north shore of Lake Superior,
they had quite a rainstorm, it was in July, I believe, and afterward,
there was a beautiful double rainbow, right over the lake.
I love that the rainbow was bright enough to have the colors reflect on the wet pavement of the road.

Happy March!!