Another Redhead: Cee’s Black & White Challenge

Black and white image of woodpecker with red head

I have been busy on the blog this week, so this post is short and sweet as I share my black and white version of this woodpecker.

Back in early 2017, with my new Lumix camera in tow, I strode along the American River Bike Trail hoping for some good photo ops! Although it was late January, it was a sunny day and birds were out. I was so excited to see Mr. Woodpecker here.

Woodpecker in black and white

Cee’s challenge accepts black and white photos with these elements: I chose the third one to highlight the pop of red on his little birdy head.

  • Black and white photography
  • Sepia tones (browns)
  • Selective color with the majority of the photo being in black and white
  • Desaturated – very little color tone left in your photo

Here he is in full color with minimal post-editing. I zoomed in on him quite a bit, and was pleased with the clarity.


Black and white photo beachFeel free to join Cee’s Black and White Photography Challenge every Thursday where she provides a new theme.

If you are on Instagram and enjoy challenges, check out the Instagram Summer Photo Challenge that begins July 1st.

Sunday Stills themes for July are ready for planning purposes, too!

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Twisted Twitter

Yellow birds perch on twisted wire

Curved and straight lines appear in nature and in items made by humans. In the WordPress weekly photo challenge, those curved or Twisted lines are the theme for this week.

Yellow birds perch on twisted wire

In Hawaii last January, we encountered so many colorful birds! These two Saffron Finches were happily enjoying the sunshine. The one on the right really contorted to get those feathers preened just so!

Other twists are going on in the photo, too. Can you see them?

Drop by my Sunday Stills Photo Challenge page any time to add your photos and links to the fun! The June calendar is up, so start planning today!

Enjoy the start to your Memorial Day holiday weekend to those who celebrate.



Resilient Hummingbirds: Backyard Birdwatching

Puffed up hummingbird enjoying the rain

Puffed up hummingbird enjoying the rain

I have a hummingbird family living in my backyard! I believe they are the “Allen’s” species which are known to stay year-round even in Northern California. Since most hummers migrate to warmer climates, it’s nice to see this little family sticking around.

I captured this photo as the male hummingbird finished feeding. It had rained hailed, then the sun came out and suddenly he flew toward the feeder (see photo below).

After his feast, he perched high up in our redwood and fluffed up his feathers, apparently taking a shower as the drops from the pine branches dripped on him. Do you detect a glint of self-satisfaction in his eye? He seems to be smiling!

I’m not sure which species are more Resilient, the ones that migrate or the ones that spend their winters in colder climates. At least it doesn’t snow here and I keep the feeder well stocked.

Rainy day does not stop this hummer from feeding
A rainy day does not stop this hummer from feeding!

I took these photos with my new camera, a Panasonic Lumix FZ300, recommended by fellow blogger/photographer Frank at Petaluma Spectator PhotoBlog.

He has taken me “under his wing” (pun intended in this case) to recommend this camera and to assist me with tips and knowledge on how to use it. Maybe it’s because we are Northern California neighbors and have been participating in the Weekly photo challenge these past two years!

I still have a lot to learn, so don’t blame him for the not-so-sharp photo of the hummer with the feeder. I’m still messing with the settings!

For more information on hummingbirds, click here.

These photos were submitted for the WordPress weekly photo challenge. Thanks for stopping by!