hummingbird ready to feed

Sunday Stills: For the #Birds

What’s up with the expression “for the birds?” Easy enough to google…it’s an expression that “became army slang for anything that was pointless, ridiculous, or simply without value to any but the most pathetic or least capable.” Someone who announces, “that idea is for the birds” is saying the idea is useless or meaningless. A …

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two-headed hummingbird

Sunday Stills: Is Anything #Scarier than a Two-Headed Hummingbird?

This week’s theme is all about “something scary” since Halloween is right around the corner. Aside from the requisite ghouls, ghosts, witches and other scary things we associate with the season, I admit that there are scarier things! To answer my own question, “is anything scarier than a two-headed hummingbird” I would have to answer…probably! …

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Pink Lady Butterfly

Sunday Stills: Creatures and Critters with #Wings

This week’s Sunday Stills photography challenge is all about creatures and critters, big or small, insect or mammal, bird or reptile, ugly or beautiful. I’m choosing to add creatures with wings to my selections today, well, just because. They need to tell their stories. Pink Lady Butterfly On a recent trip to the Sierra Nevada …

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Molten Delta Sunset

Sunday Stills: #Stillness of Summer

If you reside in the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice arrived on Friday, marking the longest day of the year. I acknowledge my friends in the southern hemisphere as midwinter has arrived! Is the notion of stillness even possible during the summer? For most of my adult life, summer was constantly go-go-go, with work demands …

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Island Gecko

Sunday Stills: Show Us Something #Green

Tis the season for showing us something green, if you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Even if you don’t, the color green is all around us. If you want to get creative, you can use and interpret green idioms as in “green with envy,” or “going green” (environmental). Show us your version of green!

Macro view of sunflower

Sunday Stills: #Macro or Close-Up Photography; Is there a Difference?

This week's Sunday Stills theme is "macro-anything." Now what does this mean exactly? Macro photography is also considered close-up photography. However, using a true macro lens yields the sharpest, tiniest details whereas a closeup may not show each detail. I got a close-up shot of my resident Anna hummingbird perched after feeding. She was quite …

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Whale shark also plays peek-a-boo

A Peek at Creatures Great and Small

What is lurking just below the surface of the water? Why, a gigantic whale shark, of course. Would you like to play Peek -a-boo with the largest animal on planet Earth? C'mon, there's nothing to it! Almost two years ago, I had the opportunity to swim with whale sharks on our vacation in Mexico in …

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