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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Blue jay contorts to get some yummy treats!

Triple Satisfaction

Nothing satisfies a hobby photographer more than capturing great close-ups of birds feeding. Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life. Linus Pauling, Scientist     "Satisfaction is not always the fulfillment of what you want; it is the realization of how blessed you are for what you have." Unknown

Hummingbird enjoying his shower

Macro Moments Challenge: Week 30–Birds

A few weeks ago, as the never-ending much-needed rain trickled to a drizzle, my resident hummingbird enjoyed fluffing his feathers after a well-deserved feeding. We are all used to seeing hummingbirds in flight, we may forget they actually perch! Submitted for Musin' with Susan's Macro Moments Challenge Photographed with my Panasonic Lumix FZ300 in full …

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Puffed up hummingbird enjoying the rain

Resilient Hummingbirds: Backyard Birdwatching

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 …

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Hummingbirds' quest for food

Never Ending Quest for Food

If you are a bird watcher, you know that birds love to eat! Every day I delight in watching my hummingbird family enjoying their hourly quest for food. The male is very brave and has been know to fly right up to me as I patiently wait for the right photo op! Soon, the female …

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