Catching up after my vacation, Part III
It’s hard for me to believe that I’ve been back to work for almost three weeks after my vacation. I’ve kept busy taking photos since I’ve been back, maybe too busy.
It’s even harder for me to believe that I’ve got so many photos saved, even though I’m trying to control myself and only post one or two of any one subject. But, it’s summer, even if it isn’t official by the calendar yet, and there are new flowers popping up everywhere I look.
I’ve been trying to learn the names of flowers, but that isn’t an easy thing to do I’m finding out. Not only are many species of flowers virtually identical to other species, but there may be two or more species with the same common name, making things even tougher.
I’m also trying to learn the habits of the flowers in order to get the best photos, which may sound strange, but let me explain. When some species of flowers first appear, the very first specimens to open may the very best examples of that species. But with other species, the very first specimens to open may be poor subjects compared to later ones when they open. I’ve been burned a couple of times by waiting to photograph a species until the plant gets to full bloom, but by that time, the individual flowers aren’t that appealing.
Then, there are the times when the flowers are actually open. Some species, like this Atlantic blue-eyed grass…
…only open on sunny afternoons.
Other species, like this goat’s beard, open in the morning and are almost closed by noon.
By the way, that’s actually Tragopogon dubius, or western salsify, but it shares a common name, goat’s beard, with an entirely different species of flower.
So, I’ll may see a flower on my way to the park and think that I’ll shoot photos on my way back home when the light is better, only to find that the flowers have closed by then. Or, I’ll see flowers on my way back home that I know weren’t open on my way past them the first time. And I thought birds were tough!
Then, there’s getting the exposure correct. With my Canon 60 D bodies, there are huge differences in the exposures, depending on if I use partial spot metering like I do for birds, or center-weighted or evaluative as I do with landscapes. And, not all species of flowers of the same color require the same exposure adjustments. For example, some white flowers look best at -1/3 EV, while others require -1 1/3 EV to bring out their best, when using partial spot metering.
I could prattle on more, but I think that it’s time for some photos, for most of them, the caption is all the description needed.
I think that this next image is of an azalea, but I’m not sure. The “bush” is close to twenty feet tall, but it’s in some one’s yard, and I can’t get close enough for a truly good photo. I love the colors of the flowers though, so I have to include it. I’ve seen one other like this, while driving for work, and it is also a very large bush or small tree. Whatever they are, I’m surprised that they aren’t more popular than they are, I’d have one in my yard if I had a yard.
You’ve heard of Angry Birds, here’s a new game in the making, happy birds. 😉
I sure wish that I could catch this guy singing a little closer, but he’s very wary of me, and every one else.
That goes for this guy too. I know the photo isn’t that good, but it’s an alder flycatcher singing its head off.
That is, if you call the sounds that the flycatcher makes singing. It sounds more like an insect. I have to give this guy kudos for being persistent though, he’s been singing away like that for two to three weeks now, I sure hope that the female that I’ve seen once sticks around. I missed a photo of her, so it’s back to butterflies and flowers.
Look closely at this next one, and you can see a red-winged blackbird perched on the hawk’s back, and helping the hawk out in its molt by removing a few feathers. 😉
Some of you may remember Fred the friendly fox squirrel from this past winter. Well, Fred is really Fredericka, and she’s been busy raising a litter of young, so I haven’t seen her very often. She’s keeping the young back in the woods and out of sight, but I did catch her visiting one of her favorite trees to give it a hug, since she obviously missed it. 😉
Well, that about wraps this one up. I still have photos from Reed’s Lake and Lost Lake to take care of, and I guess that I’m still a week behind as far as photos from around here. I was hoping to be all caught up by now, as I’m returning to Lost Lake one day this weekend. Hopefully, I’ll find a few of the rare species of flowers open this time, I was too early the last time that I was there. And, some of the photos from this week will get deleted, when I get better photos of the flowers that I shot in rather poor light this past week.
That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!