Still standing

 One of the most interesting things about riding around in the country is seeing old abandoned structures like this.  The textures and colors are great and it brings out nostalgic thoughts.

This is one of those buildings that we saw in Bostwick while visiting on Christmas day. 

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
26mm @ f/16 – 1/50 sec – ISO 400

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Can’t control the weather

It is amazing how much the weather controls how we feel.  A beautiful day with bright sun and a gentle breeze will lift our spirits.  A dark, cloudy day with a biting wind makes me want to crawl back into bed and hide.  Those who live outside have to deal with whatever nature brings.  The birds I watch fly about doing their everyday chores whether it’s raining or snowing or gloriously beautiful.  It makes me wonder if they have mood swings when the weather turns fowl.

The look you see here could be read as “Why is it raining on me again?” or it could just be my interpretation because that’s how I feel on a day like that.  Hopefully, we will not get too much winter weather today.  A light dusting of snow and no ice on the roads would be fine.  I think the birds would agree.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
460mm @ f/9 – 1/40 sec – ISO 800

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Not frozen but icy

Yesterday, I went over to see what the falls at Roswell Mill looked like.  I guess our couple of days with below freezing temperatures were not enough to freeze the water over.  It was rushing pretty fast but, the spray from the falls was icing over the nearby trees.

I went down near the base of the falls and the surrounding rocks were slippery with ice as well and there were icicles along the surrounding slopes where water ran down the sides of the rock face.  The sun was out and the day was actually truning rather pleasant at that point.  I got a few shots and said Hi to several groups that were out hiking so, it wasn’t a wasted trip.

I guess this was one of those times when you wish for winter weather so you can get those beautiful landscape shots but are also thankful that you don’t live somewhere too cold.  Kind of like when you want snow for Christmas but don’t want it to stay around.  Winter is always fun for a day but when you have to shovel snow or slip on ice it’s not so much fun anymore.  Oh well, it was a pretty day anyway.

Old Roswell Mill waterfall
January, 2018

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
50mm @ f/22 – 1/13 sec – ISO 100

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Next in line

Winter at the bird feeder has been pretty crowded.  Yesterday, I couldn’t believe how many birds were out.  The suet feeders were packed once again and every perch on the column feeders filled.  Even on the ground, we saw bunches of little birds hopping about, picking up the seed that fell from above.

I am lucky to have some windows that are close enough to the action to take shots from inside.  It has been too cold for my taste to be waiting around in the sub-freezing temperatures.  I thought it was supposed to be warmer than this in the south!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/10 – 1/500 sec – ISO 800

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Suet is really popular

I’m happy to feed the birds now that winter has set in and their food supplies are scarce but sometimes, it’s downright crowded at the feeders now!  The bluebirds in particular have laid claim to the suet.  This morning I looked out an there were 5 at the same feeder at once.  I have a couple of column feeders that are really popular with finches, sparrows, chickadees and the like.  The suet continues to draw woodpeckers and warblers as well as blue jays, mockingbirds and a few others.

It is a feeding frenzy at times but I am certainly enjoying the chance to watch them.  The only down-side is, I have to run to the store more often to keep the food supply up.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/9 – 1/60 sec – ISO 800

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Taking up residence

This past year, I have paid much more attention the birds around here.  Most of that focus was brought about as a result of a trip to the Smoky Mountains for a workshop with David Akoubian.  The “bird nerd” in-chief really got me focused on the winged wonders that surround us all the time.  Getting a great long-lens from Tamron also made this a pleasure.

I have been amazed at the varieties of birds we have seen especially as the seasons have changed.  Winter has been a surprise to me.  I guess I expected to see lots of sparrows, chickadees and cardinals but had no idea that the bluebirds and warblers would be so common.  I posted a shot of a yellow-rumped warbler a few days ago thinking that I wouldn’t get a second chance.  Well, now they are around most of the time.  I got this nice portrait yesterday so, I guess they are winter residents now.  That makes me happy!

Yellow-rumped Warbler
(Setophaga coronata)

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/8 – 1/125 sec – ISO 800

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Carolina Wren

This is one of those birds that is always around but hard to get a good shot of.  Wrens don’t sit still for very long, ever!  The definition of energy, they hop and flit from one place to another constantly.  I was lucky to catch this one in a quick moment when the sun was lighting him from the side.

I certainly wish I could soak up some of the energy that these little guys seem to have.  So far, it hasn’t worked.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/8 – 1/500 sec – ISO 800

#BirdWatching #birds #CarolinaWren #winter #Georgia #WithMyTamron