Mourning Dove

How often have you heard doves cooing from the tree-tops or the rapid beat of their wings when startled?  The mourning dove is so commonplace we don’t pay them much attention. Up-close however, this is a beautiful bird.  I am always amazed by the texture and color of the feathers. Also amazing is how the colors they display camouflage them instead of making them stand out.

Once again, nature exhibits diversity and the ability to adapt to the surroundings.  I can hardly believe what amazing sights are always just outside my back door.

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

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Female Downy Woodpecker

I love it when we get a variety of birds at the feeders.  It is also neat to see the pairs of male and female coming in so you can see the differences.  Here is a female downy woodpecker waiting her turn for some suet.  The only visible difference between male and female seems to be the red patch that the male has on the back of its head.  I saw her mate (probably eating at this point) but didn’t get a shot of him this time.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/9 – 1/200 sec – ISO 800

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Bluebird’s breakfast

I guess I didn’t give this guy enough warning of portrait time.  He still has remnants of breakfast on his beak.  It was obvious that the bluebirds were hungry and very anxious to get at suet and birdseed.  I frequently had 3-4 hanging off the suet feeder at the same time with others waiting their turn or fighting for a chance to get in.

I’m certainly happy to feed them and watch their antics.  It’s a great way to spend time over the holiday season!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/11 – 1/10 sec – ISO 320

Yaupon Holly

Ilex vomitoria “Saratoga Gold”

I had heard of yaupon hollies before but I’m not sure I ever saw one and knew for sure what it was.  Since the holly is so often found in Christmas decorations, I found it very interesting to see this yellow version of the iconic winter berries.

As always, nature has so much to offer and we have such narrow ideas about what things should look like.  It is amazing to experience new sights and widen my knowledge of what is right outside my own door.

Chattahoochee Nature Center
Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
135mm @ f/16 – 1/30 sec – ISO 1000

Firey Fall colors

On a sunny November day you can still find some amazing light and color to brighten the landscape.  Although most of the leaves are on the ground these days, not everything has gone barren yet.  I am really enjoying the cool weather.  Not in a hurry for winter now even though Christmas is on its way!

Hope you all are getting out and enjoying this season as well.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
78mm @ f/9 – 1/200 sec – ISO 400

Blazing barberry

Most of the autumn color in the trees has faded here but there are still a number of bushes that are displaying great fall shades.  This barberry bush in my yard is covered in red, orange and yellow hues which shine in the sun.  I just had to get a shot and share this will everyone!

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/9 – 1/640 sec – ISO 400

Blowin’ in the Wind

We were out wandering yesterday and I spotted these fronds of decorative grasses blowing about.  I was trying to find a way to get the last of the autumn color in the trees behind this but it ended up that shooting toward the bright sky gave a better view of the delicate detail and fluffs lining them.

Fortunately for me, the sun was bright because the wind made keeping the grass in focus a challenge and it would have been impossible without a fairly high shutter speed.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
58mm @ f/9 – 1/1600 sec – ISO 400