I’m Moving

After over four years, I’ve decided to make the transition from a WordPress.com hosted blog to a WordPress self-hosted blog. There were a lot of reasons for doing so, but in general I just didn’t like all the limitations and lack of control on WordPress.com.

As I transition, I’ll also be changing the blog format a bit, and will be trying out some new ideas. If you’re an email subscriber to this blog, then there’s no need for you to do anything to continue to receive notifications of new posts. However, if you’re a “follower” of this blog, and you’d like to keep reading new content, then please sign up here to receive email notifications of fresh posts, special promotions and new product offerings.

Thanks to all of you for your loyalty, and I’ll see you at my new home!

Almost a great shot

I was photographing some wrens who had recently moved into one of our backyard bluebird houses, watching mom bring treats for the nestlings. An unhappy, homeless bluebird landed on the house, so I re-positioned my camera and was snapping a few shots, not paying any attention to what was happening at the entrance. I didn’t realize it until later, but as I was shooting angry bird, by chance I also got the wren in the corner of the frame . Cool shot, I think, but I wish I had captured more of the wren. Maybe next time.

Bluebird house

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Orchid Orbitals

On a recent visit to Washington, DC, my family and I stopped in at the United States Botanic Garden. It’s a remarkable place, with plenty of great photo opportunities. But what happens when you get back home and find that some of your shots are not terribly exciting, like this one?

Orchid_OriginalI don’t necessarily think it’s a bad shot; it’s just not very inspiring. But it does look like a good starting point for a little Photoshop distortion filter magic. Here are two examples using the same distortion techniques, just a different crop of the original:

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Orchid2You can see some of the elements of the original in both, but it always amazes me how differently these images come out. Which do you like better?

Our Backyard Aviary

24 Species in 24 Hours

My family and I had quite an afternoon of birdwatching yesterday. We spotted 22 different species, and never even left our backyard.

We saw at least three different Baltimore Orioles,

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two different Rose-breasted Grosbeaks,

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and at least one of each of the following:

  • Orchard Oriole
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Brown Thrasher
  • House Finch
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Northern Flicker
  • Turkey Vulture
  • American Goldfinch
  • American Robin
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Common Grackle
  • Common Starling
  • Blue Jay
  • Mourning Dove
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Gray Catbird
  • American Crow

As if those weren’t enough, we added two more to the list this morning:

  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Tree Swallow

All in all, not a bad day!