Turkey Family

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While getting ready for work this morning, we noticed this family of turkeys cruising through the yard.  I grabbed the Nikon and quietly slipped out the back door, and captured these beautiful birds.  What a wonderful start to the day! #photoaday

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Day 242 – Bug on a Weed


I found this bug in the weeds this evening. I’m not really sure what kind of insect this is, it appeared to be drinking nectar from the blossoms of the weed. I shot this with my 18-200mm Nikon lens, it isn’t a macro, so I had to crop it really tight in Lightroom. If you can identify this insect, please leave a comment.

Day 227 – Ground Fog


This morning as I made my way out of the house, I was taken by the ground fog, especially looking back at the willow trees. The fog provided a nice soft filter effect on the willow trees with a beautiful blue sky filled with white puffy clouds. Foggy and clear at the same time, a natural contrast.

Day 214 – Red Sky at Night


The saying goes, “Red sky at night, sailors’ delight”. We had a beautiful sunset tonight, with the clouds reflecting the last rays of the sun as it set down low in the sky. I took a few shots of the clouds by themselves and then noticed the trees silhouetted against the red sky. I think the sharp focus on the silhouetted leaves adds more depth and dimension to the scene.

Day 206 – Poplar Leaves

I like to look up at the leaves of the trees, so I can see them with the sky as the background. Looking at the leaves from the underside exposes a different texture, the backside of the leaves usually have ridges and veins that branch out and become smaller and smaller as they near the edges of the leaf. The problem is if you expose for the leaf, you blow out the colors of the sky, creating an almost white background which I feel detracts from the leaves. In the photo above, I played with the filters in Photoshop CS5. I used the colored pencil filter on a new layer, then inveresed (spelling) the image, creating an image that looks like a pencil drawing.

Day 190 – Hosta in Bloom


I really like our Hosta plants. I like the leaves with their straight lines running, end to end, and I really like when the hostas are in bloom. The dainty little blossoms hang down, and humming birds visit to drink the nectar. My hope is to one day capture an image of a humming bird dining at the hosta blossom.

Backyard Weeds Black and White

These weeds are in the field behind my back yard. I wanted to use a shallow depth of field to draw attention to the taller wheaty looking weed, the soft focus on the other weeds provides a nice background. Vicki doesn’t like this photo, because there is too much soft focus, most of the photo is out of focus in her words. What do you think?

Day 161 – Beautiful Rose

Vicki and I stopped by the Anderson Enrichment Center today on our way back from Saginaw. I’ve never been there before, but they have beautiful plantings there and a nice fountain right in the center. The Center is behind what used to be the Anderson Water Park. This is one of the most beautiful roses I have seen, with three different colors; pink, orange, and yellow. The orange reminds me of sherbet.

Day 149 – Morning Coffee

It was such a beautiful morning, I decided to take my coffee out on the deck to enjoy the cool, sunny, morning. As I settled into my chair, I noticed the Barn Swallow perched on the shepherd’s hook by the side of our deck. I quietly went into the house to grab my Nikon, and just as quietly and slowly, returned to capture a photo of the Barn Swallow, no more than 15 feet away. Well 2 shots and he was gone. They move so quickly, it’s tough to get a photo of them in flight. So, camera still in hand, I decided to get a couple more pictures of something less elusive, the Columbine flowers. Enjoy your Memorial Day holiday today. Thanks to all of our men and women, who have served to keep America free.