“Nuthatch Smile”

“Nuthatch Smile”

“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don’t be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning ‘Good morning’ at total strangers.”
― Maya Angelou

I posted a nuthatch image a few weeks ago bt could not resist this one, sitting at my impromptu feeder (the base of a flower pot).

Birds have been very active lately and I’ve started to put seeds out on a regular basis for them, between squirrel invasions 😦

It’s odd for me, seeing a nuthatch sitting like this. When I see them in the forest, they are always hanging upside down, as the walk up and down the tree trunks in search of food, and I wonder if it feels odd to them to be right side up?

Anyways, this one sat still for me for a few seconds before darting off again and the soft light was just right to light him up. There’s a beautiful reflection in his eye and he does seem to have a mischievous smile, thus the title of the image.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 200 mm
250 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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“Incomplete”

“Incomplete”

“Make decisions even with incomplete info. You’ll never have all the info you need. What matters is what you do with the info you have.”
― Ziad K. Abdelnour

This is the final image in the series.

Much to my disappointment, the final bud seems to be wilting and is unlikely to open. The resilience of the first blossom continues to surprise me, as it really has not changed a lot in the past few days. The leaves, as you can see, are starting to show some decline and are starting to yellow, despite having fresh water each day.

It has been an interesting experience watching, photographing , and documenting this flower over the past few days. Yet, it does make me look forward to spring and some wildflowers, but that’s a few months of yet.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1.6sec, f/32.0, ISO 100

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