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“Morning Meal”

“Morning Meal”

“…I keep looking for one more teacher, only to find that fish learn from the water and birds learn from the sky.” 
― Mark Nepo

This past Saturday was ‘bird day’ on our backyard. The yard filled with chickadees, wrens, juncos, blue jays, and cardinals. I put a terra cotta flower pot base on our barbeque to see if I could attract a few of them closer to the window. I did not have to wait for long till this bright red cardinal landed for his morning meal. Despite being a fairly dull day, I was able to get decent light on him to be able to show some detail. They are beautiful, aren’t they?

Other birds, including the female, sat in the nearby tree watching him, but none approached the dish, even after he left, which seemed odd.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 250 mm
1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200

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“Cardinal & Red Berries” – Lynde Shores Conservation Area

Cardinal and Red Berries

Two years ago, southern Ontario, Quebec, and much of the north-eastern United States was hit hard with an exceptional ice storm. In its wake, the storm left hundreds of thousands without power and a literal wonderland of ice and sub-zero temperatures that lasted for days.

This storm was an exception in many ways. One of these was that the ice, which normally melts off shortly after the storm remained intact and stayed for many days. The wonderland I mentioned earlier was everywhere. I thick coat of beautiful, clear ice clung to everything. Large branches broke off under the weight, as well as power lines. People could not get into their cars and walking was treacherous because the ice would not break, it simply sat atop the snow and made everything into an ice rink. In fact, we witnessed people skating down our street. Not in their shoes, but wearing skates!

It was so beautiful, in fact, that it was hard to find any one thing that stood out from others. Since the ice remained for several days, it gave me time to pick my subjects for the bounty the ice offered.

The cardinal above was photographed at Lynde Shores, a local conservation area, known for it multitude of birds. The female cardinal pictured is not as bright as her male counterpart but she looked wonderful surrounded by the ice and red berries. You can get a sense of how thick the ice was by looking at the small branches. It’s a far cry from this year with fog, showers and temperatures more suited to light sweaters and running shoes than winter coats and boots.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm
1/160 sec, f/5.0, ISO 200

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