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Back Yard Photographer – Snow Crystals

Recently we had our first snow of the season. It was a dusting – nothing significant but traces of snow. This made for an opportunity to practice some macro photography. Below are photos of snow crystals. I hope you like them! 🙂

Snow Crystals on Rose Bush
Snow Crystals
Snow Crystals on rose bush leaves

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All photos are originals by Kim Stites

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Back Yard Photographer – Views of a Bridge

While out on a walk several months ago, I had taken a few pictures of a bridge from various angles, which I did not get posted. I came across them tonight as I was going through some of my photos, trying to decide which to keep and which to discard. I decided I would keep these. 🙂

When I came up on the bridge I was struck by it’s simplistic beauty. I tried to capture the rustic elements as well as the curves and angles of the bridge along the path. Hope you enjoy these photos!

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Back Yard Photographer – A Few Bright Colored Birds

These brightly colored birds have stopped by my back yard over the past week. It was great seeing their colors as the weather has been a bit dreary. I’m sure I will look at these again when we are deep into the winter months. 🙂

Hope you enjoy the pictures!

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Back Yard Photographer – A Gray Day

What do you do on a cold and dreary day? Experiment with black and white photos! I took some of the photos I had taken at the zoo in early Summer and changed them to black and white. Some of the details in the pictures seem to stand out more. What do you think?

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Do you have a favorite photo from above? Which one? I’d love to know.

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Back Yard Photographer – What a Leaf Sees

A bit of snow has fallen and the temperature had taken a decline, so the trees have lost a lot more leaves. I decided to get outside again and get more pictures of Autumn’s beauty while I could. Below are the pictures I took. These pictures tell the story from the viewpoint of a leaf. I’ve captioned them as if the leaf were telling the story. 🙂 Thank you for indulging my touch of crazy…

Here is where I live. This is my family tree.
Hangin’ with family and friends!
Uncle Larry chillin’ with the neighborhood leaves on the ground.
This is fun – drifting to the ground on the breeze!
Thank goodness I wasn’t the first leaf to fall! I had such a soft landing!
I can still see my tree!
And there are other trees! I hadn’t seen them before!
It is kind of like a party down here – so much activity!
These are all the trees that surround me, my friends and family. Next Spring we will be back as buds. Ready for our time in our tree!

Hope you enjoyed the pictures. These were taken on a walking trail near my home. I had fun doing the photographer’s yoga to get some of the shots, but I like how they turned out. The day was slightly overcast, which made the colors seem so much more vibrant.

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All photos are originals by Kim Stites.

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Back Yard Photographer – Autumn Colors

Autumn is here with all the beautiful colors of the season. Snow is predicted for several days next week, so I’m glad I was able to get out and capture some of the colors. Hope you like these photos and the colors!

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Back Yard Photographer – Gold Finches having Dinner

Taking multiple pictures of a subject can lead to some pretty interesting photos. Not always what was expected, but interesting. The other day several gold finches were flying around the bird feeders. My current finch feeder only has places for two birds to eat at a time. On this particular day the two spots were a dilemma for the finches. Here’s a picture of one of the finches waiting for his turn. And yes, only one of the places was taken, but this finch never did go for the second spot.

Patiently waiting for his turn at the feeder.

In this next photo the finch had gotten tired of waiting.

It is MY turn!!

Sadly he overshot the feeder and landed on the fence behind. He doesn’t look happy. The picture below isn’t the best, but I think it captures his mood. 🙂

I want food!

This little finch, then decided on much more aggressive approach as the next picture captures.

MOVE!

This approach did nothing to help the bird get to the feeding spot. The other bird pushed his aggressor off and went about eating, after scolding the other bird. The picture below shows the scolding that occurred.

Just wait your turn!!!

The bird then decided to not wait any longer. He flew to another bird feeder and was able to get some food.

All of this could have been avoided if only the bird had gone to the other perch on the feeder. He would have had his food and wouldn’t have gotten into a fight. Guess most species could learn from this – Look at all possibilities.

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All photos are originals by Kim Stites.