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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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All photos are originals by Kim Stites

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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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All photos are originals by Kim Stites

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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.

All photos are originals by Kim Stites

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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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All photos originals by Kim Stites

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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.

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Back Yard Photographer – What is this bird??

Mid morning I glanced out the window that overlooks my back yard, just to see if there was any bird activity. It was time for a break and I wanted to get some more photos of the birds. I have a few ideas of what I would like to capture, but so far the birds have not been agreeing with me on their poses. 🙂 I grabbed my camera and headed out to my back yard.

I heard the usual cardinal song as well as the morning dove. I’m pretty sure I saw a red headed woodpecker or two fly by. Most of the birds were in the trees and hadn’t come out to the bird feeders yet. My prospects of getting pictures of birds during this break were looking bleak. Then I saw a group of birds fly over head to one of my favorite trees. As I hadn’t seen them up close I thought they were robins. Then I noticed that all of the birds in the group had landed near the top of this tree. I did think this was odd behavior for robins, but I thought could get some interesting photos. I took several photos.

The first few photos were of a lone robin at the top of a tree. He seemed to be enjoying the sunlight and the solitude.

I then switched my focus to the tree with all the birds. Here’s what I saw:

I could tell there were several birds and that they weren’t robins. When I looked at the photo on my laptop, I zoomed in on the image and saw a clearer picture:

I believe there are at least five birds in this shot. However, I still couldn’t tell what kind of a bird this was, so I zoomed in more on the photo:

I am pretty sure I had captured a photo of a very angry bird. But then, in the same photo there was this bird – it is the same type, just seems a bit happier…

Even after zooming in on these birds – I had no idea what they were. I consulted my favorite site: http://www.allaboutbirds.org I believe these birds were European Starlings. Their plumage is spotted during winter. During mating season their bills are yellow, and their feathers are dark with purplish -green iridescent colors.

Now I know what this bird is. I wonder if I will remember in the spring when I see them with their spring plumage. 🙂

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All photos are originals by Kim Stites.