The beat goes on

In the past week or so, we’ve been entertained by a male grouse perched on an out building in our backyard. (We recently acquired additional property across the street and apparently, he came with it). He continually performs a love song which he drums on his breast. We can faintly hear this all day long inside the acreage home!

I had only been able to catch him from behind – until this morning!

Having captured images of practically every position of his wings from behind during previous days of drumming, I was thrilled to get the show face on. Here are a few corresponding front and back shots from my image collection.

All that made for an exciting morning but there’s more! You’ll have to wait for the rest of the show….

January 2020

Happy New Decade!

May your emotional, psychological and spiritual vision be 20/20 this year.

Candied Apples

Crab apples on our tree take on the look of having been ‘candied’ as cold, moist air crystallizes on the dimpled surfaces of the fruit. Hoar frost adds a lacy edge to the stems for an added touch of decoration. Although the air felt completely still, it’s imperceptible movement is revealed by the direction the crystal arrows point.

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Small window

Every now and then, I catch a glimpse of a scene that stops me in my tracks then spurs me to get my gear and capture it!

(The sun sets remarkably fast when you start setting up and snapping.)

Shooting in aperture mode, I set the depth of field to f/22 for the sunbeam effect and got the image below.

1/40 sec, f/22, ISO 400

Since the wind was brisk, I quickly boosted the ISO from 400 to 1000 to increase the shutter speed from 1/40th of a second to 1/160th of a second and managed to get a crisper shot before the sun vanished behind the low clouds.

1/160 sec, f/20, ISO 1000

Here’s the close up comparison with camera settings from Lightroom .So glad there was just enough time to make the quick adjustment. I love the final shot.

Silver and Gold – Nov 2019

The transition from fall to winter was dramatic this particular day. Gentle overnight snow was followed by a heavy fog. As the sun chased the fog away, the golden leaves of birch and poplar brightened the black and white of pending winter.

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October 2019

Happy fall y’all!

Prime time

Late August into early September is a great time for catching the aurora. The forecast for aurora activity predicts visibility will extend into the lower parts of northern US States! That means we should get great overhead views – as long as the skies remain clear. An added asset for this particular couple of days is we have a New Moon so no moon actually to compete with other lights in the sky. Keep looking up!

The calendar image was taken last September 10th at Sandbar Lake Provincial Park. Sorry for the graininess – still working on my night photography skills.

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