Skip navigation

Monthly Archives: August 2009

Purple Coneflower like you’ve never seen it. 

"Magnificent" (Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus' aka, Purple Coneflower), Nikon D300, 105mm, F/10, 1/160s, -0.7EV, iso 1000, SB800 w/Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud, -1.0EV

"Magnificent" (Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus' aka, Purple Coneflower), Nikon D300, 105mm macro, F/10, 1/160s, -0.7EV, iso 1000, SB800 w/Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud, -1.0EV

Amazing! :-D

It has been a long time coming, but finally, we are enjoying the sweet Roma Grape Tomatoes from our garden! For months it seems all we’ve had are bundles of green globules desperately waiting for the heat of summer, which, sadly only arrived a few weeks ago. In any event, I’ll take it!

"Vine Ripe" (Roma Grape Tomatoes) Nikon D300, 70mm, F/4, 1/400s, -0.3EV, ISO 320

"Vine Ripe" (Roma Grape Tomatoes) Nikon D300, 70mm, F/4, 1/400s, -0.3EV, ISO 320

Now, I am not what you’d call a die-hard vegetable gardener (our patch is quite small) but, I’ll admit there is nothing like harvesting your own food. We eat these delights straight off the vine or roasted on the grill with a bit of garlic infused olive oil, sea salt and pepper – yum!

Now if only the eggplants would mature…

This North American Blue Jay caught my attention not for its lovely color, but rather, for some atypical behavior that I can only describe as ‘lost’. My best guess is that he (or she) is a young adult getting used to being on its own.

Sweet Baby Jay

“Sweet Baby Jay” (North American Blue Jay) Nikon D300, 850mm (600mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/5.6, 1/100s, -1.0EV, ISO 640

We feel very protective of the birds and critters that share our landscape so we kept a watchful eye on this little one just to be sure it was okay. The juvenile jay spent hours quietly checking out its surroundings and eventually made its way to our combo suet/seed feeder. After a quick meal and a drink from the birdbath, it went to preen and rest in the dense branches of the nearby arborvitae.

With nightfall approaching, it was time for us to head inside and let Mother Nature take the night watch. Sigh.

Sleep tight, little jay!

A House Sparrow enjoys a cool dip in one of the many birdbaths we have placed around the landscape…

“Splish, Splash” (House Sparrow) Nikon D300, 850mm (600m w/1.4x teleconverter), F/5.6, 1/200s, +0.3EV, ISO 500, SB800 w/Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud, -1.0EV

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 107 other followers

%d bloggers like this: