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Photo 101: Double & Rotation

Today I post a double portion of quirky pelicans.  These birds just fascinate me with how they dive for food.  I can watch them for hours.  And,  I have.  : )

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Photo 101: Edge & Alignment

It was a cloudy and overcast day.  A large blue heron was perched on the “edge” of the roof line.  I was two stories below, so he or she showed no fear, and I was able to take all the pictures that I wanted while he preened.  Here are two  that I believe demonstrate today’s theme. “edge”.

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DSC_0164 (3)Note:  The roof is peaked.  While I straightened the photos a bit, I did not make the lines flat, because then the bird looked crooked.

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Photo 101: Treasure & Close-up

This is perhaps my favorite assignment, so far.  Too often I can be a pessimist and focus on the negatives.  This assignment made me look at the positive and all the treasures in my life.    I live in a great place and time.  I am relatively healthy.  I have freedom and resources to live the way I want.  I can be quirky and weird or I can be straight-laced or conservative.  If you don’t like what I am doing, that’s okay, I can still do it.  I have my family and my friends to enjoy life with me and they make it all worthwhile.  Here are some photos of my treasures from just the last twenty-four hours.  As photo art, they may not be prize-worthy, but they remind me of just a fraction of the treasures I have in my life.

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Photo 101: Moment & Motion

We have a bird feeder in our backyard which is very popular with the local and migrating feathered critters.  We did have a bird bath which the birds really liked, until the “unfortunate incident” with the homeowner association’s lawn care company.  But I digress…here is my motion capture:  Two cardinals were enjoying a brief snack a few days ago.   Bird in motion.

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Photo 101: Mystery & Lighting Effects

There is a lighthouse on the Savannah River that always seemed mysterious to me.  Perhaps because it is only accessible by boat and I have never been inside.  I thought it would be a good choice for this assignment.  I have two shots…one shows the lighthouse right after sunset (romantic or fanciful feeling for me) the other shows the lighthouse as a thunderstorm is approaching (dark and perhaps ominous).

Past Sunset
Past Sunset
Stormy Times
Stormy Times
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Photo Challenge: Roy G Biv

Roy G. Biv

His breast feathers are red, fading into orange.  The bottom of the bird bath is yellow ( I painted it myself).  Green feathers and leaves on the bath are visible.  Blue are the butterfly wings on the bird bath.  Indigo plumes on the painted bunting’s head and finally a bit of violet on the butterfly’s lower wing.  I think I hit them all.  Photo is a tad blurry since bunting was moving quickly and bird bath is a little cloudy since it sees heavy use, but the colors of the rainbow are there.

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Photo 101: Nature and Natural Lines

Nature is one of my favorite photographic areas.  There are so many beautiful and interesting things out there.  Here is a shot of a wild flower on the beach.  These fascinate me because they are so delicate and beautiful, but grow wild in the sandy unfriendly soil right on the beach and dunes.

Convolvulus arvensis Orchard morning glory
Convolvulus arvensis
Orchard morning glory