Saturday, August 22, 2009

Round Robin Challenge: Birds

From For Ellipsis

"The kiss of sun for pardon, the song of birds for mirth. One is nearer to God's heart in a garden, than anywhere else on earth."

-Dorothy Frances

RRC: Birds
Suggested by Robinella, author of the blog, Robinella's

As I mentioned in a previous entry, I went for a long walk in Tilden Park this past week. It was too beautiful for words. The weather was nice and mild, and the fog burned off that morning to a gentle late summer sun. Some summers can be so harsh, but not this one. There were only a handful of true summer days this year. Anyway, on that day, there were a ton of birds to photograph, among the newly turning leaves, but I set my sights on this pretty little hummingbird. I spotted it while walking through the Botanic Garden, and finally caught a good shot of it, as it paused atop a tree that was growing just below a tiny bridge I was walking on. I was wanting to get a different angle on the bird, and with a little patience it paid off. I would have liked to have had it a little more centered, but I was pleased that I was able to capture him at all. My arthritic shoulder was protesting loudly, but being out with the camera meant more to me then the pain. I was feeling inspired for the first time in several months. Ahhh... creativity in the midst of the doldrums! All in all, I think it was worth it!

From For Ellipsis

Red-Winged Black Bird, Legion of Honor, San Francisco (August 9th 2009)

Ok, that's it for me, now follow the links below to see what the other Robins have for us this time around. And be sure to come by the official Round Robin blog tomorrow to find out what our next challenge will be!


Robinella... Robinella's
(Private Blog)

Carly... Ellipsis

Betty... A Corgi in Southern California

Karen... Outpost Mavarin

Steve... Gone Batty Photo

Linda... Mommy's Treasures

Ellen B... The Happy Wonderer

Monica... Shutterly Happy

Molly Mavis... Visual Dialogues

Meg... In Quest Of Freedom
Posted! 08/23/09

Jama... Sweet Memories

Suzanne R... SuzyQ421's Photo Blog

Margaret... Facts From A Fact Woman

Rita... Cashjocky and the Old Salt

Fhaye... Photodito

Vicki... Maraca

Gattina... Keyhole Pictures

Peggy...Holmespun Fun Memes and Themes

Betty... A Glimpse Into Midlife

Maria... Everything Is Green

Ruth... Scrabble Queen

Thanks Robinella, this was fun!



MyMaracas said...

I knew you'd have a great shot! Your photos are always so good.

Sorry to hear you've been under the weather. Hope things are better now.

ellen b said...

Whoa Carly! What a fabulous shot of that Hummingbird!! Yikes. Love the scruffy red winged black bird, too. Have a great weekend...

a corgi said...

oh my gosh! that hummingbird is exquisite! you captured it so good Carly! truly noteworthy to go on a note card or calendar! very nicely done!

Tilden Park sounds like a gorgeous place to walk!

enjoy the day


Linda said...

Your pictures are just beautiful!! I love birds and especially hummingbirds!

Suzanne R said...

You have such a gift for capturing difficult-to-photograph subjects! I love your pictures, especially of the hummingbird.

Monica said...

I LOVE the hummingbird photo - stunning. The red wing black bird is great too. I haven't one ... well, since I left the Bay Area.

Karen Funk Blocher said...

I love the composition on the first shot, all the shapes and colors and the very different angle on the hummer, who is well-camouflaged. It occurs to be only now that green is an odd color for an animal - you'd never see green fur for example. But for a bird that spends its time among the leaves, it makes sense!

Gattina said...

I just wanted to put in my comment where is the bird on the first picture ? lol ! It's so tiny I didn't see it first. We don't have them here in Europe. The other one is a cute black feather ball !

Jama said...

I love the angle of the first picture, awesome!