Mallards are thought to be the most abundant species of duck in the world and one of the most readily recognized. They are closely related to the domestic white duck and can interbreed with domestic ducks. They can also breed with wild species, producing many different varieties of different appearances. ~
This American Goldfinch in the snow has found a seed which makes his beak look like he got botox or something. His nonbreeding plumage is just starting to change into his yellow. By late Spring he should have all his bright yellow flashy breeding clothes. He will be styling for sure.
The Carolina Chickadee and the Black-capped Chickadee are so much alike that even Audubon didn’t realize that they were different until years after they had been first discovered. Both are part of the mixed community of birds that visit woods and backyard feeders. ~
The Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) is nicknamed the ‘Snowbird’, because according to some folks, winter is not far behind when you spot these birds. They tend to live in small flocks during the winter. While they live year-round in some areas of North America, they usually migrate North in the Spring. These medium-size birds (4 1/2″ – 6 1/2″) are one of the most common birds in North America, but are fun to watch as they visit the feeder.
I call this large female Pileated Woodpecker a visitor, but she and her mate appear to have moved in. They are the largest birds we have here regularly (about 16 1/2 inches), besides an occasional visit from a hawk… then everyone scatters, including the squirrels. ~
ISO 1000, 1/250sec. f6.3. 600mm, Nikon, cropped only.
If you are a creative type, where do you find your inspiration? Who lights or inspires you to study in a certain direction, technique, or subject? One of my inspirations are the large flowers painted by Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986), artist and ‘Mother of American Modernism’.
“Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven’t time and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.” ~ (Georgia O’Keeffe).
No… I cannot draw or paint and I am not anywhere in comparison to O’Keeffe’s art, but I do have a camera and the desire. She inspires me to keep working on my images, including this one of my many flowers. There are always such surprises and beauty found in their structures and essence. Like many other artists, progressive improvement is the end goal throughout it all and to keep working at it, no matter your medium.
Here are some images from my 2016 trip through Scotland. I captured these with my old Nikon D50, which I have kept as my backup camera. I was so surprised when we arrived at Brig O’Doon… I thought it was only an imaginary place! I am so intrigued by the centuries and centuries of history when I travel in Europe and all the beautiful sites. I have no idea of who painted the man with the bird on the building or why, but it is just beautiful. If you know more, please enlighten us.