Catching the Perfect Lighting

There are times in the joy of camera play that one catches the picture perfect lighting to enhance Mother Nature…as in this lucky catch (BELOW), and in the following photos of this curious Robin.

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Along came a pair of nesting Sparrows (BELOW), who also caught the evening rays just right for my picture-taking efforts:

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Credit:
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

On the Nest

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It’s Spring, and this Robin is on the nest of her choosing atop a rain drain pipe connector under the roof of a human house. Although birds may seem to build nests in fragile-looking locations, they are constant maintainers and guardians of their chosen territories, so few of their houses fall victim to wind and weather conditions.

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This Mother-to-be built her nest deep below, nearly completely around the pipe, to support the actual small birthing area above where she will hatch her eggs.

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Credit:
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Hopless On A Bridge

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This is one of the special and unusual snaps I had an opportunity to take along my backyard photographic journey in the last several years. A grasshopper was sitting serenely on the iron railing of the Maumee River bridge.

I snapped this green insect of the hopper kind twice, once, ABOVE, with the focus on him, and once, BELOW, zooming in on the background of the river and the riverbank trees.

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Credit:
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

The Dandelion Gang

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Dandelions can be very photogenic, as they have many stages of life, bloom, and fade-outs. I’ve photographed them, here, in Black and White, Full Color, and Sepia.

I’ve never tasted a dandelion, though many say they are salad-worthy. Mostly, I’ve thought of them as residential yard nuisances, but this Spring I found them a worthy photographic project. Enjoy! One way, or the other!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Backside view of a Dandelion

 

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Photographed in Sepia

 

 

 

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Credit:
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Is It A Catbird?

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This is posted in particular in response to comments and an inquiry I made at BirdNation’s blog earlier today. BirdNation wrote about Gray Catbirds, her favorite bird, and I thought I might have snapped a Gray Catbird in this fellow, but I wasn’t certain, so I invited BirdNation to have a look…

It seems to me his body is longer than BirdNation’s picture of a Gray Catbird, but angles in tree branches are deceiving. However, he certainly is gray!

This was taken in the Summer of 2015.

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Credit:
Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

A Balancing Tail (Tale)

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A Northern Flicker seeks a nesting hole.

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She goes inside to discover what work needs to be done, then peeks out to check for predators.

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Satisfied that all is safe, she turns around to get back to work. Using her considerable tail to balance her act, she pecks out wood chips to make more space inside the stump. She actually spits the chips to the ground beak full by beak full.

It’s a whale of a tail (tale)!

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Credit:
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg