April 23, 2014

Photo of the Week - Hummingbird on Its Perch





Hummingbirds started arriving in our area last week. One feeder is already out and filled with sugar water for these precious birds. I will plan out some new photo shoots in the months ahead. In the meantime, I dusted off one of my archived files from late September and performed a fresh edit for your enjoyment.

April 22, 2014

Hydrangea Blooms at the Greenhouse



I shared a square-cropped version of this photo on my Instagram account. So I thought I would do a quick post and share it here too.

I made a trip to a local greenhouse this past Saturday and picked up the bulk of the herbs and flowers noted on this year’s gardening shopping list. A shopping trip to a big box store in the next few days ought to take care of the rest.

While I was at the greenhouse, I was enthralled with their selection of gorgeous hydrangea plants. I was sorely tempted to buy an armful! We have no room at our current cottage for planting beauties like this, so I contented myself by taking an iPhoto instead.

Gosh, the little iPhone camera sure does a surprisingly great job. Of course, my Photoshop magic can also coax out some vibrant colors and exquisite details in the captured pixels. My motto is that an image isn’t “done” until the digital darkroom editing is complete!

April 17, 2014

Mid-April Ruminations & Cogitations



After a brief cold snap, we’re going to be heading into a string of beautiful spring days here in east Tennessee. In typical April fashion, I’ve been alternating the thermostats between heat and air conditioning. Trees in our area are rapidly taking on a multitude of green hues. Dogwood and redbud blooms are winding down, and late-season daffodils and tulips are heralding the season.

While we were sitting on the front porch this past Sunday, a male hummingbird paused in front of our faces, wondering if we had put out the sugar water yet. We put a feeder up in short order, and hummingbirds are already visiting it. We also have a pair of birds making a nest in the bird bottle that hangs on the front porch. I haven’t caught them in the act yet, so their identification remains unknown.

April 11, 2014

A Personal Photo Challenge - Close-up/Macro


It’s time for A Personal Photo Challenge! “Close-up/Macro” is the theme this month.

A Personal Photo Challenge

Spare time has been a rare commodity at our cottage lately, but I managed to capture and post-process three new images for this month’s challenge. I used my Nikon D800 DSLR and 105mm macro lens. Please click on each photo to see them bigger and study the details.



purple pansy macro
f/20, 1/4 second, ISO 320