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My wife and I were watching the news when the weather forecaster mentioned the sunset. We looked out the window and it was indeed spectacular so we both grabbed our cameras and went out to get a few photos. It would be great if the sunsets would last a little longer.

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In the fall when there is a lot of color I like to walk around the farm and do some abstract photography. All of these photos were created using the techniques or a combination of the techniques noted with each photo. It was a bright sunny day so I had to use a neutral density filter to cut down the amount of light reaching the sensor. This allowed me to shoot longer exposures which allowed me to tilt, pan, zoom. It is a fun thing to do in the fall and it provides some unusual shots.

The effect is achieved by slowly tilting the camera up or down.

This effect was achieved by focusing on a leaf on the ground and then zooming out using a zoom lens.

This effect was achieved my using a combination of a tilt and a zoom at the same time.

This effect was achieved by focusing on the tree and then slowly zooming out.

This effect was achieved by panning the camera.

This effect was achieved by rotating the camera.

We have been having a lot of dew in the morning so I walked around the Prairie to get some photos.

Common Yarrow

Butter and Eggs

Foxtail

Gloriosa Daisy

As the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds were leaving for the south the bird that was guarding my Red Prince Weigela Flowers remained to the bitter end. After I watched him for a while he decided to watch me and flew right in front of the camera for some photos.

In all the year I’ve been photographing birds around the farm I’ve never photographed Goldfinch fledglings. This year there were quite a few around at the end on the Summer. It seemed that the males were doing all of the feeding. This male was attacked by two fledglings demanding food.

I watched this fledgling for over an hour as he patiently waited to be fed. Every time a bird turned up at the feeder it would start fluttering its wings. I had to laugh when some Baltimore Orioles turned up and it wanted to be fed. Finally an adult goldfinch turned up and fed it.

 

When I went out to pick tomatoes this summer I noticed that someone had been eating them. I couldn’t figure who like tomatoes but a couple of days later I spotted the culprits in the garden.

In a typical summer I take hundreds of photos of Eastern Bluebirds. This year this is my lone photo and it was taken just before they headed south. Normally I photograph them building their nests and feeding their young but this year I was out of town when this happened. I also typically put up a birdhouse next to the house where they can raise their second brood. Unfortunately they didn’t nest in the house this year so I was left with one photo.

Late in the summer when we have mornings with heavy dew I like to walk out into the Prairie and look for spider webs. Normally I have lots of them but this year I only found a few. This spider was eating breakfast when I found him.

For some unknown reason I wait until just before the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds leave for the summer before I take a few photos of them. On this particular day I watched them approach one of my feeders.

Just a few of the characters that have been at my bird feeders the past few weeks.

White-breasted Nuthatch

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

House Finch

The Eastern Phoebe is rarely seen at the feeder and this is the first time I’ve seen a House Wren at the feeder.

Eastern Phoebe

House Wren

I occasionally have rabbits at the feeder and for a week I had a family of Raccoons visit the feeder every night.

Cottontail Rabbit