It’s back to the abstracts! I’m so in love with these… I had a macro-photography brainstorm, and suddenly I seemed to have plunged straight into the kind of world I so love to read about – taking shots I’ve been trying unsuccessfully to capture for years… And here they were, almost without my consciously trying to catch them!
I’m afraid that’s the thing though… Afraid, because I don’t know if I can get there again because I’ll be trying too hard next time.
But let’s not worry about that now! For now, I hope you might share some of the magic of what I found the other day…
(These really need to be viewed in full size and one by one. Just saying…)
And so it’s been a long time again… My former blog was called “The intermittent blog” – a name I sometimes feel I should have kept… 🙂
But I digress.
I haven’t been idle, I’ve just not found the time for blogging – though some shots have appeared on Facebook, and quite a few perhaps more mundane things have been posted via Instagram – @hagafotografen – (lovely, fast publishing tool…).
And some ideas, one in particular, has been slowly simmering away in the privacy of my brain – and camera. Now, however, I’ve committed to pursuing it a little more officially, and hence – return to the blogosphere!
Actually, I’m not going to talk all about it. I’m just going to post a couple of shots that represent, in a way, my first efforts in a for me unusually long and long-termed photoart project… And so, the nervous question that at some time or other must enter every budding artist’s public communication… do you like?
I knew these were around, and I’ve had high hopes of seeing them at the feeding this winter but I’ve been disappointed in that regard – until now.
As I stood by the feeder today, raking up spilled seeds and droppings from the lawn, I was suddenly surrounded by merry chirps and a flock of long-tailed bushtits who’d come to see what I was turning up. They hopped around, feeding from the remains in the grass, and were pointedly uninterested in my presence apart from hinting that I was standing in their food. I apologized and went in to fetch the camera…
They did take off when I left, but only to settle down again within seconds, and as I returned they posed sweetly for a few shots 🙂
This little individual is so cute – not least because it really doesn’t care for the other birds, who have no problem chasing it from its preferred food (peanuts), but also doesn’t seem to mind me hardly at all, and so whenever I come out and the other birds leave, it takes the opportunity to hang around to eat in peace, allowing me a few close-ups in the process! 🙂
The year has turned and the days are getting longer again. As if to emphasize this, last night provided plenty of snow and today offered sunshine from a cloudless sky, making a photo-walk in the fields an exquisitely light experience.
The bird in the treetop is a parrot crossbill – a new acquaintance for me!
It’s short, really, but all the more amazing for that.
I had those warbler chicks here. I took one photo every day (apart from the day after they hatched, apparently, or I’ve managed to discard those shots… but anyway), and on the twelvth day they were gone. From little more than embryo to flighted bird (well…) in less than twelve days… that’s amazing.
I didn’t (knowingly) see the chicks again, but the parents kept up their vigilant warning routine as soon as I or the cat came out of the house for a while afterwards – a good indication that there are chicks still around.
I doubt the nest will see residents next year, but I’ll keep an eye on it 🙂