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ceropegia 01-07-2015 11:57 PM

Martha's First 52
 
Week 1 (Jan 1-7, 2015)

I have waffled about the decision to do this for some time. I wanted to start at the beginning of a new year if I did begin one. This evening, realizing the 1st week of the new year would end at midnight and I was almost out of time, I finally decided to take the plunge. Without any worthy subject at hand, I thought I would start with a selfie of sorts. Was blind as a bat without my glasses so had to let the camera do the focusing work. After a number of tries, this was the best it managed to do.

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My Eye - A Selfie by Ceropegia, on ipernity

mario 01-14-2015 06:36 PM

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There seems to be a problem with your link. I am not seeing any photo(s).

wolfd 01-14-2015 06:40 PM

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Great to see you back on the 52 / 365 forum Martha.
You're off to a great start with this eye opener. :-)

mario 01-15-2015 07:02 AM

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Ok - I see it now and can appreciate Wolf's comment and pun. It is indeed an eye opener to start your 52 ;D

Georgepat 01-15-2015 08:37 AM

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Pretty green eye, Martha, and a great start to your new 52! Very clever actually.

PeteD 01-15-2015 05:45 PM

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Welcome back.




Shooting your own eye can be tough for certain

pro70z28 01-15-2015 05:47 PM

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Great Start Martha. You have an eye for this. :afro:

ceropegia 01-15-2015 09:54 PM

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Thanks everyone, glad to be back. Love the puns!

ceropegia 01-15-2015 10:45 PM

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Week 2 (January 8-14, 2015)

Was a cold, wet, and dreary week, ending with Otis, my dog, having surgery for removal of a tumor on his back. I am now anxiously waiting to find out if it was benign or cancerous.

Kept hoping for a sunny day, but that was not to be. Finally, at the end of the week I had to give up waiting and I went out looking for something to photo.

Started by checking out a favorite place, a CSX Railroad trestle bridge that spans the Coosa River in Gadsden, Alabama.


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Beside the Trestle by Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Bolt and Board by Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Through the Trestle by Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Trestle Bolt and Boards by Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Under the Trestle by Ceropegia, on ipernity


This troll under the trestle scared me away.

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Eye of the Troll by Ceropegia, on ipernity


So I went into town to see what I could find there.

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Passageway by Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Passageway by Ceropegia, on ipernity

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'Tis the Season's End by Ceropegia, on ipernity

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"Tis the Season's End by Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Detail - The Kress Building by Ceropegia, on ipernity


Otis napping at home after his surgery. (He also had a small papilloma removed from his neck)

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Otis After Surgery by Ceropegia, on ipernity

wolfd 01-15-2015 11:58 PM

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A nice set Martha. Love the look & texture of that old trestle wood.
Sorry to hear about Otis' medical issues. Hope he gets better soon.

mario 01-18-2015 07:31 PM

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Sorry to hear about your dog. Hope recovery is quick.
I really like the trestle photos, especially the one under the trestles. Nice set.

ceropegia 01-19-2015 08:30 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by wolfd (Post 2159092)
A nice set Martha. Love the look & texture of that old trestle wood.
Sorry to hear about Otis' medical issues. Hope he gets better soon.

Quote:

Originally Posted by mario (Post 2160194)
Sorry to hear about your dog. Hope recovery is quick.
I really like the trestle photos, especially the one under the trestles. Nice set.

Thanks, Wolf and Mario! Initial recovery has been quick. Stitches come out on Saturday. It is the long term prognosis I worry about - still waiting for the pathology report and hoping it will be good news.

ceropegia 01-21-2015 04:38 PM

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Week 3 (January 16 - 21, 2015)
A week ago, Otis, my dog, had a tumor removed from his back. Yesterday, much to my relief, I found out that the tumor was benign. So, today, Otis and I celebrated by doing one of his favorite outside things, chasing and hoarding sticks.

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Coming back after retrieving the 2nd stick I threw by Ceropegia, on ipernity

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A portrait by Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Waiting for me to throw another stick by Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Game's Over, Time to go Inside byCeropegia, on ipernity

pro70z28 01-21-2015 05:05 PM

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Good news Martha. Glad it worked out well.

wolfd 01-21-2015 06:22 PM

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Glad to hear Otis is doing better Martha. Good to see him running about.

Tinstafl 01-24-2015 10:11 PM

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Glad he is going to be ok. I wonder how many he can carry at one time.....

ceropegia 01-25-2015 02:20 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by pro70z28 (Post 2161376)
Good news Martha. Glad it worked out well.

Thanks, Gary!

ceropegia 01-25-2015 02:20 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by wolfd (Post 2161402)
Glad to hear Otis is doing better Martha. Good to see him running about.

Thanks, Wolf He got his stitches out today!

ceropegia 01-25-2015 02:23 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Tinstafl (Post 2162678)
Glad he is going to be ok. I wonder how many he can carry at one time.....

Thanks, five is about the limit. Really depends on the size.

wolfd 01-25-2015 11:28 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by ceropegia (Post 2162737)
Thanks, Wolf He got his stitches out today!

That's great news Martha. :afro:

ceropegia 01-29-2015 03:29 PM

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Week 4 (January 22 - 28, 2015)

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Tufted Titmouse Portrait par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Tufted Titmouse par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Tufted Titmouse par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Tufted Titmouse par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Clinging par Ceropegia, on ipernity

wolfd 01-29-2015 05:07 PM

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Nice captures Martha.

ceropegia 01-29-2015 07:20 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by wolfd (Post 2164340)
Nice captures Martha.

Thanks, Wolf

PeteD 01-29-2015 07:38 PM

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Very nice Martha. The Titmouse is another one of those that do not sit still long.

ceropegia 01-29-2015 09:24 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by PeteD (Post 2164378)
Very nice Martha. The Titmouse is another one of those that do not sit still long.

Thanks, Tom
You are so right! They are much faster that I am. Most of the time the titmouse shots I take are blurred! That's when I really appreciate digital, take as many as I need to get a decent one and know when that happens!

ceropegia 02-04-2015 07:34 PM

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Week 5 (January 29 - February 4, 2015)
Until this week, I had never seen a bald eagle in the wild. Fifty years ago, on a bitterly cold day, I sought them out at a wintering site along the Mississippi River near where I lived in Illinois, but could not spot even one. Ever since, finding one in the wild has sort of been on my bucket list. Two years ago, I went to an area about an hour away from my house where eagles winter and some stay year round, but I got my bearings wrong so again did not find any. This past week, armed with better information, I decided to try once more. I picked a bright, sunny day for my adventure. Before dawn, I packed up some gear, layered on clothes, let Otis out for a few minutes, and headed into the garage only to be foiled by utter stupidity. After taking groceries out of the car the day before, I had left the car door open causing the dome light to drain the battery. The next day, although not promising to be as bright and sunny, I decided, now or never. Early that morning, I traveled about 50 miles to the Guntersville Dam, a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) dam on the Tennessee River in Alabama - a well known eagle haunt. After spending almost an hour there both above and below the dam, in weather below freezing, all I had managed to do was scare up three three great blue herons, spot a large number of buzzards and cormorants perched a great distance away on the dam, and see some coots swimming in the water. Chilled to the bone, I was ready to give up until some helpful birders directed me to the location of an eagle nest. They told me one had just swapped with its mate and left the nest. All I had to do was wait 10 or 15 minutes for it to return. However, when it did return, the sun had long since disappeared behind thick clouds making the lighting very poor. Because of that, coupled with the distance that I was from the nest, and my less than optimal equipment, I only managed to get a few not very good shots. But I was still ecstatic! The bird was amazing! I plan on returning again on sunnier days throughout their nesting season. I may even raid my savings for a better lens to try to get some better photos.

The nest
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Bald Eagle Nest byCeropegia, on ipernity

The Eagle
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Bald Eagle on Nest by Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Bald Eagle on Nest by Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Bald Eagle on Nest by Ceropegia, on ipernity

I took a few shots of some vultures on the dam. This bird was so far away I could not read the sign until I looked at it on the computer. When I saw what it said with the vulture seeming to be sitting nearby, it struck a funny chord with me.

The Vulture at a Life Ring
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Vulture at a Life Ring by Ceropegia, on ipernity

Some of the cormorants at the dam (They were quite far away)
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Cormorants Preening by Ceropegia, on ipernity

I was told about another viewing area in Lake Guntersville State Park, about 30 miles away and which was actually on a scenic route toward my home. So I decided to check it out. When I got there, people asked me if I was looking for eagles and informed me that one was perched in a tree quite a distance across a wide creek. I looked and looked for the eagle, but until a birder with a tripod mounted spotting scope let me look at it through the scope, I could not find it in the trees (probably because to the naked eye, in size, it appeared to be smaller than a flea). Finally, knowing where it was, I did try to get a couple of photos.

Very far away
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Bald Eagle by Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Bald Eagle by Ceropegia, on ipernity

PeteD 02-04-2015 08:29 PM

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Great series Martha

wolfd 02-04-2015 08:45 PM

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Congratulations on achieving your much longed for bald eagle shots Martha.
Cool vulture & cormorant shots too.
Sorry to hear about the grief caused by the drained car battery.

Tinstafl 02-08-2015 11:23 AM

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It is great to get to see one in the wild. IT takes a bit of work for some of us who live too close to civilization.

ceropegia 02-10-2015 04:11 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by PeteD (Post 2166707)
Great series Martha

Quote:

Originally Posted by wolfd (Post 2166711)
Congratulations on achieving your much longed for bald eagle shots Martha.
Cool vulture & cormorant shots too.
Sorry to hear about the grief caused by the drained car battery.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tinstafl (Post 2167886)
It is great to get to see one in the wild. IT takes a bit of work for some of us who live too close to civilization.

Thanks, everyone!

ceropegia 02-15-2015 02:39 PM

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Week 6 (February 5 - February 11, 2015)
A person I spoke with at the eagle nest site, sent me on this week's quest. He told me that some whooping cranes were wintering at the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge about 70 miles from where I live. These cranes are endangered. Only about 600 exist - 400 of them are in the wild. Of those, 300 are in the only naturally migrating flock which is west of the Mississippi and 100 are captive born that are being released into the wild in hopes of establishing another migrating flock east of the Mississippi River. Thirty four of the released birds have been wintering in Alabama, 12 to 14 of them at Wheeler. Along with the whooping cranes, may other water fowl also winter at the refuge, including about 14,000 sandhill cranes. Hundreds of them can be seen from the heated observation building at the visitors center. I was told that a couple of the whooping cranes were with them in that area. Knowing that the birds would soon be headed north, I did not waste any time getting to Wheeler. However, when I arrived, I was told the whooping cranes had moved to another part of the refuge. I was somewhat disappointed, but seeing and hearing the hundreds, perhaps even a couple of thousand sandhill cranes in a field across a slough from the observation center was a treat in itself. As I was leaving, I overheard the lady at the information desk giving directions to where the whooping cranes were. A short ride, and a nice walk later I arrived at the location. No cranes in sight. But as I, and some others, were leaving, we met a party being guided by a refuge ranger. She told us they had spotted 11 cranes some distance up the river. After walking quite far along the river bank we could finally see them, white specks in the distance. Before we got very close, they flew off to join some sandhill cranes farther across the water. They are quite majestic in flight. Before they flew, I did manage one shot. Not the best, but considering how far away they were, I felt lucky I was able to get one in which they were somewhat discernible. Had I not lagged behind the others who were about 100 yards ahead of me, perhaps I could have gotten a little better one. If I really blow the image up, though blurred, I can see some of the leg bands. Each crane has a distinctively colored band. All the eastern cranes have life histories on the internet. When I have time I will try to find the ones I photo'd.

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Whopping Cranes par Ceropegia, on ipernity

I took many shots at Wheeler, where I saw my first butterfly of the year. Here are some:

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Sandhill Cranes par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Sandhill Cranes par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Sandhill Cranes par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Sandhill Cranes Landing par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Sandhill Cranes Flying par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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American Widgeon par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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American Widgeons par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Twins par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Mallard Duck (Female) par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Sleepy Orange Butterfly par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Pathway par Ceropegia, on ipernity

And an invasive species
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Nandina Berries par Ceropegia, on ipernity

ceropegia 02-15-2015 02:59 PM

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Week 6 (February 5 - February 11, 2015 Continued)

On my way to the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge I stopped to check out the bald eagle nest. All the eggs have apparently hatched and the eagles are busy feeding the babies. I only stayed a short time because I wanted to get to Wheeler, but I did manage to see one bring a coot to the nest for the babies and heard them chattering to one another - a charming sound.

Bald Eagle Delivering a Coot for the Babies
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Lunch for the Babies par Ceropegia, on ipernity

Bald Eagle Stripping Feathers off the Coot
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Bald Eagle on Nest par Ceropegia, on ipernity

Other photos from the TVA land where the eagles are nesting
The slough below the pine tree where they have their nest (on the right beyond the photo)
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Slough par Ceropegia, on ipernity

A pond nearby
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A Quiet Morning par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Morning Reflections par Ceropegia, on ipernity

The Dam
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Guntersville Dam par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Cardinal par Ceropegia, on ipernity

And finally, actually the first shot of the week. When I saw it, I couldn't resist, in case it would be the only thing I got. Taken from my driveway.
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Moon par Ceropegia, on ipernity

wolfd 02-15-2015 05:08 PM

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Looks like you had a very productive day, Martha. Nice shots of the Sandhill cranes and (considering the circumstances) the Whooping cranes.
Looks like lovely park / bird refuge area. Nice shot on the second eagle image. Love the Cardinal. Very nice moon shot too.

Tinstafl 02-16-2015 08:44 AM

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The crane shots are great and the first Birds in flight is as well. Interesting series and it makes me want to go out and shoot but it is 12 degrees here and windy. More inside work for me this week.

ceropegia 02-16-2015 04:29 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by wolfd (Post 2170501)
Looks like you had a very productive day, Martha. Nice shots of the Sandhill cranes and (considering the circumstances) the Whooping cranes.
Looks like lovely park / bird refuge area. Nice shot on the second eagle image. Love the Cardinal. Very nice moon shot too.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tinstafl (Post 2170659)
The crane shots are great and the first Birds in flight is as well. Interesting series and it makes me want to go out and shoot but it is 12 degrees here and windy. More inside work for me this week.

Thanks, guys. I was so glad to learn about the cranes and get a chance to see them before they migrated back north. Next year I resolve to go earlier and more often when the migrations are at their peak. I have learned that white pelicans also winter in the refuge - another bird I would like to photo in the wild. I may go back next week with fingers crossed that they haven't left yet.

PeteD 02-16-2015 06:35 PM

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What a great series Martha. Like them all. But my fave would be the path oddly enough. It is screaming to be done in a high contrast B&W

ceropegia 02-19-2015 09:31 AM

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Week 7 (February 12 - February 18, 2015)

The cold, wet weather has not been conducive to excursions outside, so I took the easy way out this week - I sat in the kitchen and took photos out the window of birds in my yard.

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Male Purple Finch by Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Purple Finch Pair byCeropegia, on ipernity

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Fluffy, a Goldfinch by Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Pigging Out - Pine Siskins, Goldfinches, and a Male Purple Finch by Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Cold and Wet, A Male Purple Finch by Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Finches at a Birdbath par Ceropegia, on ipernity
A pine siskin and a goldfinch with an incoming siskin that managed to insert itself into the photo just as I snapped the shot. Would have been nice if it had been in focus, too.

wolfd 02-19-2015 11:39 AM

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A nice variety of colorful birds outside your window Martha.
Thanks for sharing.

ceropegia 03-02-2015 08:20 AM

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Week 8 (February 19 - February 25, 2015)

The last day of the week it began to snow. By the next day when it stopped, 10 inches had fallen at my house. Alabama simply could not let Boston have it all. But, fortunately, unlike Boston, two days later, it was almost all gone.

Before the snow

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Drinking par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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At the Birdbath par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Seeing "Purple" par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Goldfinch par Ceropegia, on ipernity

Birds in the snow

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Mourning Dove par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Keep Away par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Feeding in the Snow par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Snowing at the Sunflower Feeder par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Hungry par Ceropegia, on ipernity


About one hour after the snow began

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Snowing par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Snowy Woods par Ceropegia, on ipernity

About two hours after the snow started

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Snowing par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Snow on the Garden Light par Ceropegia, on ipernity

Still coming down almost eight later

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Snow on the Patio par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Deep Snow par Ceropegia, on ipernity

wolfd 03-02-2015 11:29 AM

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Beautiful bird and winter shots Martha.
I'm glad you weren't buried by that white stuff.

Tinstafl 03-03-2015 09:59 PM

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I decided when I move I will set up a bird location so I can shoot them from the back yard. It will be fun to set up and I have lots of water with an 8 acre pond and 40 acres of trees and grassland.

ceropegia 03-04-2015 01:29 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Tinstafl (Post 2176737)
I decided when I move I will set up a bird location so I can shoot them from the back yard. It will be fun to set up and I have lots of water with an 8 acre pond and 40 acres of trees and grassland.

Sounds like it will be a great place. I just have feeders in my garden about 20 to 30 feet from my patio doors, so just sit in the comfort of my kitchen and shoot out the window, although sometimes I can open the door and the birds won't fly away so I shoot that way. I live on 28 wooded acres with about 1000 feet of stream frontage on two creeks, but I can't see them from the house.

ceropegia 03-04-2015 01:31 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by wolfd (Post 2176197)
Beautiful bird and winter shots Martha.
I'm glad you weren't buried by that white stuff.

Thanks, Wolf
I was sort of buried for a day, but knew it would be all gone within two days. That's the great thing about snow here. On rare occasions we get to enjoy it but don't have to suffer through it for very long.

ceropegia 03-21-2015 05:51 PM

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Week 9 (February 26 - March 4, 2015)

I have managed to get several weeks behind so am playing catch-up. When I left off with week 8, the snow was falling. By the next morning 10 inches had fallen transforming the area into a winter wonderland. Fortunately, unlike in the north, within two days the snow was all gone.

So very likely this will be the last snow posting you will get from me. After taking some early morning photos, the next thing I did was make a snowman (hard to take the child out of this old lady). The biggest I have made since moving south over 25 years ago (could have made it bigger, but I didn't want to have to do any heavy lifting.) Of course, then I had to set up a tripod and take a selfie.

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My Snowman and Me - A Selfie par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Otis Chest Deep par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Snow in the Foothills par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Winter Morning par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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The Morning After par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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SnowyYard par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Snow Pyramids par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Birdbath in the Snow par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Snow on the Bird Feeders par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Nandina in the Snow par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Draped with Snow par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Snow Covered Kinetic Sculpture par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Angel in the Snow par Ceropegia, on ipernity

Tinstafl 03-21-2015 07:46 PM

Re: Martha's First 52
 
Love the selfie with the snowman

wolfd 03-21-2015 11:50 PM

Re: Martha's First 52
 
An awesome set of wintry snow shots Martha.
Looks like Otis is enjoying the snow immensely.
Nice selfie with snowman.

ceropegia 03-23-2015 10:26 AM

Re: Martha's First 52
 
Week 10 (March 5 - March 11, 2015)

Still catching up, but will most likely fall farther behind because my desktop monitor is dying. A good impetus to replace it with one more suitable for photo editing and my ancient desktop with something more modern. But choosing what I want and getting it will probably take a couple of weeks, if not more.

Anyway this week, it's all birds. Among them are some decent brown thrasher images - something I have been trying to get for a couple of years. While they seem to be more fearless in urban settings, here in the woods, they spook easily.

I have posted the whole set in the bird forum, but have included a couple here, also. Plus some other birds I caught during the week.

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Brown Thrasher par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Brown Thrasher par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Eastern Towhee (Female) par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Mourning Dove par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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A Purple Finch and a Goldfinch par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Goldfinch par Ceropegia, on ipernity

Since the weather had greatly improved, I went to visit the eagle nest, hoping to see the babies. Would have loved to also have seen a parent interacting with one. One eventually flew by and perched in a nearby pine tree out of sight. It was there for over an hour. Since I had already been watching the nest for a couple of hours before that and the sky had become overcast, I finally gave up and went home.

The nest was so high and far away that with my meager gear, the images are not ideal, but I consider myself very lucky to have managed to even get any shots at all.

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Eaglet on Nest par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Eaglet on Nest par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Eaglet on Nest par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Bald Eagle Flying par Ceropegia, on ipernity

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Bald Eagle Flying par Ceropegia, on ipernity

wolfd 03-23-2015 06:49 PM

Re: Martha's First 52
 
A very nice and diverse set of bird captures Martha.
Love the BIF shots.
Hope your monitor lasts a bit longer.

Tinstafl 03-24-2015 06:39 AM

Re: Martha's First 52
 
Very nice set. My kids said there was an eagle at the pond where we are building yesterday fishing.

ceropegia 03-24-2015 06:58 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by wolfd (Post 2183511)
A very nice and diverse set of bird captures Martha.
Love the BIF shots.
Hope your monitor lasts a bit longer.

Thanks, Wolf

I have decided to buy an inexpensive monitor to tide me over until I can get A new descktop system because I realized I would need a monitor for my hopefully soon to be old desktop, anyway. Will probably go shopping for it today.


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