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August 5, 2014

A Focus on Flying Things

Today (day 47 of summer) was a stay-at-home day after our visit to Boston yesterday. I started my morning as I normally do, with a cup of coffee and visiting you out there in the blogosphere. While I did so, I heard some raucous bird-calling out in the back yard. I took my camera with me to try to investigate what might be going on. I followed the sound to the trees in the back near my shed and peered up. The sound seemed to be coming from birds like this one:
flicker or woodpecker
That bird was close to the top of the tree so that is a tightly cropped shot – not as clear as I would have liked, but enough to identify as one of two kind of similar birds. I think this is either a northern flicker or a red bellied woodpecker. This scruffy looking thing seemed to be following closely, so I am going to assume it to be a fledgling of whatever type of bird this is.

My day continued in a low key manner. I vacuumed the pool (not very satisfactorily by the way! Any pool owners have some good tips for vacuuming up the super fine silt-like material that gathers at the bottom of the pool and “poofs” up into the water when you approach it with the vacuum?), had lunch, finished reading one of the oddest, but interesting, books I’ve ever read (The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope, if you are interested) and enjoyed some time floating around the pool on my air mattress.

Other critters with wings that I enjoy photographing teased me and my lens this afternoon after I got out of the pool. Hummingbirds buzzed and chased at my feeder but never stayed long enough for me to focus a shot. The hummingbird moths and dragonflies, however, were a little more cooperative.

This hummingbird moth still gave me a bit of a time focusing – each time I had it in frame ready to go, it seemed to think another blossom on the butterfly bush looked better, but eventually I got this shot.
hummingbird moth

I found this friendly dragonfly face on a tomato cage in my garden.
dragonfly face
I was really impressed with what I was able to do with Lightroom to improve this shot. I was able to bring out detail that I never saw in my original photo. Normally I don’t like to show you the “less pretty” photos, but I think the difference is really something here.


  1. Looks like a productive day to me…

    Comment by Mother Hen — August 5, 2014 @ 11:22 pm | Reply

    • It was productive enough for one summer Tuesday πŸ™‚

      Comment by Karma — August 6, 2014 @ 8:39 am | Reply

  2. I just got Lightroom. Seeing what you did confirms my need to view some tutorials.

    Comment by Carol — August 6, 2014 @ 12:33 am | Reply

    • Everything that I have done with Lightroom so far Carol has been with just playing. I get a little frustrated trying to just read instructions. I will say that it seems like each time I open the program, I find new adjustments I can make or new sliders to play with. I just found out about the “luminescence” slider yesterday when I happened to come across this article: 10 Easy Tips to be a Lightroom Rockstar

      Comment by Karma — August 6, 2014 @ 8:45 am | Reply

      • Thanks Karma. I’ve marked that page so I can become a Rockstar too.

        Comment by Carol — August 6, 2014 @ 11:36 am

  3. Karen…those two dragonfly pictures are really incredible. Of course I don’t know about “lightroom” but it really makes a beautiful picture. Love the Flicker too. I have those sometimes. They are so pretty.

    Comment by trish49 — August 6, 2014 @ 12:57 pm | Reply

    • It is definitely a nice editing program. But isn’t it true, don’t dragonfly faces look like monkey faces?

      Comment by Karma — August 6, 2014 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

  4. Dragonflies! Love them. Don’t know anything about Lightroom, but I am enamored with creatures with wings. πŸ™‚

    Comment by Kathy — August 6, 2014 @ 2:04 pm | Reply

    • I think dragonflies have such charming, friendly faces – don’t you?

      Comment by Karma — August 7, 2014 @ 9:02 am | Reply

  5. I agree with Mother Hen. Looks like a very productive day. I love your dragonfly shot. You’re doing a wonderful job of catching these critters face-to-face. πŸ™‚

    Comment by Robin — August 6, 2014 @ 4:17 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Robin. Now if only the hummingbirds would cooperate in such a manner! πŸ˜‰

      Comment by Karma — August 7, 2014 @ 9:03 am | Reply

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