Lucky Red

Cardinal2018Standing out from the background in its brilliant red coat is a cardinal.  This photo was taken on April 30, 2018 in a wooded area near my house.  Cardinals are one of my favourite birds.  I love their beautiful and intense red plumage.  I get so excited every time I see a cardinal.  Hopefully, I will see more of these gorgeous birds in the near future.

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New Growth

NewGrowth2018

This photo shows new growth from a branch of a tree.  It was taken on May 13, 2018 near my house.  I love the simplicity of this photo: all you see is sky, branch and leaflets.  You can also make out the strong sunlight hitting some of the leaves.   I think it captures the renewal and regrowth of the spring season well.

Electric Eyes

CommonGrackle2018

With its intense black coat and piercing yellow eyes, this Common Grackle quietly rests on a tree branch.  This photo was taken on April 2, 2018 near my place.   These are such beautiful birds with irdescent blue and yellow feathers.     I have only seen them a few times in early spring.  I hope to get a close-up shot of one in the near future.

First Spring

Crocus2018

This photo depicts a crocus in early spring.  It was taken on April 30, 2018 in our backyard.  This year was a meager year for crocuses at our place.  We only saw two plants and one white one died early on.  This one remained and blossomed.   They add a beautiful touch of colour to the surroundings.

Getting Ready

SpringBuds

Pictured here are branches with buds on them.  This photo was taken on April 22, 2018 near my house.  I don’t know what kind of plant this is.  I was drawn to its buds, a sure sign of spring.  This photo is very interesting as well.  I really like how the anchoring branch demarcates the sky above and trees below in the background.

Among the Berries

RobinBlackBerryHere’s another photo of a robin.  This time it’s captured on a branch of a tree bearing black berries.  This photo was taken on March 4, 2018 in a wooded area near my house.  I love the blue sky background and the black berries.  They add colour and interest to the photo.  Of course the robin steals the show!

Red and Brown

HouseFinch2018

This photo shows a house finch perched on a branch.  It was taken on March 15, 2018 in my neighbourhood.  It is the only clear shot of a house finch that I have managed to capture so far.  I love the bird’s red and brown coat.  It really stands out from the background.

Emerging

Maple?2018

This photo was taken yesterday near my house.  I don’t know what kind of tree this is.  When I checked on my Garden app, it said the tree was a maple.  Still not certain if the app is right.  What you can clearly see are the buds on the branches.  They are beginning to emerge in response to the change in season.  The buds are a wonderful sign of early spring!

Quick Movers

Chickadee2018W

Resting on a small branch is a chickadee.  This photo was taken on March 4, 2018 near my house.  Chickadees are common birds that I see pretty much every time I go out on a shoot.  They are notoriously difficult to photograph as they are small and very quick.   I was lucky here and was able to capture this nice, clear shot of one.  Patience does pay off!

Tear Drop

Nuthatch2018

Pictured here is a Nuthatch resting on a trunk of a tree.  This photo was taken on March 1, 2018 near my house.  It seems these birds like to tread on the trunks of trees.  I don’t know how they are able to cling to the trunks without falling.  Pretty amazing birds!