Lens Artists – #140 – Change of Scenery

Whenever I get the opportunity to go to the beach – I’m there – warm weather or cold – it doesn’t matter. If it’s cold – I go long enough to see and hear the waves and smell the salty air. The photo below was from one of those cold days in January. People who live in the Outer Banks are encouraged to bring their trees down to the dunes as a way of helping protect them.

The next photo is more recent and hopefully will put a smile on your face. This Easter Bunny was set up at a local park to see children and give them a little treat.


Bird Weekly – Birds in B/W or Sepia

I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus with posting. We just received a contract on our house so we’ve been preoccupied with all that goes with those activities. I’m sure I’ll have some additional times where I am in and out. Anyway, for this week’s challenge I decided to post this photo of a mockingbird. They are not very colorful so I think the b/w lends itself nicely to these birds.


Lens Artists Challenge #138 – Soft

This week’s topic for the Lens Artists is soft. There are a variety of ways to interpret this. In the first photo – Gidget is interpreting the word for us. I can just hear her say – “this feels so soft and cool”.

In the next photo – I’m sure most everyone would agree that babies exude softness. For this photo – I decreased the clarity and increased the exposure to enhance the softness.

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Bird Weekly – Birds with White Feathers

This week’s topic is birds that have white feathers. Here are my 2 picks for this week:

The first one is a male hooded merganser. We typically see these birds in January or February in our neighborhood lakes. They stay briefly then move on – not sure where. According to The Cornell Lab – we should see them year round on the coast of Virginia – but I’ve never seen one in the warmer weather. They seem shy not coming to close to the shore. This one seems to be admiring a branch in the water.

The second one is some sort of mallard hybrid. We have some white ducks, mallards and geese year round. I’m guessing this one is a mallard/white duck mix – perhaps male since the head is green. He/she is very happy to swim with both the white ducks and mallards.

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