This bird was not thrilled to have me near the nest, so I didn't stay long, but I did manage to get this shot of her poking her head out to make sure I was behaving myself. And I respected her more for it. We must always be prepared to defend what we love, even against much larger opponents.
"It doesn't matter what's in front of her because she knows who's behind her."
I like photos that instill a mood in me, and that's why I like this one. It has such a calm, quiet energy to it. I can practically feel the crisp chill of the air and the stinging cold of the snowmelt creek. Not to mention the softness, elegance and beauty of the goose's plumage.
"What man-made machine will ever achieve the complete perfection of even the goose's wing?"
-Abbas ibn Firnas
Because I take so many bee photos, as much as possible I try to capture shots that include different colors, different backgrounds and different types of flowers. It's my way of keeping things interesting, while continuing to photograph the same subject. Adding a little spice, if you will. I'm really happy with the way this one turned out, with the soft purple and white flower, the way the image pops off the darker background and the gentle dusting of pollen covering the bee. A beautiful little moment in time.
"Nothing is pleasant which is not spiced with variety."
As the weather warms I've been noticing the hummingbirds are starting to spend more time in my backyard. I would see them on occasion during winter, but I see and hear them quite often now, which makes me very happy. I captured this handsome devil this week, just after a light rain. It's been so much fun getting to know the local hummingbirds, their tendencies, and have even learned to distinguish their songs from other types of birds in the area.
"Most elegantly finished in all parts, [the hummingbird] is a miniature work of our Great Parent, who seems to have formed it the smallest, and at the same time the most beautiful of the winged species."
-J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur