Archive for the ‘birds’ Tag

Day 215 – White-Faced Heron   2 comments

Sorry, forgot to blog again yesterday. Well, not really. I remembered, but I was out-of-town and finding time to put up a post just didn’t happen. I was too busy taking pictures and visiting. The family and I spent the weekend visiting friends near Banff National Park and I brought home lots of photos. I think some of them will even turn out to be reasonably acceptable. They should be hitting the blog in a few days, at the end of bird-week, when I’ve had time to sort through them all.

As I mentioned on my previous post, we were catching up with an old friend – someone I hadn’t seen in about 8 years, possibly longer (so hard to remember). For me, this is one of the biggest challenges of the moves that we’ve undertaken over the past 13-16 years (depending on how we count moves) – always moving away from friends. What continues to please me though is that true friends continue to be good friends even when long absences get in the way. And I was not disappointed this weekend. We had a great time! Thanks K, R and Z!

The real treat this weekend was that our kids all got on like fast friends even though they didn’t know each other.


Day 213 – Lookouts   5 comments

Looks like it’s bird week on the blog. Birds are one of my favourite subjects, especially when they’re wacky birds like pelicans.

These pelicans are on the beach at San Remo in Victoria – southeast of Melbourne. At noon most days, a town employee comes down and feeds the pelicans. Dozens of birds turn up for lunch and all the happy tourists have a lovely time watching these crazy birds push and jostle for food. These three birds are either doing crowd control or they’re on the lookout for tourists getting too close to the flock. On the other hand, maybe they’re pelican secret service taking care of a celebrity bird.

Day 212 – Would You Slow Down?! I’m Waddling As Fast As I Can Here.   1 comment

I love this pair of birds. I know the front bird is out of focus, but I like imagining the stories that could go with this photo. I think the bird in front just told the back bird to hurry up. The back one (as the title of today’s blog says) is complaining about being rushed. Or maybe the one in back is complaining about the front bird making them late for lunch again. What do you think they’re talking about?

Day 167 – Rainy Days   10 comments

A good day for a composite. We’re on our fifth straight day of rain here in Edmonton. While that suits the recovering-from-surgery daughter, the rest of us are starting to feel a bit squirrely being stuck indoors.


Day 166 – Under His Reproachful Gaze   11 comments

© mike moruzi | insearchofstyle.wordpress.comApologies for the infrequent blogging of late. As mentioned on Day 159, a mere seven days ago in the blog, but three weeks ago in real life, number one daughter broke her arm. Her recovery hasn’t gone quite as planned. Due to the nature of the break, we were warned to expect possible issues with them staying aligned. Turns out the warnings were accurate. This past Wednesday, we learned surgery was going to be required to put pins in the arm. Friday we spent the day in the hospital with her. Thankfully, we were able to bring her home with us on Friday night.

Needless to say, I’ve been spending most of my time tending the child and virtually no time at all on photography or blogging, which I reckon is clearly the right thing to be doing. She’s doing great now and I’m going to try to get back on top of this blog thing.

The photo is from a smallish aviary for some big owls at the Calgary Zoo. This owl seemed to be giving me the evil eye. He would look at me, close his eyes and turn away. He’d then turn back to see if I was still there, close his eyes again and turn away. I was getting a clear impression that he was not happy to be there. It wouldn’t have been surprising. The aviary was small enough that I don’t think the birds would have been able to fly. Of course, if these were injured birds that were being nursed back to health, that might be the right kind of environment for them.

Day 48 – Nevermore   13 comments

`Prophet!’ said I, `thing of evil! – prophet still, if bird or devil! –
Whether tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted –
On this home by horror haunted – tell me truly, I implore –
Is there – is there balm in Gilead? – tell me – tell me, I implore!’
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’

(Edgar Allan Poe, “The Raven”)

Not interested in the view, more keenly attentive to the food we carry, ravens inhabit the Grand Canyon, keeping a watchful eye on photographers, hikers, bird-watchers and meditators. They squawk and shout as if demanding we leave their territory. If we wish to stay any longer, an offering of food would be acceptable (though unlawful). They approach, without care or concern, the tourists flocking to the precipice. They act as the toll collectors – (feed us first!) – for the view.

If you decline to provide an offering, be watchful of your food, they might just take it. Hopefully without startling you over the rim.

Day 44 – Birds of the Desert   9 comments

I spent this afternoon at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix with my father. They have an impressive array of cacti on display – far more than I ever knew existed. I enjoy shooting plants, but I love shooting birds and the garden attracts lots of local birds including hummingbirds, wren, quail, and woodpeckers. For bird watching, I haul around a nice big zoom lens. It’s a bit heavy, but it’s worth the extra load for the chance to get up close to birds like these.