August 8, 2013 … hedging my bets

Cabin fever is kicking in.

Having seen a doctor today, and with the consent of my dearly beloved, I may be allowed out on parole unless the weather further deteriorates. Yesterday, however, was still a matter of durance vile. On the other hand, the weather was rubbish, so I probably would have been unhappy even if I had escaped.

Waxeye (Zosterops lateralis)

Even when they are sitting still they are very beautiful birds

Instead, I confined my activities to watching the birds in the hedge outside the dining room window. Like the “bird man of Alcatraz”, I have very confined horizons for the moment. Nevertheless, it is nice to see all the passerines chasing the bread which Mary lays out for them.

Common house sparrow (Passer domesticus)

Getting this day his daily bread


Of course a nature photograph should try to avoid evidence of mankind, so I set up my camera to focus on the strip of hedge adjacent to the bread where the slow ones would have to alight and push their way to the front.

Sparrow aerobics

I set up for aperture priority so the shutter speed was compromised …. but I like the blur

No particularly attractive birds appeared, but even the plainest of them is better than yet another household trinket.

And the weather did collapse again so I am now forced to look for another indoor shot.



About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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