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

I am a family man, a passionate amateur photographer and a retired academic . What's the purpose of this blog? Well in the first instance it provides me with a platform from which to resume writing, an activity I greatly enjoy. What will the blog be about? Anything that takes my fancy but it is likely to arise from things I see and experience, in my family, in my travels, or anything else I feel like. Each daily post will contain one or more images made the previous day. Sometimes the image will illustrate the points made in the prose, and sometimes the prose will attempt to interpret the image. What kind of images will they be? Always safe for work and family. Usually they will be representational, and sometimes they will be impressionistic or experimental.
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