Thursday, January 29, 2015

Winter View with No Snow.........

I don't take down the dried flowers in the fall for this very reason.  I like the looks of the spent blooms and stems.  It really doesn't look like a phlox plant but I am pretty certain that it is.  It really does look like a spent weed but I wouldn't have let that be there. I suppose I could go back into the archives and find it in its green form.  Windy day today with bits of snow coming down.  We are suppose to warm up so the ice crystals should be gone soon.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wednesday's View of Red........

I had the day off yesterday and took some photos but they are still on the camera.  I also had a very mild form of the flu where I could not be warm enough no matter how hard I tried.  It is gone today but the pictures are still on the camera and I am school.  The cardinals were at the feeder on Sunday and here you can see this guy cracking his seed on the table rather than flying off to a tree.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Pottery Still LIfe........

A drastic change from seeing birds on my Photo a Day to now viewing clay pots.  I made my first piece of pottery when I was in college in 1970. That was the first time I had worked with clay making things by hand0-building and throwing clay pots on the wheel.  It was a treadle wheel and you had to stand and kick at the device that powered the wheel.  It was very unnatural to stand and kick sidewise while trying to center clay on the wheel. College clay of course was the best and the firing of you pottery was at a very high heat.  The tall cylinder is one of the first ones that I made. The clay was filled with grog, shattered fine pieces of fired clay to make the clay have a texture when it was fired.  Using the wheel with it also sanded down the skin on you hands.  One can still buy clay like that today.

The two other pots were made probably 25 years later while I was teaching school.  The multicolored one is made from red and white clay mixed together and fired with clear glaze to reveal the colors of clay.

A hand-built pot made during a college class in the later years was done the same way with red and white clay mixed together.  It was suppose to be a hand-built pot to be a replica of native American pottery of this country. It was carved with the point of a nail and burnished with the back of a spoon.

While experimenting with my camera I decided to use the macro for the shots to get detail views of the pottery and to get clearly focused shots.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday's Choice...........

I have the urge to crop off just a little more of the photo but I am going to leave it.  The photo reminds me of some paintings that are done from the past where the people in the photo are captured in a very informal composition.  They do look like they are studying the selection of seed and one sparrow is going to take off.  I will get out today after work and capture some new photos with a totally different theme.  I had a lazy weekend and didn't take anything new.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

All Aglow..........

The sun was low in the sky and it really made a colorful reflection off of the feathers of this female cardinal. The reflection on the redder feathers is something I have not seen before this photo. You can see the kind of feathers on the cardinal are different than the sparrow behind it.  The reflective color characteristic in the male cardinal is also there on the female.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Never Perfect.....The Shot.

Real life brings us overlapping shapes in most of our views in life and in this photo it is the same.  I posted this because I thought I had a perfect specimen photo of the nuthatch.  I rarely can take their photo as the dart around like they are on high energy drinks.  So when I now post it I see I still have the suet cage overlapping on the beak of the bird.  The junco sitting next to it does help make it a better photo. The feeder is an old broken down one that I have had for years but with it sitting on the table it makes a good place for birds to land and pick out the seeds that they like.

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Fight.........The Winner.

Two starlings were on each of the suet cakes digging away to find seed.  Along comes the red-bellied woodpecker who is bigger them by just a little.  He was very aggressive and took out the one on the right.  Now he is giving the evil eye to the one on the left.

After the above glare the second one was driven off to the trees.  Instead of going to eat you can see what the woodpecker is doing.  He just kept glaring up at them in the tree as if  he was ready for another round of confrontation.  Eventually the red-bellied did eat from the suet cakes.