“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”~ Henry David Thoreau

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I thought of this quote of Thoreau’s while out birding yesterday. “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

A friend and I had gone up to San Francisco Golden Gate Park hoping to see a Porthonotary Warbler. We knew it was being seen in the mornings, and late afternoons, but we both had obligations in the morning and  couldn’t get up there, so we left late hoping for an afternoon sighting.

While we were in the area where the Porthonotary Warbler was sighted I spied some movement in the foliage of a huge Cypress tree. I thought it might be a Nuthatch, but it turned out to be a Black-throated Gray Warbler! A first sighting for me!

It was in the foliage so I kicked up the ISO.  I used my Nik Plug-in Dfine to help some with the noise. I wish there was a highlight in its eye. This is the best of the images I took of it. It’s such a busy, flittly little bird that most of my images were soft or blurry. One day I hope I get another crack at one.

Black and White Warbler

While hanging around the area where the Porthonotary Warbler was most likely to show up I was noticing the flowers,

and plants around me so I switched my 300mm f4 Nikkor lens for the LensBaby Composer Pro II with the Soft Focus Optic and made quite a few images. Most of which I don’t have names for. Here are several images,


Fuschia Blossoms

An Iris?

Succulent Rosette

Stow Lake Bridge

Natural Texture

Japanese Cast Iron Garden Bells and Books

Japanese Tea Garden Golden Gate Park

We didn’t see the Porthonotary Warbler, but it was a good day out filled with a lot of beautiful flowers, plants,

nice weather, and good company.

Nikon D300s| AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4 w/ AF-S Nikkor 14eII, and LensBaby Composer Pro II w/soft focus optic

More to come…

10 thoughts on ““It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”~ Henry David Thoreau

  1. This is so true, isn’t it? I don’t know how many times I have gone out searching for one thing, and been delighted by something else entirely! By the end of the season I will feel bemused by the abundance of species of plants I stumbled upon while looking for the one I never did find! Ha!
    I adore what you do with plants. wow. The fuschia is my favorite, here. Congrats on the warbler!

    1. Melissa, thank you! I think I find other things to photograph just about every time I go out. It’s a good thing too, otherwise I might come back with nothing. 🙂
      Thank you so much for the lovely comment on the flowers. I appreciate it very much!

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