Wordless Weds. 24/52 Make a Wish!

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Nikon D300s| Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D macro lens| Lexar Digital Film| PS CC 2017| Texture by: Boccacino 

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Draw-a-Bird Day Anna’s Hummingbird

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How neat that Draw-a-Bird Day falls on Mother’s Day in the US this month. I hope all Mothers everywhere have a wonderful day!

For this month’s Draw-a-Bird Day I painted an Anna’s Hummingbird.

Watercolor- Anna's Hummingbird

Not without much trial and error though. This is my 4th attempt. The first 3 have been shredded.  I couldn’t get the proportion right; it was too short, too fat, too long, or too thin.

After talking to Myriam  about my trials with it she asked me if I had used a ruler or my grid? I hadn’t.  On this last try I used the ole pencil ruler trick and got a lot closer to what I wanted in terms of size and proportion.  Thank you Myriam!

I’ve been following watercolor artist Alan Owen on Youtube for quite awhile, and he always adds a matte board frame to his piece on completion, and the work that looked great before the matte frame looks more like art with it. I tucked that thought away to get some matte boards.  Lately fellow blogger Jodi over at lifeinbetween.me  has been adding a matte board frame to the work she shares and it just looks terrific. I went over  to the art store early this week and finally bought a few to see how my bird watercolor pieces look.  I like the way it looks. It dresses it up. 🙂  He-Man said I need to get frames now and hang them. We’ll see.

My muse for this Anna’s Hummingbird is an image I made in March this year.

Anna's Hummingbird Female perched on a branch

Myriam thought it would make a wonderful subject for a drawing or painting. I think so too.

This is part of Draw-a-Bird Day over at Laura’s Createartevery.com . To see all the bird art posted today click here.  Scroll down to the comments to see the links to all the posts shared this month. 

To read the original story of how Draw-a-Bird Day got started click here

Images- Nikon Df| Delkin Digital Film| Nikkor 105mm & 200-500mm lenses| PS CC 2015

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Monochrome Madness 2 45/52: Willows

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Here we are at week 45 of Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness 2. It’s hard to believe I’ve been posting in this group for almost a year already! Time has raced by with just 7 weeks to go until this year of Monochrome Madness 2 comes to an end.

For this week’s entry I’m in California’s unspoiled marshes in the wildlife refuges surrounded by grass, reeds,creeks, ponds, and the willows.

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Some of the Willows look like shrubs, and others like the Black Willow stand tall.  Until I started photographing these trees I had no idea there were so many types of Willow Trees.

To see all this week’s entries to Leanne’s Monochrome Madness 2 click here.

Nikon Df| Nikkor 28-105mm| Hoodman Digital Film| PS CC 2015 & On1 Photo 10

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Watercolor Aspen at Rock Crk Eastern Sierras

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My Grandmother who died when I was just 13 weeks old could paint, and my Mother can sew. I have aspired and wanted to do both my whole life, and have failed miserably. Perhaps I should just stick to photography.

Iphone 5/ handheld/ winsor & newton watercolor paint/ strathmore watercolor cards

MM2:3 Self Portrait

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For Week 3 of Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness I have chosen to submit an image that I made this week that was really hard for me to make for another challenge. A Self Portrait. Although I’m a very vain woman making images of myself isn’t something I do. I am very self-conscious and awkward in front of the camera. I feel  like I’m not photogenic. But, I’m a stubborn gal and once committed I will do what I can to fulfill the commitment even if I don’t post the work.

With time running out already in March I decided I had to pull up my boots, straighten my collar and get to work! So, while out-of-town photographing wild flowers I made several self portraits nearly killing myself tripping over the Basalt Lava rocks on Table Mountain to beat the 10 second timer then while at home on Sunday I thought I’d make a more formal type self-portrait.

Straightening my collar and gettin’ her done.  🙂 So, Hello! It’s me. Wrinkles, an all.

MM2:3-Self Portrait

Nikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 Micro @f10| SB910@ 1/4pwr through Shoot Through Umbrella High Camera Right| SB600 @ 1/16th pwr camera left front mid section bounced off back wall| Triggered w/Nikon SU800

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NikonDf; AFD Nikkor 105mm

“Logic can get you from A to B; imagination can get you everywhere.”~ Albert Einstein

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#Day 2 of the 5-Day Black and White Photography Challenge

"Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everyw

Egg Noodles

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Nikon D700| AF-S 50mm f1.8g| SB910 camera left bounced off ceiling 45º, white reflector subject right, triggered via SU-800, Lexar Professional Digital Film

UPDATE on the RUFF! I read  a sad report on a birding forum that the Ruff was seen on the shore in its favorite corner of the salt pond this afternoon, but it has been wounded! The writer said blood was showing on both legs, and when it lifted its wings there was a wound under the wing. Speculation is the Falcon or Harrier that was seen there yesterday and this morning may have nicked it, his opinion is that the wound is fatal! Hoping that it will be rescued and nursed back to health.

Nature can be so cruel!

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