Thursday, September 20, 2012
Seeing this sandhill grazing in a meadow near Herbster, Wisconsin, made me wish a crane would visit my garden. I've had everything from hummingbirds to wild turkeys there, but so far never a crane. What a delight it would be to see that lithe, elegant body slipping through the lilies. Cranes are migrating now. And I'm wishing I could see that particular piece of garden art waiting some morning when I go out to water.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
You might be surprised to learn that this is a picture of a hummingbird. Yes, the hummer working my roses and cleomes this morning as I sat in the garden, writing in my journal, hovered so long in one place that I figured even I might be able to get his picture. I ran to the house for my camera, waited for him to reappear and then started shooting away with my mighty Canon (not the boom-boom kind.) I now fully understand the difference between snapshots and photographs, as if I didn't already after having collaborated with wildlife photographer Jim Backus on four books. If Jim had taken the photo, you would see a picture of a hummingbird with flowers in the background. Maybe it's the gardener in me that brings out the flowers... Anyway, I did manage to capture this digital image of the little wonder, though his/her iridescent body barely shows up against the background greenery. Can I help it birds wear camo?