A bird’s eye view ~ More adventures in house sitting on a vineyard.
They flitted in and out claiming their time at the bird feeder hanging just outside the big kitchen window. Some politely took their turn, others muscled their way right in, while a few hovered on the railing below waiting for a break in the action.
Early each morning and late into the evening I perched myself on a stool by the window to watch the show. They came by the dozens. Swirling flashes of color – bright lemon yellow, fire-ball orange against midnight black, soft dove grey and warm mottled brown – each a beauty in its own way. These were the birds who enchanted and entertained me for ten days.
I learned a thing or two from my new feathered friends. And of course I took a few photos.
Spending my time with the birds was a whole lot more entertaining and enlightening than any program on the television. That I know for sure.
Earlier this year I took Tammy Strobel’s Everyday Magicphotography class. I’m not sure how much my camera skills improved and I still use a tiny digital point & shoot, but I did learn to slow down and take the time to really see (and sometimes capture) the beauty and the magic all around me.
Last week we were enjoying a home exchange in beautiful British Columbia on Vancouver Island. I had to work, so I set up my office in the sun room/den that overlooked the lush back garden. As I mentioned in my previous post, I was immediately struck by all of the backyard birds. Since I was chained to the desk for several hours each day and it was a very slow work week, I challenged myself to work on my bird photos. Trust me, it’s not that easy. Those little guys flit around so quickly that at first all I had were blurs, bird tails and photos of empty branches. They heard my camera and were gone. I was determined! I took hundreds of shots. Every morning and late afternoon I lay in wait behind the curtains. Camera at the ready. Eventually, I managed to take a few photos that weren’t too bad and, by the end of the week, I felt like I knew these guys personally.