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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Hummers in the back yard, Part 1

female hummingbird is interested in the feeder

Yesterday I tried getting some photos of the hummingbirds in our backyard. My motto is "take a hundred to get one." And that's just about what this one took.

I am going to be "honing" my skills in this area in the next days and weeks, because I find hummers so darn fascinating.

Stay tuned for Parts 2, 3, etc.

Till then,
take more photos!

Mike Z

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Mountains of Ft. Davis Texas

Last spring Jan and I went to Ft. Davis TX partially for work and partially for a vacation. One of the things I most wanted to do while I was there was to get some really nice panorama photos of the mountains and mesas of the Ft. Davis area.

The photo above was my first attempt. If you look closely at the third mountain from the right, you can see a very tiny McDonald Observatory at the peak.

The photo above was taken on the last day of our visit. We were walking along a trail, and this view just spoke to me.

I hope you like these two panorama photos. I certainly do! As always, click on the photos to see them larger. 

Till next time,
Mike Z

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Cactus Blooming

The Cactus is Blooming

We've had such spring-like weather lately that the plants and trees are all blooming like crazy. This little cactus caught my eye as I was walking out to get the mower to mow the lawn. 

I ran back in the house to get the camera, and got a couple of good shots. Minimal post processing was needed. The color of the blooms speaks for itself. As the flowers mature I'll try to post another photo or two.

Till next time,
Mike Z

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Peach Tree is Blooming!

Peach Blooms in Our Yard

The first signs of spring are all around us now. First it was the red maple tree, now it's the peach tree blooming. The weatherman said we are to expect another frost soon, but I'm hopeful it won't affect us.

Where there are blossoms you can always expect bees. There were no shortage of them around the tree, but they were shy and wouldn't get close enough or stay long enough to get a decent shot of one. I was lucky enough to get a few shots of the bee above. He found a lot of what he was after and hung around for a good while.

Spring is a wonderful time for plants and wildlife around here. I hope it stays that way for a very long time to come.

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Till next time!

Mike Z