Featuring Digital PhotoArt of Rainbow Creek
by: brendasue

The Birds of Rainbow Creek

The Birds of Rainbow Creek
by: brendasue of Kates Cabin Bird Sanctuary in Waller County, Texas

Monday, September 13, 2010

Photostudy Today: Hummingbirds at Kates Cabin On Rainbow Creek by: brendasue

Welcome To All and really glad to have all the new friends at Bluebonnet Herb Farms in Hempstead, Texas joining our mini Nature Class!!!!
This class has become highly recommended because there is no Teacher, no Homework, no Tests, no Rules, no Dress Code-in fact, come in your pajamas if you want to!
What you decide to learn or not learn is all on you. Your life is what you make it. I simply show you some ideas for a daily dose of Nature and Photography Tips;  You take it or leave it!
On with the Photostudy--Good one today--Hummingbirds
Come On In!

I fenced in a pink sky     by:  brendasue

Now why would that space cowgirl, brendasue, fence in a pink sky?

My answer, and the reason I do anything I do is because I Can.
Good not to let anybody (or your ownself) fence you in.  Open your mind to new ideas everyday. Open your eyes to see new things. Release your own limitations. (I am referring to photography tips, but these words could apply to a variety of thoughts).

Stop saying the words:  I can't;  because you can if you want to.

(Fat) Elvis on his branch       by:  brendasue

Let the Class Begin!!

Thank you, Elvis. He is a Ruby-throated Hummingbird that comes to stay at Kates Cabin Bird Sanctuary late summer/early fall. When he leaves here, he will go on a long trip to Mexico. These birds travel more than most humans ever will. They look fragile, but they are very tough. They are the size of a human thumb.
You can see his 'ruby throat' in this shot.

Elvis blends in to his crape myrtle branch where he spends most of his day     by:  brendasue

You will notice when he turns, the rubies do not glow. They only appear red to the human eye when the sunlight is reflected at a certain angle. The birds know how to turn on the red glow when confronting other birds. (Scare Tactics, I guess). I do find it curious how they would know which angle reflects the red light when they move so quickly.

A Beach Day for Mom    by:  brendasue

Mom would have called a day like today a Beach Day.  Blue, blue skies, white puffy clouds and the sunniest sun!  Sizzling Hot!

The photo tip I want to share with you today regarding Nature Photography:
By creating habitat and feeding stations (and water), You invite the birds and butterflies to your space. They will come to know you and realize you are not a threat, rather the one w/the food! It will be a relaxed photoshoot each time allowing you an opportunity to get the good shots. (Of course this is not practical thinking if you are a Nature Photographer that prefers shooting Bears or Elephants, etc).
I am talking mostly about birds and butterflies, flowers and trees.

I had a photography teacher tell me that if you are going to shoot birds, you would not want to see a bird feeder in the shot. (It is not natural or something, whatever.) Well, I do not want to grow up and be a professional photographer or follow any rules. I like to photograph the bird feeders! So you just remember: do your own thing. It is your camera, your life and the expression thereof that is important. In my yard on Rainbow Creek, it is natural for the birds to eat from both feeders and flowers.  I select the best location for the feeder considering the background and light. Our photostudy today will give you some Ideas about hanging your own photography studio!  Enjoy!

Here comes Elvis from his branch     by:  brendasue

I have my chair right under this feeder.  You can see by choosing the sky as the background, we have a clear view of Elvis flying in from his branch. (If he did not know me, it would not come in this close)

The bee steers Elvis off course!    by:  brendasue

You can see the cedar tree in the background interrupts the clear view of Elvis.

Here comes Elisabeth, the female     by:  brendasue

The sun is high in the sky, but behind my back.

Elisabeth is dead on target!    by:  brendasue

Bird beak on left, bee on right!  by:  brendasue

I find that by taking many shots at a time, the number of good shots increases. (I have more shots without birds in them as they fly so fast!)

She has no Rubies        by:  brendasue

She's in and getting a drink of sugar water (I do not use the red dye).

Every Photo reveals a little more about the bird    by:  brendasue

She 'hovers' like a helicopter over the port    by:  brendasue

Here she comes again!  by:  brendasue

What a great little bird to observe    by:  brendasue

She's a Beauty     by:  brendasue

The good thing about the zoom feature on the camera!

Holding on to the cup!  by:  brendasue

Could you do this to eat all of your meals??

Very Thirsty Today    by:  brendasue

They can 'hover' in one place for a long time.

Sunlight on the wings    by:  brendasue

This same bird at this same feeder later in the afternoon will appear blue! (Check out the blue hummers in the archive list)

That's All Folks!   by:  brendasue

This concludes our hummingbird photostudy for today. Think about creating your own hanging studio.  If you need help, contact me or Bluebonnet Herb Farms.

The tail end      by:  brendasue

Above is the tail end of a elusive hummingbird moth who feeds on the 4 o'clocks at sunset. This moth can also 'hover' like a hummingbird!  I will keep trying to shoot him.      The End.

New Patio                 by:  Linda Wood

One more for the road.  In the above photo,  Linda Wood and her Bluebonnet Landscaping Crew created a great new space out of nothing! You can do this also. Outdoor spaces are important for You.  (Get off the Couch!!!!!!)


...This is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek......'Nite All.



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