iPhoneography: Freeway sentinels

7 02 2018

Playing with Snapseed and Distressed FX apps

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iPhoneography: Birds & branches

12 12 2017

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Winter cleaning find

8 12 2017

Yet another spring cleaning session last week…this time in the “craft room,” where I prepare matted photos, make jewelry, sew, craft and such. Biggest task is to go through boxes of papers to file…and I always run across random photos, like this one shot by my friend Karen back in the late 80s. We were outside her townhouse (I rented a room from her, and we had just returned from Giant Food, where we both worked as graphic designers). This little sparrow landed on the brick wall surrounding the back patio and eventually landed on my hand (with a little coaxing with a piece of bread). Everyone who saw this photo said, “oh, it must have been sick.” Seriously? It couldn’t be that I just might be a sparrow whisperer? Hmm? (This was during my curly hair perm days, which earned me the nickname of Curl Girl by my friends Karen and Nina.)

© Karen Byer-Storch

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Flying lessons soon…

10 05 2015

I photographed Mama Dove and her big babies again on Tuesday of last week. I checked yesterday and everyone has left the nest, but Mama and Papa are in view, behaving like sentinels, so I know the babies are now in their “flying lessons” phase and probably resting safely somewhere in my garden!

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Nesting

30 04 2015

A Mourning dove has built her nest in a plant pot on the top of my gardening bench. You can see part of one of two babies to her right (black with white streaks). I can’t do my annual cleanup in that area until after flying lessons are given! Isn’t she pretty? (iPhone 6 with Snapseed2)

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Road trip in Iceland: Guillemots at Látrabjarg

16 06 2014

These are Guillemots (Common Murre); I counted more than 60 just in this “record” shot; bird cliffs of Látrabjarg in Iceland

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Road trip in Iceland: The cliffs of Látrabjarg

14 06 2014

This is a “record” shot” (meaning it won’t win any awards!) of a portion of the bird cliffs of Látrabjarg in the West fjords. I wanted to give you a sense of how steep these cliffs are. At the top of the photo, you can see a few little buildings and a lone man walking. There is a squiggly white line to the left of the man in the black jacket—this is the “safe zone” line they marked in the grass with paint. Before we went to Látrabjarg, I was doing some research and learned that in 2010, a 51-year-old German man and his wife were at Látrabjarg and the man fell to his death while photographing the birds. The cliffs are 1500 feet high and the ground at the cliff edges can become unstable because the puffins dig their burrows below the surface. I was a bit apprehensive about going after reading that, but once there, I felt safe since I was staying behind the safe line and using a long lens. I’d do most anything to get a good photograph, but I won’t risk life and limb!

You can’t see the birds in this photo, but there are hundreds of birds nestled in the nooks and crannies. I got most of my shots from one side, pointed toward the areas that jut out at an angle. I got the puffin shots easily because they nest close to the top of the cliff and my 80-400 lens was perfect for the task.

Látrabjarg is the westernmost point of Europe.

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