Wednesday, August 22, 2007

This and That

An American painted lady.
These first three pictures were taken with my Sony Alpha-100. I don't use it much because I only have the lens that came with the camera, and it doesn't do macro very well with that particular lens. I had just ordered a new lens hood for the camera and got it in the mail today. That helped a lot and the pictures are better than usual. I'm not used to using an SLR so I need lots of practice.
My daughter is a nanny for two precious little children. We had them at our house today and we were at the window watching the birds together. The little boy was playing with the verbena and I just had to get a picture of his chubby little hand.
It was so hot and humid today, so I filled the birdbath with ice water. Within minutes the birds flocked to it. I've never seen this many birds at the birdbath before. They splashed all of the water out rather quickly so I had to refill it. You would think ice water would too cold for them but I've done this a few times and they seem to enjoy it.


Dorothy Guyton said...

How beautiful. I haven't learned how to take such nice photos. i hope to soon. Interested in a great read for the end of summer. Check out "Diary of a Wannabe Gardener." The title says it all. Preview the book at You will be happy that you did. Love the purple in the garden and there is nothing more precious than the face of a little one enjoying nature.

Annie in Austin said...

With a crowd like that you need the sturdy brick base, don't you, Robin. I've seen my smaller birdbath wobble when there are four of the white-winged doves flapping at once.

Your cat was probably having an interesting window day, too!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

shirl said...

Hi Robin,

Brilliant capture of the chubby hand with the delicate flower - great shot you should enter it into a photographic competition!

Katie said...

I have an A100 as well, but my pictures don't turn out like yours. I'll have to use the ice in the birdbath trick - thanks for sharing!

Connie said...

Wonderful the butterfly shot and the pudgy little fingers on the verbena. :-)

Robin (Bumblebee) said...

The photos are beautiful. Love that chubby hand!

I have plans to take a photography and PhotoShop class this winter--when the garden is quiet.

--Robin (Bumblebee)

Susan's Stuff said...

That chubby baby hand reaching for the bloom is just too precious!!