More bird silhouettes

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #62: Silhouettes

I know I have probably done more than enough of my bird silhouettes posts.
They are a passion that I haven’t done for a while so maybe posting a few of them will be inspiration to do some more. It is quite time consuming as I hand “colour” the edges almost each pixel at a time to get the desired black and white silhouette effect. I was selling framed photos at the markets when we had a stall as time permitted and they sold well.

Hope you enjoy these birds.
A Spangled Drongo

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A Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoosilhouette-blog_yellow-tailed-black-cockatoo
A Golden Whistler – This one took a lot of timesilhouette_blog_whistler
A Rainbow Bee Eatersilhouette_blog_rainbow-bee-eater
A Red Wattlebird – This one took the most time to get it the way I wantedsilhouette-blog_wattlebird

The featured photo is a Pied Cormorant

The Bushfires and Sunset on Saturday

Here on the North Coast of New South Wales there are fires in the hinterland and on the tablelands. With current drought conditions, a lack any rain and very strong westerly winds has rendered the bush so dry that any fires have been started have just raced away burning thousands of hectares of bush land as well as in some instances houses and farms. The fact that anyone would light fires in these conditions infuriates me. My place is so dry and as the droughts grip tightens a natural process for eucalypt trees in to drop their leaves creating another layer of dry material and texture on the already dry forest floor. The strong wind has also blown dust from the west. What I thought were clouds on Saturday morning was a combination of dust and smoke which stung the eyes and you could almost taste the dust in the air. The feature photo is what we awoke to. Normally we can see the hills beyond the last line of trees you can see.

These fires combined with dust blown from the farmlands over the range have created amazing sunsets. On Saturday the early part of the afternoon’s sunset the colours in the smoke and dust was amazing almost psychedelic
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The smoke and dust layers colours were just amazing
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The intensity of the sunset even coloured the Blue-faced Honeyeater whose underparts are whiteblue-faced_honeyeater_sunset_fire_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Just in case you hadn’t seen a Blue-faced Honeyeaters coloursblue faced honeyeater_home_crop_sept 2013
The sun came from the fires smoke and dust layerssun_sky_cloud_sunset_fire_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Two Welcome Swallows sat on the power line for a silhouette in the sunsetwelcome_swallows_sihouettte_sunset_fire_named_caniaba_sept 2019

The sun, behind the fence posts silhouette, is almost down giving the clouds a dark and foreboding look
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The fierce fiery intensity of the sun going down gave hope for a less eventful day on Sunday
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Contributions for Debbie’s Six Word Saturday
Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge: Texture
Lens Artists Photo Challenge #62: Silhouettes
Ragtag Sunday Infuriate
Ragtag Thursday: Psychedelic

 

It’s in the frame

The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #60: Framing the Shot

I think I got carried away with this photo challenge but couldn’t find the photo I really wanted. In a random order.  No words but if you want to know about a particular shot, or shots, drop me a line.

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wallaby_front verandah_crop_named_ jan 2011

 

buff rumped thornbill_named_binna burra_march 2018

 

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full moon_6

 

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Vienna

 

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue

The Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #58: Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

The wagon from years ago
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New little Grey Fantail chicksfantail young02_nest_binna burra_named_nov 2014
The book exchange in the shopping centre180523_blog challenge_books or paper_bookshelves_grafton
The wonderful blue of a Superb Fairy Wrenblue wren04_grafton_changed_named_jan 2014

 

and if you want it a bit heavier

Dreamy

The word prompt from the Lens-Artists: Dreamy

The distant hills
bathed in yellow
beckoning
join the dream
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To watch
nature glide by
enveloped in wonder
flying to a dreampelican_fog_clarence river_grafton_named_july 2014
The distant hills
alive as
the Sun glows
awaken to now
but still we dream180228_hills_sunset

The Bearded Iris

The word prompt from the Lens-Artists: Detail

You probably have seen lots of photos of Bearded Iris especially on Cee’s FOTD Do you know why they are called a Bearded Iris. Lets have a look at some detail shall we?

Here is the Bearded Iris that I hold dear as it is a memory of a friend
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A little closer, viewed from the top, and you can see the Iris a bit clearer
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Once you look you can see the “beard”190714_blog_challenge_detail_bearded_iris2

Wonderful little beard
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Lens-Artists Challenge #53 – Your Choice

It’s their one year anniversary so congratulations to Tina Amy Ann-Christine and Patti

There has been some suggestions for the topics to post so I am just going to go with things I enjoy photographing which I have found brings other photographers into my life who I like to refer to as my blog family. Those who comment to say what they like and offer suggestions but in all everyone is positive in their outlook, photos and friendship as well. No words of explanation as I said to a fellow blogger who said captions help, I like you to interpret my photos as you see them. Some of these have bought smiles to faces which is something I find is the reaction closest to my heart. Ready? Let’s go……….

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stingless native bee_flying_day lily_flower_orange_garden_named_home_nov 2018

 

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moonlight_water_rain_caniaba_feb 2019

 

moon-flower03_named_binna-burra_dec-2016

 

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on the road_art fun_named_jackadgery_feb 2018

 

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crab art02_named_emerald beach_march 2017

 

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And a rose for each of the Fab Fourrose_pink_named_caniaba_oct 2018

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Much loveEastern Rosellas
Thank you and good nightsunset_yacht_golden_named_macleay_island_march 2019