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
A Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
A Golden Whistler – This one took a lot of time
A Rainbow Bee Eater
A Red Wattlebird – This one took the most time to get it the way I wanted
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
The smoke and dust layers colours were just amazing
The intensity of the sunset even coloured the Blue-faced Honeyeater whose underparts are white
Just in case you hadn’t seen a Blue-faced Honeyeaters colours
The sun came from the fires smoke and dust layers
Two Welcome Swallows sat on the power line for a silhouette in the sunset
The sun, behind the fence posts silhouette, is almost down giving the clouds a dark and foreboding look
The fierce fiery intensity of the sun going down gave hope for a less eventful day on Sunday
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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