Sunday, August 21, 2005

Goldfinch

Suddenly, and without warning, I don't seem to have much to blog. Apart from the occasional informational item, I have been reduced to silence for the past week or so. I can't seem to even muster a comment on most blogs. I have been keeping up with you, however. Since I have nothing to say, I am pleased to have this photo to post.



The Boy and The Butterfly are visiting this weekend, saying their goodbyes to this house. We, ourselves, only have one more weekend before we make the long cross-province move.


Yesterday morning, The Boy looked out the kitchen and saw this goldfinch in the side border. We all scurried to the window and looked. At first, I didn't bother to get my camera because I have found that birds usually don't stay put for long. After a minute or so, however, he was still there. So, I found my camera, changed to the telephoto lens, and was still able to take about a dozen pictures through the window pane before he flew off. This was the best photo, but I still had to crop it, brighten it, and warm it up a bit in Photoshop.


When we are biking, there is one section where we often see goldfinches. They often seem to escort us, but they are really trying to fly off and are surprised when that we are able to keep up with them. At that point, they speed up or veer off, but it's fun to travel with them (as it were) for a while. They seem to fly in short, looping bursts that I quite enjoy watching.


There is something very satisfying about being touched by nature, even in these small ways, like seeing three young hawks practising their soaring close to ground level in the wetlands the other day. There is another spot where we see a blue heron almost every time we cycle by, and we usually shout a cheery greeting. We always have Cuppa's camera at hand, but the 3x optical zoom doesn't really give us a good shot, and I am a little loathe to pedal about the countryside with my SLR and telephoto lens in tow.


 

8 comments:

PBS said...

That's a pretty picture, I like finches, all sorts, so bright and lively. We saw a hawk and a lot of geese flying overhead yesterday.

swamp4me said...

I like the colors in this shot.

I know what you mean about the blogging slump. Seems like by the time I cruise through all the blogs on my must-see list I have neither the time nor inclination to post anything on my own blog. My commenting has gotten slack as well. I often find myself typing the comment and then erasing it before I send. It's not that the posts aren't comment worthy, it's just that I can't seem to muster a coherent thought. Maybe it is just a case of summer doldrums...

Dale said...

Lovely pic, AC! I was just thinking the other day, that I have nothing to write about. Then my ex-wife called ... LOL!

Norma said...

This is great. Might inspire another painting.

I see you've added verification; I'm getting spam in comments for the first time so have gone back to no anonymous.

Greg said...

Very beautiful picture.

Good luck moving. We are making the first of two moves tomorrow. Renting for 3 months until the new house is ready. Pics of the new house on my blog.

Writing entries in my blog has been close to impossible. Work all day, come home and do stuff to this house to get it ready to sell, eat, and fall into bed.

Looks like it has paid off. We got a full price offer two days after listing last Thursday.

Thanks for making it possible for me to comment again.

Christi said...

I know how you feel. I've been so busy lately, yet I can't think of anything to write! Maybe it's the hot weather or something. Strange.

Iona said...

Very nice picture. You're becoming quite the bird photographer!

And yes, touched by nature is something 'heavenly'!

kathy said...

I love the Picture. :) I seem to always be at a loss for words on my blog LOL but it doesn't keep me from blogging.
hey anvilcloud...i have a question, I'm getting lots of spam commenters on my blog, why? whats going on with that?