# A PHOTO A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY – Day 34

Today’s image is from last week, not my old archives.

Last Thursday the 23rd to be exact.

female SUPERB FAIRY-WREN

With the overnight rain leaving a trail of droplets on my lounge windows, all the photos I took this morning are blurred which is a shame.

With rain forecast for the next 5-6 days, I suspect I won’t get any more bird photos in reasonable focus until next week.   That’s one of the downsides of using AF (autofocus) instead of MF (manual focus).   It can autofocus on the water droplets and not on the bird itself.  I doubt even the most experienced nature photographer would be able to capture fast-moving wrens as they dart about the ground or foliage.

But, you can bet if I put my 2 cameras (with their short and long telephoto lenses) away in their soft pouches on the floor, a bird will visit and stand still with a clear shot 😀

Here’s another shot of a male wren I took when living over the north-east side of Melbourne.  This time the bird was relatively still for a longer period of time.

I found a great YouTube to share – highlighting how fast the wrens move and their call.   Thinking about it this morning, I realise it’s more like a mouse squeaking than a bird call.

I’m sure you’ll have an appreciation of how hard they are to capture in really sharp focus on my potted herbs or balcony fence railing.

If you’re a bird-lover you might also enjoy this YouTube of some exotic bird species, their calls and feather displays

I played it through a couple of times while having my morning coffee this morning.

# A PHOTO A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY – Day 27

No image from my archives today as I had another visit from my Superb Fairy-wrens to share.

I was just about to fill the bucket with hot soapy water to take out onto my balcony to wash the exterior windows, bird baths and bird ‘swimming pool’ when I realized I’d forgotten to turn the computer off.

I sat down at my desk and logged off and then a delightful little female Superb Fairy-wren landed on the Rocket plant trough right in front of me.   Grabbed the Sony ‘mirrorless’ and shorter telephoto lens (as it was so close) and made about 70 shots on the continuous shooting setting.

Many were blurred and the blue feathered male was a bit too quick for me, although I did get a shot of the male standing right in front on the window in front of my desk, but the shadow was shading its eye.  I’ll include it anyway.

So out of 70, I scored 11 shots in reasonable focus with the first shot being the best.

Note: After they left the balcony I went out to do the cleaning and also cut back the Rocket plant so there’d be no tall stems hiding their bodies in future.

The male (below) is about 2 1/2 feet away from my camera lens and I can’t quite believe it didn’t see me move.  If there’d been no window, I could have reached out and touched it.  What a thrill it is to get so close to these tiny birds.

Now the windows are sparkling clean I can almost guarantee it’s going to rain tomorrow  😀

# A PHOTO A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY – Day 22

From the archives

1st April 2011

…….and the following cacti images were shot on different days and I have shared both before, but having been made with a 100mm macro lens does mean they’re worth sharing again.  

GOLDEN RAT TAIL CACTUS

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

If you learn to enjoy waiting, you don’t have to wait to enjoy.

Kazuaki Tanahashi

It’s a bit hard to see, but there are some tiny toadstools in the above image.   Look harder.   They’re on the mid-left-hand side of the frame.

I was standing outside my apartment building front entrance waiting for my supermarket delivery yesterday – the drivers are no longer allowed into apartment buildings or houses to deliver your goods due to the ‘coronavirus lockdown’ and social distancing – when I spied some tiny toadstools peeping out from under some tanbark mulch on a chest-high garden bed.

After missing out on some shots of a tiny field mouse dashing across my pathway and a male Superb Fairy-wren on the road near my feet last week (while waiting for my supermarket delivery), I flung my Sony a6000 ‘mirrorless’ camera over my shoulder yesterday in the hope of spotting something to photograph.   I only have the 55-210mm kit lens for this camera since I ‘killed’ the 18-200mm lens in a fall 3 months after I bought the camera in 2015, so I can’t get too close to subjects with this camera now.

I would have done better to have my Canon DSLR and 17-55mm lens in hindsight.

I leant over the cement wall, but it was a while before I could work out a way to photograph these tiny toadstools.  I kept stepping backwards inch by inch trying to get them in focus.

I amused myself for quite some time examining my immediate surroundings as I waited for the delivery van.   I don’t know how anyone can get bored while waiting for something, or someone, outdoors.   There’s always something to see.   I didn’t see a field mouse yesterday like the previous week when I didn’t have a camera over my shoulder,  but I did spend some time watching some insects,   They were similar to a Harlequin bug, slowly crawling over the brick wall.   I wish I knew what kind of insect they were.

Even more importantly, I wish I still had a dedicated Macro lens.

 

# A PHOTO A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY – Day 21

From the archives

31st January 2011

This image belongs to yesterday when I didn’t get around to choosing an image for the day.   Lots of other things on the ‘to do’ list.

I’m not a fan of cacti, but since the RBG (Royal Botanic Gardens) has a large arid garden as part of their plant collection and it was near the garden’s entrance I used every visit, its inevitable that I took the time to photograph some of its many specimens.

Euphorbia ingens variegata ????

I was disappointed in this image as it looks too ‘flat’.   I actually tried to edit it into a better photo late last night, but my photo editing skills are minimal and no matter how much light and life I tried to inject into the image, it remains dead (to me) and two-dimensional.

Still, I’m sure there are some cacti & succulents lovers out there who might enjoy the view. Further down 2011 I took some more interesting images of both cacti and succulents with my Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens which turned out much better, but they will come further down my scrolling through my photo library archives.

 

# A PHOTO A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTO AWAY – Day 17

From the archives

4th May 2011

I THINK THIS MIGHT BE JAPANESE BLOOD GRASS (Imperata) in Autumn as the image was made in May 2011 (mid-Autumn).

Canon EOS 500D   (2009 model)

Lens Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS   

ISO 320

f/5.6

1/100s

I was going to do a post specifically on grasses (and/or tree barks), but my ‘grass’ folder is rather low on images, so it might have been a folder I lost when my computer crashed last year.   I never, ever did finish re-filing, or re-setting up new folders, from last May when I got a new iMac desktop computer and the Photo library transfer didn’t work and I lost so many images).