Backyard Nature

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Nature Photography
by robin hindle

Today was a cool cloudy day and in spite of that I decided to have coffee on the deck. As I sat there I noticed how beautiful everything looked. There were birds, squirrels, green grass and beautiful flowers. So I took my camera and started taking pictures. I used my Nikon D5100 with the AF Nikor 80-200 zoom lens. Everywhere I looked was like magic. So serene and peaceful and yet activity all around with wood peckers, blue jays, humming birds, nuthatch and squirrels. Well just one squirrel of whom is named Earl. Yes I name all the animals that come into my yard. Earl the squirrel, jay the blue jay, woody the wood pecker although there are two different wood peckers, one is a downy and the other a hairy. Also the northern flicker (Flick for short) is also of the wood pecker family. One of which came for a visit but I didn’t get a photo. Hummy the humming bird, and last but not least the Nuthatch of which I have yet to think of a name. Most of the photos are taken from my deck except for the flowers. The lilacs are finally in full bloom after such a cool spring and the lupin are just coming into bloom now.

So here are a few pictures of my backyard nature. Some of the photos are a tad blurry but lovely creatures just the same. If you want to see the info on each photo press the “i” at the bottom of the image. Enjoy.

On another note, I am thinking of once again featuring artists and photographers. Preferably Canadian or local Nova Scotian. If you know of anyone whose art you would like to see promoted let me know and I’ll contact them and get the ball rolling. I will feature one artist and one photographer a month. So please send me your picks on who you would like to see for my next feature.

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Bugs

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As promised, here is my next installment of photos. For this post I’ll be showing photos of bugs. This is my least favourite thing about the warm weather, but my favourite thing to photograph. I love using my micro lens. It’s old and a bit banged up but it still takes crisp clean pictures. As with my zoom lens this lens will not work in auto-focus mode on my camera.

There are four photos, all taken with the AF MICRO NIKKOR 1:2.8 D Nikon lens.

Enjoy my euwwww photos.

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A New Year, A New Image and New Ideas

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I haven’t done much blogging in the last year but I am going to change that for 2016. I am now semi-retired from graphic design and will be concentrating more on my art and maybe a few crafts as well. As before I will once again be featuring local Nova Scotia or Canadian artists & photographers. I also thought I’d add some craft ideas. For now I am going to do the research needed to find an artist of the month and a photographer of the month for February. If you know of anyone you think I should feature please let me know. I’m always up for your thoughts and ideas.

In the mean time, I’d like to feature a few of my favorite photos from 2015. I traveled to Ontario from Nova Scotia for some of these photos, and the rest are taken locally in the Annapolis Valley. The valley has such beautiful country side and watching the colours change from summer into fall is quite spectacular although I’m not sure how well I captured that magnificent colour. My favorite places to frequent and photograph are Blomidon Beach & The Look-Off. During low tide the beach goes out for ever. The sand is fairly hard and red. The cliffs are also made with red sandy clay and the combination of the red clay, deep green plants and rich blue sky make for a most stunning aray of colours.

I hope you enjoy these few memories of 2015.

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Autumn Images

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I have decided to share photos of Autumn for this post. These photos were taken between September 1st and October 31st. They were taken throughout the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia, including Blomidon Beach, Halls Harbour and just around the area . Photography is still one of those activities, for me at least, that is very therapeutic. I see pretty much everything I look at as a photograph and hope that the special light I’m seeing or the beautiful colours I’m seeing translate into my photos. I have chosen several photos that do just that. I hope you see what I saw in the pictures I am posting today. Enjoy!

 

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Photography is Therapy

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First I’d just like to say I’ve reached another milestone in visitors reaching over 30,000. Yeah!!

Now for this post I thought I’d show some of my photographs again. As I mentioned before, I am not a professional photographer but I love taking pictures. It’s so easy to just get lost in so many little moments while searching for the right angle or the perfect light. It truly is therapy for the soul.

I have this real love/hate thing going on with bugs. The creepier or more colourful they are the more I want to photograph them, then all I want to do is step on them (not that I always do). The first set of photos is mainly creepy crawlies with a couple of other close-ups.

This second set are just photos that I really like. I always look for strange or weird things to take pictures of as well, like a rotten banana with maggots or a deformed tree trunk. In any case I do hope you enjoy viewing my photographs. I know I loved taking them.

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