Summer Photography

Sunspots and shadows, light filtered through leaves
Camouflaged chirping concealed in the trees
Shady slow shutter speeds, subjects are blurred
Summer photography – it’s for the birds!

I wrote that little ditty simply to say that summer has been the hardest season yet to get good bird pictures!

My backyard is currently a canopy of trees. (In fact, when my Aunt Jane was sitting on my deck a couple days ago she said she felt like she was in a dang tree fort. Well, she didn’t say “dang”, but you get the idea.) Anyway, during the “golden hours” of photography the yard is too shady, but at mid-day the sun seeps through the nooks and crannies of the leaves creating all sorts of glare and shadows. The birds themselves turn out okay in the pictures, but the backgrounds leave a bit to be desired. Here’s what I mean…


A pair of Brown-headed Nuthatches


Female Northern Cardinal


Male Red-bellied Woodpecker


Blue Jay

Ah well, despite the photography woes, the birds are still turning out in abundance and I am blessed to be able to watch them.

About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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4 Responses to Summer Photography

  1. neihtn2012 says:

    Backgrounds look good to me. Great photos!

  2. Sue says:

    I kind of like the dappled green background. The fact that you can photograph birds without leaves and branches across their heads or bodies is a big plus. Love the little poem!

    • kathydoremus says:

      I guess the backgrounds give it a less “professional” appearance…but hey, I’m not a professional and I kind of like the “real life look” just as much.

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