Eastern Bluebird by darylo

Eastern Bluebird

Today, my husband and I took a nice long walk with our dog Foxy with the goal of getting some shots of a property that has acquired some of the old Mansell Farm "barns" from across the street (there has been a land acquisition that I've never really understood in this area, but the old Mansell property was once a large farm with livestock--it was "condemned" to put the current Elementary School where my youngest is about to graduate). Anyway, there has been "barn movement" from one side of the street to another--I'm just glad it has not been torn down.

But you say, this is not a picture of a barn! Well, my photos didn't come out as nice as I'd like, and I had the wrong lens, so I'll take another visit and give you all some Urban-Ex later!

On our walk, I captured lovely cherry blossoms, pear tree blossoms (although, I confess, I really detest Pear trees -- so stinky), cardinals, cedar waxwings, a European-collared dove (huge!), a hawk flying above, some mockingbirds on wires, horses in a corral, abandoned road signs and mailboxes. Let's just say, it was a long, slow walk because I found something of interest each step of the way.

When we arrived at home, our children leaned out our open window in the office and yelled, "Where have you beeeeen? We thought you abandoned us!" Ah, to be missed.

I chose this capture today because my husband asked me if I had ever seen an Eastern Bluebird when I took photos--I told him I had only captured one and not very well--and then low and behold, guess who appeared in the clearing? I know Easter is tomorrow, so for those of you who celebrate, enjoy your day!

Beautiful capture of this bird on the very tip of the branch.
March 30th, 2013  
@anazad511 They are hard for me to capture! I loved this composition even though the focus is not so great (my problem often).
March 30th, 2013  
Ann
Beautiful composition and high key too ! : ) ....love the new young leaves too.....good get !
March 30th, 2013  
very beautiful photo
March 30th, 2013  
@foxsparrow Thanks Ann--it really was high-key (yes, sort of by accident because I didn't look at my other setting for the previous shots that were NOT high key), but all I had to do was crop and play with exposure and shadow some--the white was already there!
March 30th, 2013  
@foxsparrow Sorry, I don't think that made any sense--I meant that the pics I took just before were in a shaded area, so I had opened things up. Then I saw this guy and started shooting before realizing it might flood the shot--turned out it was a perfect fit!
March 30th, 2013  
@gerry Thanks Gerry! Have a happy Easter tomorrow!
March 30th, 2013  
Jo
Totally amazing shot, I cant believe how many wonderful birds you have at your disposal, keep them coming Daryl you are so good at these, I look forward to your shots every day. Happy Easter.
March 30th, 2013  
Fabulous shot. Such clear contrasts. Just stunning.
March 30th, 2013  
How lucky to find an Eastern Bluebird and what an awesome pose. I love this & will fav. Happy Easter and thanks for the follow back.
March 30th, 2013  
@jo13 Thanks so much Jo. If I look back on the first person I followed after the friend I joined with and it was you. I look for your photo every day and love learning from you and sharing our photos across that great big pond. Have a lovely Easter! It's warm here--I sure hope it's warming there!
March 30th, 2013  
@witchyjacq Thanks Jacqui--it was a rare catch for me, and I'm pleased!
March 30th, 2013  
@cimes1 Thanks so much for the fav! Happy Easter!
March 30th, 2013  
@darylo this is an amazing photo...the bluebird of happiness!!
March 30th, 2013  
Amazing shot! Love it :) Fav :)
March 30th, 2013  
@shunter Thanks--definitely made me happy!
March 30th, 2013  
@ragnhildmorland Thanks so much for the Fav and the lovely comment! :)
March 30th, 2013  
Amazing capture! That sweet bird is perched so perfectly. Love the lines of the branches.
March 30th, 2013  
@pflaume thanks so much!
March 30th, 2013  
Great shot, I love Bluebirds, I'd only recently seen any in our area.
March 30th, 2013  
Wow, this is a gorgeous shot Daryl. A fav for me!
March 30th, 2013  
Might be my favorite of all the bird phots! Fav!
March 31st, 2013  
Fav for this great shot of a stunning bird and for your accompanying story.
March 31st, 2013  
Just beautiful.
March 31st, 2013  
Lovely high key colorful bird!
March 31st, 2013  
Fantastic shot, love it.
March 31st, 2013  
@tomsde Thanks! I just saw a photo of the western bluebird--very blue!
March 31st, 2013  
@danitech Thanks very much Danielle, and for the fav!
March 31st, 2013  
@spair Wow, Susan, thank so much for your comment and for the fav!
March 31st, 2013  
@judis Thanks very much Judi for the comments about the story--I think it's funny that I started 365 as a writing project! Thanks also for the fav.
March 31st, 2013  
@writingdays Many thanks!
March 31st, 2013  
@cjainmd Thanks! I did my first "intentional" high key during ONS4, but this one was accidental--I was worried that the bluebird would be washed out, but it was perfect (well, focus was not perfect, but perfect for me)! Whew!
March 31st, 2013  
@andyn Thanks so much Andrew! :D
March 31st, 2013  
Great shot and capture. a fav.
March 31st, 2013  
@bristolrose Thanks very much for the lovely comment and the fav!
March 31st, 2013  
Wonderful Shot. Faved
March 31st, 2013  
@anugraha2811 Thanks so much
March 31st, 2013  
So pleased to see this on the PP! :)
March 31st, 2013  
@danitech Danielle, thank you very much--I'm very surprised!
March 31st, 2013  
Stunning ----fav !
March 31st, 2013  
Congratulations for this image being on the PP. :)
March 31st, 2013  
@witchyjacq Thanks Jacqui!
March 31st, 2013  
@jodimuli Thanks very much for the comment and the fav! :)
March 31st, 2013  
Congrats on the PP......I knew this one would make it!
April 1st, 2013  
@cimes1 Thanks Carole! I can't believe it, but I'm thrilled!
April 1st, 2013  
what a lovely capture
April 1st, 2013  
@lesip thanks so much Leslie!
April 1st, 2013  
Beautiful! Love how he is sitting so nicely on the tree for you. Someone else has a Western Bluebird on the PP :)
April 1st, 2013  
@bella_ss I saw that! So cool! Thanks for visiting!
April 1st, 2013  
beautiful capture of a beautiful bird!!
April 1st, 2013  
Fabulous shot, just Magic.
April 1st, 2013  
Lovely capture! Beautiful!
April 2nd, 2013  
Wonderful capture - what a beautiful bird! Sounds like you had a wonderful walk - my walks always take twice as long if I have my camera! : )
April 4th, 2013  
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