Incoming!!! by pixelchix

Incoming!!!

Couldn't resist another Western Bluebird shot from this morning. The chicks are still hanging around and getting fed by the parental units, but they are flying quite a bit on their own. Such a gift watching them so close.

Thanks for all your kind words on my post yesterday. We heard from Gene and Sherri's daughter tonight: Gene is in ICU and is heavily sedated, but they are cautiously optimistic. Jenn and I plan on visiting them this week. Life is crazy hard sometimes, yet beautiful still.

Hope your week is wonderful!
Stunning - this totally looks like a japanese painting!
June 13th, 2011  
I have no words! fav!
June 13th, 2011  
Beautiful capture and post treatment... Perfect focus!
June 13th, 2011  
Gorgeous, love how you have edited this, great timing! the wing is amazing.
June 13th, 2011  
mazing capture and editing - a typical Heather ;)!
June 13th, 2011  
Beautiful shot and the update on Gene sound good. Have a snap happy week!
June 13th, 2011  
This is beautiful!! Amazing editing and love the tones!
June 13th, 2011  
Nod
This looks like Chinese art works..or something oriental! Love it, fav.
June 13th, 2011  
The arty processing is what makes me love this. Fav!
June 13th, 2011  
very cool processing!
June 13th, 2011  
Except wonderful processing your timing in this photo is perfect!
Really beautiful result!! Fav to me. Thank you!
June 13th, 2011  
Beautiful pic with fantastic timing! Amazing editing too. Glad to hear Gene is doing ok so far.
June 13th, 2011  
Spectacular, Heather. It's like an Audubon drawing. Another wonderful work of art. Glad to hear the surfer is hanging in there. Hope his recovery continues.
June 13th, 2011  
Love that moment when the wings are spread and the primaries fan out.
June 13th, 2011  
A great piece of art!!! Love the painterly processing a lot.
June 13th, 2011  
Love this action shot.....a great capture!
June 13th, 2011  
NO WAY!!! This is not a photo, this is a piece of art! GORGEOUS< Heather! The editing is absolutly PERFECT! Fav!
June 13th, 2011  
ps: Dad is ok, smiling as usual, doing some exams still. Thank you so much for asking, you're a sweetie!
June 13th, 2011  
I agree.. to art. Amazing stuff Heather! I hope you're making the big bucks somewhere doing this kind of thing!
June 13th, 2011  
this is awesome - looks like a japanese print or something. just amazing processing, capture.
June 13th, 2011  
Great shot, fingers crossed for the family you helped.
June 13th, 2011  
Oh that wingspread, that worm, that little open mouth. A truly remarkable capture, Heather. And then, of course, there's the stellar processing. A fav for me.
June 13th, 2011  
yes...exactly what i was thinking...it looks exactly like a japanese print
June 13th, 2011  
Wow!! Fantastic!!!
June 13th, 2011  
Amazing capture & processing Heather.....my first thought too was that it looks like an art print! Pure excellence!

Thanks so much for your kind comments and favs yesterday...you really did brighten my day and regarding your question on what I used for HDR??? I cheat, I don't do multiple exposures since I haven't figured that out yet....just playing around with different programs....mostly Nik color/HDR effects & Topaz lately! I feel like I'm cheating when I use them but I'm hopelessly addicted to the endless variations I can come up with using these tools.
June 13th, 2011  
Great processing Heather!!!
June 13th, 2011  
@bluemoon Ah, not cheating at all paula, I use topaz too, and lucis filter the same way sometimes. I was happy to see your beautiful pictures!
June 13th, 2011  
this is so wonderful, i'm in love with this picture....keep up the good work!
June 13th, 2011  
Oh wow! This is fantastic. Such a beautiful photo. Excellent in every way.
June 14th, 2011  
Gorgeous shot and processing! A fav for sure!
June 14th, 2011  
Oh my, the way you processed this it looks Victorian to me. This is beautiful!
June 14th, 2011  
What a brilliant and beautiful shot. Definite fav!
June 14th, 2011  
OMG words are failing me! FAVE!
June 14th, 2011  
Wow, incredible shot and processing. fav
June 14th, 2011  
Beautiful shot!
June 14th, 2011  
Cool shot and processing!!
June 14th, 2011  
Lovely fine art image. Couldn't be more beautifully shot and processed.
June 14th, 2011  
Fantastic capture, the wings are just perfect and the subject, well just adorable!
June 14th, 2011  
This looks like an Audobon painting! Wow!
June 14th, 2011  
simply beautiful piece Heather..
your processing is always so beautiful!! :)
June 14th, 2011  
Superb.
June 14th, 2011  
this is absolutely amazing! I love how the background gives the whole photo the feel like it's a painting.
June 14th, 2011  
LOVE.THIS.SO.MUCH. Healing loving thoughts for your friend also....love this quote "Life is crazy hard sometimes, yet beautiful still." Finding beauty during the hardest times in life is what keeps us living...one foot in front of the other. Tons o' love from this part of our planet *heart*
June 14th, 2011  
Wow. Amazing shot. Well timed too.
June 14th, 2011  
love the textures, looks and feels like a painting
June 14th, 2011  
This is wonderful. It ends up looking like an Audabon painting.
June 14th, 2011  
wonderful image, I love the processing! def fav!
June 14th, 2011  
Wonderful catch.
June 15th, 2011  
Wonderful shot! looks like an Audubon masterpiece!
June 15th, 2011  
Amazing and excellent capture. I totally agree with Sue above, like an Audubon masterpiece.
June 15th, 2011  
not sure how I missed this one. I love this. A fav for me
June 15th, 2011  
Amazing. Fav
June 15th, 2011  
wow this is very artistic and looks like painting, great shot a fav!
June 16th, 2011  
Wow. This is such a beauty. Amazing.
June 16th, 2011  
wow!! i cant believe ive missed it... its amazing!
June 17th, 2011  
so awesome, heather! love it!
June 17th, 2011  
Ira
Fav!!!
June 17th, 2011  
Congratulations on making the top 20. Well deserved!
June 18th, 2011  
Congratulations on the top 20, beautiful and well composed shot!
June 18th, 2011  
Oh my! I need a lesson from you, ma'am. You are so good.
June 20th, 2011  
WOW - you take my breathe away with your photos. This looks like a National Audobon image! Stunning! A FAV!
June 24th, 2011  
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