Monday, January 23, 2012

Flew the coop ...


























I know, I know  ... why am I posting photos of snowy birds when I myself flew the coop during Saturday's brief storm and headed down to Anna Maria.


It's not that I'm trying to rub it in that we escaped all that cold weather.  
I hear it is down right balmy in Philly today with the temps in the 50's.



No, the reason I'm posting these snowy birds is that I was so crushin' on these cardinals Saturday and figured I wouldn't get a chance to post them since I would start crushin' on the sanderlings and the plovers and the seagulls and the egrets ... 

Okay, I'll stop.


But ya gotta admit, this little female cardinal was so sweet.


How can you not have a crush on her!


By the time we left to catch our plane Saturday, the snow turned into rain (okay, NOW I can't get that Dan Folgerberg tune out of my head "Same Old Lang Syne" ... sappy, I know, 
but one of my all time faves).

Our plane was a bit late in taking off ... we spent some time getting de-iced.
And I'm all for taking as much time needed to de-ice my plane!
Well, not MY plane, but USAir's plane.

It was dark when we arrived, but my Sunday morning walk was gorgeous!
Come along with me.














And that was just a morning walk!
Hope you enjoyed it.

By the way, you might also notice that I'm having 
some fun with my edits.  
All the bird photos were edited with Topaz Adjust HDR
and the scenery photo was edited with Nik HDR-End of the Road.

Just in case you wanted to know.

Well, I gotta go ... the outdoors is calling me!

Hope your week is getting off to a great start.

Mine sure is ... 


As ever,


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79 comments:

Beth said...

what beauties. so pretty. i've always loved cardinals. so lovely. i love the photo tricks. neat idea. (:

TSannie said...

YOur photos are always so gorgeous!

TexWisGirl said...

you're doing a great job with your photos all the way around! enjoy yourself!

Mama Zen said...

I'm loving the edits. Beautiful shots!

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Oooh I'd love to be by the sea right now, have an amazing time.

dr momi said...

Beautiful shots -- totally enjoyed them!

zooperson said...

You are the Birdwoman of Anna Maria (or anywhere else for that matter)! Your photos are just amazing and that little cardinal gal is the best! Thanks for sharing the editing features.

Hilary said...

It feels like I escaped winter right in the middle of this beautiful post. Gorgeous birds.

Dianne said...

Oh! that beautiful red cardinal in the top pic just tugged at my heart strings.... can you get a prettier sight than that...then my walk along the beach topped off the morning. Delightful!

Jill said...

Your cardinal pictures are wonderful! Well, actually ALL of your photos are...I just love cardinals!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Not fast. Honestly, it's pretty yucky here. 40ish, raining, and so damn foggy, you couldn't see the birds with a spotlight. Ok, not really that foggy, but kinda sucky. Your photos, on the other hand, are not sucky at all, thanks for sharing the warmth and beauty!

Sandra said...

that female is gorgeous. i rather see the snowy birds since i don't get to see them, i can see the other any day. but they are beautiful to, the beach and the gull

Amish Stories said...

You sure love your birds Missing, and you capture them so very well! Richard

who said...

I can appreciate a woman who understands flight, as freezing weather is not something the general public has a clue of while impatiently complaining about flight delays. It's serious business, so much so that to ice to pilots is like fire to sailors during the time period when all boats were wooden.

gina said...

Well, that's quite a transition -- I like the flight theme. I have to admit your winter birds are lovely, but the beach is what captures my attention...trying not to feel jealous. Enjoy it for the rest of us stuck in the cold.

EG Wow said...

Super bird photos!

Tammy said...

I love the rainy bird shots...brave of you to take your camera out in the rain :0

The pelican is awesome too!

Rambling Woods said...

I really like these....

Cheryl said...

I love it when photographers try new things. Love the effects and I fell in love with the cardinal from the shot.

Sylvia K said...

Fantastic job with the edits and what gorgeous birds! I love them all -- particularly the cardinal! Sounds as though you're having a great time, wonderful shots from the beach! Enjoy your week, Reena, and take lots more shots!!

Sylvia

Country Girl said...

Gorgeous. From winter to summer. Beautiful walk.

Andrew said...

Wonderful images...

lifeisaroadtrip said...

That is a wonderful juxtaposition of feathered friends. I especially love the Cardinals, though, being from where it is the state bird. And the water birds - well now - wah! I just miss the beach.

Ann said...

The cardinal pictures are gorgeous and that first picture from your Sunday morning walk just took my breath away.

Kim Stevens said...

Holy cow, I enjoyed this walk sooo much that I'm just going to have to come back for a visit again later. Really, really wonderful photos!

Ginny said...

Gads!!!! You've done it again!!!! Stunned me. Did you see Sandra's pelican pictures she edited? I have been framing them to hang up, and I have to ask you, can I print out two of these pictures to frame and hang on my wall??? I am in LOVE with them, you know I am a birdwatcher! When I am done, I will e-mail you a picture of it! The ones I want are nine and ten. I think they are a pelican and a cormorant?

Lois Evensen said...

Yes, I did enjoy going along on your morning walk. :) Great images. :)

OceanoAzul.Sonhos said...

I love your pictures are so sweet
Have a great week, Reena!

cvb

Jennifer Richardson said...

there is splendor
to them all.....these flowery
feathered beauties!
I'm happy for you,
snow or shine:)
-Jennifer

latebloomerbuds said...

You are a lucky girl Reena! The shots are glorious as usual and you are having fun with your new editing programs huh? I love Dan Fogelberg! Enjoy your trip! Margie

Evelyn S. said...

How the heck do you get those birds to pose for you??? ;-) I've already told you that I'm envious of your southern escape.

JillsyGirl said...

Yowza on the editing!! especially that bokeh on the bird with the wings spread out!

Anna said...

Cardinals are such beautiful birds, both in form and coloration. Great captures of them!
Ok, I'm very jealous of your warm beach, sunlight, and new bird friends! Wow, enjoy :)

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Love the cardinal with snow on it. Winter birds have it tough!

lisa said...

Oh my goodness, lucky you Reena!
It is much warmer here today, but surely not as warm as where you are!
I love these photographs, especially that sweet little female cardinal. Just beautiful!

Thank you so much for sharing with us at The Creative Exchange this week.

Have a wonderful evening!

lisa.

grammie g said...

Hi Renna...nothing like rubbing it in lol ; ]
I like how you just flew those Cardinals in there and flew of yourself...I would have been seriously nervous with the ice thing!!
Love your Cardinal and your walk photos ...just lovely !!
Grace

Mark said...

What a difference, first the cold and rain, then the beach. So nice, great photos

bill lisleman said...

just stopping by to enjoy water and bird pics.

Gillian Olson said...

The cardinals are beautiful with their snow covered coats, especially that little female.

LadyFi said...

Wow - love the contrast between the snowy birds and the warm ones!

Have a great week.

Sweepy said...

Woof!
And why are there no drooly dogs anywhere in your walk? It would make your shots more woofy beautiful. But I am drooling...

S. Etole said...

Rarely see cardinals here so I thoroughly enjoy those photos of them.

Liza said...

Enjoy your trip. I envy you the beautiful weather!

Daryl Edelstein said...

Jealous .. I wish I was there ..

Pat said...

What a contrast!
Beautiful shots from both locales.

AudreyO said...

Love the bird photos. We saw a long heron while out walking the other day. We both took several photos of the heron from different angles. Was nice to see him up close.

Linda R said...

From the snow to the beach.. I am so jealous.. You shots today just make me smile.. They are fabulous.. Have fun and enjoy my friend..

Hugs, Linda

heyBJK said...

Gorgeous photos, Reena! I would actually like to see some snow. Our winter has been very mild.

Springman said...

Gosh, so many thoughts!
Number 1. Yes, I admit to a huge crush on the the female cardinal.
2.You pictures are brilliantly processed. The ricocheting rain drops flying around your song birds are way over the top AAA+.
3.A great final line..."The snow turned into rain." Then the sax solo takes it out...just drippin' with "Ah, what might have been" nostalgia.
4. Agreed, you are crushin' it!
Carry on!

Gary said...

Wow, what a varied tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

I enjoyed both sets of photos immensely! Love the crazy bokeh behind the cormorant. Wow.

Madi and Mom said...

Hey Reena and thank you for taking me on your walk along the beach.

Finally we have sun and warmth today.

Madi hasn't had a sunpuddle nap since last Friday morning.
Hugs Madi and Mom

CherryPie said...

Those snowy birds are so delightful :-)

mick said...

Great photos of all the birds but I'd prefer to take the shorebirds and seabirds too!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

wow, reena, your photos look magical!

it's really hard to pick a favourite.
great colour combo, too.

Carole M. said...

I enjoyed each of your photographs, but especially the cardinals. How tough is it having to chip through ice to get to your tucker?! Just imagine sitting down to your porridge of a morning and having to do that first......

Carletta said...

Beautiful shots, great use of textures!
Love the female cardinal shots!

Margaret said...

LOVE the cardinals and the Topaz treatments! The southern birds look a bit more relaxed... :)

Steve Gravano said...

Beautiful job with the treatments. That Commorat with her wings out is beautiful.

eileeninmd said...

Hi Reena, I love your beautiful Cardinals in the snow. Enjoy your trip to Florida, I am envious. I wish I could skip the cold weather and migrate south. Wonderful post and photos.

My Journey With Candida said...

Cardinals are one of my favorite winter birds ...next to the little chick a dee.

Modesto Viegas said...

Very good post!
Regards

Ed Pilolla said...

the pelican with the majestic wings spread and the blurred green background is special.

Lissa @ lafcustomdesigns said...

I really love your Cardinals! Especially the ones on the bird feeder. Wish I had such beautiful birds in my yard. What grand opportunities you have.

Brian Miller said...

the cardinals in the snow do have some very nice color...but i am pining a bit more for those beach birds...

Arija said...

At first I could not understand how you could leave those superb, snow-clad cardinals but seeing he photos of your walk and especially the pelican, now I certainly have at least an inkling.

Nadege, said...

Wow, amazing images...I love your editing, the pelican is just gorgeous.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - great set of pictures. I really like the 'rain lines' in the first set.

The water may not be too warm - but it’s nothing that 3mm of neoprene can’t fix!

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Tammy said...

Hi Reena, to answer your question - not that you need any help from me as your shots are amazing - Lighting (which in this case was dumb luck; when shooting outdoors, you never know what you're going to get) and aperture. I used f9 for the chickadees. My D3000 creates noisy images even at ISO 800, so it is a real challenge to raise the aperture on cloudy days. Happy Shooting!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful photos.

Regards and best wishes

joo said...

What a beautiful post! I love winter photos as much as your walk!

Bob Bushell said...

Marvelous, winter to summer, it's almost as if I was with you. Brilliant series.

Hilke Breder said...

Your photos are beautiful, Reena. You are working magic with Topaz Adjust HDR and Nik HDR!

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

love love love that 1st Cardinal shot... they're all beautiful, crisp & clear, but I love the 1st w/ the snow!
The 1st shot after the Cardinal... the beach scene w/ the trees looks like a moon lit beach! Awesome! =)

Mary Howell Cromer said...

How do you do that...your images have a really neat added quality to them. From the beauty in the Cardinals all the way down through the shorebirds, they are each one really intriguing~

Joe said...

Love the Cardinals in the snow!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

OK these are great and (I"m scrolling backwards) I see where you are now. I adore cardinals too (we're from Oregon originally) and there are none in the Northwest. Enjoy the rest of your vacation.

Larry said...

Gorgeous shots of both locations Reena! That Cormorant photo with the green background is absolutely awesome!

Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life said...

What a lovely pause in my morning to discover your blog for the first time. What a lovely visit I've had... your photography is wonderful.

I love birds and so I'm really captivated by your gallery of finely feathered friends.

Wishing you many more glimpses of heaven in unexpected places.......