Sunday, December 30, 2012

Winter Hues


The skies are gray, the winds biting,

  and the leafless landscape, so far, is devoid of snow...





 but there are always the bluebirds...




  and cardinals...



and tufted titmice.


What more could we want?





Note about the photos:
The three titmice on the branch are actually one bird in motion.
My camera caught the bird in the right and left positions in the first burst.
He may have heard me say "Take Two".
In any case, the little bird was obliging enough to come back to the same branch
for another takeoff, so I combined the three in photoshop.


As always, you can click on any image to enlarge it.



Linking with Wild Bird Wednesday




28 comments:

Sandra said...

With such glorious birds to observe and capture on camera we are wanting for nothing at all!
I love the tufted titmice lining up on the branch as if on a high-jump over a stretch of water and they are all about to dive in!
I'm always so impressed by the striking cardinals which we don't have here. The bluebird is so beautiful too with his distinctive marking. How lovely to get those red berries in the shot. Beautiful!

Tricia Hays said...

The two left on the branch are saying, "if your friend jumps off the branch, does that mean you have to, too?" *gasp* =0
Love the cardinal... I love cardinals =)

Jennifer Richardson said...

i love how much easier to see
they are now
that the foliage is dormant
...their bright colors
and movement seem like a
sweet winter song:)
thanks for the beautiful share,
Jennifer

Mary Howell Cromer said...

How beautiful these beauties are. Connie, you always take such wonderful natural images of birds and so much more. Happy New Year Blessings my friend~

*Manja* said...

Fantastisch & wundervoll!!
Liebe Grüße & alles Gute, für 2013!
♥lich,*Manja*

Kerri said...

Truly breathtaking!
Wishing you all the BEST for 2013!

Horst in Edmonton said...

Happy New Year and have a wonderful slide into 2013.

Sharon said...

When I grow up, I am going to take pictures just like you! God has given you a gift, my friend.

Deanna said...

What beautiful captures of beautiful birds. Happy New Year, Connie. Blessings to you and your family in 2013!!

Pat said...

Lovely captures of these beautiful birds. Wishing you the best in 2013!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Wonderfull pictures... I hope next year brings you love health and happiness. And of course. Good images .. Happy new year..

TexWisGirl said...

so clever w/ the titmouse shots!

the bluebird and cardinal shots are gorgeous, too. beautiful!

NatureFootstep said...

wow, you have some pretty gorgeous birds. And very good shots of them. Love the last one. I guess it is a collage?

i stora drag said...

Such beautiful photos of this colourful birds! We don't have the first two and the third I'm not sure of either! Nice work in photoshop! :)
Happy new year to you!
Greetings Pia in Sweden

eileeninmd said...

Love bird photos! The bluebirds will always be my favorite but I love what you did with the Titmouse shot. Very cool! Happy New Years to you and yours!

Ken Schneider said...

Love all the photos, but especially the titmouse one. Happy New Year!

Findlay Wilde said...

What a great group of birds and really striking colours. From Findlay

Karen said...

Terrific shots Connie! Love the creativity of the last onw!

mick said...

Beautiful birds - especially the bluebird. Your work on the last photo with photoshop is great.

Amanda said...

Lovely! I especially like the colours of the first photo.

Shirley said...

Amazing photo's...Life is good when we have birds to photograph...Happy New year!

Rebecca said...

Beautiful photos! I actually thought the cardinal was a painting!! Happy New Year!

Stewart M said...

Nice set of pictures - I do like the jumping Titmice!

The finger being bitten was mine - but its only if the bird gets hold of you with the tip of its beak that it starts to become uncomfortable. (And I put the finger there on purpose!)

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

Stewart M - Melbourne

Gary said...

Beautiful series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Neil said...

Beautiful series of photos.

pattisjarrett said...

That is such a cool effect with the titmouse. It looks like they are lined up on a diving board and one jumped! Great photos, all. Love the blog name and purpose, too.

ladyfi said...

Amazing shots!

Jill c",) said...

Fantastic picture!! I really love this bird pic`s:))