Saturday, May 8, 2010

Straight Out of the Camera Sunday.

It's Murietta's 365 Straight Out of the Camera Sunday again. Everyone is invited to join in, and there are only two rules: 1) photo must have been taken by you, and 2) no tweaking allowed. Cropping is allowed and is not considered tweaking.

The Canon 70-300mm IS zoom lens arrived Thursday and I've been playing around with it the last couple of days to see what it (and I) can do.


This is a scissortail that has taken up residence in the bur oak tree. He/she has taken offense to my windows and my husband's truck windows. I found a hanging thingie with mirrors which I put in the same tree; however, he pays no attention to that and prefers to attack the house windows along with the truck's. I even moved the truck to the far side of the drive circle -- the scissortail found the truck and resumed attacking the windows. Actually, I can hardly wait until I get a really, really good close-up of a bird or any kind of wild animal. :D


This is an heirloom climbing rose -- do not ask me the name because it was bought many years ago and I've forgotten. :D I have a terrible memory when it comes to plant names.

This was taken at the 300mm setting -- it's a barn swallow's nest tucked in a corner of the porch. We have another nest on the front porch. I drew the line when a barn swallow tried to build a nest on the upraised garage door since the mud blobs hit the trunk of my car. Besides, I have no idea how a nest would have made it on the thin, metal strips on the inside of the door. The nest was knocked down before completed with a broom handle. The babies leave a mess below the nest, but I can live with that if I don't have to walk through it every time I walk out the door. A good spray nozzle on the hose takes care of the mess.

Don't forget to pop over here for more straight out of the camera.

Until next time, God bless.

16 comments:

DJan said...

I thin that is a great bird shot! And the rose is so special, such a delicate pink. I think your SOOTC work is coming along great!

http://abebedorespgondufo.blogs.sapo.pt/ said...

Very good.

Greyscale Territory said...

Fascinating post! That scissortail bird is certainly on a mission! I wonder why!

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

I normally don't even crop, but today I did. It just seemed to post better.

judi said...

Cool shot of a Scissor Tail! I love the smell of old roses.

ilanadavita said...

I love the blurred background in the first shot. Really enhances the bird.

gengen said...

All is cute....Happy SOC Sunday.

Sherrie said...

Hi!
Great pictures! I really like that rose, it's beautiful. Have a great day!

Sherrie
A View of My Life
http://splummer-aviewofmylife.blogspot.com/2010/05/straight-out-of-camera.html

Jan said...

We don't have scissortails, here. It's good to learn about new birds from my friends. Love that rose shot; just beautiful.

maryt/theteach said...

Such great activity going on around your home! Your photos are wonderful! :)

Kathleen A. Ryan said...

Phenomenal photos, Lynn. Nice to meet a fellow Gemini & BC survivor.

hip chick said...

Great photos. I love roses. And the bird shot is really nice also.

EG Wow said...

AH! You ARE having fun with your new lens. The scissortail sure has a long tail. I hope he doesn't hurt himself attacking the windows!

dailymommysurvival said...

I know you said you were waiting to get a really good up close photo of a bird or wild animal but I think your photo of the scissortail is gorgeous! Simply outstanding.

Here's my SOOC Sunday entry - if you'd like to check it out! =)

=) Happy REALLY REALLY belated SOOC Sunday! (lol) =)

Johnny Nutcase said...

LOVE scissor-tailed flycatchers! i miss seeing them...such awesome birds. thanks for sharing!

SquirrelQueen said...

Great shot of the scissortail, too bad he has a thing for your house and truck. The rose is so pretty, I'll bet it smells wonderful.

I'm back from vacation and catching up. Have a great weekend.