Taking Flight…

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I am in the process of moving my blog, but I wanted to share this image with you guys. I hope to have all my followers moved with me to my real photography site, APN Photography, where I will continue posting my daily shots. So please stop my and give me a like over there, or on  https://www.facebook.com/APNphoto if you enjoyed this post! I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! –xoxox  Angela

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Through Two Shutters…

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This photo completely appeals to me and maybe it’s because it reminds me of that old Alfred Hitchcock movie the Birds. It’s kind of creepy and cool all at once. I applied some split toning to the photo until I was happy with it.

 While sitting on my dining room floor testing some new camera settings, the sun was shining brightly overhead. I noticed a flock of birds resting on the tree across the street and every so often several of them would fly off. It was odd because the scene kept replaying but there was still the same amount of birds left in the tree. So below is what I captured  through both my camera shutter and through my window shutter; hence, through two shutters…

Aperture priority with my 35-70 f2.8.Shutter View

Female Peacock Actually Male…

Yesterday I posted this photo of what I thought was the female peacock…

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In fact, the photo above is a young male that does not yet have a full tail. I looked in my photos and I must not have taken an image of the female, most likely because she was not as impressive as the males. I remember making a funny comment to the owner about how it figured the female was nothing special. Sorry, I dissed a sista! But I will make sure that the next time I visit to capture her beauty. If it wasn’t for the women, where would this world be?  Right ladies? Sorry if I ruffled anyones feathers, guys included. 😉

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Why do I suddenly feel like reading Dr. Suess?

Men have all the luck…

I grew up on a “mini” farm. My parents purchased the corner lot adjacent to the home they built. My dad had a huge vegetable garden and several varieties of birds. We even had a pot-bellied pig. I grew up with geese, ducks, doves, chickens,… and pheasants. Dad always wanted a peacock. I recently found out some local residents have a huge plot of land where they keep a lot of dogs, and several peacocks. Five to be exact. Four male, and one female. Here is the female.
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I don’t think I have to point out the obvious about women getting the shorthand of the stick? Oops, see what I did? I pointed it out. 😉  She’s a little blurry as I was having to wrestle with all the huge dogs but check out those ragged looking duds. Back to the owners…they’re trying to change the current county law so they can keep their peacocks. When they first built their home it was country and, somehow ten years later, suburbia popped up around them.
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So when I found out about my distant neighbors, I HAD to go see their beautiful birds and they were very kind to let me have a look-see. The birds did not disappoint.
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Those males were brilliant!! I don’t think I have to point out here that females are suckers for a good lookin’ fella, but what’s a gal to do? This guy was in full beast mode. 😉Brilliant peacock
Let me just say, their colors up close and personal are so vibrant it was LOVE at first sight. Click the photo for a bigger view.
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So, I mentioned my dad wanted a peacock but he purchased pheasants instead. Oh, they were very pretty too; I don’t want to give the poor pheasants a bad rap. Since I was thinking of Dad when I went out on my impromptu shoot, I looked at the owner’s phone number pasted on their security box and the last four digits were the exact same as my parent’s! Coincidence? I think not. I think my dad wanted to see some peacocks.

Owl I Know is…

This little guy is cute! I want to take him home and love him and squeeze him and call him George. He is an Eastern Screech Owl of the red variety found mostly in the southern states and is not much taller than a coffee mug. I shot his portrait while visiting the local audubon center with my daughter on a scouting event. Not much else to say except he’s cute!!