The Letter F

Flicker (Gilded, female)

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Finch (House, female)

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Fun (with the Rokinon 800mm Mirror Lens)

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Tony gave me this lens for Christmas. You have to shoot all manual and the aperture is fixed at f/8 and the focal length at 800mm so there are limitations but the above shot was handheld. Click to enlarge; I was pleased with the detail. Imagine if it were on a tripod. I’ll be doing more moon shots in the future.

Fisheye

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Sveng Fisheye

Sveng Fisheye 2

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Tony gave me this fisheye lens a few years ago, too. It’s an awesome lens (Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8) with very crisp detail. I played with it on one of our recent rainy days.

Fog

Fog Light

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Fog is an extreme rarity in Phoenix but Super Bowl Sunday morning had a lingering fog for our many out-of-state visitors. Fog shots abounded on Facebook, I just wish I had gotten some pretty ones like many I saw.

This post was brought to you by the letter F.

*This is my 591st post and I started blogging on 2/13/09 so I’m averaging about 100 posts per year and I still love it. Thank you for checking it out.

Jumping for Joy

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This mockingbird is jumping for joy because we have a winner in my 5th Blogiversary Giveaway! In fact, since I had 11 entries, I decided to have a second prize, too. So we have TWO winners!

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This year, Google, being tech-savvy, suggested we use a random number generator to choose the winners instead of the old slips-of-paper-in-a-hat method we have used in the past (2012, 2011, 2010).

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So Marbles, who is more of a traditionalist, finally concurred, and somewhat reluctantly joined in. Hit the button, boys!

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Deborah won the red heart journal that I showed previously!

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Pat won the little, blingy butterfly journal as a second prize!

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Here is the butterfly journal on top of the heart journal. I will send these out in a couple days and notify you by email.

I wish I had 11 prizes. If any of you would like a consolation prize, I will gladly send you one of the moo.com postcards that I will be receiving in a week or so. I had 3 different photos done so I have plenty. Email me your address (maccandace at aol dot com) if you would like one or leave a message here and I’ll contact you.

Meanwhile, thank you very much for reading and entering. And here are a few more birdy shots from this morning in my yard.

Hum Feed

Mock Bush

Hum Tree Crop

Cinco

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Okay, you get the idea.

5

Five years of blogging. I started blogging on February 13, 2009. I’ve posted 521 times with thousands of photos.

Happy Blogiversary, Glenrosa Journeys!

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Gimme five! Thank you for reading my blog. I’ve seen so many bloggers come and go but I’ve never felt like quitting yet. I love taking photos and putting them up here, hoping someone may like them, and I love reading your blogs, too, and getting to know you better!

In appreciation, I’m having a little giveaway. I’ve done this in past years (2012, 2011, 2010) although I skipped last year. Please leave a comment if you would like a chance to win. You don’t have to be a regular reader at all.

To commemorate Valentine’s Day, as well as my renewed interest in journaling this year, you can win this journal (as well as a couple of my postcards):

Of course, I ordered one for myself, too, can’t have too many journals. The deadline to enter will be February 22 at 12:01 am. My cats will draw the winner later that day.

Enter to win! Tell your friends! And…

5 Kisses HVD

2013 Year of the Birds

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At the end of every year, I do a blog summary of highlights but, when you take thousands of photos a year (as most of us do) and post about a variety of things, it’s hard to whittle it down. So the last couple of years, I’ve identified a theme that I posted about during the year and 2013 has to be BIRDS! This is the year I discovered how much I love them and love taking their photos and, also, the year I realized how much I would like a 400mm lens or at least a 300mm.

But I got a lot of shots I was pretty happy with from my 200mm and a little cropping so here are some of my favorite bird shots of 2013, pretty much in chronological order, beginning with the flying geese above.

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Vermilion Flycatcher

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Northern Mockingbird

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Anna’s Hummingbird

Sparrow

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Cormorant

Cormorant

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Great Blue Heron

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Great Egret

Canada Goose

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Black-Necked Stilt

White-Crowned Sparrow

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Harris’ Hawk

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Northern Mockingbird

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Wet (Starling?)

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Great Blue Heron

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Click on the hummer above if he isn’t animated.

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Harris’ Hawks

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Mallard

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Bushtit

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Verdin

Egret

Great Egret

Heron Black-Crowned Night 10.2.13

Black-Crowned Night Heron

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Yin and Yang

Mallards (Yin and Yang)

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Gambel’s Quail

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Cactus Wren

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In Audubon Magazine, there was an article called “Ten Reasons to be Thankful for Birds,” this is #10:

They just are.

We have all been transported by simply watching a flying bird.

We have been lifted out of ourselves; we have felt our hearts race when the wings flash by.

Every one of us has seen what really matters–seen it in the blistering stoop of a peregrine, heard it in the richly harmonic dawn song of a thrush, caught its essence in the slow undulations of white pelicans against a blue sky.

And we’ve realized that for those moments, we were privileged to experience something beyond ourselves–that older, greater, glorious world that a wild bird inhabits, and which through its very existence embodies and makes vivid to us.

So, on to 2014…Happy New Year!

2012, The Year of…

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Wildlife in My Yard! For my personal photoblogging year in review, that is what first comes to mind. I feel as though I took more photos in my neighborhood in 2012 than I normally do so this particular review will be photos taken in our very own, very urban yard over the past year.

Two Harris’ Hawks who spent a lot of time in our neighborhood this year were in our 2 front yard trees one morning (Halloween, actually).

Skippers hung around all year.

Flies!

A rare dragonfly dropped by and I got him away from the cats before damage was done.

The ever-present urban pigeons and doves…

The strangest sighting of the year in our yard…on our roof in this photo…a raccoon…very odd for central Phoenix. I spotted him on 3 different evenings but the last time I saw him was in October. None of the other neighbors seem to have seen him so I am hoping that no harm came to him but I don’t know that for a fact 😦

Many Painted Ladies dropped by…

and a Gulf Fritillary or two.

Bees, of course.

Constant hummingbird action at the feeder, year-round. Click on above to animate.

Mockingbirds aplenty.

New to me, a verdin.

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I think this one above is an Anna’s Hummingbird. I really can’t tell the difference usually between our hummingbirds…if they are Allen’s, Rufous, or Ruby-Throated.

We also had coyotes in our yard last spring but we didn’t see them. Several of our neighbors did, however, but they left after a few days of sightings and none of our outdoor cats were harmed. I really hope they don’t come back!!!!!

So that was part of my year in review. Other 2012 topics would be our cats, roadtrips, murals (I’m way behind in my local mural documentation), flowers, and holidays celebrated. 2012 was also the year that I started to enjoy putting frames around some of my photos…hokey, maybe…but I find it very relaxing and entertaining, for some reason…and isn’t that part of why we do this?

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So, here’s to a great year of photoblogging/blogging ahead for all of us. I enjoy reading all of your blogs and thank you for looking at mine.