Opportunities

Opportunities

Recently I wrote about birding in the city. I heard from one of my loyal readers that he was impressed with the opportunities for birds and nature photographs in such an urban area.

Today I want to show you why I carry my camera with me all the time now. True, there are a lot of local parks where you can watch birds and critters, plus there is always the zoo. But there are so many other interesting things to photograph and you have to always be ready.

For example, take the time I took my car in to get inspected. I was sitting in the waiting area at first and noticed the way the light was coming in on the chair next to me.  So, I took advantage of that!

Mid-century modern chair in the morning light

Mid-century modern chair in the morning light

There wasn't anything else in the room that caught my eye, so I told them I was going to walk around a bit, and would check back in half an hour. From the parking lot I looked back at the roof line, the plantings, but I thought the door was kind of fun.

I see a red door and I want it painted black

I see a red door and I want it painted black

I walked around behind the buildings and scanned the wires and poles for birds. Instagram has a feature called Bird on a Wire Wednesday and I am always on the lookout for those opportunities. I didn't see any birds, but I kept moving around and looking up and came up with this:

Power Surge

Power Surge

I took a lot more pictures than these that morning, but that is the way it is. You have to take a LOT of pictures to find ones that please you.  

And you need to always be ready. Not long ago I met some friends for dinner. When I pulled up, they were  standing out front with a huge grins, pointing to the sky. When I got out of the car, the noise was deafening. Every tree in the parking lot was full of blackbirds.  A mixed flock, and they were moving too fast to tell much about them.

Tree full of blackbirds

Tree full of blackbirds

The light was fading and they were swooping and flying around. It was like being inside of Hitchcock's The Birds (which Netflix is going to send me soon).  This one evidently didn't like being photographed. I am going to post this on Instagram with the hashtag for Angry Birds.

Brewer's Blackbird (probably)

Brewer's Blackbird (probably)

I have told you before that I take a lot of pictures at work. I am still working on the building cranes that I mentioned last week. I have over 80 photos so far and I only like a few. It is OK because they will be there a LONG time.

But there are other opportunities at work. 

Sunset from the parking garage

Sunset from the parking garage

I like to leave before sunset, but sometimes that doesn't work out so well! You have to make the best of being up high enough to see the sunset; from my house you only see a bit of sky.  

Ivy on the wall next to the freeway

Ivy on the wall next to the freeway

We have a lot of open areas at work between the tall buildings with plantings, fountains, benches and pathways. The photo above is a wall on the perimeter that protects us from wild drivers on the feeder roads.  The ivy is thick in most places, but I liked the tracery of this section.

All those trees and the only birds I see are pigeons and doves. 

Roof top Mourning Dove with fancy blue eyeliner

Roof top Mourning Dove with fancy blue eyeliner

That isn't exactly true. I have seen mockingbirds, grackles and starlings. But no warblers or woodpeckers. Or I haven't looked hard enough.

I haven't taken any pictures of my own garden yet this year; the plants need to fill in a bit first. But when I was out buy the Geraniums and African Daisies saw this:

Expensive flowering plum tree at Garden Center

Expensive flowering plum tree at Garden Center

It is nice to have a picture to remember it by because I was not going to pay that price and risk killing it. Now, we can all enjoy it! 

Sometimes the weather is wet or windy or there just isn't enough time to get out for a photo shoot ... so you look around the house and see what you can find.

Elvis cow says Hai!

Elvis cow says Hai!

You can always go through the cupboard or even make a still life.

Green apples

Green apples

The cat can be a good subject if she is awake. Or even asleep.  

Mags being all glamorous on the zebra chaise lounge

Mags being all glamorous on the zebra chaise lounge

There is always something.  

Do you take photos with your phone? Do you ever think about taking a quick photo of that one shoe laying in the middle of the road?  Do you think about taking pictures of signs or odd things you pass in traffic?

Did this adventure have enough birds for you?

A question of squirrels

A question of squirrels

Reflections

Reflections