Mother Goose and Goslings

Okay, I found these images a couple months back while on a walk in Downtown Portland, OR. I was walking on the waterfront where, the Waterfront Blues Festival happens every 4th of July weekend. On a quieter, more serene day, one can usually find Canadian Geese mill about plucking at the grass. On this day I found goslings learning how to walk among the flock looking cute as ever. Don’t worry it may appear like I’m really close to the bird in some images, I’m not, I used my telephoto lens so I could stay out of harms way. Besides Mama and Papa Geese, and probably the rest of the flock, were watching me closely, as you can see in some images. My favorite is the gosling in the background and the blurred head other adult.

Peace

~V

Wild in the City – Laurelhurst Falcons

I found this young fledgling at Laurelhurst Park last week, probably complaining about the heat. If you’ll notice while she’s sitting there on the tree limb her wings are slightly lifted. Makes sense to me that with all those feathers, when they are folded tightly against her body, on a hot day, it’s doing nothing but generating heat? So, why not get some air flowing through? Even though it’s hot air, but probably not as hot up in the trees, lifting your wings, even just a little bit, is somewhat akin to turning on the air conditioning. At 95 degrees this day lifting the wings is something needed and very welcome.

There was a whole family of these beautiful birds on this day. I saw four of them at one time, they were playing chase with the squirrels. But only one of these beautys saw fit to be a model for me this day. The others were shy. It was a bonus to find these lovely birds squawking at each other this day. I’d merely went to the park to do some reading, but I did bring my camera and some nuts, thinking perhaps I’d lure a squirrel my way for some pictures. As luck would have it, the squirrels were hiding, but these falcons were definitely flying about.

I think the family lives in the park right now? The other day I was walking by the park and happened to catch 2 or 3 chasing and playing with each other, as they briefly flew away from the protective trees and over the sidewalk. There may be more images of these lovely birds coming soon, so be on the lookout.

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Peace

~V

Cute Chickadees

In case you missed my previous posts this year regarding this wonderful bird. Here’s another opportunity to check them out. I had a couple opportunities to photograph Chickadees this past year, once at the Heron Haus Bed and Breakfast in Northwest Portland, and another time at Oswald West State Park on the Oregon Coast. Here are some leftover images that haven’t made it onto this blog yet. You can check out the other images by following the links provided above. I hope you like, please share with your friends and family.

Peace

~V

Freakin’ Awesome!

Vince Ferguson - Chickadee - Digital Image
Vince Ferguson – Chickadee – Digital Image

Freakin’ Awesome! Special Announcement!

I just got word that this image took Second Place in the Lifetouch Region 8 Merit Image Contest – Fall 2014! Woohoo! This contest is open to Lifetouch Region 8 employees only, so the field of submitters are all awesome photographers in their own right. I know, I work with many of them.

If you’re a regular follower on this blog, you’ll remember last April I was awarded first place in this same image contest? Check it out here. And over the Summer it was announced that I was a Finalist in the Best in Photography 2014 contest through Photographer’s Forum Magazine. So, it’s been a banner year so far for me this year, and the year’s not even over yet! So, enjoy the images posted on this blog, share with your friends and know that you’re looking at images created by an award winning photographer! I’m so humbled that I get to say that!

It’s a great story surrounding the creation of this image I call Chickadee, you can refresh your memory of it by visiting the Charming Cheerful Chickadees.

Peace

~V

Rocky Butte Falcon

Well, these aren’t awesome images, but they are pretty good, and very telling of the fact that I need another zoom lens. These images are blurry because I’ve zoomed in and cropped them from the original image that I created with my camera. I was at Rocky Butte in Portland, OR to find images of the Super Full Moon rising on the horizon behind Mount Hood. But the clouds on the horizon interfered with that endeavor, by blocking out Mount Hood. Still got some good images that I’ll probably share here one day, but this Falcon was flying around and these are the best images I could find. It was fun watching her flying around probably looking for dinner.

I hope you enjoy these images also, please share this post with your friends and companions.

Peace

~V

Charming Cheerful Chickadees

I was out at Oswald West State Park on the Oregon Coast a couple weeks ago. My friends and I needed to take a break from the Summer Heat in Portland, so headed to the coast for our regular hike, where the day reach a crisp high of 62 degrees. It was a great comfortable hike. I’ve been out to Oswald West before, in fact, two of my great friends got married to each other on Short Sands Beach in the park, nearly a year ago. Here are a couple posts that I made last year featuring images from that wedding – Rings and Feet. It’s one of my favorite places on the coast. I’ve explored the North side of the park many times, so this time, I wanted to head South and explore that area for a bit. There are many old growth evergreen trees in this section. The trail we were on is part of the Oregon Coast Trail System, which I guess is a trail that follows the entire coast of Oregon. Towards the end of the trail, the trees give way to an open prairie on top of a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This is where we undoubtedly got a little too close to a nest of chickadees?  Because, all of a sudden there’s all these chickadees flying around us, and one in particular just chirping away, keeping her eye on us. It allowed me to take several pictures of these charming birds. Here are two of my favorites. Hope you like also?

Be sure to check out my previous post of Chickadees by visiting the link, just click on the word.

 

Cawk-a-doodle-doo!

I was out on Sauvie Island last week, picking Raspberries for this years crop of Raspberry Jam. After picking nearly 10 lbs, of Raspberries, I was walking back to the main house on the farm and found these guys roaming about. They were very photogenic and fun to create some cool images with.

A rooster is a male gallinaceous bird, usually a male chicken. Also known as a cockerel or cock, they claimed the name of Rooster by “Roosting” or perching to sleep at night, an act actually done by both sexes. The Rooster is polygamous and attempts to watch over his hens by roosting about 5-6 feet above ground. While famously known as a crower at dawn, some roosters actually crow throughout the day, depending on personality. To check out the varied usage of Roosters in Spiritual activities, check out the wikipedia page to learn more.

Thanks for stopping by this week, be sure to share this post with your friends and connections.

Peace

~V

Chickadees

The Black-capped Chickadee to be exact. This little garden bird can be found all over North America. It’s a very common bird found roaming around the backyard or garden just about everywhere. This little bird is the state bird for both Maine and Massachusetts. I found these guys bathing themselves in a rock fountain, in the back yard of the Heron Haus Bed and Breakfest in NW Portland.

The third image in this little collection is actually a close up cut out of the second image in this collection. While looking at these images at home after I found them, The second image in particular didn’t require a lot of touch up, but at one point while looking at it, I zoomed in to find the third image in this collection. I thought it was looking pretty cool – I went from a cool landscape image of a bird bathing into an abstract painting. The burred flapping wings add to this abstract nature.

I hope you like these image also, please remember to share this post with your friends and connections.

Peace

~V

Blurred Robins

During last month’s Winter Snow Storm here in Portland, I just had to get out and find some images that might be interested. With nearly 10″ of snow on the ground I ventured out over to Laurelhurst Park to see what awaits. I found several images that ended up being pretty cool, but perhaps the most intriguing came when I was ready to leave the park. I walked by a part of the park where there are several Magnolia trees, and an occasional Holly bush. Since the ground was frozen and they couldn’t dig up worms, the Robins were raiding the Holly berries for their morning meal. Robin’s seem to be fairly skittish birds, at least they were on this particular morning. They were moving about at a very high rate. Perhaps because of me, but I think probably more because it was so cold out? They were hopping all over these Holly bushes, moving around. By the time I got my camera pointed at them, they had already moved on to another part of the bush, or a different tree altogether. That’s why these are so blurry, a combination of the birds moving around fast, and me moving my camera as they would take off. But I think these are some pretty interesting images anyway? If not out of the ordinary?

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Peace

~V

Something to Crow About!

I just wanted to share these pretty cool images. I found them one morning while up at Rocky Butte in Portland, Oregon. I was there to photograph the sunrise, so in addition to some cool sunrise images, I think I got lucky with these images too? What do you think? Leave a comment or like this post, please share with your friends!

Peace

~V

Beautiful Varied Thrushes

I stumbled across a flock of Varied Thrushes in Laurelhurst Park on my morning walk the other day. It was the morning Portland got it’s first snow of the year. About an inch of snow, enough to make Portland driving turn into slip and sliding maniacs, is what we received. I was out at the park taking pictures of the fresh blanket of snow. Unfortunately it wasn’t very much snow at all, so I didn’t get any snow cold landscapes, but these Thrushes were skittering about in the underbrush, and I think I got a few images that are pretty decent? Varied Thrushes always surprise me with their beauty. They can be some what camouflage in the Northwest forest, but they skitter about a lot, so if you hear one whistling – like a referee’s whistle – nearby, stop and wait a bit, they’ll move fast and you’ll see their beautiful nature revealed. What do you think of these images? Leave a comment below or rate this post above.

I was fortunate in my life to have had to walk through a giant Redwood Forest to get to classes while in college. In Northern California I lived with a 700 acre Redwood Forest in my backyard, the school I needed to get to, on the other side of that forest. Over 2 years, I walked in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings, listening to the Varied Thrush’s call, thinking it’s a referees whistle on a park basketball court. Despite it’s loud whistle for a call, the Varied Thrush is an elusive bird, preferring to stay high in the forest so no one will see them. I didn’t see my first one for at least 2 years after living in the Redwood Forest. Occasionally they will venture down to the lower parts of the forest and forage in the underbrush. And that is how I saw my first one.

As I had some extra time one afternoon, I went for a casual hike in the forest one day. Along some brush I had to pass to get into the forest, I heard the tale tell whistle of the Varied Thrush. I stopped, and looked into the brush for about a minute before the Varied Thrush that called, moved. What a beautiful bird I thought while gasping when I saw her. She was camouflaged in the brush until she moved. And, I saw my first Varied Thrush, up close and personal.

Thanks for stopping by.

Peace

~V

Hum… Humm… Humming… Hummingbirds

I got real lucky when I got the chance to create these images. I was down at a newly discovered flower garden trying to figure out a great way to photograph these beautiful Crocosmia flowers. I found some when a bee fluttering about and had my eye in the viewfinder of my camera taking some images, when a giant shadow crossed the image. I was startled to say the least and upon removing my eye from the viewfinder I found this hummingbird flittering right in front of me, checking me out, almost as if to say, “Hey bud, whatcha’ up too?” Well, I immediately turned my camera on to her and started snapping my camera. As you know already these are very fast creatures so I didn’t get very many good images. But she stayed on a branch long enough for me to get a few, then hovered back to the Crocosmia flower, left for a bit, then came back to sit  of the branch. Although, I think there were two flying around that evening, since in the two images I have here of the bird on the branch, one appears fatter than then other. Not sure if that’s my imagination. Anyway, I hope you like, feel free to leave a comment below, or rate this post above. Thanks for stopping by today.

I believe these are Anna’s Hummingbirds, which is a year long resident in Oregon, rather than migrating in the Winter? Please correct me if I’m wrong.

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Peace

~V

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