Friday, April 21, 2006

At pondside today

So. I got this fancy new camera for myself. My plan was to take a few photography courses at the community college where I teach and then treat myself to a digital SLR. My husband got wind of this plan and decided he wanted to get me the camera as an Easter gift. I've no room for any more bunnies (the perfect gift for a rabbit lover on Easter) and when he buys me chocolate it goes uneaten and is thrown away. I argued (but not too much, really) and told him I could wait and wanted to take a class first. Then, for the first time ever, I let him win the argument. *grin* Then I went out and bought it for myself as a gift from him - that way I don't have to feel like I'm spoiling myself - he's spoiling me - with my money - makes perfect sense!

I've been having fun wandering around the yard this past week taking pictures of the flowers and trees. I've taken a few pictures of the bunnies with little success. The fancy new camera hasn't fixed the problem I have with using the flash indoors. I'm hoping to get the time this weekend to take some pics of the bunnies when the light is good in the house so I won't need the flash.

It was too windy this evening for any flower photos, so I sat by the pond waiting to see if anyone would stop by for a drink or a bath. Half of our pond is very, very shallow and covered in river rock. The birds love the shallow end and the goldfish like to search among the pebbles for food. Usually when they see me coming they all wiggle their way back to the deep end to the usual feeding spot. I took these photos using my favorite 28-200 lens. I was less than 10 feet away from this bird with the lens zoomed all the way out, yet I still had to crop them to get the dove this size. Anyway, I liked these pics well enough and thought the dove looked pretty with the mixed blues and grays of the river rock behind it.

7 comments:

Susan Gets Native said...

The dove blends right in with the stones at spots. I would never have guessed that it was at your pond. Looks like a river bed.

Pam in Tucson said...

Lovely sequence of the dove. And I love all the subtle colours: greys, pinks, blues, browns. Great pics - Looks like you're mastering the camera. Good that you can use your old lenses. I wish you great enjoyment with it.

Endment said...

Looks as though you are having fun! A very lovely collection of photos of the pond and the mourning dove. Congratulations on your new camera and on the lovely photos.

Jimmy said...

What a beautiful post of a mourning dove...I love how it blends in with it's surroundings.

TDharma said...

what a lucky girl you are!

I love the photos.

Mary Ann said...

Ohhh! I'm envious. The biggest downside of my digital camera is that the lens isn't long enough. But the technology is getting so much better and more reasonably priced, by the time I explore all the bells and whistles on my old Canon G2 I'll be able to afford something new.

LauraHinNJ said...

Lenses are never long enough, Mary Ann!