2015-09-021: Monochrome Monday

A gorgeous female leopard lounges on a fallen tree.  I love the positioning of her head and the curl of her tail.  I even like the harsh shadows, as it shows she was out and about long after leopard are usually tucked away for the day to beat the heat. 1/1600sec, f7.1, ISO 640  Monochrome conversion using Nik Silver Efex Pro
A gorgeous female leopard lounges on a fallen tree. I love the positioning of her head and the curl of her tail. I even like the harsh shadows, as it shows she was out and about long after leopards are usually tucked away for the day to beat the heat.
1/1600sec, f7.1, ISO 640
Monochrome conversion using Nik Silver Efex Pro

2105-09-20: What I’ve seen this week

Due to general busy-ness, a business trip and the weather, I didn’t get a chance to get out with my camera too much this past week.  I did however finally get a shot of my neighbour Northern Flicker (not a great shot mind you, but I was starting to think that it was taunting me by calling out while I was walking and flying amongst the trees just at the point where I was unable to capture it).  Fingers crossed I’ll have a few more opportunities in the coming week to get out and shoot a bit.

I hope everyone has a great week! Enjoy 🙂

A lovely morning with a very expressive sky.
A lovely morning with a very expressive sky.
I've yet to have a good opportunity for photographing either the Juncos seen here, or our local chickadees.  Both flit around so quickly, by the time I have figured out what tree they are in and have focused, they are long gone.
I’ve yet to have a good opportunity for photographing either the Juncos seen here, or our local chickadees. Both flit around so quickly, by the time I have figured out what tree they are in and have focused, they are long gone.
Unfortunately my chance to get a photo of the local northern flicker was marred by both low light and fog, but hopefully I will get another chance soon under more favourable conditions.
Unfortunately my chance to get a photo of the local northern flicker was marred by both low light and fog, but hopefully I will get another chance soon under more favourable conditions.
This hairy woodpecker was calling continuously from the trees while I was out walking,  I believe this is a member of the group of three I have posted before.
This hairy woodpecker was calling continuously from the trees while I was out walking, I believe this is a member of the group of three I have posted before.
There are two lovely horses that live on my walking route.  If they happen to be grazing nearby when I walk past with Spencer, they usually come over to the fence to get a look.  I think this one might be a bit overdue for a mane trim.
There are two lovely horses that live on my walking route. If they happen to be grazing nearby when I walk past with Spencer, they usually come over to the fence to get a look. I think this one might be a bit overdue for a mane trim.
The other beautiful horse that I see quite frequently.  I'm sure people driving by think I'm a little crazy as I stand there with my little dog and talk to the horses.
The other beautiful horse that I see quite frequently. I’m sure people driving by think I’m a little crazy as I stand there with my little dog and talk to the horses.

2015-09-14: What I saw last week

Well, Sunday came and went, and there were just more tasks than hours in the day… so I’m a day later than I had planned for this post.  C’est la vie.  I’ve had the sad realization this week that there is some pretty significant dust inside one of my lenses, and from research nothing to be done for it, except embrace the clone stamp tool as needed!  Thankfully it’s in a spot that can normally be cropped out, and as I’m usually concentrating on wildlife, it’s not that big a deal.

Here are a few photos from my wandering last week.  I hope you enjoy!

I love the hint of autumn colours coming in here.
I love the hint of autumn colours coming in here.
The leaves are turning... and already falling.
The leaves are turning… and already falling.
An early morning self portrait with Spencer.  This was my one opportunity to be tall and leggy!
An early morning self portrait with Spencer. This was my one opportunity to be tall and leggy!
I'm waffling between calling this a red tailed hawk and a northern harrier.  I really do have trouble with raptor ID.  The light wasn't great and he (or she) didn't stick around long enough to get any better photos.
I’m waffling between calling this a red tailed hawk and a northern harrier. I really do have trouble with raptor ID. The light wasn’t great and he (or she) didn’t stick around long enough to get any better photos.
Wispy fog and wispy clouds.
Wispy fog and wispy clouds.
A beautiful foggy morning.
A beautiful foggy morning.
On our way home from an early evening walk, Spencer stopped for a roll in the grass (one of his favourite things on a sunny day) and positioned himself perfectly for some photos.  I couldn't resist an impromptu pet portrait session.
On our way home from an early evening walk, Spencer stopped for a roll in the grass (one of his favourite things to do on a sunny day) and positioned himself perfectly for some photos. I couldn’t resist an impromptu pet portrait session.

2015-09-07: Monochrome Monday

Here are a few photos from my wanderings in the past week, that I thought would look interesting converted to monochrome.

Have a great Monday!

A bit of an odd photo, but I like it, so I included it.  I just loved the way the frost glistened on the hood of this truck.  If I wasn't on my way off to walk with Spencer, I would have gone back for my macro lens and played around; given we are just moving into fall, I guess I'll have lots more opportunities! 1/3200sec, f5.6, ISO 320
A bit of an odd photo, but I like it, so I included it. I just loved the way the frost glistened on the hood of this truck. If I wasn’t on my way off to walk with Spencer, I would have gone back for my macro lens and played around; given we are just moving into fall, I guess I’ll have lots more opportunities!
1/3200sec, f5.6, ISO 320
A few of the wildflowers have hung on despite the frost, but these ones seemed resigned to summer having passed. 1/800sec, f5.6, ISO 500
A few of the wildflowers have hung on despite the frost, but these ones seemed resigned to summer having passed.
1/800sec, f5.6, ISO 500
Some of the roadside tall grasses, glistening with frost in the early morning sun. 1/800sec, f5.6, ISO 1250
Some of the roadside tall grasses, coated with frost and catching the early morning sun.
1/800sec, f5.6, ISO 1250

2015-09-06: What I’ve seen this week

What did I see this week?  The start of autumn!  We’ve had frost several times now, and while it heats up as soon as the sun comes up, it certainly is chilly on my early morning walks with Spencer.  I’ve even had to get out his sweater already.  Hopefully there will be some lovely leaves changing colour in the coming weeks.

I had some interesting bird sightings this week, I hope you enjoy.

To me, it looks like these tree branches are  trying to grab the moon.
To me, it looks like these tree branches are trying to grab the moon.
I spotted some movement in the underbrush, and thought it might be a rabbit.  Instead, it turned out to be a pair of ruffled grouse.  The photo is lacking, but it was good enough to get an ID on the bird when I got home.
I spotted some movement in the underbrush, and thought it might be a rabbit. Instead, it turned out to be a pair of ruffled grouse. The photo is lacking, but it was good enough to get an ID on the bird when I got home.
I was happy to get some photos in time to be able to ID this bird.  As best as I can tell, it is a yellow-dumped warbler (Audobon's).  There was a group of them handing around the yard.  According to my bird app, our area is only part of their migratory route, so I guess I will be seeing them again in the springtime when they are ornate further north.
I was happy to get some photos in time to be able to ID this bird. As best as I can tell, it is a yellow-dumped warbler (Audobon’s). There was a group of them hanging around the yard. According to my bird app, our area is only part of their migratory route, so I guess I will be seeing them again in the springtime when they are on their way further north.
I think he spotted me!
I think he spotted me!

Such a pretty face!

I spent some time today with the hairy woodpecker family (I posted a few photos of them last week as well).  The light today was far better, and the birds were so much closer :)
I spent some time today with the hairy woodpecker family (I posted a few photos of them last week as well). The light today was far better, and the birds were so much closer 🙂
I believe this is one of the juveniles.  The bird was on its own for most of the time I was photographing it.  When I passed the spot I first saw it again on the way home from my walk, the whole family was together.
I believe this is one of the juveniles. The bird was on its own for most of the time I was photographing it. When I passed the spot I first saw it again on the way home from my walk, the whole family was together.