It began with a sunrise:
(For any who share my addiction, here is another sunrise from two days later, when i searched in vain for Lyrid meteors.)
Back home, i set out my first two tiny tomato things. I’ve never done well with big sandwich varieties, so this year i plan to grow just romas, and rely on the local produce people like Shane and The Rock Ranch for the large, pretty ones.
While ripping up mint to make room for tomatoes, weird stuff happened behind me at the edge of the yard. There was a pair of these birds [identity, please!]
squawking madly and checking out bird houses—including the one currently occupied by this year’s first batch of blue bird babies.
This clued me in on the possibility some action might be in store, so i peeked out the window a time or two over the next few hours between breaks from a webinar by photographer Sal Cincotta.
I wasn’t able to catch any of the
dog bird fights that ensued, but if violence is desired, take a gander (or some other bird) as to what it’s like to be a stool pigeon on daddy bluebird’s radar:
To finish the day, i met with Emma and Bo to re-visit the field of red clover. My new camera is a year old now, and as such—it seems to think it can do for itself. I get a little annoyed when they start acting that way: “Let me do it…I can take this picture…Stop helping me!” On and on it goes. I sometimes say, “You’re a camera—you don’t even have opposable thumbs, much less fingers with which to aim yourself or snap the picture.” (But I don’t think it can grasp that : )
Bird epilogue: i was delighted to happen upon a recent post by one of my photographic heroes, David Hobby, who blogs about off-camera lighting. This one contains a couple of spectacular shots of his recent bluebird adventure. You're cordially invited to view more of my bluebird images here.