After a morning and early afternoon up in Hemit I got home and couldn’t keep my eyes open. I went to lie down for a nap when I noticed a butterfly on the newly budding yellow flowers outside. The butterfly wasn’t around when I went out with my camera but the sun and balmy day felt so good I lingered outside looking for photo ops.
Stacy and I spent time this afternoon practicing with our Speedlights and Pocket Wizard Plus III’s. I’m so lucky I have such beautiful and willing models to practice on.
A big bag of spinach put in the disposal clogged both sinks. Aaron, the greatest plumber ever, came to the rescue.
Cynthia came by with Noah to pick up the turkey soup I made for her Dad and her family.
Four o’clock seems to be the time I’m drawn outside for the remaining 1/2 hour of light. I look outside and think there is nothing to shoot that I haven’t already shot. Ignoring my thoughts, and outside with my eye up against the view finder, something interesting always appears.
So I just googled bluebirds striking windows behavior……..
“Window & Mirror Strikes
At the beginning of breeding season, bluebirds sometimes territorially strike at their own reflection in windows or car mirrors. They are attempting to defend their territory from a perceived rival bluebird. And since the “intruding” bluebird does not go away, the aggressive behavior continues to be stimulated. The best way to stop the behavior is to cover the window or mirror. Bird netting or shade cloth can temporarily be placed over outside windows, and socks can be placed over side-mirrors on parked cars. The behavior usually abates once the nest is well underway.”
Jen and I decided to work on some of our NYIP Lesson Four assignments today. This assignment calls for natural lighting. Today’s shots were just practice. Next week we hope to use lots of makeup and be dressed for the assignment shots. Jen doesn’t look like she needs to do much with herself in this practice shot though.