Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life


“Hmmm…this doesn’t look like my regular food.”


Chickadee and Hummer
(Chickadee receiving a threat display from a hummingbird)
Chickadee: “You’ve got to be kidding!!  Do you really think I would steal your food?!”



“♪♫ …I’m so pretty…oh so pretty…♬♪♫”


>>:::<<
endless amusement
from nature’s singers and comics
organic medicine
>>:::<<

Although I did not include photos of people, this little chickadee represents what we see in our daily life at home, surrounded by nature.  Various birds and wildlife visit regularly, occasionally or seasonally, but the chickadees, always happy and energetic, never fail to visit every day through every season.  Nature is part of our daily therapy.

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is to share a photo
that means everyday life to you!

Linking up with:

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132 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life

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      • Why do you want to upgrade? The images are crisp, the bokeh is beautiful. Are you looking for a faster (i.e. f2.8) lens? Do you use a tripod? Please forgive all the questions, but I’ve just started into bird photography, and I wouldn’t mind emulating yours.

        • Wow, what a lovely thing to say! I am still an amateur and practice a LOT. The lens is old and entry level. It’s a good lens for a beginner. Even with a tripod, I usually have to apply some sharpening after the fact. Anyway, I would like more zoom to capture better wildlife photos. A professional photographer suggested 400mm, so I am eyeing that kind of lens right now.
          I use a tripod, but when the birds, wildlife and insects move around a lot, I find it easier to handhold the camera. These photos were handheld.
          I recently got a nice macro lens 90mm f2.8 and love it! I know that a tripod is a must for a macro lens. I’ve noticed a huge difference when photographing closeups of flowers.
          A couple of tips I’ve found helpful: Try to focus on the eyes and get clarity of those eyes. The rest can be blurry, which might create a nice or interesting photo. Also, if you have continuous shooting, use it. I use it all the time and hope that I end up with at least a couple of decent shots.

          • I mean it. I use mostly an effective 27-405 zoom, which is perfect for travel shots, but the bokeh isn’t nearly as beautiful as yours when I shoot with shallow depth of field. I agree, a longer lens would be handy for wildlife. And, yes, as a portrait and pet photographer for many years, I definitely focus on the eyes. Now you’ve got me thinking about a macro lens. One thing I’ve noticed: photographers never have enough lenses 🙂 I look forward to seeing more of your work.

  3. So cute! Here, the Chickadees, Titmice and Goldfinches like drinking water from the ant moat of the hummingbird feeder. The hummers sometimes get very indignant over that and I’ve seen them chase the larger birds all over the yard.

    • Oh my goodness, that’s too funny! It would be great if you got a shot of that. I can just picture them chasing the birds. Here, I see them chasing each other, and I’ve only seen them threaten other larger birds, but not chase them.

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  5. Wonderful images.

    You’re very good at capturing these bird close-ups.

    Wish birds would visit my bird feeder, so I didn’t have to walk far to capture them. (Maybe it’s the old budgerigar seed I’m using up. Perhaps I need to buy some fresh different seeds).

    • Thank you, Victoria! I practice a lot. I don’t know what birds are in your area, but at our place, chickadees, grosbeaks and finches go for the black-oil sunflower seeds the most. Woodpeckers and chickadees like the suet. We just put out thistle seed (nyjer) to add more variety. Occasionally the birds go for the seed mix. We also get scrub jays, and they like peanuts. Hummingbirds have already left for their migration. Soon we will get juncos and they have liked the seed mix. I think we offer a decent buffet to our feathered friends.

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  17. You are so right: we have a bird-feeder near our dining place and we can’t stop watching the bird-dynamics. When they fight, we get upset. When they play, we laugh and when they feed their young, we go ‘ohhh….’. Endless amusement.

  18. Beautiful!!!!!! And yes, those hummers CAN BE quite territorial!

    Thanks for linking up at the Bird D’Pot this weekend. I’m a little behind in paying my visits as I had a very busy weekend and wasn’t online much!!! Your sharing is always much appreciated!!

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  25. Watching the birds … and the squirrels … and the chipmunks … and whatever else appears in the ‘disney movie’ just outside my large living room window … is one of the great joys of my life.

    ‘Nature is part of our daily therapy.’ And it is the best.

    I have seen the chickadees land on the hummingbird feeder with that perplexed look.

    Wonderful photos, as always, and beautiful ‘smiling’ words!

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