Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern

Male Flicker
Male Flicker, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on photo to enlarge)
Female Flicker
Female Flicker, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on photo to enlarge)

indelible patterns
embellish autumn colors
woodpecker clothing

These are photos of a male (top) and female (lower) Red-shafted Northern Flicker.  They are a medium-sized member of the woodpecker family and are known as one of the few woodpecker species that migrate.  They reside in western North America.  (There is also a Yellow-shafted variety that resides in eastern North America.)

Their outer coloring is mostly neutral with handsome black-scalloped plumage along their back, a bold black chest crescent, and white/buff with black spotting along their front feathers.  The males have a red moustache.  Both sexes are red under their tail and wings, and are stunning when they take off with their vibrant flashes and flickers of red!  They eat mainly ants and beetles, and spend lots of time on the ground.

Their colors are indicative of autumn for me.  Here, they frequent our suet feeders in the winter, and are gone by spring.

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is to share a picture which means pattern to you.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

Autographs in the Snow
Autographs in the Snow, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on photo to enlarge)

carpet of snowflakes
informs me of charming visitors
birdie autographs

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge encourages us to change our perspective on something and to share a photo of a subject shot directly from above.  I think it would be difficult to see more definition in the bird tracks at any other angle than from directly above them.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

Moving Forward Through Storms
Moving Forward Through Storms, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on photo to enlarge)

the snow will still fall
paths and journeys will shift
moving forward

This is a combined photo and doodle image, which I worked on this morning in the warmth of my home and surrounded outside by one of a few snowstorms we are receiving this week.  Also, this blog, which includes my explorations and experiments with photography, digital manipulations, doodling, haiku, etc., was created in 2011 as a therapeutic way for me to move forward in the midst of many developing health issues and chronic pain.

Here is a larger version of the doodle.  I created it on my iPad using the Paper by 53 and ArtStudio apps.  Before moving forward with more doodling recently, my attempts consisted of very bad stick figure drawings.  🙂

Moving out the Negative

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge
is to share a picture that says FORWARD to you.

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(kk textures used: edith and sybil)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

Scrub Jay Kiss
Scrub Jay Kiss, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on photo to enlarge)

winter bling
enhances my allure
snow kisses

…and here’s also a KISS photo I took in Brugge (Bruges), Belgium:

Romance, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on photo to enlarge)

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge
is to share a picture that means KISS to you.

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“F” Tagged: Flicker of a Flicker

Flicker Flicker
Flicker Flicker, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  Click on photo to enlarge.

a rare fiery flash
eager for a striking pic
hopefully next time

The camera is set and ready to capture a bird in flight.
I anticipate its takeoff and start continuous shooting,
hopeful and excited that, finally, I got the shot I wanted!
Darn!  I cut it’s head off!

(Has this ever happened to you?)

This bird is a male Red-shafted Northern Flicker, which resides in western North America.  It is a member of the woodpecker family.  Their outer coloring is mostly neutral, but they are red under their tail and underwings.  The males have a red moustache.  They are stunning when they take off, with their vibrant flashes and flickers of red from their underwings.  Although I have been able to get some good bird flight shots, I’m still working on getting some of the Flicker.  They are quite skittish compared to most of the other birds around here.  Practice, practice, practice!

This image is a combination of two photos taken in sequence using continuous shooting.  I thought that the trees in the background in the original photos were distracting so I used a texture to soften them.

After a long absence by me, this is for the “Tagged” letter challenge (Tagged “F” Challenge) by Frizztext, to share a short story or reflection, even an aphorism using a word tagged with each letter of the alphabet.
Texture used is Kim Klassen’s “Havana”

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

petite cotton balls
blanketing as downy quilts
their journey accomplished

It’s still the middle of autumn, but the last three days have made me feel like we’re in the middle of winter.  We received our second large snowstorm this season, and the biggest snowstorm in over a year, per our local evening news.  My eyes confirm that statement based on how deep the snow is in our yard.

It’s amazing how quickly the weather can change.  Thursday was a very nice, sunny, warm day with temperatures in the mid 60’sF (about 19 Celsius) and no snow on the ground.  On Friday morning, we woke up to about a foot of snow (30cm) and freezing temperatures, and it has been snowing almost nonstop since.  Saturday morning we woke up to a few more inches of snow, about 16 inches total (41cm).  Right now, Sunday afternoon, there is about 22 inches (55cm) of heavy, wet snow accumulated on our deck since Friday.  You can see the difference in those snow depths among the above images.  (I live at an elevation of about 5,500 ft/1,676 meters.  The elevation of nearby Salt Lake City is 4,226 ft/1,288 meters.)

I enjoy the beauty of living where we experience all four distinct seasons.  Freshly fallen snow blanketing the mountains and valleys is certainly beautiful in the winter, even if I don’t like driving in it.  However, last year was a dismal snowfall year here.  We live in a dry, desert climate, and my state’s (Utah, USA) water supply is dependent on the buildup of winter snowpack in the mountains and the resulting spring water runoffs into our reservoirs.  Also, the ski tourism industry here, with 14 world-class ski resorts and “The Greatest Snow on Earth®” is an important part of the regional economy and obviously dependent on snow levels.

Hopefully, this large snowstorm indicates a good start to a respite and renewing some of the snowfall totals we didn’t get last year.   However, the Utah State University Climate Center found that over the past 40 years, Utah has warmed twice as fast as the global average, and our annual snowpack is shrinking.  Time will tell, but it is a situation that cannot be ignored.

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is to share a picture
that means renewal to you.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Frost, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on photo to enlarge)

winter’s paintbrushes
create fascinating abstracts
frost on my window

A photograph of fractal geometry (frost) creating a common geometric shape (triangle).

Fractal:  A geometric pattern that is repeated at ever smaller scales to produce irregular shapes and surfaces that cannot be represented by classical geometry.  Snowflakes and frost are examples of fractals in nature.

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is to share a photo
that means geometry to you.

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H! Challenge: Harmony

Soaring Eagle
Soaring Eagle, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (Click on image to enlarge).
Linking up with Camera Critters, Creative Exchange and World Bird Wednesday.

Soaring ecstasy
Paints visual harmony.
Infinite canvas

This is a photo of a Golden Eagle that I took recently from a local bird refuge.  We were initially hoping to see some bald eagles, which nest here during the winter, but this sight alone was worth it.  These are such beautiful and magnificent birds.  It’s wonderful having a beautiful mountain range and views like this in our own back yard!

I’m posting this photo for the “H” Challenge by Frizztext (“H” is for Harmony).

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hope

A Bird's Hope
A Bird’s Hope, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (Click on image to enlarge).
Linking up with Nature Notes, Creative Exchange, Texture Tuesday and  Camera Critters.

Optimistic pause
Eagerness tingles essence
Happy consequence!

Woodpecker:  “I hope I can hang on and get some morsels.”
Junco bird:  “I hope the woodpecker leaves soon.  It’s cold, wet, snowing and I’m hungry.”
Photographer:  “I hope this shot turns out.” Continue reading

D! Challenge: Deer Dear

Deer Dear
Deer Dear, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (Click on image to enlarge).
Also linking up with Texture Tuesday, Creative Exchange, Nature Notes and Camera Critters.

Whisper a story
Soften winter’s frosty grip
Cozy ears spread warmth

Isn’t this cute?  My sweet hubby captured this affectionate photo today in our backyard.  It looked like a Bambi with it’s Mama.

(I’m posting this for the “D” photo challenge by Frizztext – “D” is for Deer Dear)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter

Backyard Snow
Backyard Snow, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on image to enlarge).

Peaceful winter sea
Downy blanket warms the mind
Crystal clear pindrop

This is what our back yard is supposed to look like at the end of December, but since we are significantly below our normal snow totals for the month, there is no snow in our yard right now.  This photo was taken about three years ago.

Happy New Year!