Visitor at our “Bird Feeder”

Posted December 6, 2015 by djd
Categories: Birds, In Our Back Yard, Nature, Photography

There’s a Sharp-shinned Hawk that’s been visiting our backyard almost daily for a while. The visits are usually in the morning when I’m at work, so I haven’t had a chance to capture a photo until today.

I was watching football when I notice the hawk in the tree above our deck (and overlooking our bird feeders). I didn’t have my telephoto lens mounted on my camera so I had to run downstairs to get it, hoping the bird would still be there when I got back.

When I returned, the hawk was still there but he had turned around so now his back was toward me. I made some noise trying to get him to turn and face me. But all my action warranted was a fleeting glance by him over his left shoulder.

Then something in the distance caught his attention. He took a long look…

… and quickly took off. You can see him leaving just behind the brach in the lower right of this last picture.

From now on I’m going to keep my camera ready because I suspect he’ll be back…

Cheers – DJD
Rain since last posting: 17 in. 2015 year to date: 40.5 in.

Two Signs of Autumn in Portland …

Posted October 29, 2015 by djd
Categories: In Our Back Yard, Photography, Random musings

… the rain returns …

… and leaves are on the ground …

… Happy Autumn … 🙂

Cheers – DJD
Rain since last posting: 3.0 in. 2015 year to date: 23.5 in.

Autumn Sunset

Posted September 30, 2015 by djd
Categories: In Our Back Yard, Nature, Photography

I love the Autumn Sunsets from Our Back Yard.

Cheers – DJD
Rain since last posting: 0.75 in. 2015 year to date: 20.5 in.

Trooper

Posted September 13, 2015 by djd
Categories: Around the House, In Our Back Yard, Photography, Random musings

Speaking of Birthdays… our cat, Trooper, is 16 years old.

One of his favorite things to do in the morning when the weather is nice is to sit in front of the open front door, gaze at the world outside, and take in the scents and sounds of the great outdoors.

Sounds like a good way to start out the day. Especially if you add a Latte. 🙂

Cheers – DJD
Rain since last posting: 0.75 in. 2015 year to date: 19.75 in.

Smokey Sunset

Posted August 22, 2015 by djd
Categories: Around the House, In Our Back Yard, Nature, Photography

The smoke from the forest fires to the east of Portland came into the valley today. It’s been really smokey here all day and the Sun was an orange ball all day, especially at sunset.

You can see the hazy smoke in the middle of this picture behind the trees.

Here’s praying for a breeze from the ocean tomorrow 🙂

Cheers – DJD
Rain since last posting: 0.0 in. 2015 year to date: 19.0 in.

Hide and Seek

Posted July 19, 2015 by djd
Categories: Birds, In Our Back Yard, Nature, Photography

Now that the deck flowers are in full bloom I’ve started looking for opportunities to photograph our resident hummingbirds.

The problem is, they don’t always cooperate and pose for me. They are more interesest in harvesting nectar from the flowers and I can’t really blame them. Hummingbirds need to eat more than their weight in food each day to survive.

This evening I was patient, and my waiting paid off. After playing hide-and-seek for quite a while, I was finally able to get a picture of Zippy not hidden behind the flower.

Cheers – DJD
Rain since last posting: 0.0 in. 2015 year to date: 19.0 in.

Lunch Hazard

Posted July 11, 2015 by djd
Categories: Birds, Nature, Photography, Random musings

This is one of the hazards of having lunch at a restaurant next to a pond.

Cheers – DJD
Rain since last posting: 0.0 in. 2015 year to date: 19.0 in.