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Old 12-18-2010, 01:04 PM   #1
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A new year and another time to show what winter wildlife gardening means to you as seen through the lens of a camera.

I will be off-line until mid January - my computer died and cannot be replaced until then ... so I thought to start this thread now instead of waiting until I'm back online - "see" ya'll next year!!!
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Old 01-07-2011, 11:27 PM   #2
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Osprey with "catch of the day" on Pine Island, FL
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There couldn't be a finer sht than that!
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Great shot and cute caption, Sage.
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Wow! What a great photo, Sage! You really make it hard for anyone else who wants to enter. LOL!

How did you get such a cool shot? Did you sneak up on him?
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Old 01-09-2011, 03:11 PM   #7
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MrILoveTheAnts,

Are those all from your yard/habitat? I tend to take almost all of my pictures from my own yard, too.

I always appreciate ever greens in the winter. I am adding hemlocks, white pine to our 2 acres...there are way too few evergreens here--one pine that I'm still trying to identify, a few blue spruce that I want to girdle and replace with white pine (leaving the girdled trees as snags for wildlife, and a huge hybrid Rhododendron. I plan to add the native Rhododendron and mountain laurels as well. Anyway, it is nice to see some snow covered evergreens amount the bare trees.

Nice snow to see that you left the goldenrod (?) to collect snow and provide seeds for birds. That is an interesting view of the oak tree limb.
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Yes all of these were taken at least from my yard. The first two snow scapes are actually views from my front and back yard. Probably 80% of the photo is cropped out though to hide all the telephone poles and my neighbor's bomb shelter/storage pod /shed that's rusting away in their yard.

Hollies are another nice one in the winter.
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Yes all of these were taken at least from my yard. The first two snow scapes are actually views from my front and back yard. Probably 80% of the photo is cropped out though to hide all the telephone poles and my neighbor's bomb shelter/storage pod /shed that's rusting away in their yard.

Hollies are another nice one in the winter.
Good point--I just came back inside from walking the property and taking more pictures...I took several of *views* *from* my yard, not just in the yard. I, too, tend to crop out the less desireable elements when possible, but sometimes it makes an interesting juxtaposition--like last spring I snapped a shot of a male bluebird atop their nesting box *just* as a tractor trailer drove by...and became the background of the shot. It was kind of cool looking in its own way. I consider view from the yard as "your yard", too...it is part of the whole package.

My fingers are still cold and just a little numb as I type this!

My neighbor has a few rusting things in their yard, too...but he seems to be cleaning it up this year.
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Wow! What a great photo, Sage! You really make it hard for anyone else who wants to enter. LOL!

How did you get such a cool shot? Did you sneak up on him?
Osprey are amazingly unperturbed and cooperative, plus they are active. This one was in a wonderful snag along the main road on Pine Island so we just parked nearby and walked up close. The Osprey just watched us!
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