Sunday, June 19, 2011

F Words


Foliage, Flowers and Feathers. What did you think the F words were?




red maple leaves 4
You might think these are autumn leaves but they're not. They belong on Frank's Red Maple tree in his back yard. The colours are beautiful, particularly when the sun is shining through them from behind.



ferns
Out in the fields, ferns have unfurled to reveal lovely, lacy patterns.



gull dripping
A gull, unsuccessful in catching a fish, pond water still dripping from its beak.




bleeding hearts
Bleeding hearts. I never tire of seeing Nature's little love flower.




maple tree leaves
Another red leaf from the Red Maple tree, late in the evening, just before dark.




junenile
A mystery bird. This little cutie was sitting on the boulevard just as we were heading out for a walk. I think it's a juvenile but I have no idea which kind of bird it is. Can anyone please help with this?




mystery flower
And speaking of mysteries, I have no idea what kind of flower this is but I liked how it looked in the near-dark.




Eastern Kingbird best
A beautiful Eastern Kingbird posed perfectly atop a high branch.




rwbb
The brilliant red feathers of red-winged blackbird as he comes in for a landing.

Thanks for joining me in exploring a few F words. They're be more photos coming up real soon.

49 comments:

thrviewfinder said...

awesome shots !! like the soft grains in little love flower

photonature2010 said...

Photos with red leaves are great.

Pierre BOYER said...

Very lovely pictures !
Nice serie,
Have a great day...

Pierre

Tabor said...

Beautiful pictures. You have such a great photographic eye.

roobo69 said...

Ah, how I enjoy catching up on your nature photos ... Beautifully captured gull photo. Thanks again for taking the time to share

ADRIAN said...

Another stunning set of images. I've never been particularly keen on flower pictures. You have converted me, yours are superb.

Maggie May said...

Lovely set of *F*s.
Especially the ferns.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Daniel said...

Must be your special edition photographs for... "F"athers Day. :)

Thank you! They're beautiful.

Dawn said...

"F"abulous:))
I LOVE that 2nd capture. My "f"avorite!!!

slommler said...

Stunning photos!! Love the red leafed maple!! Gorgeous!
Hugs
SueAnn

ladyfi said...

Wow - amazing shots! Love the sea gull with water dripping from his beak. And that first picture is glorious too!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

lovely, lovely photos!
they just brightened up my day!

so thank you for that.

betty
loving your blog.

Brian Miller said...

lovely...what a great capture of the bleeding heart...very nice hilary

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Fantastic!

Out on the prairie said...

A very nice set of pics today.

June said...

I would guess your mystery bird is a starling, or if you prefer, to keep it in the "F words," a ftarling.

So much beauty in the details, isn't there?
I love the maple leaves just before dark, and the red-winged blackbird is . . . ftellar! :-P

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

This set of pictures is amazing.The backlit leaves and the sweet Bleeding Heart,oh my,I can't pick a favourite but love them all.

texwisgirl said...

every photo is glorious. i love every one of them. the play of sun and shadow amongst them is just Fantastic! you have such a gift.

and i agree, that might be a starling. my second guess might be a young cowbird.

Snappy Di said...

The fern shot is awesomeness unfurled!

Love it.

Di

DJan said...

No idea about the parentage of the bird, but those backlit pictures take my breath away. I am amazed at your camera eye, Hilary, and again bow to your ability to make me gasp!

Anyes said...

I really love the water droplets falling from the seagull's beak. Have an awesome Sunday Hilary :-)

ellen abbott said...

I never tire of your photos.

Shammickite said...

I love tress with those red leaves. there are a couple of streets here in S'ville with fully grown red leaved maples lining them, lovely in the sunlight and especially lovely in the spring.
Please wish frank a Happy Father's Day from me!

Sarah Knight said...

Lovely shots!
Based on the wing feathers - that looks like a juvenile starling.
: )

Bossy Betty said...

Great shots! What wonderful detail! The fourth F word: Fantastic!!

TechnoBabe said...

The bird looks like the baby grackles that to us look like they should be teenager grackles but they are still fluttering their wings and opening their mouths and want one of their parent grackles to feed them. The babies are capable of getting around and finding food but they are hanging on as long as possible to get their parents to take care of them.

Country Girl said...

I am inclined toward a juvenile starling, but I'm not the pro around here. I love all of the photos, Hilary. Amazing capture on the gull.

Susan in the Boonies said...

F words! Like Fotos!

Some Freckles would be nice, as well!

Mental P Mama said...

Love that gull shot!

Jillsy Girl said...

that seagull capture is brilliant!

missing moments said...

All great photos ... I was thinking the bird was a cowbird ... looks similar to the ones in my backyard ..but not enough brown on him yet if it is

Lisa said...

Lovely shots Hilary. Gorgeous shoulder pads on the blackbird, remember when those were fashion forward for us women? Yikes!
I think the bird is a grackle.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

These photos are wonderful! I especially love the maple leaves. The color and light are incredible. Sorry, I don't know what that one bird is, but it does appear to be a young'un.

messymimi said...

When i saw the title, i assumed flowers, and i'm glad you had even more!

Wendy said...

Those maple leaves are spectacular! I did think they were autumn leaves. And that gull with water dripping from his beak - you truly are a wiz with the camera.
Fun F-words For Father's Day! LOL!

Lisa RedWillow said...

I love the images.. I have a maple but not red and did shoot it this week and hearts.. Hilary ..I love your images. Stunning . So much beauty here.

Lisa RedWillow said...

I love the images.. I have a maple but not red and did shoot it this week and hearts.. Hilary ..I love your images. Stunning . So much beauty here.

VM Sehy Photography said...

Nice shots. My dad has two large maples in his back yard. They truly are beautiful trees.

Hilary said...

Thank you for the kind words, everyone. They're very much appreciated. It's nice to see some new faces and it's always wonderful to see those who return time and time again. Thank you all for helping me to identify the baby bird. Looking through Google images, it does indeed appear to be a baby starling during one of its many stages of development. I appreciate the help. :)

Slamdunk said...

Great photos Hilary.

Unfortunately, the last post I responded to on another blog has was about an F word that relates to natural gas--so I think I like your terms better.

Anvilcloud said...

Those are some very fine f words.

Linda said...

You find such beauty to photograph, and your photographs seem to make things even more beautiful, if that's possible.

Jayne said...

A lovely knew perspective on the F words. Love the Fern! :)

Barbara Shallue said...

That seagull photo is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing!

Hilary said...

Thanks kindly, everyone. :)

Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz said...

Love the fern and the light...the sun shines like that through my Cornish Rex cats ears...I will post a pix sometime.

kcinnova said...

That photograph is exactly the image of bleeding hearts that I have tried for the past 3 years to acquire. BEAUTIFUL!
Obviously, I need a better camera (and a steadier hand).

kcinnova said...

Truly, Hilary, you ought to publish a book with your photographs and words. Your blog title would be an excellent book title and I know many of us would line up to purchase such a treasure!

lime said...

the shot of that unnamed flower really is quite striking!