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European Starling (Three Photographs)

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European Starlings are wondrous creatures in flight when doing their murmurations (cloud-like formations of hundreds of birds) where they appear to dance in the air (one of these days I will get a shot of that). The starlingscolours andmarkings are distinctive. I think the bird looks just as good in B&W as in colour. Sometimes when I see a B&W print I wonder what the colour would have looked like, so I have included the colour version of the B&W here.

Japanese Beetles (Three Photographs)

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These beetles are pests, they eat their way through gardens. In fact their messy eating habits are one of the indicators they are present, though their fluorescent colouring also helps. Like all beetles they fly, just not very well. I thought these photos showed them off at their best, especially the almost abstract versions in B&W and Colour.

Finches in Black and White

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I chased these finches for some time, with only a few shots where they were in the clear. As I reviewed the shots out of camera I thought about the prints you often see of birds in old books. A journal I subscribe to has just decided to go from B&W only photos to Colour. I cannot blame them for it, it’s a scientific journal, but I will miss the old B&W.

A Cure for the Dank and Drab (Three Photographs)

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A bit of colour might just be the cure to a drab and dank fall. The weather is such that outdoor colours are no longer vivid but dull. It’s been said that colour impacts mood. Maybe our public places need more of it. So here you go, just doing my bit.

A Duck Preening (Three Photographs)

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Artist’s statements aside, I don’t believe it is the place of the photographer to tell the story or to tell the audience how to react. I do think it is interesting to hear what was in the mind of the artist and reach one’s own conclusions. In that regard and with respect to this duck its posture reminded me of some marble sculptures, where the artist placed the emphasis on form and shape.

More From my Day with the Painted Ladies (Three Photographs)

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Painted ladies are amedium-sized butterflies and that makes them easier to shoot. Butterflies are well aware of their fragility and unless bred in captivity, know that just about anything can and will damage their wings. Often you can tell older butterflies by the tattered nature of their wings. The other side of the coin is butterflies like these painted ladies have little or no damage and could be relatively young.

The Grinning Egret (Two Photographs)

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I was shooting this egret hoping it would fish and get a nice big fish, when instead it took a drink of water and looked at me with an expression I will never forget.

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