More Spring Flowers…..Blood Root…

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Love this little daisy looking flower….grows low to the ground and seems to prefer SE facing slopes.

Native Georgia spring flower called Blood Root....Native Americans used this plant as body paint...

Native Georgia spring flower called Blood Root….Native Americans used this plant as body paint…

broke off a leaf and stained my finger with the plants juices....stain lasted all day...

broke off a leaf and stained my finger with the plants juices….stain lasted all day…

Flowering Red Buds……

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Red Bud trees have these beautiful pink flowers in the spring, heart shaped leaves all summer, and pea pod seed packets in late summer and early fall…..but my favorite parts are the flowers.

Took these pictures yesterday while out with a group of hikers….super warm day at 83F here in Georgia and lots of pretty spring flowers.

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Sabi

Leaving Time for Creativity…..

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Being a mom of two teenagers….working….and all the stuff that goes with life in general….makes for a very busy life! So one of the hardest things for me is saving time to be creative….and being creative is as important for me as eating.

That said…I just recently gave up being Band Booster President…both our kids participate in our local High School Band…so being president of the Band Booster has been great fun….but very time consuming. So after a lot of thought and a few tears, I have decided not to run for Booster President again.

I have to give myself more time for creativity….that means having time in the studio and being outside with my camera.

Below is a picture of a little doe all fuzzed up with her winter coat. Used the zoom lens and then pushed the contrast up…to bring out her coloring.

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Red Tailed Hawk and then…….

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Had a few great creative moments today….. While trying to get a shot of an elusive flying squirrel I spotted this Red Tailed Hawk. Had to scramble down an embankment to get this shot of the hawk as he came into the clearing over the lake.

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Then this fellow circled round….at first I thought it was the immature Bald Eagle we have at the park….then he flapped his wings and gave away his identity……Turkey Vulture.

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Never the less….it was a great day of mixing nature and creativity.

Sabi

Images of Male and Female Cardinals……..

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4 days of having snow here in NE Georgia…

Since I was a kid I have always wanted to get that classic photo of a male Cardinal in the snow…..and two days ago was my big break. Temperatures in the upper 20′s, fresh snow, sky overcast, and freezing rain filling up the tops of my boots and cap…I pretended I was a National Geographic photographer and headed out.

The light was not very favorable….so I composed these frames with Japanese style for ink drawings in mind. The effect is whimsical and in a few of the pics you can get a glimpse of the Cardinal’s comic side.

shaking it off....

shaking it off….

galloping hop......

galloping hop……

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this Cardinal was quite kind to the sparrows and allowed them to stay while feeding on fallen seed....

this Cardinal was quite kind to the sparrows and allowed them to stay while feeding on fallen seed….

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The next day the lighting was much better….but the male Cardinal stayed up in the top of the tree…but managed to get a few crisp pictures of a female Cardinal….and later the male…

striking.....

striking…..

like the movement in this one.....

like the movement in this one…..

think he was showing off in this one....

think he was showing off in this one….

The last picture here is our goofy dog playing in the snow….

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Gotta get outside and be creative.

Sabi

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