Thursday, May 25, 2017

Scarlet Tanager

I was lucky enough to see this Scarlet Tanager. They just love to stay in the tops of the trees. This male popped out for a pose.
©2017 Steve Borichevsky
©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky
©2017 Steve Borichevsky
Here he is joined by a female. Normally I wouldn’t bother with a shot like this, but how could I resist? A male and female Scarlet Tanager in the same frame. I believe that they were checking out a possible nest site. They came back here once more and were chasing out other birds.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The leaves are out, the birding is getting tough

The leaves are fully out in Massachusetts. This means that getting shots of woodland birds is tough from here on out.
American Robin
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Baltimore Oriole
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Rose-breasted Grosbeak
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Finally, here is one of my Eastern Wood-Pewees. We have a pair that have settled in the yard and I hop they raise a happy family. I love these guys.
©2017 Steve Borichevsky
©2017 Steve Borichevsky

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Nashville Warbler

The leaves are fully out and the canopy in the New England woods have closed in. It is a frustrating time of the year because the warblers are moving through. I was walking through the woods this morning and could hear about six different songs from way up in the canopy. This was the only one that I could see!

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Bandit Returns

Every year, the Bandit returns. The yard has been alive with the calls of Common Yellow-throats. Spring is here. This one was following a young lass.

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©2017 Steve Borichevsky

Friday, May 19, 2017

Desert Dragonflies

You wouldn’t think that dragonflies can be found in the desert. This one was shot in Palm Springs, up where I shoot my Costa’s Hummingbirds. This Variegated Meadowhawk was very cooperative, so I was able to do a little photo study with different backgrounds. ©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

The dragon below is a bit of a mystery. It looks a lot like our Blue Dashers, but the colors are not quite right.

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bashfull Savannah Sparrow

Yesterday, I brought some gear to work to so I would have an excuse to take a walk during lunch.  A little later in the day, I spotted this bashful Savannah Sparrow outside my office window.

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©2017 Steve Borichevsky

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

First New England Dragonfly of the Year!

This is a male Stream Cruiser. It is one of the early dragons on Cape Ann. I shot this one today during my lunch break.

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Stream Cruisers will fly around much like a Darner and when the decide to land, they do so fairly low to the ground, 1-3 feet above the soil. This makes it difficult to get a nice and clean background.

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

As I was processing the images, I notice a structure behind the right eye. I thought that it may be a mite, but it actully is normal. I checked photos from previous years to be sure.

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

©2017 Steve Borichevsky

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Interior of the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam

Returning back to the National Gallery of Art, this painting caught my eye because of the way Emanual de Witte used light to create The Interior of the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam. It sent my imagination stiring_how would I handle this light as a found image photographer.

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If you go over to the NGA.gov site to learn more about this painting, which I hope you do, you will learn that “Most of De Witte’s churches can be identified as buildings that still dominate the cityscapes of Delft and Amsterdam, yet in his paintings he often combined architectural elements in imaginative and fanciful ways.” As I was looking over the significance of the painting, my attention was drawn to the lower left corner. Well, okay. I wonder if he got stiffed on his commission for the painting.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017

Breazind Up (A Fair Wind)

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I went to the National Gallery of Art with a few friends. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they had a few Winslow Homer paintings on display.

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It is well known that Winslow Homer spent time in Gloucester. I first learned about Winslow Homer as a boy collecting stamps. Back in the day, I never thought that I would find myself standing in front of the actual painting, let alone looking at the painting and seeing Gloucester panted on the sail boat. You can learn more about Breazing Up (A Fair Wind) by visiting the National Gallery of Art site.

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Two more paintings on display that give insight into what Gloucester looked like back in the day are The Flirt and Dad’s Coming.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

I’ve been out traveling again.

Yes. I logged more air time, if you will. We took a flight down to Washington, DC this weekend to participate in some humanitarian efforts.

I didn’t get a whole lot of photography done. The weather was not in synch with our free time. However it was great to get down Washington.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Nice day to take the gear for a walk

Saturday morning was very pleasant. The temperatures were very warm and I went out for a walk with my gear. The leaves are coming out and there was a lot of activity, but not much photography.
But heard and not seen were lots of Blue-winged Warblers, Eastern Towhees, Tufted Titmice, Chipping Sparrows, Downy Woodpeckers, Gray Catbirds and Red-bellied Woodpeckers. But birding here in New England can be tough if you are unable to bird by ear. Once the leaves are on the trees and bushes, it gets hard to actually see the birds.

It was really great to get out. In a remote part of the trail, a middle-aged man came jogging through and saw my gear. He huffed and puffed, “What was that bird?”, he huffed and puffed in a challenging manner. I simply replied, “Which one?” I was hearing about five. “That one!”, he pointed off to a distant spot as a woodpecker called. “Red-bellied Woodpecker”. And he gave me a look of approval and continued on.

Here is a Yellow-rumped Warbler high up in a sugar maple tree. Down below is an Azure. For a long morning walk, coming home with three frames may not seem productive, but oh, to be out the woods again is good felt good.
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©2017 Steve Borichevsky
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