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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

"Hallowe'en Fright Night" - Postcard

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With Hallowe'en coming soon, I created a postcard that was inspired by a piece I saw on Tim Holtz's site:

http://timholtz.com/halloween-inspiration-series-jan-hobbins-2/

http://janhobbins.blogspot.com/2015/09/halloween-book-tutorial.html

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Hallowe'en Poison" - Tag

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With Hallowe'en coming soon, I created a poison themed tag.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

The vintage images are from the Old Design Shop and an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron - Photograph

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This is 1 of 2 posts of some photographs that I took of a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron during a walk on the Riverwalk in Westport, CT this past week.

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron - Photograph

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This is 2 of 2 posts of some photographs that I took of a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron during a walk on the Riverwalk in Westport, CT this past week.

Yellow Bird - Photograph

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This is a photograph that I took of a small yellow bird during a walk on the Riverwalk in Westport, CT this past week.

Scenes From the Library Riverwalk - Photograph

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These are some photographs that I took of scenes along the Riverwalk in Westport, CT this past week.

Monday, September 28, 2015

"The Moon is Burning!" - Photograph

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This is 1 of 2 posts of photographs that I took of the Total Lunar Eclipse of the moon last night (September 27, 2015).

The Total Lunar Eclipse was on a Supermoon Full Moon and is called a Blood Moon. It was fantastic to get to see it! Unfortunately, I didn't get any good photographs of it.

Ironically, two of my photographs of clouds passing in front of the eclipse when it was about half way across the moon came out looking like smoke pouring off of a smoldering, burning moon. (It would've been perfect if the moon came out more red in them, but I still like how they look.)

Blood Moon - Photograph

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This is 2 of 2 posts of photographs that I took of the Total Lunar Eclipse of the moon last night (September 27, 2015).

The Total Lunar Eclipse was on a Supermoon Full Moon and is called a Blood Moon. It was fantastic to get to see it! Unfortunately, I didn't get any good photographs of it.

Hallowe'en Decorations Skulls Candelabra - Photograph

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This is a photograph that I took of some of the Hallowe'en decorations I put on display this past week. I know it's a little early, but I wanted to see how they looked.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

"Junior Prom" - Tag

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This week’s Tag Along challenge #106 was "Silhouettes."

I made a replica of a vintage 1929 Junior Prom art piece I had seen.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

The font is Benjamin Franklin

Black Birds in Dogwood Tree - Photograph

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I took these photographs of a large flock of black birds that invaded my yard this past week.

I think these were Grackles. The flock landed in my yard and foraged through the fallen leaves for food. They also landed in my Dogwood tree and were eating the red berries on it.

This was my second "horror movie" experience this week. I was inside my house when I heard a lot of rustling outside, through the fallen leaves. I then started hearing a cacophony of bird chatter. I looked out the window and saw black birds descending into my yard and start scurrying around. It was like that scene from "The Birds." ;-)

Unfortunately these birds were very skittish. When I went outside to try to get photographs of them, they flew into the surrounding woods. But I did manage to get some good photographs of them. They flew in and out of my yard about three or four times.

Black Birds Bathing / Water Spray - Photograph

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I took these photographs of a large flock of black birds that invaded my yard this past week.

I think these were Grackles. The flock landed in my yard and foraged through the fallen leaves for food. They also landed in my Dogwood tree and were eating the red berries on it.

When the flock flew into the surrounding woods, some of them started bathing in the water.

Black Birds Bathing / Water Spray - Photograph

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I took these photographs of a large flock of black birds that invaded my yard this past week.

I think these were Grackles. The flock landed in my yard and foraged through the fallen leaves for food. They also landed in my Dogwood tree and were eating the red berries on it.

When the flock flew into the surrounding woods, some of them started bathing in the water.

Black Bird (Grackles) Invasion - Photograph

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I took this photograph of a large flock of black birds that invaded my yard this past week.

I think these were Grackles. The flock landed in my yard and foraged through the fallen leaves for food. They also landed in my Dogwood tree and were eating the red berries on it.

This photograph isn't too clear because I shot it through my screen door. When I went outside to try to get photographs, the flock took off into the surrounding woods.

Green Foliage Reflection Water Rings - Photograph

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This is a photograph that I took in my backyard this past week.

I like how the water rings reflected the green foliage of the woods.

Hallowe'en Count Down Decorations - Photograph

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This is a photograph that I took of some of the Hallowe'en decorations I put on display this past week. I know it's a little early, but I wanted to see how they looked.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Sunlit Snowy Egret - Photograph

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I took these photographs of a Snowy Egret at Southport Beach in Fairfield, CT this past week.

The sun was setting so it created some nice sun lighting on the Egrets.

"The Hunters" - Photograph

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I took these photographs of a trio of Snowy Egrets at Southport Beach in Fairfield, CT this past week.

I think these three are a family, probably mother and juveniles. If you look closely at the left side of the second photograph, you'll see the fish jumping out of the water that I mentioned in this blog post. If you look closely at the right side of the third photograph, you'll see the fish jumping there, too.

Snowy Egret Trio - Photograph

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I took these photographs of a trio of Snowy Egrets at Southport Beach in Fairfield, CT this past week.

I think these three are a family, probably mother and juveniles. If you look closely at the first photograph, you'll see a fish in the bill of the far Egret.

Snowy Egret Taking Flight - Photograph

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I took this photograph of a Snowy Egret taking flight out of the water at Southport Beach in Fairfield, CT this past week.

I rarely get good in flight photos, but this was one of those times that I did.

Jumping Fish Coming Out of Water - Photograph

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I took these photographs of schools of fish that were swimming in unison then jumping out of the water at Southport Beach in Fairfield, CT this past week.

These fish were swimming around where the Snowy Egrets were. At first all I heard was a splashing sound, and saw the water rippling. That kept happening, and I didn't know what it was. It was almost like one of those horror movies, where something is going on in the water, the curious person goes toward it to investigate, and the person gets killed by some underwater monster. ;-)

When I got to the edge of the water, I finally saw what was causing the sounds and making the water dimple. These fish were swimming around in large groups that first caused the water to dimple, then they all jumped out while they swam, and dove back under the water. It was very hard to determine where they would appear, so I didn't get many photographs of them, and the ones I did get aren't that great.

I was surprised no birds were feeding on them. I saw only one Seagull swoop in once, to try to catch them. They were in the middle, and the Egrets were on the shore edges, but there were some opportunities for the Egrets to catch them, which I have in other photographs.

Sunlit Great Egret - Photograph

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I took these photographs of a Great Egret at Southport Beach in Fairfield, CT this past week.

Great Egret - Photograph

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I took these photographs of a Great Egret at Southport Beach in Fairfield, CT this past week.