Hello again and welcome to RMgoldsmithphotography! Sunday, yesterday, was a beautiful bright and sunny day, and we took the opportunity to get outside and take some pictures. It started out right in our own yard and ended with a nice Sunday drive to a few of our hotspots around our local lake, Cowan Lake.
As you can see from the pictures above, today’s photo star is the Cedar Waxwing. I was talking about them to a co-worker this morning, and he asked what do they look like. As I was pulling up a picture on my phone, I described them as “nature’s airbrushed bird.” He had to agree once he saw the picture – how could you not!
The Cedar Waxwing is one of my favorite birds to photograph. They seem to like to hang out in the tops of trees or on the end of a branch. All this, combined with their stunning appearance, makes them terrific to photo, and you get the added benefit of some great blue skies and bright pine needles, for some great backgrounds. Bokeh for all of you photogs out there. If you’ve read many of my blogs at all, you already know that I say “this is one of my favorite birds” a lot. And it’s true every time. As a photographer, our favorite is usually the next great shot. For me, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to pick a favorite bird. I guess I tend to remember “firsts” as some of my favorites, or those bucket list birds you just can’t wait to see and capture with your lens.
I’ve seen Cedar Waxwings many times before when we lived in Mississippi and Louisiana, but this is the first time I’ve seen them here in Ohio. So, despite their photogenic capabilities, they make the “firsts” list, once again.
If you’re not familiar with Cedar Waxwings, take a moment to look closely at the pictures above. Notice the overall airbrushed look. The bandit mask around their eyes and face. The hint of yellow on their under belly, and the red waxy like area on the wings, and that beautiful long tail that looks like it was hand dipped in the brightest yellow paint. Truly an amazing work of art!
Some of these photos were taken at Cowan Lake, and some were actually right outside my own door. So, don’t be upset that you don’t have a lake nearby. You’d be surprised at all the nature just right outside your own door. Just a take a moment or two, relax, and quietly look and see what’s there. And by all means, share your experience with me! Hit me up in the comments or via email. Send some pictures of your own, from your wonderful world.
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