By now I can’t blame you if you think that this blog is for the birds, but I hope to spare you from the constant bird updates soon.
Today I decided it was time to learn more about how to use my camera. It’s a way better camera than I am a photographer. Time to do something about that. Out came the “How To” book.
I fiddled with the camera, discovered some adjustments I should have made ages ago, and immediately regretted every photo I had taken so far without them. But never mind, I would practice with these new basic settings from now on. Things could only get better.
Then I began to read about setting the shutter speed (yes, I’m that much of a beginner), but by this time I was getting to the point of “information overload.” I would learn about shutter speed settings another day. It might have been good for some of the bird photos if I had been able to capture their quick movements, but for now, I would just have to find birds that were not quite so hyper and would sit still for me.
I went outside to practice on a few flowers. They held fairly still, except when a breeze shivered them.
Then I walked along the path where that lazy person left the garden hose, and I waited by the birdbath which is right by the birdfeeder, for some docile bird to come and sit down for his supper of sunflower seeds. I needed a calm, not too excitable bird. One that didn’t flap his wings too fast for my slow shutter speed which I didn’t yet know how to speed up.
A pine siskin flitted over and I slowly turned to take his picture, but when I zoomed the lens, he got nervous and flew away. Just then another bird came and hovered beside the columbines and since I had the zoom already zoomed, I took his picture. I ran into the house to upload the photo and this is when I realized I had discovered a new species – the wingless hummingbird!
How does he DO it? No wings and all….