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Our azalea is now fully out, and the blooms cover (or mostly cover) the bush. The azaleas are out a little earlier this year, but then, due to the warmer winter, most everything is early. These are mature bushes. When planted back in the 1980’s, there were three different color azaleas planted together. In time – with careful trimming, they grew together to form one single “hedge like” bush. Yesterday’s photo of the day is of several of the pink blooms. in the bonus photo you can see a darker and lighter pink flowers

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365 photo #67

Bonus photo:

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One darker pink bloom among the lighter ones

Last night I attended an interesting workshop sponsored by the Camera Club of Hilton Head Island called, “Be A Beginner But Shoot Like a Pro”. Basically it was to explain some of the photography terminology — aperture (F-stop – or opening size – what lets in light), shutter speed, and ISO – and how these settings interact with each other depending what you’re photographing. The course is designed to help us be more comfortable using our camera’s manual settings, rather than relying on the various automatic settings. I came out of this course understanding a lot more than I did before, but realizing it will take hours of practice, lots of trial and (mostly) error, and a lot of bad shots to finally get the hang of this.

So … today I went outside to practice. And, guess what. None of THOSE shots will be today’s photo of the day. The camera’s delete key was well used! *g*. It’s my hope that my next practice session will see improvement with more usable photos!

Next Wednesday the course continues – and clearly I will be attending! LOL. One question (er – well — one of many questions!) still remains. Will I ever be comfortable enough with my manual settings to be able to get them in place fast enough so that I can get that photograph before the wildlife flies away *g*! Maybe there is a time and a place for some pre-set automatic settings for this type of situation!

Anyway — back to today’s photo…

As I was practicing my manual setting photography, I heard movement up in the pine tree above — and there … again … was Mr. (or Mrs.?) Great Blue Heron. Then I moved around a bit and noticed that there was a nest up there. Personally I’m a little skeptical that it’s great blue heron nest, as it seemed kind of small — but the bird seemed to be working on it – or watching it – or something. Maybe the nest is larger than it appears? Plus — occasionally he/she raised it’s beak high in the air and let out this long, low pitched “howl”, that sounded more like a “moan”. It had a sadness about it – and I suspect, now, it is related to nesting / mating behavior. Might we have a great blue heron nest in our yard? And – today’s photo shows the heron in the sun!

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365 photo #68

Bonus photo. Heron and the nest:

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I’ve been busy over the last three days, but the photos have been taken and it’s finally time to post.

I have so many photos to choose from for February 22nd. My childhood friend, Connie visited for a day on her way to be with her daughter and family. I cherish these visits, as we have a lot of history … good history!. We may be separated for a year (or more) at a time, but when we get together, it’s like we never were apart. Conversation flows … and, that’s an understatement! 🙂 Plus – she travels with her white lab, Maggie. I’ve never been much of a dog person, but Maggie has won over my heart, not to mention that the cats did very well with her. There were a few “fluffed up” kitty moments with minimal hissing, but it was short lived, as Maggie doesn’t chase them. They always have time to quickly retreat to the safety of “high places” in the house.

Connie has a blog, too: View from the Empty Nest. It’s full of insights — the kind that come while walking Maggie! Many are thoughts I’ve always had, but I never “thought” to “think” them! (I know — that doesn’t quite make sense…!) Check it out — it’s a good read!

On the one full day Connie was with us, we looked for “photo ops” in beautiful spots, both at home and in the neighborhood. First there were some photo ops right on our lagoon. Then we went into Whooping Crane Conservancy. After a quick lunch, we took Maggie for a walk on Boneyard beach. As we drove there, we made a stop along the side of the road where there’s another lagoon and aquatic life often hang out. As I type, I still can’t decide which photo will be chosen for this. All I know is that I will include several bonus photos!

Ok – – here we go — an alligator in the swamp inside Whooping Crane Conservancy:

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365 photo #53

And — of course there will be some bonus photos:

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1. fall foliage lives on inside the Whooping Crane Conservancy…!
2. Ibis well hidden in the brush in Whooping Crane Conservancy

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1. Ibis on the lagoon at home
2. I wonder what those cormorants see??

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1. Anhinga – drying it’s wings
2. Maggie — such a sweet white lab — on the beach! 🙂

Connie left first thing the next morning – but I kind of remained sluggish, and didn’t get out for photos. Suddenly it was 10 p.m. and I hadn’t even picked up my camera – so yesterday’s photo is a wall hanging — something my son gave to me for Christmas one year. I love the haggard expression the kitty. Reminds me of me when I’m not in a good mood! 😉 When I was younger I had a photo copy of this picture taped to my refrigerator, which said “I have a handgun and PMS, any questions”. Kind of said it all!

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365 photo #54

Today I looked to our cats for the photo. The weather started out ok, but it’s now reduced to rumbling thunderstorms and tornado watches…. This is Felix — “birding and squirreling” behind the draperies!:

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365 photo #55

Bonus photo: On Tuesday night I won honorable mention in the camera club competition – category “windows”. It’s the first ever ribbon for me:

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This isn’t the EXACT photo I submitted as it had to be resized just slightly for printing, and I enhanced the saturation a small amount, as well.
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