Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Photographing the Beauty of the Black-capped Chickadee : Such a Little Charmer

Among the many birds there are to photograph, it is easy to see
why the Black-capped Chickadee is a favorite for so many people.
A very distinguished black cap and bib make the chickadee a striking bird, no doubt.
But it is not just it's appearance that makes this little beauty so appealing,
it has an upbeat chirpy disposition to match. This combination of visual appeal
and personality make it a joy to both watch and photograph. The photos
in this blog were taken in backyards or parks of Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.

A Little Black-capped Beauty 101
I think this bird is quite the charmer sporting a tough yet graceful
disposition. I wanted to capture the effortless grace and strength
I see in the Black-capped Chickadee so getting close was a priority.

I found that pretty much any woodland or forest edge is a common,
yet perfect place to see this enchanting little fellow. Early Morning and late
evening walks tend to be the prime times to see them searching for food.

Because of their curious nature you can easily attract the
Black-capped Chickadee to your backyard by providing
their favorite snacks of sunflower seeds, peanuts and suets.
If you provide it ... they will come. Backyards supply a
perfect backdrop or background for photographing birds.

The photo above was taken in a friends backyard in Wisconsin.
Doesn't he look like a bully on the power line? He wasn't. I watched
this chickadee wait patiently for it's turn at the feeder today.

Another friend's yard in Wisconsin was the hot spot for many songbirds.
Today a Black-capped Chickadee just finished taking a refreshing bath.

I was standing directly under this chickadee and noticed the sunlight
showcasing the beauty of it's angelic tail. Bird looking down, camera
pointing up, sunlight cooperating. Click, click, click.
One of my favorite things about this bird is the white edging
on the tail, especially in the sunlight. It appears almost transparent
in the picture above, giving that 'enchanted' feeling to the moment.
I think of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs every time I look at this
photo, this memory. Corny? Well yes, but I'm not hanging my head. I am proud
to let my inner little girl out to express herself. Life is just better that way.
This reminiscent feeling I experienced made this capture a special one for me.

When I took this shot I was standing under another tree canopied
with leaves. I was happy to see the effect of the moment I was in
was captured in this photo.

The Chickadee hops up, down and all around trees, on and under
their branches looking for insects and their eggs to eat.

And eat, eat, eat they do. They eat berries and seeds in addition
to many insects. They seem to love caterpillars, millipedes and spiders.
In the bottom right photo of the quartet above, the chickadee
holds a seed with it's feet on a branch while hammering
the seed with it's beak to open it.

Captured above ... just one of the typical smooth moves the agile
chickadee preforms at any given moment.
With it's eye on the prize it momentarily hangs upside down
on a branch while searching for food. I love this shot.

The Black-capped Chickadee nests in cavities. Here they are
excavating a new cavity, but often use a woodpecker's old cavity to nest in.
Photos above taken in the Northern Illinois University Lagoon area.

It is said that the Chickadee is one of the easiest to train to eat from the hand.
It is more than a wonderful feeling to have this bird come to your hand to feed.
This experience should be on everyone's bucket list.
While visiting my sister in Michigan this summer, I was lucky
enough to enjoy and experience the soft touch, and brave character
of the beautiful Black-capped Chickadee in addition to
photographing the little charmer .

Visit my Smugmug gallery to see more Black-capped Beauty and charm.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Nature-ally Beautiful Photography and Cards at 39th Annual Hononegah Woman's Club Art Fair August 16, 2009

  • Come see me and my artwork personally at my next craft show! I have a memory or story to share for every image, just ask. My images have a way of sparking stories and memories for many people who view and purchase them as well. I love to hear your stories too. You will find my Nature-ally Beautiful Blank Note Cards as well as framed, matted and assorted print sizes at my next show. I look forward to seeing you there.

  • If you are not in the area visit my smugmug photo gallery where you can view and/or purchase a nice variety of my nature art photography on many types of mediums.

  • pictured... a view of THE ELWOOD ART SHOW 2009
  • My next art show: is Sunday, August 16th, 2009 10:00 a.m. - 4p.m at the "39th Annual Hononegah Women's Club Fine Arts Fair" in the Rockton Village Green Park on the corner of East Union (aka Rockton Rd) and Blackhawk Blvd. in Rockton, IL

  • Rockton Village Green Park
    149 E. Chapel St.
    Rockton, IL 61072
    Sunday, August 16, 2009 from 10am-4pm.

    A sample of some cards in my Nature-ally Beautiful line.
    Click on each image to get a closer view of each card.

My line of Nature-ally Beautiful Cards are also available at these locations.
  • Made Just For You Handcrafted Gifts
    338 West State Street
    Sycamore, IL 60178
    (815) 895-8122

  • Poppy Seed Primitives
    Owner Sandy Spier
    316 W. Main St.
    Genoa, IL 60135
    (815) 784-4212

  • Dabluz Boutique
    116 East Market Street
    Mt. Carroll, IL 61053
    (815) 244-4058

  • De'esse Scent Shop & Boutique
    321 W. State Street
    Sycamore, IL 61078
    (815) 899-9977

  • Vineyards Gourmet Chocolate shope
    3251 Friday Road
    Coloma, MI 49038

Sunday, August 2, 2009

And The Viewer's Choice Is ......

What's Up Pussycat?
Introducing ... Kitty Kitty Boxed Set #8
Viewers had a strong opinion in this poll.
Choice#1 received 37% of the vote
Choice#2 received 62% of the vote
Choice#3 - 0% and is crying in it's catnip

The Viewer's choice is ... "What's up?" for my newest boxed set of cards. Thank you to everyone who participated in completing this set by voting in this poll. The winner for the drawing of the first published set of Kitty Kitty Cards, (Eight cards/blank inside with envelopes, 2 of each image in a clear plastic box to store them. A $15.00 value.) is .. Cheryl Knight. Congratulations Cheryl!

The viewer's choice, "What's up?" card is just the card to share "What's up" in your life or to inquire "What's up?" from a quiet or out of touch friend or relative. This set would also make a purr...fect gift for your kitty loving pals. Everyone loves to get or give cards ... it just feels good ... so get or give this set today!

You can purchase a set of Kitty Kitty cards at Nature-allyBeautifulCards.com or by stopping in the dabluz boutique 116 East Market Street Mount Carroll, Illinois. If you haven't had the pleasure of shopping here ... you're in for a treat. Stop in for a visit and meet Kitty Kitty yourself!