iPhriday Lonely Trees

I apologize, in advance, for what I know is going to be crazy formatting of this post; WordPress on this iPhone is terrible.

Looking south past a damaged spruce an on to a small twisted birch on the horizon line.

Looking south past a damaged spruce an on to a small twisted birch on the horizon line.

 

 

On Wednesday I walked cross country at the bottom of several fields so I could see the Canada Geese in the Seal River. In previous years the geese have been the Vernon River next to our house. Whether because of our bald eagles, or the grain fields next to the Seal River, or some other reason, they are waiting for spring weather elsewhere. The geese are too skittish to photograph on a wide angle lens, so I concentrated on the trees. Above, in the middle of the horizon line, and in the middle of what was – last year – a large potato field, there is a single scrawny white birch which you can barely see.  (The photo above and the one below were shot with the Huemore app for iPhone.)

Lonely Birch by the Seal River

Lonely Birch by the Seal River

At the edge of this field, before the land slopes down to the right to the Seal River, a hardy white birch was glowing in the late afternoon sun.

Glowing Birch in late afternoon sun.

Glowing Birch in late afternoon sun.

Backlit birch below shot with Hueless.

5:00 pm backlit white birch

5:00 pm backlit white birch

Today’s “featured image” was shot today – iPhriday – on the Ross Road in Vernon Bridge of yet another solitary birch.

iPhriday was started by Gray Days and Coffee who is taking a break….

Starlings in Snow

Early in the new year, I wandered out to our mud room, aka side entry, to put some recycling in the bin, and was greeted with this.

Starlings in Snow

Starlings in Snow

I ran to grab my new camera, then had to go back to put a memory card in it (sheesh!)

Starlings in Snow

Starlings in Snow

It was snowing and the starlings didn’t stay long after I started taking pictures. Two minutes elapsed between the first and last.

Starlings in Snow

Starlings in Snow

Photos taken with a Pentax K3, and a Tamron 28-200 zoom lens. The one of just the birds and the wire at 200mmm, the others between 53 and 75 mm. Handheld at various settings.