Thursday, July 17, 2008

zany days

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek



I feel a little zany today so lets just have a chaotic mix of photos. Yeah? Cool!


I used the fisheye lens on these shots. The neat thing about this lens is I was almost touching the dandelions yet there’s great focus and you are seeing 180 degrees. There were a whole field of dandelions, pretty really.


I used the macro lens for this Marsh Marigold. I’m not very fond of regular marigolds but I love the Marsh Marigolds. They are everywhere in Wisconsin in the spring. Well marshy areas mostly.


I know I already told you about the blankets of Trillium that can be found in the spring. I took this shot in May, I’m kinda missing them.


Remember how I told you that I take shots of birds, any shot I can get, when I see them, then I try for better shots. Well, I wasn’t sure what this one was but I got a few photos.



None of them very good, really. But they were good enough that now I know I saw a Yellow-rumped Warbler. I haven’t seen any since, and believe me I have been looking. I took these photos in April, just kept hoping I would get some better ones to share.


The red-winged blackbirds can be kinda pretty. I don’t normally bother with snapping them but I liked the look of this one.


There were several Great Egrets in the area, but this is the closest I could get. Again, I will keep trying.


I loved how these two Brown-headed Cowbirds have similar poses.


A Baltimore Oriole sips nectar from the flower blossoms.


Although the Cedar Waxwing lives in Wisconsin year-round, this was my first time seeing one. I’ve always wanted to see one, just wish I had more time to spend in this park and admire them.



Jack-in-the-pulpit is always fun to find but easy to overlook. It’s fairly short and usually mixed in with other wildflowers.

Hope you enjoyed the hodge podge which is the chaos of my life!


  1. These are all so wonderful. Love the Dandies... they are just that!

    & the birding shots - AHHmazing! I just started birding... so much to learn :)

    Wonderful inspiration - thanks so much for sharing!

  2. very nice -- loved the dandelion with the lens.
    Would still like to go on a photo hunt with you.

  3. What beautiful shots. Did it take you forever to find all those birds? It looks so beautiful where you live..Great PSF!!!

  4. I thought about you yesterday when Isaac took pictures of a hummingbird that we ended up rescuing and bring to a bird refuge. That's a PSF post all its own!

    Your birding shots are amazing, and the flowers? Stunning. You really have talent!!

    Great PSF, as always!

  5. Now I wanted to pick those dandelions for my tortoises. As always I love all your photos.

  6. Awww - love them all (I'm getting tired of repeating that every time, but it's the way it is :) )
    Love the warbler and all those different birdies you have. Wow!

  7. Beautiful, as always. They make me feel like I could reach in and touch those flowers. The first one feels so happy and peaceful.

  8. I'm starting to get lens envy :-)

  9. Woah! You got some cool shots here! The wide angle captures are great! Overflowing with eyepopping yellows!
    And the the Waxwings - uh - I'm so envious! Still chasing mt tail after them!
    Cheers, Klaus

  10. You make me really want to get a wide angle lens. I don't know if I want to go all the way to fish eye though.

  11. Yea! Another bird watching geek. Wonderful shots. Here is our latest bird watching little adventure:

    Might just use it for photo story next week

  12. Lisa Lisa lisa - these are fantastic! I love the closeup flower shots. And the birds are so well composed - esp that blackbird one.

  13. What beautiful birds and flowers. I would love to take pictures like yours. Love the blurred back grounds. Some day I'll be cool enough to have an slr .... I need to learn a thing or two about photography first though!

  14. Those are some pretty incredible photos. Wow!

  15. I undersand that this is fun.. but please please please start getting paid for this. These need to be magazines.. Lisa they are amazing..

  16. As always, wonderful. You even managed to make dandelions look pretty.

  17. I love the flower pics! It's amazing what a fish-eye can do isn't it? Ya'll have the prettiest birds up there. We seem to have a lot of different kinds of birds here but their colors are all pretty similar. Cardinals and Blue Jays are pretty much the colorful ones in my parts.

  18. They are all such nice shots!

  19. anglophilefootballfanatic.comJuly 18, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Do it again, Lisa! Do it again! I love your bird series.

  20. What gorgeous shots of those dandelions! I adore dandelions. I don't care what anyone says about them. They aren't so great for putting in a vase, but a bouquet of dandelions offered by a child is still one of the sweetest things.

    We have tons of cedar waxwings out here. For the longest time I thought they were female cardinals. Then I got my camera with the zoomier lens and started looking closer. (I often use it to see things better. Imagine what I'll be able to see once I get a telephoto lens!) That was when I noticed whole flocks of those female cardinals in the eastern red cedars around our place. Hmmm, strange. I snapped a few quick shots and then dug out my bird book. Sure enough, cedar waxwings.

  21. All good! My favorite is #2, since I'm quite fond of dandelions.

  22. You put that fisheye to great use. Herons, Egrets, Cranes, I get them all mixed up.

  23. Oh Lisa, I just love love love your eye. All of them are just beautiful and really pop. And BTW, I am loving that packer post, I have to share that one with my husband. All I can say is WOWZA!

  24. Doesn't matter to me WHAT you are just ROCK at it!!! Honestly, I can't imagine living in a place that did not have four seasons in the year....simply for the photo-taking opportunities!

  25. What wonderful flower and bird shots! I need to learn more about my camera and experiment with different settings for my photographs. You’re an inspiration!
    Hugs and blessings,