Sunday, February 8, 2015

Around the yard_Feb 7

I am linking up with   Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday   They are both fun memes to participate in...I hope you can join in with the fun or check out some of the post.

I am sharing some photos and scenes from around our yard for the past week maybe a little over a week.. I think everyone knows by now I love taking photos of the moon.. The shots are straight out of my camera (Canon SX40) which has awesome superzoom.. No extra lenses are necessary.. And I do not have a tripod so all my photos are handheld.. some of the bird shots are taken from my dining room window.. I can stay warm and still enjoy seeing the birds outside my window..I hope you enjoy this series of images and the mosaics..


A few of my yardbirds, the American Goldfinches, Carolina Chickadee and the male Northern Cardinal are all year round visitors to my yard..


The Northern Cardinals are usually shy around me and my camera.. They take off as soon as they notice me..


The full moon was gorgeous...

One moon shot is at 109X and the closeup is at 140X.. also bottom right is a sunrise through the trees..this was taken from my driveway..


I like this shot of the moon with Jupiter (upper right) nearby.. The cloud lit up and on the right side one cloud has some colors..click to a larger image to see the beauty.

I thank you for your visits and all the wonderful comments..

I use Pic Monkey to create my mosaics, you can use Pic Monkey free or pay for an upgraded version.
I hope you can join in on our fun at  Mosaic Monday and   Our World Tuesday



 Thanks to Judith our  host of Mosaic Monday and to the hosting group of Our World Tuesday: Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia, Sandy and Jennifer.  I wish everyone a happy week ahead!

86 comments:

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, I like the sunrise through the trees, the moon, the Cardinal ... wow, they are all good! Nice work! John

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Eileen I have tried to take moon shots like you and failed. You are them aster at that. Love all the wonderful birds you get in your garden. Hope you are having a lovely Sunday.

Sara D.B. said...

Hello, Eileen!
I have tried to take photos of the moon USING a tripod, and never managed to get as good shots as yours. Handheld... amazing!
The birds are all lovely. I too enjoy taking photos from windows. :)
Have a nice new week!

Mari said...

What a handsome cardinal you got there. I love nature so much that I cannot stop admiring them through your pictures. Thank you fir bringibg them closer to me.

Ela said...

Great collection of photos !
Your birds are beautiful !
Have a nice Sunday !

TexWisGirl said...

you always get such GREAT moon shots with that zoomer! i think i need to invest in one of those canons. :)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Your sky shot is wonderful. I went out on the full moon and tried to get a shot through the trees, and just never managed a decent shot. Sigh. Need more practice with the programs off.

Ailime said...

Hello Eileen, so beautiful birds!
All the photos are magnificent!
Have a nice day.
Ailime

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!
Your yard birds are always a joy for my eyes!My favorite is the Cardinal!Like your moon shots!Gorgeous pictures!
Have a lovely week!
Dimi...

Linda W. said...

Nice collection of bird and moon pics. Your camera has quite a zoom!

Irma said...

Hi Eileen,
Beautiful images and collages of the birds.
The moon I love.
Best regards, Irma

Nancy J said...

Superb moon pics, and the Cardinal, fluffed up for his photo shoot, beautiful, every one.

Weekend-Windup (John Paul) said...

Amazing, eye-catching pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Mama Zen said...

You always take the most gorgeous moon shots!

Poppy said...

A neat variety of subjects, Eileen! I love the moon shots, especially the last one - such drama in that dark sky!

Have a wonderful week!

Poppy

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Hello Eileen !!!!
The whole series of foto is fantastic.
Birds always shown you are beautiful.
Greetings.
Lucia

Sandra said...

super shots of the moon and i love that little guy in the top left of the first collage. so fluffy and cute. what a blessing to see them out your window.

Brian King said...

Beautiful photos! Love the cardinal and your moon shots!

Rajesh said...

You have beautiful birds visiting your yard. Great shot.

Cloudia said...

I love these shots, but your final MOON and sky was amazing!



ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
<3

Country Gal said...

Awesome photos ! I also take all my photos hand held I photograph in raw and love photographing the moon always have when we can see it has been cloudy here at night . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

Missy George said...

Great moon shots Eileen..The little Finch is blowing in the wind, poor thing..Happy Sunday.

Happyone said...

You take the best moon shots!!!!

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

Beautiful shots ! I don't have a tripod either but I've gotten some decent moon pics on occasion. Not the first try but I got better at trying to hold steady. Nothing like yours though...just gorgeous.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Very nice, Eileen!

I tried to take pics of that same moon with Jupiter with my Canon G15. It's a nice camera, but it's not good for the moon or long distance birdie shots. Someday when some money appears out of no where...
~

Beth said...

I loved seeing your yardbirds, Eileen. I see many of the same types in my yard as well. Your moon shots are lovely as well.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I had the perfect shot for the moon the other night Eileen but I need my tripod! Your photos are always awesome so I'll just enjoy them instead.
That one goldfinch is so fluffy looking, an adorable birdie.
Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

Giga said...

Birds are wonderful, and the Cardinal impresses me with its color. Regards.

The Yum List said...

Wow, great shots of the moon!

Our photos said...

Very nice shots !

Debbie said...

isn't it wonderful that we don't have to travel anywhere to see such beautiful birds!!!

i find the female cardinals to be more friendly than the males!!!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Beautiful birds and moon! You take awesome shots with your camera, Eileen. I have a Canon SX30 but am having a hard time holding it still. I do like it for the zoom feature.

Valerie said...

A beautiful collection of images Eileen. So glad the Cardinal hung around for you and those moon shots are spectacular! Thank you for sharing.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I always admire your moon photos, Eileen--they are so crystal clear. It is amazing to see the craters so closely. The moon was very bright last week!

Michelle said...

Love seeing that Cardinal and your moon shots are quite excellent.

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

Gorgeous birds and great moon shots. My moon photos never seems to be all that great. Take care.

J said...

I'd never guess that your vivid bird shots were taken through glass! And I'm always amazed at your moon pictures. Just seems like something only NASA would be able to do!
I love how blogging has allowed anyone with a hobby to show their work. Much of it - and ALL of yours! - is equal to or better than anything "professional."

Lynne said...

I always love your shots of the moon . . .
Still do . . .
But . . .
Mr Cardinal stole my heart this time!

Derek said...

Great post!
I'm particularly impressed that your photos are all taken "hand-held". So are ours, but they're not in the same class as yours.

Thanks for the cardinal photos. I've never actually seen a cardinal other than on the internet. They look lovely. It's a real treat for me to see them. Thanks for making that possible for me.

Have an excellent week.

Felicia said...

the cardinals are lovely birds.

great captures of the moon.

Carola Bartz said...

Eileen, these photos are beautiful - I love the Northern Cardinal, a bird we don't have here. I wish we had, he is so stunning. I saw them in PA several years back during our cross country trip.
The Canon SX40 is a great camera!!!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, I really enjoy seeing the Goldfinches! I have seldom seen any here in Florida, so I do miss them. Your photography is wonderful. Have a really good coming week.

Stewart M said...

Nice shots - the reach of these types of zoom lens is wonderful.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Wandering Wren said...

Hello Eileen, I can tell retirement suits you well. You are definitely not slowing down judging by the fabulous moon shots and the sunrise - did you sleep?!! I would love to have the red cardinals in our garden they are so exotic.
Wren x

Knipsa Passtscho said...

Love your bird pictures, my favourite is the plushy goldfinch :)
And the last one is just GORGEOUS!!!
One day I'll be able to do that, too :))
Have a happy week
【ツ】Knipsa

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; What GORGEOUS photographs you showed us, and the moon with Jupiter shot is marvelous♡♡♡ Amazing to know that you take these moon shots handheld☆☆☆
Lovely goldfinches and cardinals, like the one looking cold p:)

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm amazed that you can take such good photos through window.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

GREAT shots of the moon!! It was so awesome seeing Jupiter in such close proximity :)

Gunilla Bäck said...

Lovely photos of the moon and the cardinals are gorgeous. Have a great day, Eileen!

Bob Bushell said...

Fantastic images, absolutely stunning one of the moon with Jupiter.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen,
How GORGEOUS your moon photographs are; yes, I love the one with Jupiter♡♡♡ And it sure is amazing you take these photos with handheld, unbelievable for me, haha.
Great birds shot and I always feel almost jealous you can see the beauties so close♬♬♬ My favorite is the Goldfinch lookijg cold :-)

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

(I might sending you 2 same kind comments. haha, silly me is not sure; please never mind)

Mary Hone said...

Those are all beautiful. Love the moon.

DeniseinVA said...

Your photos are always enjoyable Eileen. Cute birds and impressive moon shots. Have a great day :)

Cranberry Morning said...

I enjoyed your moon shots and that wonderful cardinal, my favorite!

Linda Gross said...

Birds...we aren't seeing any at our feeders. We have even dumped food and poured fresh food in the feeders. We don't have as many feeders, as in past years. The feeders are hanging from a window in the front and a window in the back. Perhaps the birds don't like the close proximity to the windows, although that has not been a problem in the past. Oh well, I,do,enjoy seeing your backyard birds!

mick said...

Great moon shots and the birds are really beautiful. I like the idea of staying inside and photographing them through the window - but I might need to clean some windows first!!

Sylvia K said...

Lovely captures as always, Eileen! Love your captures of the moon!! Awesome! Hope you have a beautiful week!! Enjoy!!

Fun60 said...

Great shots as always. Thanks for the mosaic info must give it a try.

Penelope Puddlisms said...

That is a magical shot of the moon from your driveway. Amazing to think the clarity of all your moon shots would be the envy of early astronomers.

Lorrie said...

Your moon shots are magical. And you must have really clean windows with no rain spatters to take such great photos of the birds out your window. Have a wonderful week watching them.

Gail Dixon said...

I am impressed with your images since I bought the SX50 last year and could not seem to get any good photos from it handheld. It was supposed to go with me in the kayak, but I ended up returning it. You have obviously mastered yours. Great job!

carol l mckenna said...

Great moon shots! Lovely mosaic of photos!

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol

Carver said...

Wonderful shots of the birds and moon. I saw the full moon at sunrise one day on my way to work when it was so huge and almost pink that it was a good thing I'd left my camera at home. I fear I would have tried to photograph it and I wasn't in a safe place to do it.

Bethany Carson said...

Great shots of the birds! I have a Canon SX 50, and I absolutely love it! As far as I can see, it's hard to beat a superzoom camera with no extra lenses to carry around!

Photo Cache said...

the moonshots are wonderfully captured.

Worth a Thousand Words

Leovi Leovi said...

Beautiful pictures, beautiful birds! I love those pictures of the moon!

".E." Lizard Breath Speaks, It's Beth said...

gorgeous moon and cardinal. lovely! ( :

Al said...

Very pretty birds - your camera and you do a nice job!

Indrani said...

Wonderful mosaic made with the pics. Very impressive moon shots!

Betsy Adams said...

Great Birdie and Sky pictures, Eileen... Right now, we have TONS of Pine Siskins.. There are so many and they are messy and loud --so they scare away some of my normal birds.
Hugs,
Betsy

ladyfi said...

Gorgeous shots of the cardinal and the moon!

Rajlakshmi said...

the full moon looks absolutely stunning :D

Wollongong Harbour

Mary Cromer said...

From Moon shots to bird shots, all of them are remarkable beauty Eileen. Happy week~

Rose said...

Beautiful moon shots, but boy do I love the birds.

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Fabulous shots of the moon....I love when the moon rises.

maryaustria said...

These birds are so beautiful! And your photos of moon and sky ... amazing!

Marie-Anne said...

Great shots of your lovely birds, dear Eileen!!! And your last photo with the moon and Jupiter is so beautiful!!!!!

Black Jack's Carol said...

Love the birds and very interesting info about the camera, Eileen. As for the moon shots, they are spectacular, especially the one with Jupiter peeking out through the cloud.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I am surprised to learn that goldfinch don't migrate! All your birds are so sweet and your moon shots are magnificent

Linda H said...

Wow- exceptional moon shots - am amazed they are hand held. I've had no luck with that at all...
And that male cardinal is so handsome! I rarely see cardinals here and have never caught one with my camera.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

You have so many colorful birds in your area. We have a lot of black birds, crows, mockingbirds, doves, and tiny brown birds. Sometimes robins pop by and during the summer and autumn months, a couple of hummingbirds.
Take 25 to Hollister

NatureFootstep said...

lovely world for birds, and birders :)

Stephanie said...

Wonderful bird and moon shots!

Caroline Gill said...

What a great post. I love your observations, Eileen, moon and birds. I think you will know by now that your Red Cardinal is a bird I would *really* love to see. It is just so flamboyant in its scarlet plumage that it comes as surprise to me to discover that it is shy! Thank you for visiting my blog!

Susan (ABON) said...

Love the shots of the goldfinches. We have them only a few months here, in their winter plumage. I enjoy their visits to the sock feeders, even though they consistently fight for a spot on them. Cardinals are one of my favorite "residents". So lovely! And I love the sweet sounds of the chickadees :)

Helma said...

The red cardinals are so beautiful to see. I wish this were also in the Netherlands. Prachtie photos Eileen!

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