September 17, 2014

Photo of the Week - Ready for a Hummingbird's Life





This year’s ruby-throat hummingbird youngsters have grown up, and they are hungrily feeding before they start their long journey southward in a couple of weeks. A few telltale red spots at the base of the throat reveal that this is a juvenile male. Eventually, he will develop a full and colorful gorget.

Studies have shown that hummingbirds return every year to the same area where they hatched, and they even visit the same feeders. I probably won’t recognize this feathered friend next year, but we’ll fill up the feeders at Grey Havens cottage to welcome him back!

September 15, 2014

Creating Animated Gif Files


The post this weekend for A Personal Photo Challenge was a big hit with my blog readers, thanks to a cooperative hummingbird and a couple of adorable rabbits. The rabbit photos sparked some excitement, and I got several inquiries about how to create animated gif files. 

I used Photoshop CC, a program that provides the technical power to line up all the photo frames seamlessly, in addition to animation. But you don’t need Photoshop CC to create animated gif files of your photos. You can use Photoscape, a free photo editor for Windows and Mac computers. (Note: The Mac version is scaled down, unfortunately).




September 12, 2014

A Personal Photo Challenge - Movement


It’s time for A Personal Photo Challenge! “Movement” is the theme this month.


A Personal Photo Challenge

I managed to take all new photos for this challenge and not dip into my archives. I usually don’t try to capture movement, so it was a bit of a trial to complete the assignment.

September 9, 2014

Thank You




Thank you for all of the heartfelt condolences.
I greatly appreciate the outpouring of love from my blogging family.