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Sunning Cedar

Sunning Cedar
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Copyright: Kathy Meader (writerscrawlz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 2 N: 924] (2961)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Cannon EOS Rebel XTi, 28-300mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-08 17:49
Viewed: 3425
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) is another one that was captured this past March. I'm still in awe of the many Cedars that filled not one, but two trees. Their call is high and thin, but it is their colors that attract my attention.

Usually I'll spot one or two, but on the day this was taken, it was a most spectacular sight, not only because they were beautiful, but because I had lived there for years, and never once had I seen a single Cedar Waxwing in the trees in front of my old apartment. And then, out of nowhere, we had two trees filled with them.

The way the lighting was, their coloring, and the way they called out to one another felt like a sign to me. This was literally just before I was to leave for a funeral and the beauty and peace that filled my soul made a difficult trip a little easier.

Oddly enough, they were there that day only. The following morning I left and when I returned, my 'old' neighbors reported that they didn't return. Knowing that gave me greater peace...as if I was meant to see these beautiful fliers...

Not all of my captures came out great, but every time I see one of these photos, I am reminded of how they enhanced my life with beauty.

It is with joy and peace I share this capture with you, and while not the greatest, I hope you see the beauty that is visible to me.

My tripods were packed (not only was I going to a funeral out of state, but I was also in the process of moving!), so I held still and held my breath in hopes of getting a sharper capture.


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I think this is one of the more superior shots of the bird......looking at how you take images and knowing your gear...you make me jealous now!

Hi Kathy,

I liked the composition of this snap! Nice work. Superb colurs and the sharpness is nice. It matches 4 out of 5 letters in my name :)


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-09 1:23]

Hello Kathy
Nice capture. I like it. Well done.
Best regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-06-09 5:36]

Hello Kathy,
I can almost feel your excitement as you clicked the shutter on this beautiful bird. The lighting really brings out the colors and the focus is right on the money. Great work!!
I have only seen a small group of these once, and that was down in Gatlinburg Tennessee. Rosie and I were in some theme park and there were about fifteen of these guys right above my head eating berries from one of the trees.
I have never been luck enough to get a shot of a Cedar Waxwing, so for now I'll have to rely on photos such as yours in order to view them up close. TFS.

Hello Kathy,
Very good photo, beautiful colours ...Red parts of the wings are interesting.
Best regards,

Arslan .

I always felt that the camera was a little partial to this bird...And you only prove that further, Kathy!
A lovely shot...

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