Saturday Snapshot August 1: A Summer Wood

Colours growing wild.

Fields of wildflowers

I can easily imagine a lavender field in Provence.

I can imagine lavendar

Ripening Saskatoon berries, food for everyone.

Ripening Saskatoon Berries

The tiny Yellow Warbler never ceases to fascinate me.

The Yellow Warbler

… here practising her trapeze skill.

Yellow Warbler 2

Or the American Goldfinch… common for the Americans, but always a golden moment for me when I capture one in picture.

American Goldfinch 2

Am Goldfinch 2

A delight even just to see the common Robin basking in the the setting sun, redder than ever.

Robin red breast indeed in the eveing light

The ordinary in a different frame.

Cobweb in Early Evening
Common sight, common light, common grace.



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If sheโ€™s not birding by the Pond, Artiโ€™s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Creator of Ripple Effects, bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

30 thoughts on “Saturday Snapshot August 1: A Summer Wood”

  1. Each and every one of these is making my heart beat faster! They are exquisite. What wonderful country you inhabit and how well you capture its colors, energy and yes, even the sounds — silent, perhaps, but I can hear them from here!


    1. Jeanie,

      I’m sure you’ll see more colourful birds in your lake area. One bird I long to see is the Cardinal, right, very common I’m sure in your neck of the woods. We don’t have them here. Maybe I’ll see some this fall on my trip.


    1. Michelle,

      When I saw the Goldfinch, it was midday and the sun was so hot, around 30C. I’m sure you’re getting much higher temp. down in OK. Often for me it’s a toss up of staying indoors with air con or out in the heat of day, albeit I usually go in the morning or late evening now.


    1. Joy,

      Unfortunately those are not lavenders, just ‘ordinary wild flowers.’ That’s why I’m dreaming of a purplish field of lavender in Provence. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  2. They’re all beautiful. And you know, I rarely get to see the goldfinch in its breeding colors. When they’re here in the winter, they are much more drab. They’re just as delightful, but not nearly so attractive.

    For the first time, I have a cardinal coming to my feeder this year. It clearly has babies around, or the mother is still sitting on the nest, because papa flies back and forth and back and forth with his peanuts. (Shelled, raw.) And now the bluejay babies are out and about — funny looking, and sweet.

    I’d love to see a warbler some time. I think that’s my favorite of this group. They are so vibrant, so obviously full of song.


    1. Can you believe I’ve never seen a Cardinal. And I’m hoping that I’ll catch one in picture this fall during my road trip. Hopefully not too late to see them. As for Bluejays, yes we have them. But I haven’t seen any baby BJ before. Your backyard sounds like a bird haven.


    1. Sue,

      Thanks for mentioning that. Yes, that spider web โ€“ however faintly it caught my eyes since it was so fine โ€“ was beautiful against the setting sun.


  3. The time of year when us book bloggers get out a bit! I’m about to post about a beach walk that led to secondhand book stalls. Thought I was being original with my outdoorsiness.
    Didn’t realise there’s an American goldfinch. We get the red striped variety here in Britain (quite local to myself, in fact). Interesting the latter appears on the cover of the book by the American novelist. Well shot btw – 300mm+ lens and monopod?


    1. Jeff,

      Guess I’ve got several hats, book blogger, film reviewer, and yes, avid birder. And I do go out birding all year round, even in -20C temp. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Check out my pics under the Saturday Snapshot search term and you’ll see… life goes on in the Canadian winter.
      And you’re right about the lens. I use a Nikon D5100 camera with a 300mm lens for birds, but no monopod though.

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  4. I’ve always appreciated your bird shots, Arti. You expertly capture them in their natural habitat. Recently, a pigeon somehow made its way into my humble abode … for three days. I’ve been very busy and extremely preoccupied, but it does blow what’s left of my mind that I failed to realize that I’d been sharing my home with a feral flying creature for 72 hours. Even after I realized I had this guest, and I photographed it in its unnatural habitat, my image has nothing on yours in the great outdoors.


    1. LA,

      That was quite a hair-raising experience … to have a silent prowler right inside your own home, and for 3 days! I’ve a snow shovel in the garage, but no broom in the house. Wouldn’t know what to do even if I had one. That’s why I love birdwatching in the wild because that’s just what it is: watching only, and, their place, not mine. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  5. Lovely as always! The geese are already beginning to fly south, a large flock of them came by the lake near my house last week. It’s crazy how fast this summer has gone by!


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