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Butterflies and Birds

Hummingbird, moulting male cardinal (he has a lot of black on his had and white feathers down below), giant yellow swallowtail, fritillary butterfly! The yellow swallowtail is extremely fast moving. I had to have a fast ISO setting to capture him.  Even when he’s feeding, his wings are flapping like crazy. The fritillary is much more sedentary. The hummingbird is also moving like crazy, besides flapping his little wings so fast. I could have had it at a faster ISO for him.

Okay, I’m now at 97K and counting, 17K over the mandatory word count, and there’s an end in sight. But I’ll probably have around 100K by the time I finish, which is great! I don’t think I’ll get it done by the time baby shows up tomorrow though, but I’m trying.

See, persistence pays off. I kept trying to get a better shot of the hummingbird, and I kept pushing through on the story, and voila!

Hope you have a butterfly and hummingbird filled day! It just adds a little magic to our world.

Terry

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Beautiful Little Hummingbird…

Don’t you know I’m taking your picture? Why don’t you turn around for me? He is a ruby-throated hummingbird, one photo the original, and the other in glow.

I’m still working on Silver Town Wolf Christmas, which is why I’m late blogging this morning. I was up super late editing, and up super early and doing my edits and writing another scene. I’m beginning to fill in all the blanks, answer unanswered questions–for the characters–I knew all along what the story was all about (ha!),  and making corrections throughout. I was hoping I’d have this done by Wednesday before grandbaby is here again, but we shall see. I wrote 3,000 words yesterday. I’m at 92K and counting!

Have a lovely day, naturally or with a bit of a glow…

Terry

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Beauty in the Heat

106 degrees heat index, and the baby cardinal is panting. The monarchs have been all over the milkweed! Vultures were at a wake. Honeybees were all over the liriope. And a hummingbird was feeding off the milkweed. Need to set my ISO at a faster speed so I can capture more than a blur, but man is he fast!

Oh, and reached my word count for the book!!! Now I just need to finish it. Baby’s here today, so off to play with her and keep her out of trouble.

Terry

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Hummingbird–like a Fairy Bird

 

They’re like little fairies, so small, so busy, and so territorial!

In the clearest shot, I was able to rest my camera on my printer to get a more stable shot. I did it when he had his back turned to me.

The others were handheld because he could see me when I got close to the window and when I tried to move to the printer to use it as a makeshift tripod, he flew off. In the last, he was resting on the dead part of my neighbor’s tree. It was raining that day and at one point he was shaking out his feathers to get rid of the raindrops.

I finished proofing Heart of the Wolf and sent it back to the editor. The re-release will be out in January. It includes Night of the Wolf, a new novella.Heart of the Wolf

I’m now working on Billionaire Wolf Christmas again. I’m behind. *sigh* But I hadn’t expected to get the edits on Heart of the Wolf, so that put me another day behind.

If I were as fast as the hummingbird, I would whip all those words into order. But writing doesn’t work like that. 🙂

Have a super great day!!!

Terry

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Swallowtail Butterfly & Birds

Okay, so this morning it’s hot and muggy and I was thinking of running out early to get errands run, but then I saw a hummingbird feeding off one of the flowers. And a tufted titmouse, and I thought, forget the errand running, get the camera out, clean the windows, and take pictures.

You see where my priorities are?

Have a great and wonderful day! 🙂  Running errands is overrated.

Terry Spear

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YES! I Caught a Hummingbird’s Wings at a Standstill!

Okay, so it’s not the best pictures yet! But I did it!

At 2500 ISO, 4,000, 5.6f

hummingbird 2500 iso, 4000 shutter, 5.6 f 002 texthummingbird 2500 iso, 4000 shutter, 5.6 f 007 text jpghummingbird 2500 iso, 4000 shutter, 5.6 f 003 brighter cropped. 900x600psdSo getting better? These are two shots I took without changing the ISO and shutter speed. Unfortunately, I had taken 119 great shots of the hummingbird turned toward me, but…the ISO was too low, and I ended up getting only black pictures.

hummingbird 014 (3)Ruby Throated hummingbird text 648x528Okay, off to write!!! Have a great weekend!

Terry

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The Blurry Hummingbird

hummingbird vibrant (800x502) hummingbird on esperanza and recovering firecracker darker 003hummingbird on esperanza and recovering firecracker great 010 (800x614) hummingbird on recovering firecracker 011hummingbird in tree 001 (583x800)hummingbird in tree 002 (797x800)hummingbird on pentas 007 sharpened (617x800) hummingbird by firecracker 001 (800x732)It’s not easy capturing a shot of the hummingbird. As you can see from the picture in San Diego, these were hummingbirds in captivity and they rested, had plenty of food, and were safe. The hummingbird(s) in my yard are constantly on the move, but I managed to catch one sitting for a moment on a tree in my neighbor’s yard. I don’t know if there’s more than one, but he was flying under my patio cover, chasing away birds at the feeder yesterday like Mighty Mouse on speed.

The blurrier pictures were taken last night, so low light didn’t help, but also, I was moving the camera, trying to capture him as he was not holding still. The one by the fountain, he was doing a good job, but the chair was in the way, yet it sort of framed him too. And the one above the penta flowers, shows the white band around his neck well. It appears the last two photos are of the same hummingbird. The others could be too. He appears to be green with a white band around his throat, and a bit of ruby red at his throat seen in the blurrier picture where he’s facing us. So maybe a ruby-throated hummingbird.

You can think of the blurry ones as watercolors. I planned it that way. 🙂

hummingbird on esperanza  (541x800)Unfortunately, this really was watercolorish, but you can see the darker blur of him against the vegetation, and here he was actually sipping from the esperanza flowers. They’re tubular, but I wasn’t sure he was sipping from them because they’re yellow. He seems to like the penta flowers, red, and the firecracker flowers, orange. The blurry ones last night are from him drinking from the rescued firecracker from Ace Hardware before it died. It doesn’t have very many flowers, but he was attracted to it anyway. I went back to get another that was left there, but it appeared they’d thrown the rest of the plants out. 🙁

Okay, so far, so good. Went to a chapter meeting, my first, for the area. Really nice group of romance writers. Couple of great speakers. And then was supposed to get together with a friend, but it didn’t work out, so I critiqued chapters for another author, then wrote my word count. So right on track! Today will be busy though. Having the missed date with the friend. We’re supposed to have breakfast now in a couple of hours. Have to figure  out how to get there. And then it’s lunch with my daughter and SIL and Star Trek. Then hopefully I’ll be able to get word count after that. 🙂

So, a wild day ahead. No hummingbird pictures today! 🙂 Have a super wonderful day!

Terry

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Birds at the Old Place, and New Place

bluebird closeupblue birds 039 (640x427)These pictures show the difference between capturing birds in shots here, compared to at my old house.

daddy cardinal feeding baby (640x442)

cardinals 019 (640x427) (2)blue jays in love (640x462)I couldn’t find the blue jay photo at the other house, but believe me, it wasn’t good. He was in the shrubs and between the window screens, branch and twig clutter and a bird on the move, they were a lot harder to capture. I think in all the years I was there, I only saw one once.

Now what I don’t have here are these kinds of photos.

roadrunner two 002 (640x556) croppedroad runner on barn 005hawk closeup on electric poleThey have hawks here, but thankfully not near my feeders. 🙂 They might have roadrunners, but I’ve never seen one here.

And one of these days I’m going to capture a snowy egret. They fly overhead here, but I never have my camera with me when they do. I had hummingbirds at the other house, but didn’t have my camera with me the couple of times I saw her around the flowers.

hummingbird 014 (3)With clear windows, no screens, up-close feeders, and a perfect “window seat” to capture them as I write away on my books and have my camera next to the keyboard, it’s perfect. AC, no bugs,  fill the feeders, and I’m good to go. At the other house, I also had to climb a kitchen stool to get up high enough to capture the birds on the back patio, which meant half the time they’d fly away.

Okay, so I’m back to work, finished SEAL Wolf Undercover and it’s off to the beta reader and promo blogs are done, and now I’m ready to do the rewrites on Between a Wolf and a Hard Place.

It’s a little cooler this morning because of storms last night so I was going to walk the puppies, but no insect repellent. I was sure I had tons of it. 🙁

Have a great day!

Terry

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A Beautiful Hummingbird!

hummingbird 014 (3)I don’t have any feeders for them or flowers, but this one came to my window after the violent storms that left raindrops on the glass. I was trying to take pictures, but I couldn’t focus because he kept moving, even though he was there it seemed forever peering in, but he was up, down, over. Then he flew around the bird feeders and I caught a couple of shots that didn’t blur too badly.

hummingbird 019He was fascinated by a knothole in the fence.

Terry

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