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Friday, December 10, 2010

Simple Reflections


        
                        Sometimes the reflections are real and not the product of smoke and mirrors. These Tufted Titmice posed perfectly while I gratefully clicked away. I really didn't think much about it at the time but when I looked at the days catch that evening I knew these were destined to be a Reflections post.






       There is ice on the ponds and the migrators that have hesitated to leave town must learn to ice skate. I had a jolly morning watching a gang of Swans slowly break out the thin ice of their pond in what I imagine is a time honored technique, namely, walk around till you fall in.

31 comments:

  1. Aren't they amazing birds, what are those birds, not Swans.

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  2. Fantastic captures as always! I do love the last one! Skating on ice, huh!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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  3. Hi: You must have been out today so the weather must be good. Good shots. Boom & Gary.

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  4. Très beaux ! J'aime beaucoup ces "reflets" !

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  5. Reflection with no actual reflection... Very nice subject !

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  6. Those first two of the tufted titmouses (titmice? LOL) - wow! They could easily pass for reflections. These are all such great shots.

    Have a good weekend.

    Sally
    My Weekend Reflections Entry

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  7. The top two photographs caused me double and triple takes.

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  8. Dear Mr Springman,
    I think there must have been some smoke and mirrors there somewhere, but you kept them off camera very carefully ... really, you did a phenomenal projecting the mirror image of the titmouse(?if that's what it is?) back into the tree adjacent to the source image... excellent job !!!

    And I can't help but wonder if perhaps, just perhaps, you may have a few trace remnants of some Neanderthal DNA somewhere deep in those double helix spirals of genetic material of yours... because they too spent great amounts of time out in all sorts of weather watching wildlife. Their intentions were slightly different... i.e., eating it versus photographing it, but similar behavioral traits are necessary for both...

    No, I apologize, I must surely be mistaken, it is surely a simple coincidence.
    :-)

    PS beautiful photos btw. the first two remind me of Porter again... (which is to say I think your work is on an equally high level as his, which is not something I would say lightly... given how deeply I revere his photography)

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  9. oops, left out an entire word... "job", as in "phenomenal job"...

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  10. These are amazing photos that must have taken great patience to capture! I've been admiring your other shots too, and must come back to participate in WBW...:)

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  11. I totally love these photos of your reflections. I wish I had been able to find shots like this. :)

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  12. The titmice are exceptional, great shot! Kinda funny seeing the big birds learning to skate.

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  13. Beautiful! I thought those top birds were cedar waxwings?

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  14. Thanks for the great comments everyone!
    First off the gray birds that posed so perfectly for me are Tufted Titmice. But you knew that! And of course then there are the Swans who where walking around on the thin ice.

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  15. Perfect poses from the Titmice; excellent. Looks like you got them well trained. lol

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  16. Oh, I must say--these photos are music to my eyes.

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  17. Those symmetrical birds were impressive, and the reflections in the eyes show that you were spot-on.

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  18. I love their synchronicity ... Birds are so difficult to snap (for me) ... your pictures are very impressive !
    "Miss Skywalker" I love that name ;-)

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  19. These pictures are all very special!
    I'm enchanted by so lovely birds!
    Thanks for this beautiful post and a nice Sunday for you!
    Léia - Bonjour Luxembourg

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  20. Amazing captures of the mirroring Titmice!

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  21. More beautiful shots! I can just imagine the comedy and contrasts of watching the swans on ice.

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  22. Wow, those titmice (I'm guessing that's the correct plural, the alternative just sounds wrong) did mirror image poses for you twice! Great captures!
    The swans are funny in your description; it's a very different picture from the elegance of their gliding over unfrozen water!

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  23. Beautiful the mirror like photo of the titmice! So appealing! Love the swan pic too with the swan taking such tentative steps.

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  24. they really did pose for you :)
    and your shots are beautiful

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  25. Love those little titmice - so sweet and just like identical twins.

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  26. The first 2 shots are great - nice timing. I love the last shot is really lovely. Beautifully shot.

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  27. The titmice must be soulmates. :)

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  28. The bottom shot is beautiful but I'm amazed at the natural 'reflections'. Great captures, simply fantastic!

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