361/366 | Ben Hur

December 26, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

A couple days ago I received notice from a birding group that a Vermilion Flycatcher was spotted in south Baton Rouge, at a termite facility on Ben Hur Road. The area is a bit remote with an old two-lane road dividing the land which is mostly designated for the LSU Agricultural Center. The Vermilion Flycatcher rarely gets this far north, so it's a big deal. I met over a dozen birders and photographers in the span of 2 hours.

As I drove there around 9AM, I had some quiet time with God, thanking Him for all our blessings, and for also helping me with this photo project. Even though there were ups and downs, I asked to end on a high note.

I named this guy 'Ben Hur' since that's the road he's currently residing on. It was fun watching him dive gracefully for insects and bring them back to his preferred perch: the ugly, rusty fence. I so wanted to get him perched on one of the many trees, or get a closer look, but he did not cooperate. I'm used to wildlife being uncooperative.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology describes the male as "A feathered ember." This bird is very small, yet you can't miss the vibrant red feathers, even from a great distance. 

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400mm | f/7.1 | ISO 400 | 1/1600 sec

360/366 | A Child Is Born

December 25, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

For a child is born to us,
    a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
    And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

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iPhone 11 Pro Max

359/366 | Gumbeaux

December 24, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Merry Christmas Eve! Our local restaurant, Dempsey's, furnished our evening meal. Gotta support our restaurants these days. A dollop of potato salad (not shown) was added afterwards, along with a slice of French bread. A glass of wine to compliment the delicious food. The perfect comfort food for a cold evening served on my mother's Montclair Lenox fine china.

Lord, in this holy season of prayer and song and laughter, we praise you for the great wonders you have sent us: for shining star and angel's song, for infant's cry in lowly manger. We praise you for the Word made flesh in a little Child. We behold His glory, and are bathed in its radiance. (Credit to catholic.org)

iPhone 11 Pro Max

358/366 | December Bloom

December 24, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Image of 12/23/2020

This is blooming in our neighbor's yard. It's some type of bulb, but I don't know what kind. It's Christmas Eve and I'm trying to get caught up with this project, so maybe I'll remember to research later. That's a big MAYBE.

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iPhone 11 Pro Max
(the portrait mode makes pretty bokeh)

357/366 | Double Trouble

December 24, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Image of 12/22/2020

The Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are multiplying like crazy. We used to see them mostly in bayous and swamps; now they are in abundance at city parks and ponds. They are so amusing, constantly playing while making their whistling noises. Fun to watch.

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200mm | f/5 | ISO 320 | 1/1600 sec

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