Song Sparrow on the Rocker

photo of song sparrow standing on turquoise rocker
Song Sparrow on the Rocker

A little striped song sparrow emerges from its protected spot under the turquoise rocker on my deck and eyes the bird feeder hanging from the eaves.

The landscape of snow itself is beautiful, even around my neighborhood. The opportunity to photograph my backyard birds against the clean white backdrop, though, is too good to pass up. Photographing birds in winter can be a challenge because most of them blend into their background of umber branches and withered leaves, but the snow is not only like a professional backdrop, it’s also like an auxiliary lighting feature as the light reflects from it from all angles, and especially underneath, enhancing details of little birds I’d never see so clearly otherwise.


  1. The highest compliment I could pay to any picture or art is that it inspires me to do the same … I love your shots !!! thanks

    1. Wow, thank you! That’s just the way I feel about visual works and it inspires me to really look at what I do and assess it to make sure I’m not just getting comfortable and taking what I do for granted. And when I can catch the expression on the face of a tiny creature like a bird it really takes my breath away. Thanks for visiting, and I hope you find those great shots, too! They are everywhere.

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