Friday, January 21, 2011

Day 21/365 Bird Garden

I had an AMAZING day!  I decided to go to the Botanical Garden today since I was off school for a snow day.  I bundled up in long underwear, a snow suit, sweatshirt and coat and headed out.  It was absolutely worth it!

I headed to the Garden and was amazed at the beauty of the snow all over everything.  Because it's so cold, I think I was one of 3 people out there today.  It was so very quiet and calm.  I was very happy to get lots of pictures of the beautiful snow on the sites that are so familiar.  I was having a wonderful time just walking around in pure peace.

I happened to spot a cardinal when I was in the Japanese garden.  I took a quick shot of him but it blurred because I wasn't expecting to see any birds at all, let alone a cardinal.  As I walked through the walkway with the slats of wood I saw a ton of birds sitting up in a tree and decided to check it out.  To get to the birds, I had to cross a bunch of snow, and I wasn't sure it was even a path. I was sort of afraid that I was trying to cross a little pond or something, but I figured that it wouldn't be that deep even if I did manage to fall in.

Well, I am so happy I did because I found a part of the garden that I never knew existed before, the bird garden.  There were so many birds over there it was unreal!  I found 3 more cardinals, the pictures I am posting here today, and they just sat and ate things off of the bushes they were on.  I was very excited to find this spot and can't wait to go back again.

Somehow, I think that taking pictures of birds might be the most exciting pictures for me to take.  The sheer thrill of capturing one clearly on a camera is much more exciting than taking pictures of flowers, trees, candy, people, etc.  I don't get this excited when I take the other pictures!  What fun!  I'm so happy we had a snow day today, otherwise I wouldn't have gotten to have this experience. I am still freezing and I've been home for 2 hours.  I might have to put an electric blanket on to get warmed up again!

EXIF info #1, #2 and #3: T2i, Tokina 100mm lens, f6.3, 1/400 sec, ISO 100, +.7exposure, no flash


  1. Gotta love the long underwear! :) I'm glad you didn't fall into a pond trying to get these. But it would have been worth it. These are beautiful! I think the 2nd one is my favorite. (or maybe the 3rd, or the 1st, can't decide)
    Hope you've thawed out by now. :)

  2. He's beautiful. So vibrant. I love how he's chubby looking from being puffed up in the cold. That look in his almost seems like he and you had an inside joke.

    I'm so glad you had this amazing experience today. Drink some hot cocoa