Not another bird!

Challenged by my daughter, Becky, to look for new subjects (and not just another bird) for the photos I post here and in my daily journal at, I set out for the park today without my usual 70-300mm lens, the one I’ve used throughout the winter to capture close up portraits of birds. In my conversation with her, I had to admit I am feeling the need for a break from “blipping” birds. I figured I would be more inclined to look for other subjects if I restricted my camera kit to a prime lens or my 18-105mm all-purpose lens. The strategy worked. I came home with far fewer images on my memory card and definitely a greater variety. To be truthful, I have to admit to sneaking a few token birds blips into the bunch, but without the usual long reach of my “big” lens, I wasn’t nearly as tempted to focus (pun intended) my attention on the birds. So that’s how today ended up being “dog day”, and here are three of them:





…and Wicket


I have to try again with Darby. I didn’t mean to cut off quite so much of the top of her head. She’s a very sweet little Border Terrier, but today she was more interested in other things than in posing for her portrait.

One of the benefits of walking so often in the same park is that I have the privilege of forming friendships with some wonderful people, especially those who are attached to the other end of their dogs’ leashes.

If you are curious about how I will meet my daughter’s “not-another-bird” challenge on my Blipfoto journal today, here is a sneak preview.

New “digs” for the park birds


It’s definitely “not a bird”. This shiny new apartment house is brand new, and, as of this morning, there are no residents yet. I’m sure that qualifies for meeting Becky’s challenge.  Now what can I post tomorrow? Stop by and find out. Meanwhile, thanks for today’s visit to my park on the south shore of Lake Erie. See you soon.

Carolyn aka Skip

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  1. I certainly can relate to how you feel….in the summer, I get to a point that I end up banning myself from photos of deer……..


    1. That’s it exactly. For me it’s birds in the winter, especially when there is no snow and everything looks so bleak. Birds become that one bright spot in front of my lens.


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