This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he always thought the garden was his. Even though I do all the work, he always stood by me. I'm located near Boston (in USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot and a backyard vegetable garden. I use sustainable organic methods and try to grow all of my family's vegetables.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

chickadees enjoy the last sunflowers of summer

chickadee 1b2
chickadee on the sunflowers 2b2 perched chickadee on fall sunflowers 2

This must be one of the best days of the year for a chickadee. Abundant seeds. Warm sunshine. The chicks are raised and on their own.

This little guy was on the sunflower stems outside my living room window this morning. He didn't mind my camera too much and I got several close shots. He was making quiet chirps as he hopped and gathered seeds.

Today is the last full day of summer - tomorrow at 3:40 pm GMT is the autumnal equinox.



Blogger Schnookie said...

These pictures are amazing! What kind of lens do you use?

September 21, 2008 2:11 PM

Blogger kathy said...

That's my macro lens - a Canon EF-S 60mm f2.8 Macro. It has a large aperture, which narrows depth of field and creates background blur, making the subject stand out.

I was only about 3 feet from the chickadee with an open window and no screen.

I also continue to practice using Photoshop to adjust the shadows.

September 21, 2008 4:00 PM

Blogger Schnookie said...

Thanks, Kathy! You really do take gorgeous pictures! :D

September 21, 2008 4:29 PM

Blogger George Africa said...

Hello Kathy;

Congratulations on being picked up by the Christian Science Monitor and also for writing a great blog which I just found. The chickadees in the sunflowers is dear to me as yesterday I started to pull about a thousand sunflowers now that they have been nailed by a heavy frost. We bought about 10 varieties from Johnny's Selected Seeds and lined a garden that runs along a river at our new nursery. The production was excellent and we sold a ton as cut flowers but now they have to go in preparation for another year. The birds and critters will get to enjoy the seed heads. I am not sure folks know how much it takes to pull up rows of big, well rooted sunflowers. Kind of like your pictures of "plot expansion" (Sept. 20)but not as dramatic. Keep up the good work and if you get to this part of Vermont next year, stop for a visit.

George Africa
The Vermont Gardener
Vermont Gardens
Vermont Flower Farm

September 22, 2008 7:44 AM

Blogger jimmycrackedcorn said...

Great pictures!

September 22, 2008 9:39 AM


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