Thursday Trio – Whitetail

Mama Cormier’s Thursday Trios

White-tailed Deer roaming the grounds at Princess Place Preserve in Palm Coast, Florida. Princess Place is a 1,500 acre preserve with a list of amenities. Regular campsites, along with primitive campsites are available, but I would call ahead or visit the reservation page at the link to ensure vacancy. Link for more information. There are several nature trails to hike, horseback riding, kayak & canoe launch, picnic area, restrooms and pets are allowed. Visit their website.

This land is rich in history and I copied this paragraph from the Flagler County website:

This beautiful 1,500-acre preserve is situated in the northern part of Flagler County. It was purchased by Henry Cutting in 1886 and passed on to his widow Angela Mills Cutting Worden, who eventually married Boris Scherbatoff, an exiled Russian prince. Angela assumed the title of princess and it was then that the once named “Cherokee Grove” came to be known as “Princess Place.” The original lodge, built by Henry Cutting, stills stands as Flagler County’s oldest intact structure. It is also home to Florida’s very first in-ground swimming pool.

Ghostly Spittle – Haiku

Written for: Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt Challenge #361 HOME and WEEP

At home with the ghosts
Sounds of weeping in the hall
Trapped murmurs haunt us.

Sunday Stills – Celestial – 06.06 .21

The feature image is a sunset in Jacksonville, Florida a few years ago. I really thought the heavens were going to open up.

This post is in response to TERRI WEBSTER SCHRANDT Sunday Stills challenge. The theme this week is Celestial.

Big beautiful Cumulus clouds were moving, shaping and forming quickly in the blue sky in Georgia off of Interstate I-95 with tall pine trees in the foreground.

Yesterday, which was Sunday, 6/6, D-Day for any WWII enthusiasts, Frank and I took a day trip to St. Simons Island, Georgia. I had been stuck in the house for over a week. I’m limited to what I can do because of my foot problem. I did find out the problem and I have a torn tendon in my right foot. I see a surgeon this coming Friday. No hiking…limited walking and not much exercise except low impact that doesn’t put pressure on my foot. AWESOME!

Anyway, this photo was taken from the car, moving at about 75 mph on Interstate 95 through the tinted window of Frank’s Prius with my IPhone. Not bad, but the clouds were amazing!


Sunrays blast from the clouds just above the sandy beach giving off a beautiful reflection in the water at Little Talbot Island State Park.

Taken last summer at Little Talbot Island State Park. I had to walk out into the surf to get this shot as the tide was coming in. It would have been bad if I had gotten knocked off my feet with my phone in my hand. Yep, taken with my IPhone.

This is for Jez’s Water Water Everywhere #81.


Almost full moon
Almost full moon

This is one of my favorite moon shots so I thought I would share it again as it goes with the theme this week.

Total solar eclipse observed on August 21, 2017.

Total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. Here is the full post from that day if you missed it.


Someone fishing off the Skyway Bridge fishing pier in St. Petersburg, Florida with a beautiful orange, brown and gray sky sunset in the background.

Silhouette of someone fishing off the Sunshine Skyway pier in St. Petersburg, Florida. The view is the sunset over Tampa Bay.


I will conclude with one of the most celestial symbols we have on Earth and that is our beautiful angels.

FOTD – Tweety & Lily – Haiku

Our lovebird, Tweety nibbling on an orange Daylily.  The lily is orange and Tweety is green, blue and red.
Lily is in bloom
Tweety sniffs at her beauty
Close by end of day.

Cee’s FOTD Challenge

I found these photos in my archives while looking for something else. Thought I would share a moment from many years ago of Tweety, our lovebird spending time with Lily. He liked them all. The orange and the yellow made no difference to him.

Cee's Flower of the Day logo

Last Photo – May 2021

May supermoon rising through the clouds  with a creepy tree branch in the foreground.

The last photo from my Sony A6300 was taken on 5-25-2021 of the May supermoon rising up above behind our house. Seemed a little spooky coming up over and through the trees.


The Raw Photo

Three size round self-inking stamps taking for product shots for a listing on my Etsy shop.  https://www.etsy.com/listing/1016468144/logo-stamp-custom-logo-stamp-your-logo?ref=shop_home_active_1

The last photo taken on my IPhone was on 5/30/2021 of self-inking round stamps to be placed in a product shot for new logo stamps for business owners who can stamp their logo on envelopes or invoices. This stamp can be used to stamp cards for marketing to reach more customers. They get 800-1000 impressions before re-inking. The ink is a water-based ink and safe to use. The finished product images are below from this image and a couple of others that I took.

The Finished Product

Check out the product listing on my Etsy Shop. Shop Now for Logo Stamps!


In response to Brian at bushboys world “Last Photo” Photo Challenge – May 2021.

Bird Weekly – Photo Challenge – More than one Bird Species in a Photo

(6/4/21)

The feature image is a Great Egret indulging in his late lunch from a human’s bait bucket. The Ibis came over to investigate. In case you are wondering, this is the same egret that is in the Bird Weekly Logo. I watched this bird eat at least 3 bait fish.


Royal Terns

Royal Terns looking up with and a Willet  in the background on the beach at Ft. Desoto Park in Tierra Verde, Florida.

This chorus of Royal Terns and a single Least Tern was being conducted by Mr. Willet in the background. You can see further back, the audience. This is pre-covid of course.


Sanderling, Ruddy Turnstone, Willet & Oystercatcher

A Sanderling and Ruddy Turnstone eat together on the beach at Ft. Desoto Park in Tierra Verde, Florida.

Sanderlings and Ruddy Turnstones are often seen together and get along quite well. These two were helping each other find small crustaceans along the beach line of Tampa Bay.

A Sanderling poses for this picture with Willets eating in the background on the beach at Ft. Desoto Park in Tierra Verde, Florida.

Another Sanderling stoically poses for this photo with at least 30 Willets gouging themselves.

American Oystercatcher feeding in the surf with a Willet walking by on the beach at Ft. Desoto Park in Tierra Verde, Florida.

This American Oystercatcher didn’t seem to notice Mr. Willet passing him by as the small waves were coming in from the Gulf of Mexico at Ft. Desoto Park in Tierra Verde, Florida.


Roseate Spoonbills

Pink and white Roseate Spoonbills getting tucked in next to 5 Blue-winged Teals at Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge in Titusville, Florida.

Roseate Spoonbills are tucking themselves in with the Blue-winged Teals late in the day at Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. They provided a great reflection along the mangroves in this pond.

Pink and white Roseate Spoonbills getting rid of a Tricolored Heron that was trying to steal their food at St. Marks Wildlife Refuge in St. Marks, Florida.

These Roseate Spoonbills were telling this Tricolored Heron to git. Tricolored Herons are notorious for following behind other waders and stealing their food as they work hard to dig for their meals. If you notice the one in the middle is making sure he leaves the group. These birds were spotted at St. Marks Wildlife Refuge near Tallahassee, Florida.


Black Skimmers

About 40 Black Skimmers flying in to land on the sand during low tide at Huguenot Park in Jacksonville, Florida with a gull in the mix and a Brown Pelican in the background.

Black Skimmers were flying in to settle down on the sand during low tide at Huguenot Park in Jacksonville, Florida. If you look closely, there is a gull on the ground and a Brown Pelican in the background.


Snowy Egret & Tricolored Heron

Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron feeding.  This pond was blue and the stage of the sun provided beautiful reflections of the birds on the water.

Another Tricolored Heron trying to encroach on this Snowy Egret’s personal space at Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. They both found plenty to eat, however.


Great Blue Heron & friends

Several wading birds in this frame.  Great Blue Heron, White Ibis, Snowy Egret, Roseate Spoonbills and Woodstork.

This Great Blue Heron had many friends on this day at Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa, Florida. Friends include, Snowy Egret, White Ibises, Roseate Spoonbills and further back out of the photo are Woodstorks and Great Egrets. There was plenty of food here.

Great Blue Heron and Woodstork looking for food at Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa, Florida.

Another Great Blue Heron in the same location hanging out with a Woodstork.


Domestics

Domestic Muscovy Duck, domestic Mallard and domestic white goose swim around the pond at a cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida.

A Domestic Muscovy Duck, Mallard and White Goose live in the waters at the cemetery. There were Canada Geese in the pond as well a little further down.


Teals

Blue-winged Teals and two uncommon Cinnamon Teals (a male and female) were seen at Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge at the beginning of 2021.

Most of these dabblers are Blue-winged Teal with the exception of the two Cinnamon Teals. Can you guess which one’s they are? There is a male and and a female.


Red-bellied Woodpecker & Associates

Red-bellied Woodpecker eating a peanut, two Mourning Doves sitting in the feeders and a House Finch eating sunflower seeds.

This Red-bellied Woodpecker was hoarding on peanuts while the Mourning Doves sat in the feeders protecting that stash. The House Finch (on the left) could care less about what the others were doing. He was filling up on sunflower seeds.


Finches

Three House Finches and two Goldfinches get their fill of nutrition at our feeders during migration before their long journey north.

House Finches and Goldfinches getting as much food as possible for the next leg of their journey heading north for the summer. We are merely a pit stop in the migration pattern. They stayed for several months this year which was great to see.


Eastern Phoebe & Purple Finch

Eastern Phoebe posed up on a branch of our feeder system while an uncommon female Purple Finch is perched on a lower branch to the right.

Two birds that were first time visitors to our yard during the pandemic is the Eastern Phoebe which is a type of flycatcher and the Purple Finch. This is a female Purple Finch. We had 3 female and 3 male at one point. The Easter Phoebe is a common bird in Florida year round, but the Purple Finch is uncommon.


Carolina Wren & Mourning Dove

Carolina Wren drinking from our fountain with the Mourning Dove perched at the edge of the bowl waiting for a turn.

A Carolina Wren was getting a drink of water from the fountain while the Mourning Dove was waiting impatiently for a turn. This photo was taken in April 2020 at the beginning of shut down. The Wrens had a nest with three chicks. We put out live mealworms every evening and they entertained us every night for about a month.


Next time…Week #51 – Birds with stripes, spots or freckles. (6/11/21)

Bird Weekly Challenge Badge.

Bird Weekly Round-Up – Week #49

Week #49 challenge was Black and white photos of birds with a spot of color (technical challenge). Your choice of birds for week of 5/28/21.

Disclaimer: If anyone has an issue with me using their photos in the round ups, please kindly let me know. I haven’t had anyone say anything, but I don’t want you to think I’m using your photographs for personal gain. I’m here to show what great work you are doing with your photography by showing you off in these posts.

I knew we would have a lower turn out this week because not everyone has the technical ability to do this challenge. We will welcome them back in the weeks moving forward. I was impressed with the techniques you used and the different WP blocks. Here is an oxymoron haiku that I wrote for this theme.

Monochrome color
Magical transformation
A spec of genius.


In Color

I’m sharing one of my all time favorite songs of all time that goes with this theme. This too is the opposite of what we did. The song shows putting color back into photos which is quite difficult. This is why we always want to photograph in color and create black and white in post-production or in this case selective color. We have the technology to record everything in color and go from there.


Cee’s Scaup
Beth’s Painted Bunting
Maria’s Mew Gull

I encourage you to visit these blogs if you haven’t already and see what amazing things they have going on. If I missed your post or there was a problem with a pingback, please let me know and I will be glad to add you to the list. Remember to pingback from my post of that week and not my page. Liking my page is encouraged!


Next up: Week #50: Two or more bird species in one photograph. Your choice of birds. (6/4/21)

VISIT MY BIRD WEEKLY PAGE FOR A FULL LIST OF UPCOMING CHALLENGES AND RULES!

I look forward to seeing your creations this week!

Bird Weekly – Photo Challenge – Birds Using Selective Color

Welcome to Week #49 of the Bird Weekly Photo Challenge. Week #49 challenge is birds using selective color with most of the photo being monochrome, black and white or sepia tone. Your choice of birds.

The feature image is a Laughing Gull approaching closer as we ate our picnic lunch on the beach at Little Talbot Island State Park. We don’t feed them, but if a chip blows out of our hands from the wind, we don’t rush to grab it from the sand.

Over the past week, I have shared some tutorials on how to perform selective colors in your photos using three different programs. I shared CorelPaint Pro 2021, Adobe Photoshop 2021 and Cee Nuener’s tutorials using Adobe Camera Raw. If you missed them and want to find out more, click on the following links:

There are many programs, some free and many mobile apps for you to use on your smart phones. I didn’t explore those options this time around, but maybe in the future. If you have a favorite and want to share, I would be up for discussing it for the next go round. We will be doing this again in the near future.


Black-crowned Night Heron

I thought I would leave my Black-crowned Night Heron in for this challenge. This is one of my all-time favorite photos and he has gotten around the blog a time or two.


Tricolored Heron

Tri-colored Heron with the bright blue bill and red eye in selective color.  These are breeding colors for this bird.

An adult Tricolored Heron’s face and beak will turn bright blue during the breeding season.


American Oystercatcher

I selected the reddish-orange bill and eye for the selective color on this American Oystercatcher that is otherwise black and white.

The American Oystercatcher stands out even when I don’t use selective color. His red-yellow eyes and bright red-orange bill make this an easy bird to identify.


American Avocets

Two breeding American Avocets in the mudflats at Henderson Birding Preserve near Las Vegas, Nevada.

The graceful American Avocet is a black and white bird with a grayish head in non-breeding plumage. These two were breeding adults with the rusty head and neck.


Domestic Goose

Blue-eyed domestic goose seen at Floyd Lambs Park near Las Vegas, Nevada.

Have you ever seen a blue eyed goose? I hadn’t until I saw this beauty at Floyd Lamb Park located near Las Vegas, Nevada. This domestic goose was not mean tempered like some domestic breeds.


Mallard

Mallard with his green head, yellow bill and orange legs walking around in the grass.

Male Mallards have so many beautiful colors. His bluish purple side tail feathers were tucked in or I would have added that color back in with the yellow, green and orange legs.


Domestic Muscovy Duck

The red warty looking face of this domestic Muscovy Duck stands out against its black and white body.

With a face only a mother could love, this domestic Muscovy Duck lives at the cemetery with some other domestic geese, Mottled Ducks and Mallards.


White Ibis

The White Ibis has a downward curved bill.  The bill and face is reddish orange and this one was brighter because it was in breeding plumage.

White Ibises have this orange-red curved bill, but this one had a deeper red. This was one of two parents with one young nearby.


Verdin

Verdins are small grayish birds with a bright yellow patch on the head and a chestnut shoulder patch (not visible in this photo). I gave you a comparison for this one. He stands out either way. These are desert birds found in the Southwestern part of the United States.


Hooded Mergansers

Two male Hooded Mergansers swimming along.  Their yellow eyes stand out from a crowd.

These two male Hooded Mergansers had several females around them. I cropped the brown feathered girls out of the photo. The males have the striking yellow eyes and the breeding females have a cinnamon colored eye.


Turkey Vulture

The Turkey Vulture has a red head as opposed to the Black Vulture who has a black head.

Imagine if the Muscovy Duck and the Turkey Vulture mated….Okay maybe not! This redhead is nature’s vacuum cleaner. These birds are graceful in the sky and clunky on the ground, but they make the most of cleaning up roadkill.


Roseate Spoonbill

The Roseate Spoonbill has pink feathers that stand out against their white feathers.

The Roseate Spoonbill is one of six species of spoonbills in the world and the only one found in the Americas. Their feathers turn pink from eating crustaceans and other aquatic invertebrates. The pigments in those food sources is called carotenoids.


Next time…Week #50 – Two or more bird species in one photograph. (6/4/21)

Bird Weekly Challenge Badge.

Bird Weekly Round-Up – Week #48

Week #48 challenge was BIRDS BEGINNING WITH A “G” IN THE TITLE

Disclaimer: If anyone has an issue with me using their photos in the round ups, please kindly let me know. I haven’t had anyone say anything, but I don’t want you to think I’m using your photographs for personal gain. I’m here to show what great work you are doing with your photography by showing you off in these posts.

“G” is for Go! We sure did go this past week with some awesome birds starting with a G. Welcome Susan Joy Clark for joining in the fun this week with an incredible walk around the park and some fur babies as the real stars.


Gannets, Galahs, Grebes and Geese.
Gulls and  Garganey and Gackles...to please!
Grosbeaks and Goldfinch and  Guillemots to tease.
Great this, grey and gold that
moments to seize!


Sarah’s Grey Owl
V.J.’s Garganey
Margaret’s Guillemots
Irene’s Great Egret
Beth’s Great Egret
My Greater Roadrunner

Marsha’s Great Big Hummingbird sculpture at the Bellagio Hotel. It resembles a Ruby-throated Hummingbird and was too beautiful to not include. Marsha thought outside the box.


I encourage you to visit these blogs if you haven’t already and see what amazing things they have going on. If I missed your post or there was a problem with a pingback, please let me know and I will be glad to add you to the list. Remember to pingback from my post of that week and not my page. Liking my page is encouraged!


Next up: Week #49: Black and white photos of birds with a spot of color (technical challenge). Your choice of birds. (5/28/21)

VISIT MY BIRD WEEKLY PAGE FOR A FULL LIST OF UPCOMING CHALLENGES AND RULES!

I look forward to seeing your creations this week!

Selective Color Tricks #2 – Photoshop 2021

How To Perform Selective Coloring In Photoshop 2021

There are many ways to do selective colors in all photo editing programs. Today, I’m going to show you one way to do it in Photoshop 2021.

Photoshop 2021 has a 7 day free trial and can be purchased for $9.99 per month after the trial period. Click Here.

Selective coloring is a popular post-processing technique where most of a photo is converted to black and white, but some parts are left in color.


In this tutorial, you’ll learn the techniques on how to apply color on selected part(s) of the image using layers and masks in Photoshop 2021.

Step 1 Setting up the file

Open an image file of your choice in Photoshop by going to File > Open (Ctrl+O). In this tutorial were going to use Black_Crowned_Night_Heron_SC.psd. It was originally a .jpg from my SD Card. I placed my logo by copying it from the logo file and pasting it into my working image. Resized and moved logo to desired area.

Step 2 Duplicate the background layer

Create a copy of the background layer by Right clicking on it then choose Duplicate.

Click the duplicated layer, click OK. Once you click OK, you can see the new layer.

Change the name to BNW by double clicking on the new layer. This will become the black and white part of the image.

Step 3 Black and White

Turn the BNW layer into a black and white effect. Click the new BNW layer if you do not have it selected. Choose Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation. Slide the Saturation all the way to the left and click OK.

Step 4 Masking

Next step is to create a mask. Masks are used to hide part(s) of the image or the whole image. Masking is a very useful tool in image editing as it allows you to edit part of the image without having to worry that you will lose information.

To create a mask, go to Layers > Create Clipping Mask. Your layer palette should now have the following:


Use the Eraser tool, brush over the area you want to bring the color back.

NOTE: To increase or decrease the size of your brush, hold the windows key and select bracket keys [ ]. One will make it be smaller and one will make it be larger. You can click Z to scroll with your mouse to zoom in on the area you are working on. To zoom back out, click and hold the Alt key while scrolling.

Step 5 Merging and Saving

Merging the layers is an optional step. I like to keep my layers intact. Once you merge them, save them and close your file, you can never have them in layers again unless you start over.

To merge the layers, shift click on any layer you want to merge. Right click anywhere on the layers > Merge Layers. Now go to File > Save As Choose JPG then give it your desired file name. Save. If you wish to further edit the image in the future, do not merge the layers and save it as a .psd file.

FINISHED PRODUCT

Before

After

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