With my camera, the morning walk is an observation, of what I might do in the garden I designed. Or I might be looking for some birds to enjoy, It might be exciting to see a new bird I have rarely seen, migrating through. I have just about learned the names of the ones I have enjoyed. Feeding and watching the birds I enjoy and it is something I have done for years, and planted my garden with them in mind. Learning on a closer level, naming them with photography. Studying and documenting with each image I have taken of the tropical lizards that thrive in my Tennessee garden. They give me something to look for in the garden. I call my garden “Gourley Garden.” One of my favorite birds is the American Gold Fench because of its briliant yellow and black color. " It has felt like being a kid again, or refreshing to be in the garden enjoying nature. It was after I planted lots of flowers, and the sun flower, that the American Gold Fench, I first saw, became my favorite. I guess most gardeners, or bird watchers like a morning walk. I try and get out to get some fresh air, with a drink and my camera, early, or again several other times during the day, if I am doing something not as active. The Grosebeaks and Indigo Buntings are among some of the more beautiful of birds, here in the Smoky Mountains, that I love to see.
Photography is something that I have done since I can remember then learning more from others or experience, or just being an artist, using my camera a lot, and have used it for reference photos in painting, especially when younger. My brother in law, was an inspiration, to get into better cameras, and bragged on how I framed things in the image, he expressed I had a tallent for that, I can still remember him saying. He also did a little photography, and he tried to tell me a little about photography and shared his magazines. He traveled out west and took pictures. Although I might not have had the largest telephoto I would like, I have focused on close-up photography..and photos of art. Sometimes telephoto, or macro is better because it is just so clear to see and gives you a closer look with more detail, I like close ups the best. My sister thought I did well, at my niece’s wedding, I took some shots. but of course, I was thinking about the spiritual, everybody is at the wedding. The best images are taken with a light of contrast or shadows, as in the evening or early morning, just when nature is out feeding. If you haven’t tried night photography, it can be a little tricky, you might need a cable release and a tripod. If you haven’t taken in complete darkness, just setting your camera on auto, or night photography, you can get some of the most gorgeous pictures, try getting a flash on a bush or tree, up close, focus on the plant or the moon, or some subject, …. just at dawn or dusk, the magic moments are unreal. The flash automatically brightens up the foreground of your images, and you might be getting light in the distant view from the sun in the sky. Sunsets and sunrises are and whole different kind of photography and getting those images are so much better. A special kind of picture photography, you will notice. Not so many years ago, people though just in the bright sun was best, it was even thought the sun needed to be in your face, Wrong, if you photo then, put the sun behind your subject.
I take over 200 images and more, in my garden daily, if not taking care of it or doing something else. Some was to learn new technology a little better too. Burn a few caleries, plus enrich your soul. I have dreamed of having a public garden before, but have just enjoyed it for myself mostly, but usually was trying to do something in it rather than enjoying its beauty. But since digital photography, you could say, I am enjoying it better, in one way, by taking so many images in it every day.
Some of my garden enjoyment, and photography experience and tips