This post is a lot lighter than the one from earlier today!
I never really expected to have my walks become a recurrent theme. I don’t have the impulse to record every life experience, and so taking pictures of things regularly has been a startling and unexpected new experience for me. I don’t take pictures of everything, and most of the pictures I take aren’t really worth sharing, but I’ve taken enough that I think there are at least a few valuable images. They’re almost always simple things, like how there is always a fun and new way to capture the Indy skyline, as with the image up top.
They’re mundane images, shots of buildings and birds and plants and bodies of water that others have taken many times before. And yet they’re still personal to me. So today I’m sharing a few more of those images from the past week.
Many of the images I found most interesting and most worthy of recording were the direct result of the heavy rain of the past week.
As usual, birds proved to be endlessly entertaining to me. I love to listen to the birdsong and to just watch birds do the things they do. I have so many really horrible pictures of birds–blurry mid-flight shots, grainy and incoherent wide shots of birds hidden among greenery, and sometimes just blank shots of trees or bushes or streets where birds had been a moment before. They almost seem to delight in waiting for the right instant to run or fly or fall away. I can simply stand and admire a bird, sometimes get up close, and even raise my phone up into position, but as soon as I am ready to take the shot, the bird chooses that time to flee fast.
That might be the best picture of a bird I’ve taken so far, but it’s also really hard for me to identify as a total novice. I’ve been reviewing Audubon Birds for brown, perching-type birds. It didn’t make much noise when I observed it (or if it had, it was before I noticed it nearby, and got lost in the noise of all the other birds), and it flew away soon after this shot. I’m tentatively calling it an Alder flycatcher, but I really do want to learn, so if you see this and have an alternative identification, I’d appreciate it if you could mention that in the comments and let me know what led you to the conclusion.
To close, I have a couple not-so-good bird pictures that I still thought were pretty:
That’s another week of walking well spent!