As soon as I stepped out the door for a walk this morning, I heard a lot of crows making a lot of noise down the street. They were perched on a telephone pole, flying up and swooping around like they were trying to scare off a hawk.
Of course I walked toward them to see what was going on.
By the time I reached the end of the block, the crows had given up and flown off. But I noticed people were out in their front yards looking up at a tree…
#photo #crow #TelephonePole #birds #BlackAndWhite
Cross-posted on K2R
These crows were making a huge racket, some of them taking off, swooping and perching again, trying to scare off a hawk that had caught a pigeon and was eating it in a nearby tree. The hawk didn’t leave. The crows did.
Not a claw, though it looks remarkably like one. It’s a chunk of iceplant partly buried in the sand.
#photo #blackandwhite #sand #plants
Someone left behind evidence of a curbside pick-me-up last night.
I took the photo in a hurry and didn’t frame it very well, so when I got home I started trying different crops and looks to see if I could make it pop a bit better.
#bottle #sidewalk #curb #photo #blackandwhite
Black Phoebe silhouette.
I could *hear* the bird singing, but had to really look before I could finally spot it.
#birds #silhouette #photo #nature #BlackAndWhite
One of the (many) weird things about #LosAngeles is that there are fragments of wilderness scattered throughout the suburbs. (Mostly where it was a pain to build, or someone owned a lot of land & decided to donate it.)
I had two photos of this #trail junction and #fence. I liked the colors in one, the composition in the other, and I just couldn’t get the balance right on the second. On a whim I desaturated it. Turns out it looks better in #blackandwhite anyway!
#nature #hiking #photo
Rocketship park (one of very few remaining parks with this sort of climbing structure). I stopped to grab coffee and realized I’d been able to see the shopping center from the park…so it stood to reason I ought to be able to see the park from the shopping center.
I think the #BlackAndWhite version works a bit better on this.
#photos #park #rocketship
I found the original of this while looking for something else and thought it would look good in black and white.
#photography #BlackAndWhite #Birds
I’m kind of surprised that I didn’t post the original back when I took it. Yeah, it was pre-Instagram and I was barely using Flickr at the time, but I had been posting photos to my blog for a couple of years by then.
:shrug: Well, it’s up now. And who knows: maybe I wouldn’t have thought of adjusting the color if I’d stumbled on it as “Oh yeah, that one…” instead of rediscovering a photo I’d completely forgotten.
Since joining iNaturalist, I’m paying more attention to the #birds I see (and, more often, hear). 3/4 of the time, they fly off before I have a chance to take a picture, but I’ve caught a few.
I learned that most of the #pigeons we see in cities are classified as feral, descended from domesticated pigeons derived in turn from rock pigeons who live on the sides of sea cliffs. Buildings serve as a nice substitute.
Creepiest picture of palm fruit I’ve ever seen, c/o Google Photos’ auto-filter.
#creepy #blackandwhite #palmtree