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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Seasonal Visitors

Shortly after Christmas, I realized that something was seriously wrong with my camera. It had been fine while we were in San Antonio before Christmas, but suddenly, it took to turning itself off every time I turned it on.

We tried replacement batteries to no avail and in the end, my husband offered to get me a new camera.

I selected a Nikon Coolpix P510 and to say I am happy with it would be an understatement!

Among many other features, it has a 42 x zoom capability and although I read in the customer reviews that no one ever needs that much zoom, I thought it sounded like the perfect camera for me.

 I couldn't wait to see what sort of nature photos I could get with it!

I had a chance to try it out this past weekend, as I stood inside the back door, watching the goldfinches in the crepe myrtle tree in the back garden. We have quite a few of them visiting at this time of year and I have some sock feeders out for them which are always a hit.

Last year I read an article that suggested leaving the seedpods on crepe myrtles, instead of trimming them all off.  The article said that the goldfinches would enjoy them.  Have you noticed them eating the crepe myrtle seeds before? I've never noticed if before and I was skeptical about it,  but our visitors certainly did seem to be enjoying the crepe myrtle tree! 

I love the way these photos came out and I'm looking forward to learning more about the camera and how to get the best out of it.

Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.


Dorothy Borders said...

I predict you are going to have a lot of fun and get some great pictures with that new camera!

Carol said...

the goldfinches in my yard seem to like my Magnolia Tree. Guess they could be eating the seed pods from it but they like it year round. That is usually whrer I put their feeder but I haven't had it up in over a year. Hope all is well! Carol