More Hummingbirds: Tiny Magnificent Creatures!

 I continually marvel at hummingbirds…such tiny magnificent magical creatures!

Their stunning colorful beauty, their speed, their zest for the “hummingbird life”….

It beats watching the news these days. It inspires my creative spirit and hope!

 I’ve  combined some poetry (Haiku), video footage and photographic images just for you!

 

Hummingbirds: A Haiku:

by

Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

1.  Fluttering about

Zooming, oh, so rapidly

Marvelous colors!

2. Hummingbird magic

Unique, beautiful creatures

Don’t fly away, stay!

 

Here is a short video from today. See these lovely hummingbirds in action as they fly continuously over to the feeders and enjoy nectar, hover, and then dance away!

And now…some photographic images!

Hopefully these hummingbird images will captivate you and yours too!

Enjoy!

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Red-headed Male Anna Hummingbird looking up at the nectar!

 

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Beautiful aqua and green coat Anna Hummingbird

 

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Anna is almost at the nectar finish line!

 

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Anna Hummingbird on a twig

 

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I see the flower!

 

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Male Anna hummingbird enjoying the afternoon!

 

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Circling the nectar feeder

 

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So hungry!

 

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Love this wingspan!

 

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Doesn’t this male Anna hummingbird look like a halo above his head? Wings!

 

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I can taste that nectar already!

 

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Two hummingbirds negotiating!

 

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Just another nectar break!

 

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“Here’s lookin’ at you, kid”, said the male Anna hummingbird!

 

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Headshot! Male Anna hummingbird

 

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Fluttering away!
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Feathered friend!

 

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Which way did they go?? Male Anna hummingbird

 

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Male Anna hummingbird looking up to the sky!

 

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I was there first! No, I was! OK, let’s eat!
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Blue skies!!
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Colors!
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Time for more nectar!

 

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Male Anna hummingbird on a palm leaf!

 

 

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See? A palm leaf! Told you!

 

Hope you enjoyed the poem, video and photos from SJF Communications!

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Conrad Prebys Student Union at SDSU

A Photographic Journey through the San Diego State University (SDSU) Campus

I recently spent some time strolling on the beautiful campus at San Diego State University (SDSU). Our daughter is enrolled for Fall, 2016 and we love taking the time to explore every chance we get!

Here are some photos I captured that gloriously beautiful day! I wish I could have photographed the entire campus! Perhaps I will visit again soon to capture much more! Feel free to click on each photo.

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Hepner Hall with the Hardy Memorial Tower in the Background

 

 

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SDSU Campus Map

 

 

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Colorful Signage

 

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SDSU Transit Center

 

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Conrad Prebys Student Union

 

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SDSU Pedestrian Bridge

 

http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/virtualtour/ped_bridge.html

 

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Conrad Prebys Student Union

 

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Conrad Prebys Student Union Walkway

 

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Conrad Prebys Student Union

 

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Conrad Prebys Student Union

 

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Student Services West

 

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Manchester Hall

 

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Student Services West

 

 

 

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SDSU Clock Tower

 

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SDSU’s Love Library Dome

 

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Capturing another  view of the Conrad Prebys Student Union

 

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SDSU’s Love Library

 

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SDSU’s Love Library

 

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SDSU’s Love Library

 

 

 

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SDSU’s Love Library

 

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Between Performing Arts area and Hepner Hall

 

 

And here is some of the gorgeous foliage seen that day. Click on each photo to enlarge it. Such vivid color and so many beautiful varieties of trees and flowers!

 

And a few more images of the “bench art” and more!

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Torrey Pines State Beach: Pelicans on Rocks, Boogie Boards & more

Torrey Pines State Beach is  GEM!

Strolled along and captured several cool sights: pelicans, a boogie-boarder, the ocean and rock formations…enjoy!

Torrey Pines State Beach, Rocks, Sky B & W

The 5 Day Black & White Photo Challenge!

Have you heard about this fun exercise on Facebook?

It’s called the 5 Day Black and White Photo Challenge

Here are some of the links:

(hashtag) #5dayblackandwhitechallenge or

(usernames) @5dayblackandwhitechallenge.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/448932725245612/

 

Think of it as a “visual chain letter”! I saw it on the status thread the first week of November, 2014 from a great NY photographer colleague I know, Marty Umans  http://www.martyumans.com/ .  

The challenge: to post a black & white photo each day for 5 days, and then nominate someone per day as well.

Coincidentally, on November 13th,  I was nominated by my former dance teacher, Niki Simon Blacker, https://www.facebook.com/niki.s.blacker?fref=ts who takes extraordinary photos many days of the week in South Beach, Miami.

I decided to take the plunge and it was indeed fun scouring through photos galore to see which ones would be the best to include. I decided that it would also be fun to add these 5 B & W’s to my blog www.sjfcommunications.com, so you shall be staring at them in my post here!

My photos were all originally snapped in color taken with my Nikon Coolpix (either L830 http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/coolpix/l/l830/ or L820 http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/coolpix/l/l820/ ) this past year or so. I converted them to black and white in Picasa for this particular 5 Day B & W Photo Challenge.

I was thrilled to nominate  five really cool photographers that I know. Here they are (with tidbits about how we know each other)!

Day 1: (Ken Jacques http://www.kjphotography.com/  (who I know professionally as our photographer for San Diego Musical Theatre and many other Theatre groups  as well as his other phenomenal photography in and out of the San Diego area)

Day 2: Eileen Swanson https://www.facebook.com/eileen.m.swanson (a fellow Channel 10 Weather Watcher, we’re both in the Weather Watcher “closed” Facebook group and the station shows photos from this group often on the air) 

Day 3: Sonny Porticio (Captured Vision Photography)  https://www.facebook.com/capturedvisionphoto?pnref=about.overview

Day 4: Jennie Slosarik (family friend, pseudo-cousin, and aspiring (already award-winning high school student), (need to get a link to her photos)

and finally: 

Day 5: Josh Freeman  http://ObeyMyBrain.etsy.com http://obeymybrain.com (Josh is just so creative…he makes these one of a kind hats too! We shared the stage together in THE CRUCIBLE a few years ago).

The perspective really changes when a photo is in Black & White!

Good luck everyone. Try it! Take a gander and enjoy!

SJF Communications and the 5 Day Black and White Photo Challenge!

Torrey Pines State Beach, Rocks, Sky B & W, 2014 ;  by Susan Farese, SJF Communications
Torrey Pines State Beach, Rocks, Sky B & W, 2014 by Susan Farese, SJF Communications

I like that it shows so much variety of nature…the beach, the rocks and of course the sky. 

Palms Standing at Attention: Photo by:  Susan Farese, SJF Communications, 2014
Palms Standing at Attention: Photo by: Susan Farese, SJF Communications, 2014

               I hope you all like this photo I took a while ago of several palm trees and clouds which I edited in B & W on Picasa. I like how it shows the trees at attention! I

 

 

La Jolla Pelicans etc. Photo by  Susan Farese, SJF Communications, 2014
La Jolla Pelicans etc. Photo by Susan Farese, SJF Communications, 2014

                  I hope you all like this photo I took a while ago of several pelicans and their friends in La Jolla which I edited in B & W on Picasa.  I like that it shows them all mingling & lounging and love the curve of the rock!

Osprey Perched at Torrey Pines State Beach; Photo by Susan Farese, SJF Communications, 2014
Osprey Perched at Torrey Pines State Beach; Photo by Susan Farese, SJF Communications, 2014

 The osprey was magically perched atop a rock. I used my zoom from my NIKON Coolpix L830 and edited in B & W in Picasa. He (or she)? was holding prey (which I will not show here…). I like that I captured the osprey at an opportune moment in time, serendipitously as I looked up at the beautiful rock formation!

 

 

Hot Air Balloon Landing at Dusk in Carmel Valley, San Diego; Photo by Susan Farese, SJF Communications, 2014
Hot Air Balloon Landing at Dusk in Carmel Valley, San Diego; Photo by Susan Farese, SJF Communications, 2014

          I’m always in awe of hot air balloons, which we see frequently in North County of San Diego. This one touched down before my eyes.