Blizzard Conditions

A big change from what the scene looked just a day ago. The Garden Bird Photography Studio is now well under two feet of snow and the manor is snowed in. No way to get in or out.


It’ll be a hard working day tomorrow, but in the meantime with the home fire blazing and the window open, it was time to put the studio to work.

Refreshing the bird feed and sweeping off the stations I awaited for the birds to feel more comfortable with my presence and pose for me.

Using a flash unit on top of the 5D Mark III, with 100-400mm f/4 II, I worked with the settings to finally get the perfect exposure.

A great way to spend a Blizzard day.

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  1. Been thinking about those who are snowed in by the overwhelming strength of the storms.
    in contrast we are sitting in 40+C and concerned about bushfires!

    Such wonderful enveloping light that comes with the snow. It really brings the crispness of the colours to a new level.
    But no doubt it makes life very hard for the little dudes.
    Enjoy the warmth by the fire and the friendship of the birds.

    • Wow, I can’t imagine the heat you’ve been enduring David. Are you getting any rain? Drought is my fear. I’d take rain any day. Do you get snow where you are?
      Truly you are such a poet with your words and your comments are always such a lovely companion to my posts. Thank you so much!

      • I’m the same 😀 I never go out without bird seed and duck pellets! We’ve had such a lame winter here. Wet, warm and overcast 😦 It’s not been so great for photographing the birds. Many of the migrating species from Northern Europe haven’t bothered coming our way as it’s been pretty mild everywhere. It’s a bit worrying that some birds are looking at breeding early but we could have a late cold spell at the end of February or in March.

      • Just got 4 or 5 inches today and a foot last Sat. but knock on wood so far away from the 100+ inches we were buried under last year 🙂

    • There are mixed thoughts of it. That we’re not helping the wildlife by feeding them. Although the usual suspects at the feeders are generations of birds that are used to being fed. They discourage it in at least Australia.

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