The cleaning of the kitchen window has produced better pictures, but not nearly as good as they would be if I were outside taking them.

Every attempt I make to sneak outside, they fly away and they don’t come back until I go in the house. I can see them up in the branches, waiting for me to leave.

In warmer weather, I could sit quietly and wait and after a while, they would decide I’m a piece of furniture and come back, but today it was cold and rainy, so I wasn’t going to work well as a piece of furniture.

Two birds
One plump Chickadee

It’s hard to get a grip on whether or not I’ve sharply focused through a window. To be fair, shooting through glass — even very clean glass — is usually a problem for photographers. Either you get too much shine or reflections, or dirt smears so small you can see them come up bright and clear on the pictures.

Two little birds – Chickadee and Tufted-Titmouse

So, until I can go outside and pretend to be a chair, I’m going to be stuck with some good photographs that require artistic treatment.

And this is definitely my smile of the week! I made the birds happy and that made me happy, too.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

26 thoughts on “ARTS AND BIRDS: A SMILE FOR THE WEEK – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. I have the same trouble. I can see birds out the kitchen windows but if I even open the window it scares them off. If I go outside Cindy will nearly always follow me or bark if I shut her inside so through the glass is my usual method too.


  2. The story of my photographic life shooting through glass. I lean the windows every week, but no problem. That was they stay clean and does not have so much to do., but the birds notice every movement behind the glass. They also have their times when they arrive, which is usually when I am cooking lunch.


    1. They show up very early, before I’m up, then again around lunchtime and also, right before dusk. Right now, I’ve got a LOT of them and each day, birds I’ve never seen before. Lots of finches, suddenly and they all look a lot alike. Is that a yellow tummy or an orange tummy or sort of white?

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    1. I know it’s not going to fix what’s wrong with the world, but it’s something I CAN do. The variety of birds is increasing and I’m stuck int the pit of “confusing fall warblers” right now. Talk about all looking alike!


  3. Watching the birds is so much fun. I just made that same comment over on “A Day in the Life” blog… If this is your smile for the week, feel free to put a link to my Weekly Smile – I’ll be posting it soon.


      1. Hmm, I wonder what happened to that post. anyway, there is a new one up today.

        Every small bit we can do to help nature is something. Keeping one more bird healthy? Sounds good to me….


  4. We’ve had the neighborhood turkeys devouring our crab apples and a pair of cardinals, woodpeckers (Downy & Harry), nuthatches, chickadees and sparrows munching at the suet feeder. Getting good camera shots is not an easy task through the living room window. Love peeping at our feathered friends… 🐦 Hope I can manage to get a few good photos. Hope you do too! 🐦🐦🐦 xo


    1. Nice selection of birds! I wish I had a better view from the kitchen. It’s a small window and I have to shoot at an angle. But it is definitely better than nothing πŸ™‚

      As for pictures, you do the best you can. Use your telephoto a lot. That helps block the window grit, but sometimes I get lost and can’t find where I am when I zoom out too far!


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