Backward and Forward

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© Andrea Petersen

Photo license: © All rights reserved

Behold I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him. Job 23: 8

While forward she moves
To face the future ahead
Turning backward he loves,
After he has been fed...

E'en when he's not there
For her eyes to perceive,
Together they share
The seeds to receive.

Poetry by me, AJP

I was hoping the male purple finch would turn around for the camera but saved this picture anyway because I liked the resigned expression on his mates face who was probably thinking, "there she is with the camera again sticking it in my face!" At the moment both of them were taking a short break from eating their seeds.

The old rolled window pane sometimes gives some strange effects when trying to shoot through the glass ...very challenging to get the right focus with other settings besides manual focus. The little speckles you see are from the window where the birds like to peck at it with their beaks on the outside of the glass.

Camera Model Nikon D7000
Focal length 105mm
F-number F/8
Exposure Time: 1 /100 sec.
ISO Speed ISO-160
Exposure Program Manual
Date 2/6/2013 .

11 responses

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (7 Feb 2013):

    It's like you're shooting at them from both sides at once. I like it!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (7 Feb 2013):

    beautifully balanced

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (7 Feb 2013):

    I love this. It is nice to see the colorful back of the male finch in one and that cute look of resignation on the female's face : )

  • Robert Larrazolo

    Robert Larrazolo gave props (7 Feb 2013):

    A good one! Excellent capture.

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (7 Feb 2013):

    Great capture, Andrea and lovely poem!

  • Zapata Juan P

    Zapata Juan P   gave props (7 Feb 2013):

    Well done thanks for sharing

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (8 Feb 2013):

    Love this, my friend. Far more interesting with them looking in opposite directions. Love your poem, too.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (8 Feb 2013):

    What a gorgeous pair, and you've captured them beautifully. I agree with Deb....a much better effect was achieved with them facing in opposite directions!

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (9 Feb 2013):

    I love the expression on her face, birds can be very expressive and you`ve captured that beautifully. The manual focus brought out exceptional detail on their markings, too.. what a great and sweet capture!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (10 Feb 2013):

    love, love, love it.

  • Tomma Henckel

    Tomma Henckel   gave props (2 Mar 2013):

    Wonderful balance!

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