Heart’s Passion

98 thoughts on “Heart’s Passion”

    1. I’m thrilled you stopped by, Dan, to see my collection today. We have a lot of Bluejays and Cardinals in our backyard this year, more then I’ve ever seen. This Bluejay’s picture here was taken in the park. Have a great day!!

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  1. Great shots AR…Is the Red Poll the same as a purple finch? They look so much alike. Looks like you’ve been having fun and getting creative despite not much snow around…Getting ready to get really cold for a day then back up to the 40’s! Crazy weather for January but I’ll take it…Have a good rest of the week. Hope the babies are all well and hubby too….Hugs my friend…VK ❤

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    1. No, the Redpoll is not the same as the purple finch. The finch is smaller. I knew when this other photographer said that this bird was a wren he was wrong … wren’s are tiny. So I did my homework when I got home.
      Today is freezing outside. Did a quick jaunt to the gym but due to being caught by some people who could only expound on either themselves (would not stop talking about self!) or pushing me to take some advice that was given, I cut it short. Not sure why I’m attracting this energy but best for me was just to leave.
      I’ve been very upset and getting triggered by what is going on with Dr. Gosy. Years ago he was my pain doctor and me of anyone knows he deserves to go to jail. I made hubby promise do NOT have any news on about this man due to what it is doing to me. Perhaps that is why I’ve been attracting yucky energy today.
      Babies and hubby are good, thank you, VK! Our three girls are living breathing miracles. Much love to you and hugs back to you!! xo

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    1. I love that photograph too, George!! The contrast between the light brown (which is a tree trunk) and the sky blue and how that bird is exactly posed in front of the light brown ….. I couldn’t have done better. Amazing shot if I say so myself. SO glad you enjoyed this post!! xo

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    1. Thank you, Scott! And yes I did have a great day that day! There are still a couple months left so my odds that there will be white are real good. Then I want an early Spring!

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    1. Thrilled you stopped by, Holly, to see what I found. I was amazed in such a short time I was able to capture so many birds. I’m so happy you enjoyed those treasures! I wish the very same to you …. if I haven’t done so already, I wish you a very Happy New Year with plenty of health and happiness in it!! Much love to you! xo

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  2. Great birdie shots. I’m clueless when it comes to bird identification. Except I can tell the difference between ravens and crows. This is the first time I’ve heard of Redpolls. What a cute little chub he is.

    Immaculate white winter landscapes are always so beautiful, but I also like the brown monochrome of in between seasons and easy winters. I like the subtle differences in hues. I’ve been hoping for an easier winter than the last 2, and so far I’ve got my wish, but there’s still a long ways to go.

    Thank you for the beauty of your eye, dear Amy.

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    1. It takes a long time to ID birds, Julie, and I still get it wrong. I’ve learned so much just in the past year with my camera.
      I know we still have a ways to go until Spring, but so far, this Winter has not been bad. I would really like just a few snowscapes to show here. Yet if we don’t get any good snowfall, I will stay creative and keep shooting where my heart leads.
      You are very welcome for the beauty of my eye that I share with you. It brings great joy to my heart when I do. Much love to you! xo

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  3. You have amazed me again by the clarity of the photos. It is stunning to see the shimmer on the Bluejay’s white feathers. Thank you for bringing the beauty of those creatures closer. I love what you made of the landscape photos. That ice picture turned out even icier…

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    1. This lens and camera combo is amazing that I have, Erika! And I’m getting to know my way around PS to really bring in those birds perfectly. SO happy to hear you enjoyed seeing these feathered beauties. The lens I use to capture birds is very heavy and lately my left thumb has been very painful due to how I must brace that lens with my left hand. Cross your fingers my acupuncturist can help me!
      And thank you for commenting on the ice picture. That one was hubby’s favorite. Hope your day was a good one! Much love to you!! xo

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      1. I know what equipment my father carried around in his photobag, macro lenses, microlenses… and many more. He was a pationate photographer. Although I am sure that the equipment of 20 to 30 years ago is way different in size and weight compared to today. Anyway, that is why I can understand your passion for photographic and the look for the detail.

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      2. I just took a selfie today, Erika, of me and all the equipment I lug around, plus the very heavy outerwear for Winter I was wearing. I’d say anywhere from 23-25 pounds I had on my person. That may not sound like a lot, but treading through snow, being careful not to slip on ice, and walking for a long period of time, believe me, I got tired. I felt like dropping when I got home. I chugged a ton of water and then ate, feeling so much better. I use the equipment that I do because I know the results I get with it. Yes, we photographers can be classified as nuts, but it’s a good kind of nuts. LOL

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      3. Post is coming tomorrow, Erika. In all seriousness I almost felt like passing out when I got home. I cannot carry that much weight on me for hours at a time. I have to somehow decrease it. And I will!!

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    1. Aw, thank you, Tim! I’ve been going back and forth between Topaz Studios and Photoshop. I worked a long time on Burning Desire. My “gut” knows when an image is done. I almost threw the towel in on it because it normally doesn’t take me that long to edit an image. This one, however, was temperamental. I guess it goes along with the territory. LOL Thank you SO much for leaving me this feedback. It’s valuable …. I’m doing new in the editing room! The last two images especially I really went out on a limb …. seriously new for me!

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      1. You have to push the limits. Otherwise, there’s not point in messing with post processing and effects. If you like what you get, is always another subject, but you have to try and push it. You may notice some photographers find a post process they like and it becomes their signature style. I’m one to push the limits when called for, but I generally just go pretty straight with minimal post processing in Camera Raw. I work with the post process needed to produce the image, effects and mood the situation calls for.

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      2. Winter is my time to play, Tim. I only have so much to photograph especially this year with lack of snow. I grow bored with the same old over and over again so I try to keep a mixture going … both in subject and photo. I don’t want to get snagged into a rut or doing the same thing over and over again. That is why I push myself so that I keep learning and growing.
        In Spring and Summer and Fall, I go minimal editing. When I do birds, it is minimal. But these bare landscapes at this time of year …. I play.

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  4. You’ve done well Amy. The magic in your shots are there to see, and I especially liked the Burning Desire. The software your talent is singing with really does have a large variety of uses.
    Glad your not freezing your feet off, but sad your white landscapes aren’t there for those lovely backdrops though 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋 🦘

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    1. GRINNING!!! Burning Desire is my favorite, Mark! It took a long time for this creation to come through …. I really had to pull it out! I work between Topaz Studios and Photoshop, back and forth until I am satisfied the image is finished. I’m learning a ton about editing. I should be taking notes because truth be told I just go along and do this that and the other.
      It was freezing today. Feel better? But still no real pretty snowscapes. Don’t despair … we have a couple of months to go. There has got to be some snow in there somewhere! We’ll see!
      Hope your day is a good one! I’m winding down here, and you are just getting going. Opposites sides of the world, we are! Much love to you!! xo

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      1. lol…sorry Amy, wasn’t meaning for your toes to freeze off just for a shot or two 😀
        Thank you for the mention of the software, I’ll have to have a look and check them out. And you don’t take notes because genius doesn’t need them 😀
        Much love to you also dear lady ❤️ 🙏🏽 xo

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      2. Ahhh so now I’m a genius. I’ll have to notify hubby of that fact. LOL
        Just heard from the famous weathermen that 3 inches (7.62 cm) of rain is due this weekend. RAIN? Dang! Sigh. Indoor shots? Hmmmmm …… Need to think now ….

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    1. Yes, YC. The American Goldfinch is NOT here in Winter so I do not know why this bird is. Not sure about the Common Redpoll …. I didn’t read if they migrate. Bluejays are here year round. So are Nuthatchers.

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    1. SO glad you liked these, Colleen. I actually went out today with a ton of weight on me, between outer gear and camera gear, all for an inch of snow. I did get some type of snowscapes. Now to edit those pics. (smile) I actually took a selfie of me as well. You’ll soon see how much I am carrying ….. whew! xo

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    1. I wish you a very Happy New Year as well! SO happy you enjoyed this post and thank you for the feedback regarding Burning Desire. That is very very different for me. I feel this urge to dig deeper, to explore more within me …. and I feel as if I’ve grown too large for my skin. Yes it is time for me to grow. Much love to you! xo

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  5. Love the birds! Amazing shots on them – you could eventually publish a “birds of the Reinstein Park identification guide!” That would be cool, and you’d have amazing photos to help people identify the birds in the area. I love identifying birds – it’s cool, so I really appreciate your great shots of them!! Yeah, otherwise – it’s grey, dull and boring out there – not much happening in the land of spectacular lighting! Oh well, we wait! Much love, Donna

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    1. Aw, Donna, bless you for your encouraging words. My life right now is so focused around my cats that I know it is not the time for me to begin any large projects. I will keep in mind what you said and in fact, will stop by the office one day just to show them what I have found in Reinstein to feel them out. Identifying birds is both fascinating and sometimes very challenging. I have a couple more shots of birds coming soon ….
      Today was very cold but sunny so out I went hardly able to move between my outer gear and my camera gear. I started laughing as I attempted to get up into hubby’s pick up truck because I felt like a stuffed bear, hardly able to swing my leg up to even get into that darn truck that sits so high. I was warm however! So that means if the weather stays cold, I will have to adjust to that much weight on me.
      This here woman running outside whenever I see the sun ….. Much love to you!! xo

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  6. If I remember correctly, I think birds migrate according to the temperature. If the winter is mild, the goldfinch will not go as far south as it normally would. Redpolls migrate south from their northern forests in Canada where they may never have seen a human being before. For this reason, they can often be exceptionally tame.

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    1. Birds migrate at a certain time of year, depending on the species. We have some birds that flock out of here in August when it is still very hot here. I think it is more on the location of the sun. I dunno. I do know that Redpolls do migrate from the Antartica to this area but this is the first time I’ve ever seen one.
      Thank you, John, for such an informative comment.

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    1. Hi, Frank! Mother is VERY generous to me. I’ve also realized the Red-Bellied Woodpecker comes into our own backyard. Yes I have photographed it thinking it was a Flicker. My bad. Birds are tricky ….. and sometimes so darn difficult to ID. Thank you for coming on by. xo

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    1. I’ve never seen the Redpoll either, Joey. It was quite exciting! I think the birds pose for me too. When I saw what I captured with that Bluejay, my jaw dropped. I could not have done that if I had prepared and prepped and what not. That bird I swear just sat there so pretty just for me. (smile)

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  7. Oh Amy! I just took one of those very healing sighs while looking at your photography. It was a much needed release of negativity. Your creative gift has a much more profound impact that you even realize sometimes! 🧡

    The beauty of these birds just takes my breath away. I agree, the composition of the Blue Jay shot is magnificent!! Wow. How perfect. I’m also captivated by the Common Redpoll as well. Don’t believe I’ve ever seen one before?

    Your “Glowing Light” creation somehow sets my heart ablaze as well. What a beautiful gift you’ve been given. So grateful to have met you, dearest friend 🙂 Happy New Year! I pray 2020 is a year filled with so many dreams fulfilled that your head spins. May fulfillment, hopes realized and prayers answered be your new norm. I’m a big fan of yours & will always be! 🙏🏼

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    1. Dearest Holly, I’m thrilled my photography touches you in the very same way it does me. Even after the experience, when I look at my pictures, my breath calms down, and and I feel such peace. Bless you for telling me how you felt as you viewed this post! Thank you!

      Happy New Year to you as well! I wish you the very same … that your dreams and even more then you realize, manifest which will bring such great joy and laughter and fun into your life! What a wonderful gift it is to be able to share with you my passion and with every touch from me, may it that touch in turn ignite a blaze of such utter beauty in your own life that it brings tears of gratitude.
      Much love to you and HUGS!! xo

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    1. I’ve told Hubby I’m making a sign that says: “Artist at work. Please do not disturb.” (smile) I thank you about those birds …. I think sometimes they just pose for me. Honest. They amaze me! Hope you had a great weekend. Much love to you! xo

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  8. Wow to all of your captures here Amy, each one a beautiful delight to the eyes.. Love your various birds… So clear and each one just beautiful..
    So loved your tree trunk surrounded by ice my friend… You most certainly have an eye for capturing not only what the eye sees, but you capture something special that gives us energy to our hearts. No wonder you called this Post Hearts Passion.. It filled my own with such love of the creations Nature has for any eye that is willing to SEE!

    Have a wonderful new week my friend… Love and Blessings your way Amy ❤

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    1. Mother is so good to me, Sue. I am allowed into Her world in such a way that my seeing changes. As for the birds …. I would swear they pose for me at times. I hope to get over to Reinstein again soon just to stand by the bird feeders to see who else shows up.
      You have a wonderful week as well. I went to my acupuncturist yesterday, a very needed treatment. I told him I felt like Humpty Dumpty who fell off the wall. I was having a major healing crisis! Today I feel like a new woman. Thank God!! Much love and many blessings to you!! xo

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      1. I wouldn’t be without my acupuncture treatment Amy. My treatment next week. I’ve been with her since 2009. Glad you feel a new woman. I swear by the treatment. It not only relieves pain, but energies, mind body and spirit . She often gets to work on my energy body. 😄🤗💓

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      2. I think I am going to go more often, Sue. I’m concerned though, if I go too often, then my body will begin to reject the treatment and my symptoms worsen. I have to “feel” my way through this …. and it is so darn challenging to get it right sometimes. I just know how good I feel right now and it is because of my acupuncture treatment. xo

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      3. I call when I cannot take the pain any longer … I am concerned too much of a good thing can turn into not being such a good thing. I ring my acupuncturist and he usually can get me in within a few days. He knows when I’m hurting I’m not kidding around and he moves heavy and earth to help me. I’ve got some really good people in my corner, Sue.

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    1. Aw, thank you, Julie! The overall energy has been rough and my intent especially for this week, was to keep my posts light with plenty of beauty. You are so welcome! So happy you stopped by to enjoy what I love to share. (((HUGS)))!!! xo

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