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Buy a 14.00 x 11.00 stretched canvas print of Beautiful Blue Jay Watercolor Art for $128.00. Only 16 prints remaining.

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Pine Chickadee Photo Art by Christina Rollo

Photo Art by Christina Rollo Pine Chickadee

Pine Chickadee is a cute black capped chickadee perched on a pine branch. This image is very popular as a christmas card. Canvas prints make great gifts for nature lovers and bird watchers. Come and enjoy my entire collection of fine art photography at www.rollosphotos.com.

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Does Every Picture Tell a Story?

Fine Art Photography

I hear it often “every picture tells a story”. Well, does every picture tell a story?

Photographers are often told that a story or description should accompany every photograph to help viewers connect with their image. This may be true for journalists, but is it also true for fine art photography? While viewers may be interested in certain details and specific locations, I don’t agree that it is necessary to provide a story for every photograph.

My goal is simple. I photograph things in nature which convey to me a sense of peace, beauty, or wonder. The images come from my heart. Some of them have stories but most do not. They merely capture a special moment in time. Hopefully they are moments that others can relate to without an accompanying story.

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I rely on my photographs to speak for themselves. For instance, I have sat in my bird blind or pulled my car near trees to capture photographs of birds. I’m not really doing anything except enjoying the peace of nature and the company of wildlife, while they go about their daily routine. Every once in a while a bird will fly in close and look at me as if it had stopped to say “hello”. Aside from what camera settings I used, I’d be hard pressed to tell a story about that.

My ‘Conspicuous Bandit’ raccoon image is one of the few that does have a story because the female raccoon nested in a tree near our home. I was able to observe her poking her head out of this hole for weeks. She would only climb out once in a while to relieve herself, and then promptly return to her babies. There were days that were very hot and she looked uncomfortable hanging out of the tree. However, it was the look in her eyes that I relied upon to convey her story. If you are a parent you know what a daunting task it is to keep babies happy and fed. The story simply ends when I heard a clatter outside one night. I flipped on the light to find three baby raccoons raiding my bird feeder. They rushed across our driveway and climbed a telephone pole. Then proceeded to peek at me from behind the pole like animated Disney characters. I suppose they lived happily ever?

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I admit I’m not an accomplished writer, it takes a great deal of time to gather my thoughts and write them all down. You’ll never find long explanations about how I created a photograph because there aren’t any. My nature photography is meant to convey what I have difficulty saying in words. The eyes are windows to the soul. I look for direct eye contact with animals, or postures which display human-like characteristics. I rely on my photographs to speak for themselves, but more importantly they speak for me. If my images weren’t doing that, then I would throw my camera away.

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Northern Cardinal Facts

The male Northern Cardinal is always the first bird to visit our feeder in the morning and the last bird to visit at night.

The Northern Cardinal is a medium sized North American songbird, common to backyard feeders. The male Cardinal is one of the most beautiful year-round birds we have in the Northeastern United States. He is especially charming with his bright red feathers, black face mask, and distinct crest on top of his head. Cardinal pairs mate for life and stay together all year. During courtship, males can be observed feeding seeds to their mate.

Here’s a beautiful male Northern Cardinal with bright red feathers sitting in snow covered pines. The male’s bright red plumage against a dismal gray or white landscape makes them a favorite species of winter birds.

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The female Cardinal is equally charming with an orange crest on top of her head, but her color is a dull buff brown. This female is the center of attention perched on a pine branch against a beige background.

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Northern Cardinals can be found in brushy areas, thickets, woodland edges, and suburban yards throughout the eastern United States. Their range has been expanding north for decades as a result of backyard bird feeders, which makes it possible for these beautiful birds to endure our harsh northern winter.  Males are territorial and mark their territory with song. Nests are built in dense shrubs or small trees between 1 and 15 feet above ground. They are made from twigs, bark strips, vines, leaves, rootlets, and paper lined with grass and hair.

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The Northern Cardinal is the state bird, of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia in the US.

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Snow White Tufted Titmouse Photo Art by Christina Rollo

Photo Art by Christina Rollo Snow White Tufted Titmouse

Snow White Tufted Titmouse – Beautiful Tufted Titmouse sitting on a snowy landscape. This photo is one of my favorite winter bird photos! I really enjoy watching and photographing these birds at this time of year.

The Tufted Titmouse is a small North American bird from the tit and chickadee family. They are gray on top and white underneath with an adorable face, and a cute crest of gray hair at the top of their head. They are common at bird feeders especially in winter when food is scarce.

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‘Snow White Tufted Titmouse’

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Persistence The Key To Success

A Little Bird Told Me

Persistence the Key to Success – A little House Wren has single handedly chased every other nesting bird off our property. It seems every year there is one animal that wreaks havoc on our yard despite the fact that I spend hours, days, months and even years trying to create a nice little habitat for them out there. Ohhh why can’t everyone get along? Some years it’s deer, raccoons, squirrels, or chipmunks and I expect them to misbehave but this is my first experience with a wren.

It was partly my fault because I failed to read the directions when I erected a bluebird house a few years ago. Sure enough, when I bought two more bluebird houses this year there it was right there in the installation guidelines. “For bluebirds mount box away from shrubbery and tree lines to discourage house wrens from competing for the house”.

Who knew we needed “installation guidelines” for a bird house? I didn’t, I thought I knew what I was doing until our bluebirds went away and I found three of their eggs laying on the ground with holes poked in them.

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So after emptying sticks out of that box for two weeks straight every day, sometimes three or four times a day, I thought I finally got smart. I spent all day yesterday moving birdhouses around. Well we might want to take lessons on persistence from the wren. Maybe we’d learn how to get everything we want in life? Even though the nest box is now sitting in the middle of our yard right out in the open, that little stinker was back bright and early this morning to fill it with sticks. And to add insult to injury, she stood proudly on the top of the box singing his victory song!! So there you have it, I’ve been completely outsmarted by a a little brown wren, and I don’t think I can ever forget the sound of his song.

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Tips for Wildlife Photography

It never occurred to me that my camera lens looked like a big predator eye until I met my falconer friend. While photographing his birds, he explained to me that when I point my camera at them, they feel the need to flee because the lens makes me look like a giant predator.

To calm his bird’s fear, he suggested I photograph them while they were eating in order to have them associate my camera lens with a reward. Much in the same way you would train a dog. The experience enlightened me and I began to change my thinking. I became more aware of where I aimed my lens, as well as my eye contact with animals when I photograph them.

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“North Wind” Red Tailed Hawk Painting

I’ve never used a blind until this year so I’ve always been out in the open. Birds which I photographed near bird feeders always accepted my presence after a short period of time. I began to notice that animals who share their environment with people also become accustomed to their presence. When I started photography I found it easy to photograph animals at local parks, zoos, or college campuses where there was a great deal of human activity on a daily basis.

After returning to the woods, I found the same thing to be true. If I spent enough time in one spot, the animals came to accept me as part of their environment. Even though I was not camouflaged, they overcame their fear of approaching me. Many animals are curious by nature, and often times I was surprised by how close they would come to me.

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“Wild Expedition” Eastern Gray Squirrel

I never stalk animals. Whenever I try to follow them, they flee. Normally I choose a spot to sit and wait for them to come to me. Of course it’s helpful to sit quietly and blend in. The color of my clothing makes a difference, I don’t wear bright colors when I’m out in the woods. On the other hand, when I want to photograph hummingbirds, I wear red, or a colorful t-shirt which attracts them to me.

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“Shimmering Breeze Hummingbird” Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Some animals such as deer will respond to my voice. I know they will run when they see me move. However, if I talk softly to them or make a noise, they will look toward me trying to figure out where the noise is coming from. In a few split seconds I have the opportunity to capture the important element of eye contact.

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“Bright Eyed And Bushy Tailed” White Tailed Deer

Finally, be courteous with animals. I know this may sound silly but whenever an animal allows me to take their photograph, I thank them. Perhaps the fact that I’m relaxed when I talk to them makes me seem less threatening, I don’t know? I continue to do it because the practice always seems to provide good fortune for future interactions with wildlife.

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