North American Songbirds

Bird Watching In the Northeast

The hours of daylight are getting longer. It’s finally beginning to feel like spring, and many of us in the northern hemisphere look forward to the return of migrating birds. Many birds migrate to a specific area to breed and raise their young.

The time it takes a bird to complete its one way migration can range from a few weeks to four months, depending on the distance. Soon the air will be filled with song!

The Northern Cardinal is abundant across the eastern United States from Maine to Texas and in Canada. Its natural habitat is woodlands, gardens, shrub lands, and swamps. This bird is a permanent resident throughout its range, it may relocate to avoid extreme weather or when food is scarce. The Northern Cardinal is the most popular state bird, representing Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia.

The Eastern Bluebird loves to perch on tree branches and wires observing insect prey. An eastern bluebird will swoop down and catch a flying insect or go down to the ground to feed on a grasshopper, cricket or other insect. The Eastern Bluebird is the state bird of Missouri and New York.

The Baltimore Oriole is a medium sized songbird with a long pointed bill and a beautiful flute-like song. The Oriole builds a “hanging basket” nest at the top of tall trees, usually elm or maple. They eat insects, fruit and nectar. It’s easy to entice a Baltimore Oriole to your backyard by placing orange halves on a feeder fruit side up.

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Christina Rollo
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Binghamton, New York
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Save the World Plant a Tree

Leave a Lasting Impact

Each year hundreds of trees are cut to clear power lines, install fuel lines, or to build roads, homes, and shopping malls. In addition, stronger storms around the world can devastate trees and forests. One of the most positive and lasting impacts we can make on earth is to plant a tree! Trees are vital to our existence as well as provide food and shelter for wildlife. It’s never too early to think about planting your next tree.

Consider Species

There are several things to consider when planting trees. Now is the time to start thinking about them. Consider your landscape. Trees which bear fruit are generally small and will attract wildlife. If you plant a fruiting tree close to your home expect to have plenty of frequent visitors. Some trees grow large providing shelter to animals from wind and rain. A large tree near your home helps to cool it in the summer. Consider the roots on a large tree before planting near your home. Roots can shoot out as far or farther than the canopy of a tree. Roots may grow into sewer lines and over time crack blacktop and concrete. Be sure to give your large tree plenty of room to grow. So think carefully about which type of tree you might like to plant this spring.

Earth Day

The best time to plant trees is in the spring after the ground thaws. Many communities have festivities centered around Earth Day and Arbor Day. Check your local area, some organizations hold tree give-aways encouraging people to plant native species.

Every year in Binghamton New York the Broome County Soil & Water Department holds a sale of mostly native plants and trees for a low cost. The Spring Tree Order Form and Descriptions are available online now! Trees are sold in groups of 10 for as little as $18.00. Make a commitment to plant ten trees, or at least plant one and give the rest away. Everyone enjoys receiving a lasting gift. What better gift to give than a gift of life, which grows stronger over time and benefits us all!

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Christina Rollo
Fine Art Photographer
Binghamton, New York
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Black and White Tree Art Series

Black and White Tree Art Series

I’m pleased to announce a new series of black and white tree art I recently published. Here are three pieces from the set. Each piece was designed with high contrast for a sophisticated decor. They are also available as throw pillows and phone cases. Collect one or all three pieces from this set then mix and match accessories! These pieces are sure to attract attention in any room of your home or business. Enjoy more from my series of Artistic Tree Art in my interior designs gallery. Shop with confidence! Every purchase includes a money-back guarantee. If you’re not happy with a purchase you make for any reason, you can return it within 30 days of the order date.

Walk softly, let nature be your guide…

Christina Rollo
Fine Art Photographer
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Tips for Winter Photography

Photographing Subjects In The Snow

Here are some helpful hints for taking photographs of subjects and landscapes in the snow. Using program mode on your camera for winter photography will produce ‘gray’ snow. To correct this you can add at least 1/3 to 2 stops more depending upon light, shoot in manual mode, adjust exposure/brightness in camera, or during post processing.

If you’re going to go out and brave the cold, check your camera settings before you go outside. Bright snow reflects light, try not to overexpose which will results in loss of details.

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Christina Rollo
Fine Art Photographer
Binghamton, New York
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Heavenly Light Sunrise Landscape

Fine Art Landscape by Christina Rollo

I’m blessed to have a beautiful view of the nearby forest from our home. I also have the pleasure of viewing a variety of wildlife throughout the seasons. Beyond the trees there’s a pond in the woods where my tree house is located. It’s very much like Henry David Thoreau’s Walden Pond.

On a damp morning in late summer I awoke to this spectacular sunrise. I watched for about half an hour while beautiful rays of heavenly light danced through the trees. It was very inspiring to watch. It was such a blessing for me to experience this peaceful scenery, I hope you will enjoy it too!

Canvas prints make great art gifts. Browse more fine art landscapes from beautiful central New York and surrounding areas in the Southern Tier and Broome County at www.rollosphotos.com.

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Christina Rollo
Fine Art Photographer
Binghamton, New York
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The Lost Art of Waiting

I found myself waiting in line the other day while a woman behind me complained and the woman in front of me passed the time on her cell phone.  I began contemplating how the art of waiting has been lost in our society today. We expect everything right away and don’t think about the consequences. I wait for things all the time and it’s frustrating because I’ve become spoiled by technology.

Memories

I’m old enough to remember film cameras. You could buy a roll of film and take 24 pictures, drop the roll off and wait about two weeks to see if your photos came out.  Goodness we might burst an artery from waiting if we had to do that today! I remember the anticipation of waiting to pick up my film and the excitement of seeing my photographs for the first time.  Back then if I missed a shot the moment had long passed. The opportunity was gone. I couldn’t go back and re-shoot something from two or three weeks ago. All that waiting taught me the value of appreciation.

Perception

Did you know that daylilies are called daylilies for a reason? They only bloom for one day. There are lots of flowers like that but we take them for granted. Some flowers wait all year just to have one day under the sun. With good timing, it won’t be raining that day. We don’t perceive the life of a flower to be one day because most people have many flowers and they appear to bloom for weeks.  Now imagine if you only had one daylily and had to wait all year for it to bloom? What if you missed it? How would you feel?

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Lesson

The next time you find yourself waiting in line and getting frustrated, for the sake of the person next to you, stop complaining. Think about how long you wait for your favorite season to return and how much you enjoy that time of year. Think about the long 9 months it took for your children to be born, and the excitement you felt during their birth.

Stop to appreciate the moment. It’s in that frustrating moment that you may get a rare chance to clear your mind, enjoy some fond memories and discover new things.

One of the main reasons I enjoy photography so much is because it allows me to preserve special moments that I can look back on for the rest of time. During the cold dark days of winter I can still enjoy and appreciate my colorful flowers.

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Christina Rollo
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Binghamton, New York
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Tips for Winter Bird Photography

Attract Wildlife

Photographing birds in the winter time can be easy and fun. Here are some helpful tips for winter bird photography. First, bring the birds to you. Each year I decorate our front porch with pine garland, berries, pine cones, and perches for the birds. I hang a window feeder, fill it with black oil sunflower, and wait for the birds to come.

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Be Patient

To photograph birds through a window you need to put your lens as close and flat as possible to the glass, in order to avoid reflection. Notice which direction the light is coming from and try to use it to your advantage. Be patient, the birds can see your movements. They may get startled and fly away at first.

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Get Creative

Over time they’ll get used to your presence and pose for you. Get creative with decorations and perches. You can sprinkle some bird seed inside bird houses or decorative containers, enticing the birds to land where you want to photograph them.

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Use Caution

Be aware that anytime you feed the birds you may also be attracting unwanted guests such as raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks, and mice.

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There are lots of ways to make photography work for you in winter without shivering to the bone. Enjoy nature, be creative, and have fun!

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Christina Rollo
Fine Art Photographer
Binghamton, New York
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