Lovely photographs, Eric. The pecan orchard is stunning. I hope they have a splendid crop this year (buying pecans is akin to buying gold).
One of the interesting things about having a bird feeder is observing the "pecking order" of the birds that come to eat. Most of the birds happily eat with other species, but some birds feed only with their own kind, usually at sunrise and sunset (goldfinches, for one).
But we don't have any red-winged blackbirds, and I miss seeing them---meadow larks, too, wearing their jaunty sweater vests. But for compensation we the Carolina Wrens, and it is one joyous little bird. I wish I could get the wrens, meadow larks and mockingbirds together for a concert :)
Deborah, I have no idea about statewide but my parents' pecan trees have a light crop this year, although they seem to be of high quality.
I guess each variety of bird is fascinating in its own way, even the grackles when they're not intentionally setting out to be annoying. We don't feed any of them except the hummers. They seem to do OK without our help, but that does mean that we don't get to regularly observe the kinds of behaviors you describe.
Eris, GREAT images. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to look for that app for my iPhone.
I will warn you that the Photoshop app runs pretty slowly (saving/uploading edited images), even on a 3GS. But it's still a great tool.
I have quite a few photo apps on my iPhone, The one I like the best in Photo FX from Tiffen filters. Tiltshift is one I've been playing around with, makes things look like they are miniture.
JP, MacWorld just published a great roundup of photo manipulation iPhone apps. Tiltshift was included.
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