Friday, March 16, 2007

Bathing In The Garden...

Click on photo to enlarge - © 2007 jim otterstrom
I put a sprinkler out for a little while today and this Mourning Dove wasted no time in making use of it, splashing and preening in the rain-like shower for nearly 20 minutes. The bird seemed especially interested in washing the underside of its wings.

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Blogger Eric Valentine said...

Great pictures Jim, love Queenie and the Dove, beautiful.

6:03 PM  
Blogger T. Beth said...

Lovely photo of a very happy and now clean dove. :-)

9:26 PM  
Blogger Tim Hodgens said...

Jim, There's magic in seeing the simple in those moments. It's a portal for the imagination and for using what's available.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Tim Hodgens said...

Jim, me again. The "magic" of the photo came for me when I clicked to enlarge but only with your verbal description added.

A question and a possible request. On my computer when I look at the photo it takes up approximately 1/3 of the screen. When I click to enlarge, the photo is too big for the monitor and I have to scroll the scroll bars to move from one photo section to another. Do you do that on purpose to show the great detail, or do you have a very large screen which shows it all at once? And is there a way that on elargement it only, e.g., doubles?


8:13 AM  
Blogger Madcap said...

Jim, that's really lovely. We're still dealing with snowbanks and run-off, but the geese are making their big comeback.

8:13 PM  
Blogger Melinda said...

amazing can see the droplets clinging to the feathers!

8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim - This was a sublimely beautiful photo. I loved it. - Kathy in Ky.

11:38 AM  
Blogger dragonfly183 said...

ooh thats a beautiful picture Jim.

9:16 AM  
Blogger arcolaura said...

Jim, I am overeager to see the mourning doves return here. I was sure I saw a pair on Sunday, but then eBird said "You've got to be kidding." I pulled out my bird guide. I clearly remembered a black crescent on the back of the neck on one of them, and that trait seems to indicate a ringed turtle-dove, but I suspect eBird would have howled with laughter at that one. Obviously I am just getting going on this birding thing, since I have no recollection of the shape of the tail on those birds. I may have to tramp all over town and see if I can find them again. Have you ever seen a ringed turtle-dove?

12:47 PM  
Blogger Jim said...


Thank you, and Queen Trinity has that disgusted look on her face because I won't let her outside where the birds are.

t. beth-

It was pure joy watching that dove have such a nice bath.


Common simple moments in nature are often magic to me. As for the over-enlarging, that started happening back when I switched to Beta Blogger so maybe I'm saving the pics larger than required. I should experiment a bit and see if I can size them just to fill the screen on the enlarged view.
I noticed the Mourning Dove photo loses a bit of its detail at that size.


spring is coming dear friend!!!!


Those water droplets did it for me too! I got several pictures of that dove but the one I posted shows the droplets best.

Kathy in Kentucky & dragonfly-

I'm so glad you both liked that one too.

The bird seemed to be in such ecstasy while washing the undersides of its wings that I almost felt like a voyeur watching a very intimate moment.


I'm sure I've seen a Ringed Turtle-Dove but not in the past 28 years since we moved away from the Los Angeles area. If you saw a dove with a black crescent on the back of the neck I'd say that's probably what it was, regardless of eBird's howling.

Nice to see you out and about in blogland, maybe I'll get back to cyber-socializing a bit myself pretty soon. There's so much to do around here right now that I'm simply trying to post a picture every few days so folks don't wonder if I fell off the end of the earth.

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's not a trained bird, is it?

Wonderful shot!

5:26 PM  
Blogger grannyfiddler said...

she's smiling. the beauty of that photo makes my heart ache a little, as only the best things can do.

the world would be a much sadder place without birds.

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such great resolution. Looks like you were only a few feet away.


2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, in your photo software, if you reduce to about 35% depending on your original megapixel size, that should work on people's monitors. But it DOES degrad the image a little.

Tabor again who is too lazy to login.

2:50 PM  
Blogger sonia a. mascaro said...

So beautiful, Jim! Amazing picture!

6:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh no. No word from Jim (or Peg) in two weeks. I hope everything is okay out there in Eart Home Garden. Blessings to you guys. Kathy in Kentucky

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoops. I meant "Earth." Eart, Yurt, whatever! KinKY
(Oh, I just realized what that spells! I think I'll begin using that more often! ;)

12:17 PM  

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