Art of the Day: Hummingbird Tongue

It’s really hard to shoot hummingbirds. For one thing, they just don’t hold still. For another, they’re really not predictable like other birds are. When shooting a big, slow, brown pelican, you’ve got a pretty good idea where they’re going to go. Not so with hummingbirds. They hover, dart left or right – up or down.

All of the other birds in flight that you see on this site, I do handheld…tracking them through the sky. And I am moderately adept at that. But with this particular hummingbird, I employed a different technique. I shot this one across the street at my neighbor’s house. She had several hummingbirds darting onto and away from her feeder. I watched them for a while and noticed that they’d eat a bit, back out and hover, then eat some more. So I set my focus on where I thought the hover was happening – and then shot as they entered that zone. Some of the shots turned out and this one turned out to be my favorite – because of the tongue. So neat looking. I think this one is a female calliope hummingbird.

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Art of the Day: Buffalo Sage

And, somehow, still keeping with the theme of Christmas Day- Yellowstone last Christmas. This is a photograph of a cow shot quite early in the morning before the sun had time to do its work on the frost. Great eye on her and the tongue just makes the pic. If a female buffalo can be pretty, this one might be… It’s really a good portrait of her.

Buffalo Sage

This shot wants to be a square crop and only a square crop. I’ve got it in the gallery on a thick (1/4″) acrylic with a sawtooth hanger on the back for $225, yet it’s available on acrylic (1/8″) in a handmade barnwood frame for $175. Pricing seems strange to me like that, but it’s all about the cost of the materials. There’s enough resolution in this shot to go up to 40×40…or beyond. Email me at to discuss size/material, etc.