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Old Apr 12, 2009, 9:18 PM   #21
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I have no idea what they are, but I doubt they'd be olives. I don't think olives like the cold. I'll have to keep an eye on them this summer and see what type of fruit they produce.
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I don't often submit entries in the monthly challenges, but I hope to change that. I like this month's topic; I'll have to work on it. Many years ago, some time in the 1980s, I was driving up a rural highway in Pennsylvania, and I saw an Amish family ahead of me in a horse drawn buggy. Suddenly, an air force fighter jet crossed the sky, flying very low. Talk about a contrast -- it was an astonishing sight to see that fighter jet flying over that buggy!
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I came home the other day and up in the tree was this, what appeared to be a small parrot. Pulling into the drive way this afternoon, there is a small flock of 6 of them, and as it turn out, they lived in a near by cactus. Here is a what I hope to be a exercise in contrast....

With my new K20 and the 55-300 lens, there turns out to be more than enough resolution and real estate for cropping. This would not have turned out with my K100.

My wife tells me that they may be Peach Faced Lovebirds?????


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Old Apr 12, 2009, 11:01 PM   #24
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That is a study in contrasts alright. It always amazes me how well introduced exotic parrots do in alien environments. I love this picture. 8)
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Old Apr 13, 2009, 3:04 PM   #25
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The funny thing is that I was considering doing a monochrome series, just to see if I could take one or two that would be interesting (something that I find difficult, but love good ones). The cactus and lovebirds picture is just the type of thing that I was thinking about - and with their bright faces, it's a cool shot.
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Old Apr 13, 2009, 10:37 PM   #26
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My wife tells me that they may be Peach Faced Lovebirds?????
They are, and they are native to arid southwestern Africa - the contrast here (aside from their orange faces) is that they are African birds in an American desert (and on a New World plant -- there are no cacti in the Old World -- only Euphorbs that look like cacti). Peach-faced Lovebirds have escaped from captivity and established themselves as breeding birds in Arizona.
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I had tried tofind something contrasty like "young and old" or "big and small" but I don't have anything like that so I'm following Harriet'sinitial suggestion and goingwith the contrast of dark and light.



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Old Apr 14, 2009, 9:55 PM   #28
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A stunning picture, and definitely fits the category.
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