Nikon D3000

Morning Snack

by Kristi Hines

This photo is from last year’s trip to the Grand Canyon. As we were driving into the park, we saw this guy just grazing on the tree. We stopped the car on the side of the road and jumped out to get photos. He didn’t seem to mind as he was busy snacking!

Deer in the Snow at the Grand Canyon

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 70-300mm Tamron Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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It’s Arth

by Kristi Hines

I think it’s official – my favorite two things to photograph are wildlife and urbex, and I simply have not had enough of the latter in my photo activities. I’m sure that must be why I have lacked enthusiasm with my lens. So I have decided to revisit some of my urbex shots, this one from the Queen Creek area.

Queen Creek Urbex Arizona

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4, Topaz Adjust

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She Collects Seashells…

by Kristi Hines

She collects seashells down by the seashore. That was me the last day of our Australia adventure – I hit the motherload of seashell collections!

She Collects Seashells by the Seashore

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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A Wallaby with Noms

by Kristi Hines

Over the weekend, I went through my favorite photos from Australia. I’m definitely ready to get back there again, especially since I was a little less knowledgeable about photography and wound up shooting most things at a ridiculous ISO. And I mean ridiculous. But this was one of my favorite parts of the trip – feeding the wallabies. This guy was pretty happy with his noms!

Wallaby with Noms

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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It feels like it’s been awhile since I posted some good ole urbex, so I thought I’d share the alternative perspective of the abandoned building along the Beeline Highway.

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4, Topaz Adjust

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Koala on the Move

by Kristi Hines

Further down the Great Ocean Road, we decided to take a detour towards the Camp Otway Lightstation. We didn’t make it all the way down to it because we noticed a bunch of people standing under a tree. We pulled off the road, grabbed our cameras, and found out what the fuss was about – there were koalas in the trees.

Ironically, we took a hike the day before to see koalas in “Koala Country” at Anakie Gorge and saw only one. After driving just a bit down this road, we ended up seeing around 11. This is one of them, holding on to its favorite spot on the branch.

Koala in Eucalyptus Tree Down Great Ocean Road Victoria Australia

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 300mm, 1/500s – F/5.6, ISO 900
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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I have seen many sand castles in my lifetime, and even created a few simple ones (we’re talking back in the 80’s with the little pails that came with happy meals from McDonalds). But that’s beside the point. This sand castle was more than just someone shaping the sand. They managed to collect all of the random, unique, and beautiful items from the beach and put them together to create a little castle wonderland.

Sand Castle at Red Rocks Beach Phillip Island Australia

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 28mm, 1/125s – F/5.6, ISO 180
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Is it a Vortex?

by Kristi Hines

I must be feeling love for Sedona this week with all the recent posts of Cathedral Rock and now this little rock pile I found while hiking around that same area. I figured it was a vortex marker, that or some kids really like organizing rocks.

Sedona Vortex

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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A week or two ago, I posted a different view of Cathedral Rock with newlyweds between it and the water. Today, I thought I’d show it from a different perspective. Aside from the fact that there are people crawling all over the area, it would be lovely to live in that little house and have this nearby to view.

Cathedral Rock Sedona Arizona

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Sweet Magnolia

by Kristi Hines

I’m a product of the South, from good ole Mississippi. So imagine my surprise when I was halfway across the world and I found my state’s flower, the magnolia, in Australia of all unlikely places.

Sweet Magnolia

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Rusty Yellow Fire Hydrant

by Kristi Hines

And today, for literal title day, we have a little landmark that probably goes unnoticed by urbex photographers in a popular shooting location in AZ. 🙂

Rusty Yellow Fire Hydrant

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4

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The Red Earth

by Kristi Hines

Somewhere along the highway in Northern Arizona, we stopped near a tunnel which normally would have had my attention due to its symmetry and bit of graffiti on the inside. But instead, I was attracted to the red of the dirt – it was soft like a beach without water and extremely vibrant!

Along the Highway from Arizona to Utah

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-200mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4

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Bye Bye, Colorized

by Kristi Hines

A few weeks ago, my hubby posted a black and white version of this room from Trotter Park. I was all excited about titling mine Bye Bye until I realized he had done the same, but it is really too perfect of a title to pass up. So here, I present to you the colorized version of the same urbex room.

Trotter Park Goodyear Arizona

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4, Topaz Adjust

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Can you spot them?

Newlyweds at Cathedral Rock Sedona

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Wrecked

by Kristi Hines

Something about an old, rusted up vehicle that is just hanging out, somewhat abandoned always makes for a great subject to shoot.

Old Rusted Truck Wreckage

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 70-300mm Tamron Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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Emu Sees You

by Kristi Hines

Some stars are born ready for their closeup. This bird was definitely one of them – she gave me a little time to get a great face forward shot before wandering away.

Emu Closeup

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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The Waves Crash Around

by Kristi Hines

This was another stop off the Great Ocean Road in Australia. It was before I knew about HDR and the need for clouds instead of blue skies, but I think for the beach, blue skies are just perfect!

Great Ocean Road

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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Old Letters

by Kristi Hines

On the last trip to the greyhound park in Black Canyon City, I thought I’d take advantage of my new 50mm lens and use it on the old letters that were lying around behind the ticket counter. I’d say this lens definitely did a much better job than my last attempt at a similar shot.

Old Letter

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 50mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust, Photomatix Pro 4

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Say Cheese

by Kristi Hines

Nothing says love like a beautiful portrait of a couple. Especially when one member of the couple is showing off her big, toothy grin! Happy Monday! 🙂

Camels in Love

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 70-300mm Tamron Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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123

by Kristi Hines

For this week’s urbex adventure, I’m pulling another shot from inside Phoenix Trotting Park. This was probably the most colorful room in an urbex location that was not covered in graffiti.

123 Arizona Trotting Park Urbex

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4, Topaz Adjust

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The Vista

by Kristi Hines

Sometimes those random turn off points can be the home to some amazing views.

The Lookout

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4, Topaz Adjust

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What Are You Looking At

by Kristi Hines

I’m pretty sure that’s just what these guys were thinking as I was snapping shots of them, trying to frame up a good composition while wondering if they were going to stampede at me. Fortunately when they did start moving, they just crossed the road and went down the other side of the hill. I felt like the little guy was curious but the big one just kept nudging him along.

Cows

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 70-300mm Tamron Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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I love urbex… I won’t deny it. We didn’t stay long at this urbex along the Beeline Highway since there wasn’t a lot to shoot, but each shot we did get was awesome. Like this one that just proves how determined street artists are – they covered every inch of this building, all the way down to the underside of the stairs. If they could reach it, they tagged it!

Arizona Urbex Along the Beeline Highway 87

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4, Topaz Adjust

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A Little Monkey Business

by Kristi Hines

For the life of me, I have no idea what kind of monkeys these are, but the only important thing is there is a baby monkey involved. No one can resist that!

Baby Monkey

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 55-200mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Lightning During the Day

by Kristi Hines

Capturing lightning during the day is a bit of a trickier feat as you can’t leave the shutter open as long without having a completely over-exposed image. So in essence, with the faster shutter speed, you just have to get luckier. And this afternoon, I did just that!

Lightning During the Day

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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The Rolling Hills

by Kristi Hines

Or as close to rolling hills as you can get in Arizona. While storm chasing over the weekend, we pulled off the road to take in some lovely cloud action while being watched by a large black bull and his calf. I was pretty sure he was going to chase us, but they just crossed the road instead.

Tonto National Forest

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4

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Heading to Widforss Point

by Kristi Hines

I decided to take a few off the main path adventures around the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. One road on the way to Widforss Point brought me to this little scene in the forest.

Widforss Trail

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-200mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust, Photomatix Pro 4

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Time Kant Change

by Kristi Hines

While you can occasionally find some interesting quotes that are very artistic and meaningful compared to the environment they are written upon, most of the time you will find scenes like this that have a splash of PG-13.

Time Kant Change

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4, Topaz Adjust

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4 Bolts

by Kristi Hines

Another photo from my first serious lightning shoot. Haven’t caught a good one since, but that just makes all of the captures from the first time more special.

This one was almost a 5-bolt… can you spot where the fifth one almost emerged?

4 Bolts of Lightning

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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The Pier

by Kristi Hines

Another shot from my pre-HDR days. But I still love the composition.

A special thanks to my husband, whose Photoshop skills saved this (and a full day’s worth of photos) from a silly S shaped dust spot that was on my sensor.

The Pier

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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What Will Be Left Next Time

by Kristi Hines

My last thoughts when leaving the greyhound park was what would we would find on our next visit. Would things remain as they are now? Or will things be taken down, bit by bit, until nothing remains but a gutted, empty structure with nothing but graffiti covered walls and broken glass on the ground.

Black Canyon City Greyhound Park Remains

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust, Photomatix Pro 4

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There are only two sections of seating left at the greyhound park now. My guess is that on our next visit, even those will be gone. It’s kind of sad that at first whomever was taking the time to unbolt the chairs, but after awhile just started ripping them off the hinges.

Black Canyon Greyhound Park Yellow Section Red Seating

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust, Photomatix Pro 4

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The Back Row is Still Open

by Kristi Hines

Another look at the missing chairs from the dog track including a ghostly set of wires that is hanging down from the ceiling.

Black Canyon Dog Track Missing Seats

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust, Photomatix Pro 4

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Ticket Sales Are Closed

by Kristi Hines

Not sure why, but almost every shot I took from the weekend at the dog track had that pile of chairs in it.

Here’s another look into the main area and the now halfway destroyed ticket counter in the back. It was partially torn down the last time we were there too, but it seems like more has been pulled apart as this was the part of the counter I shot some letters on in a previous visit.

Black Canyon Greyhound Park Ticket Counter Demolished

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 50mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust, Photomatix Pro 4

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No More Reserved Seating

by Kristi Hines

This weekend, we revisited my first big urbex location, the Black Canyon dog track. It’s sad to say, but it looks like someone is starting to clean / tear the place up, more so than just the usual vandalism.

On our previous visit, my husband took this shot of the seating. Fast forward to this weekend where we found what you see in the image below. More shots to come!

Black Canyon Greyhound Park Seating

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 50mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust, Photomatix Pro 4

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A Failed Haboob

by Kristi Hines

Sticking with the monsoon theme, here’s what I would imagine a dust storm looks like in the beginning. This one didn’t do much and certainly was not a giant haboob, but it gives those not from the Southwest a feeling of the variety of conditions triggered by the monsoon season.

Arizona Dust Storm

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4

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The Stickman

by Kristi Hines

With all the good lightning, I really couldn’t resist doing another shot this week. I thought about devoting the whole week to lightning, but then thought I’d save some to sprinkle in every now and again. This one reminded me of a stickman walking across the valley. Wonder where he was headed?

Arizona Lightning Pictures

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Here Lizard Lizard

by Kristi Hines

Over the July 4th holiday while shooting at the Grand Canyon, I spotted a LOT of lizards. I tend to shoot them from a distance at first and slowly sneak up on them, but this one was kind enough to pose for me for a little while.

Here Lizard Lizard

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-200mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Urbex Along the Beeline

by Kristi Hines

While out doing our first bit of storm chasing for the monsoon season, we happened along this nice little piece of urbex right off the highway. With the great clouds in the sky, who could resist taking a little detour!

Saguaro Automotive Mesa in Arizona Urbex

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4, Topaz Adjust

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Monsoon Lightning

by Kristi Hines

A week ago I shot my first bolt of lightning. Fast forward to this weekend and I now have several awesome lightning shots, but by far, this one was my favorite. Thank you monsoon season for giving me lots of electrical magic to practice with!

Arizona Monsoon Lightning

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Ok, I know I promised a sunset shot over the Grand Canyon, but my husband beat me to it earlier this week. So I thought instead I would share this great shot from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon as the storms started heading in. While it might have ruined our chance to get one last sunset, the storms created their own stunning scene.

Rain Falls Over the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-200mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust, Photomatix Pro 4

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Crane Lake

by Kristi Hines

Unfortunately, there were no cranes here at the time, but the forest and the clouds made it a wonderful spot to capture nonetheless. Would’ve loved to see some wildlife catching a sip or two… maybe next time!

Crane Lake Near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-200mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust, Photomatix Pro 4

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That’s what I told myself on Sunday at least. My goal for the day was to get some great shots at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and in the nearby forest, but by the time I got there, the skies were all dreary and the rain came in unpredictable bursts.

Fortunately, I took several stops along the way to catch some great moments, one being this nice road portrait with some puffy white clouds.

Also, just wanted to thank everyone for the comments and tweets recently. I’ve been slammed both at work and afterwards, so I haven’t gotten around to commenting as much as I’d like to. I’m hoping to do some nice catching up later this week or during the weekend. 🙂

It's the Journey, Not the Destination

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-200mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust, Photomatix Pro 4

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Nature’s Light Show

by Kristi Hines

This weekend, my husband and I spent a fabulous weekend in Northern Arizona, enjoying nature. Although we may not have caught any fireworks on the 4th of July, we did catch a little light show inspired by mother nature herself. It’s not the greatest of all lightning shots, but it was my first successful capture so I had to share it as one of my proud moments from the trip. Will definitely have to get more practice with this now that monsoon season is upon us in the southwest!

More images from this weekend are coming up, including some puffy white cloudy goodness and the Grand Canyon at sunset!

Lightning at Sunset

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-200mm Nikon Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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I probably should have looked around for a little plaque to tell me what this gentleman represented, but I just took the shot and kept moving along. He stands outside New York New York casino in Vegas, always looking up above the strip.

The Man Outside New York New York Casino in Las Vegas

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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I’m really not sure what this used to be, but it was some ruins on the side of the road in Jerome. Inside was an weather-worn copy of the book Policy Paradox and Political Reason that I’ll post at a later date when I’m feeling a bit bookish.

Crumbling Ruins in Jerome, AZ

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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Well-lit Urbex

by Kristi Hines

There’s nothing like having just the right natural light when shooting urbex. The sun had risen just to the perfect point to illuminate the inside of Phoenix Trotting Park so we could find all the details.

Inside Phoenix Trotting Park

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Photomatix Pro 4, Topaz Adjust

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Sunset Painted Skies

by Kristi Hines

Sometimes, you just can’t beat a beautiful sunset!

Sunset Painted Skies

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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Baby Elephant at Play

by Kristi Hines

Good Monday morning everyone! This shot was taken at the Melbourne Zoo. While watching a family of elephants walk through their playground, this little guy decided it was time for a cool down near the water.

Baby Elephant

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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Taking a Breather

by Kristi Hines

On my way out of the office the other evening, I got the opportunity to watch two hummingbirds at play, chasing each other back and forth between trees and bushes. It seemed like they had designated “time outs” that they would take in this one tree. Here’s one of the little guys, catching his or her breath before the next super sonic chase. Reminds me of the first time I saw hummingbirds growing up right outside my office.

Hummingbird

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 55-200mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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