Showcase 2021 Winner: Ron Day

Eastern Bluebird Male Posed on Teasel: A Pencil Sketch, Cherokee County, Oklahoma, 2021 Showcase Best in Category, Alternate Reality © Ron Day
Eastern Bluebird Male Posed on Teasel: A Pencil Sketch, Cherokee County, Oklahoma, 2021 Showcase Best in Category, Alternate Reality © Ron Day

Artist’s statement

Through the art of photography, my goal is to reveal the character and beauty of my subject in its natural surroundings, and I strive to achieve that objective by knowing and understanding the species.  

In the domain of Altered Reality, my primary photograph must be well composed and technically correct, and then developed creatively and artistically with any number of tools available on my computer. 

The ultimate goal is an image that is beautiful and unique. I do not try to follow the style of others. My vision is to create an original artistic piece unlike anything else. 

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A Decisive Moment in a Bluebird Minute

The decisive moment when the female bluebird approaches the nest while the male bluebird stands guard.
The decisive moment when the female approaches the nest while the male stands guard.

Story & photos by Bob Feldman

This is the story of a single minute in the lives of a pair of nesting eastern bluebirds. Encompassed within that one minute was a decisive moment when a hoped-for image was captured: an action photo of a female bluebird flying high and carrying nesting material close-approaching her nest box from the left while her male mate looked on from the upper right part of the box’s roof. This hope was not unreasonable; it was based on repetitive observation of more or less routine bird behavior. However, even observation could not take place until the right physical environment for bluebirds had first been established.

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Backyard Birdwatching in the Midst of the Pandemic

The author photographing backyard birds from his dining room.
The author photographing backyard birds from his dining room.

Story & photos by Frank W. Baker

Here I am, in Columbia SC, where the weather has taken a turn toward Spring. The azaleas are blooming and the birds outside my windows are quite active.

I’m a big fan of shore and wading birds so, if you’re like me, you’re rather frustrated now that most of the coastline has been placed “off limits” to us as we shelter at home.

Many other bird watching sites are also closed. With nowhere to go, I’m spending more of my time at home. Perhaps, like me, you are taking time to review older images and post some online.

There’s only so much I can do before I need to spend some time away from the computer. A window in my dining room is the perfect spot now because of its unfettered view of my bird feeders.

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