Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Humming On A Rainy Day




Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird




This is my second attempt at capturing these amazing little birds. I have to say they are a challenge as they are so fast. I was at a clients a few weeks ago and as I was working away, I saw this Beautiful Hummingbird from the window, and ran and got my camera, and took a few quick shots. It had been raining for most of the day. You can see some of the raindrops on the feeder.






IMG_0235 Hummer In Flight_1 

I took this photo the same day. The little Hummer really liked the colorful glass in this hanging mobile decoration, and so did I.






IMG_0260 Hummingbird Way Up In The Tree

 And there she is way up in the tree

looking as pretty as can be.




No person , camera, or lens got wet in the making of these images, as I was standing just inside the patio doors looking out. The bird got wet I think, unless she was fast enough to dodge the rain drops, and she may have just done that, or maybe she didn’t care as she seemed to be in her own little world, and loving it. :)

And as for me; well I reluctantly put my camera away and went back to work. Yes, I got all my work done and headed for home. I was late but that didn’t matter because It was worth it, being able to watch, and capture this sweet little Hummer. :)


All images and script by Dianne © dsphotocats







I can’t believe it is almost the end of Sept. and Autumn snuck up on me and past me before I knew it.

We don’t have much color yet, and it is still fairly warm as in anywhere between 15-20 degrees during the day, and has got as low as 2 degrees Celsius during the night. No Jack Frost here yet! :)

I am hoping to post as few more summer pictures, as I always seem to be trying to catch up, and keep up. I am also looking forward to the colorful tapestry of Autumn. Every Season is Beautiful and has so much to offer.

I want to wish you all a very happy , and wonderful Autumn with all it has too offer.  Looking forward to visiting your blogs as well and seeing, and reading all about what is happening in your corner of the world. 

See you soon!

Dianne :)


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Nature’s Music



Walking Along The Shore


Nature Is Music To My Ears


Nature is music to my ears. As I hear the birds singing their songs. Red Winged Black Birds in the marsh. Loons on the lake. A Blue Heron on the river bank. Geese flying over head. The flutter of a Humming Bird’s wings, among other things.

The cry of a new born baby. The laughter of children, and adults alike.

The sound of the wind blowing through the trees.

The sound of crickets on a hot summers night. Frogs in the pond.

Listening to the rain falling softly, and sometimes falling hard to whatever  surface it may hit.

I hear the thunder rolling across the sky, and the sounds of lightning as it strikes.

As I walk by a trickling brook, or a flowing river. The stillness of a lake, and waves hitting the shore. The roar of rushing waterfalls, and the ocean waves hitting the shore and the rocks with force.

These are a few of my favorite sounds of nature, and I have many more. I am eager to listen. I am in “Awe” of nature, and those peaceful moments it brings.  It is music to my ears.

And my heart sings as it beats to the music like an inner drum. Yes, I can hear my heart beat and my own breathing in and out. I am alive and enjoying my Creator God and all He has made.

I love all the senses that God created me with as I hear His still small voice telling me to be still and know that He is God! God is real, and loves me, and you. He is near and to be found at the mentioning of His name, with a sincere heart.

Having even one of the senses should be enough to know there is an “Almighty God and Creator” of all things. 

I can hear, see, taste, smell, and feel. I am Blessed and have so much to be thankful for.  God provides everything I need, and all He asks is that I trust Him with my life, and for my Salvation through Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son.

He is my Lord and Savior. I am Blessed and have so much to be thankful for.

I will be honest and say, that sometimes I forget that. The cares and concerns of life can alter my focus. The picture gets cluttered, and out of focus. Then I need to ask the Lord of my Life to do His work in me, so the picture is clear, and composed according to His Will. I am His creation, and according to His Word, I am fearfully and wonderfully made. That is found in Psalm 139.

Lord please forgive me for the times in my life when I take things for granted. Help me not to complain when things don’t go my way. Instead to pray with a humble, and grateful heart. and always give thanks in every situation , knowing you will work all things for my good. Help me to walk in your ways, and to live for you. To die to my own selfish ways, knowing you will take care of me. You are the Source of everything Good in my life. Help me to be all you want me to be. I am yours dear Lord. Bought with your precious blood you shed for me on the cross at Calvary. Thank you  Father God for giving us your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who died for me, and has risen from the dead and is sitting at the right hand of God the Father, and is coming again according to your Word. Amen

Although Jesus Christ is offensive to this world system we live in … He is the only Way, The Truth and The Life. (John 14:6). The Greatest  Gift to all mankind. The Greatest Gift to me. Thank you Jesus. :)

Script and Photography by Dianne © dsphotocats





IMG_6097 Young Chickadee

Young Chickadee In My Back Yard



Have a Blessed Sunday!

Sincerely Dianne :)

Monday, September 3, 2012

Toronto Zoo Series




IMG_8687 Blue Macaw

The Blue Macaw was the center of my attention this day! Yellow and Red Macaw hanging out just above. The clue being the yellow, and red tail feathers to the right in this photo.


Seems everywhere I go, I see birds. Birds fascinate me and I could not imagine a world without them.

I learned something I never knew before this past week. Did you know that by throwing your chewing gum away, outdoors, that you could kill and innocent bird? Birds apparently mistake it for bread or food, and when they swallow it, it gets stuck in their inners and they suffocate, and die. They can not digest gum. Makes one think or at least it should. Please don’t litter, and if you feel inclined please tell others not to throw their gum where an innocent bird or animal may find it. And I thank you, because I love birds. :)






IMG_9076 Giraffe

This guy reminds me of “The Friendly Giant”

You know,”Look way up Rusty”

I loved watching that TV show growing up. Remember Jerome? Seeing this Giraffe brings back good childhood memories for me.






IMG_8928_ Hippo Podamus

Apparently Hippo’s Like Apples. Seems so small, considering where it is heading. That is one huge mouth. I think I will stick to feeding treats to my little dog, Jesse. :) 





IMG_9157 GrizzlyBear

I took this picture through the thick glass window. Would you look at those nails, or claws. I would not want to meet one of these in the wild. I get the willy’s just thinking about it. We don’t have any of these running free in Ontario like they do in Western Canada and other places in the world. “But” we now have Cougars and a few years ago one was spotted in a field on the outskirts of our fair city. I think I would rather visit them at the Toronto Zoo, “Thank you very much!





IMG_9116 Cougar

I think Mr. Cougar was having a bad day at the Zoo.

I couldn’t get a full body image and had to aim my lens so it would focus between the thick mesh fencing. I would not want to meet one of these beautiful cats in the wild. Wild he is! Look at those eyes and teeth. I have heard so many stories of human encounters with these big cats, and my heart goes out to those who have been attacked by these predators.






IMG_9446 Northern Bald Eagle

This is one bird that I hope to one day see in the wild, flying free as an Eagle should. This Northern Bald Eagle was rescued and most likely not survive in the wilderness on its own. Just as many of us have stories of survival, this great Eagle has a story of its own.


All photos and script by Dianne © dsphotocats


These are just a few of the photos I took at the Toronto Zoo this past week. It was a hot summers day, and the lighting was a challenge at times. It was suppose to be a mid 70’s day but per usual this summer the temperature climbed. I did enjoy my day at the zoo and stayed until closing time.

Well it is a beautiful Labor Day Monday and I took the day off work. Think I will head outside and enjoy some late summer air and sunshine. Hope to visit and do some catching up as well.

Hope to find you all well and enjoying this fine day.

xx’s Dianne :)


P.S I added a few new pictures of my family on the side bar, including my new Granddaughter. :) Her name is Briana Marina and was born on Aug. 27th weighing in at 5lbs. 3 ounces.  I may add some photos at a later date with permission of parents. I now have five Granddaughters and one Grandson. I am truly Blessed beyond measure. :)

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