Daily Archives: April 7, 2018

Toward a brighter blue…

Eastern Bluebird, Kennebunk Maine

Probably because we provided meal worms, we have had a pair of Bluebirds visiting our feeders all winter. It was interesting to watch as the male got paler, with the blue fading almost to the blue of the female, in the cold months, and now to watch as the male’s blue intensifies with the coming of spring. The blue of the male Bluebird, especially in contrast with the rust of the breast, is, I think, one of the bluest of blues in any North American bird. They are coming to the feeder right now, and I have my iPad on the kitchen counter to write this so I can watch them. Even the the half-light of a morning when it is still trying to snow or rain…it can’t seem to make up its mind…the blue is shockingly bright. And this shot from yesterday, taken just as we were losing the sun behind the first snow clouds, shows just how bright the blue has gotten. As a close up though, it also shows what the naked eye can not see from any distance…that the blue is not uniform…it has texture and subtle variations in tone that make it, in my opinion, even more beautiful. Sony RX10iv at 600mm. Program mode. -.3 EV. 1/500th @ f4 @ ISO 200. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photo’s Light tool.