Black Phoebe, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Seasons with a Black Phoebe

How Seasons Affect Your Photos


Black Phoebe, © Photo by Steve Kaye, blog post: Seasons with a Black Phoebe

Black Phoebe in Spring


Thanks to a cooperative Black Phoebe, we can show how seasons affect your photos.

Our subject lives in the Fullerton Arboretum (Fullerton, CA) at the North Pond.

If you visit, you will notice that this bird often perches in the same tree at the north end of this pond. On the other side of the pond, you will see large trees, which provide beautiful backgrounds that change colors with the seasons.

The above photo shows this bird in Spring with emerging green as new leaves appear.


Black Phoebe, © Photo by Steve Kaye, blog post: Seasons with a Black Phoebe

Black Phoebe in Summer


In summer the trees provide a rich green background, as shown above.

Note: Plan your visit for early morning when the rising sun shines across the North Pond. Then stand with the sun behind you. That way, you can take photos like these with full light on the bird and the background.


Black Phoebe, © Photo by Steve Kaye, blog post: Seasons with a Black Phoebe

Black Phoebe in Autumn


In autumn, the leaves turn brown, thereby creating a beautiful tan background.


Black Phoebe, © Photo by Steve Kaye, blog post: Seasons with a Black Phoebe

Black Phoebe in Winter


And in winter, the background becomes a mix of brown branches, dried leaves, and ground cover.

But wait, spring is on the way. Then the seasons will repeat with beautiful shades of green.


The Black Phoebe Project

Here’s a photo tip – – – Or perhaps an assignment.

First, select a subject, such as a Black Phoebe, a flower, a landscape, or other bird.

Then find different ways to take photos of this subject. You might consider different seasons, different locations, or different situations.

Through this, you will practice skills, learn more about your subject, and collect memorable photos.


Black Phoebe, © Photo by Steve Kaye, blog post: Seasons with a Black Phoebe

Another Black Phoebe at the South Pond


Much success,

Steve Kaye

PS: I give talks that celebrate the beauty in Nature. If you know an organization (preferably in Southern California) that hires speakers to create unique experiences at their events, please ask their program chair to call me.

See another photo of the Black Phoebe at: Question for a Bird

And see: How Birds Celebrate Spring


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4 Comments
  • Beth KingsleyHawkins
    Posted at 12:15h, 15 March

    a beautiful teaching…… Thank you, Steve. Beth

  • Nancy L Hoffmann
    Posted at 12:16h, 21 March

    We used to call the phoebe the “taxi bird” because it sounded like it was saying, “Taxi, taxi.”

    At my parents’ retirement home in WI, my dad built a little corner bracket that he painted orange and attached to the house where a wing met the main house. A phoebe built her nest there: but what a nest!

    My mom would vacuum the rya rug that was hand knotted in bright bits of very colorful yarn. Then she would empty the vacuum bag in the woods–and the phoebe would grab the brightest colors for her nest.

    Pretty soon tourists heard about this abstract wonder and the bird would preen and pose for their cameras as they drove in from wildlife refuges where word was spread about this avian artist.

    Wish I had photos!

    Sigh . . .

    And that’s all I know about the phoebe.

    Cheers!

  • Tracie Lynne Hall
    Posted at 11:28h, 22 March

    Such beautiful shots! Yes, I’ve met this bird too, if he’s the one near the entrance! We should give him a name. 🙂
    I haven’t been to the arboretum in over a year I think. Maybe I’ll make it during Spring Break (working at a couple of colleges now, so think in terms of their schedules).
    Take care!

  • Tracie Lynne Hall
    Posted at 11:30h, 22 March

    Great story, by the way, from Nancy!!!

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