I had just started my hike when I heard a thumping up in a tree. Looking up I finally saw the little woodpecker making all the noise. He was mostly in sunlight so I shot some pictures. I did have to try to wait until he wasn’t pecking. You can see a little motion blur in the first photo below.
These things are pretty common around here and I often hear them off in the trees somewhere pecking away. I do like his red cap.
Next is a scene that I have tried to photograph numerous times and I don’t think I have ever gotten it right. When the low sun is back-lighting a prickly pear cactus, the needles pick up a golden glow from the sunlight that outlines the rest of the prickly pear. I have found that this doesn’t show up well in photos, which is very disappointing because it is quite striking in person. Below is my latest attempt.
I put a lot of work into the highlights of the above photo in post processing to try to give them a golden glow like I see with my eyes. What do you think?
Next is a close-up of some prickly pear side lit by the last of the sun light coming over the hill. I thought the shadows might make something interesting. I don’t know.
Anyway, the first bluebonnets of spring are showing their blooms, so I’ll be out looking for them.
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