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Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument to Photography

There is a lot going on in my backyard this week.  Some robins have built a nest so I am busy photographing their efforts.  It looks a bit ridiculous but here is what the set up looks like:

ISO 200 4mm 0ev f/2.7 1/50

ISO 200 4mm 0ev f/2.7 1/50

I’ll call it my monument to photography.  Yes, those are the “good” dining room chairs.  It’s a temporary monument, I set it up, take my photos then take it down.  Here is a photo I got this morning:

ISO 800 50mm 0ev f/6.3 1/125

ISO 800 50mm 0ev f/6.3 1/125

At this point there are two eggs in the nest.  I’ll be experimenting with different camera angles over the next few weeks in the hope of getting some good photos.  This photo was cropped and sharpened, here is what the original shot looked like:

ISO 800 50mm 0ev f/6.3 1/125

ISO 800 50mm 0ev f/6.3 1/125

I am so excited that the robins are back and building here. If you are interested in seeing where this project led last year, you can click here.



49 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument to Photography

    • Oh my, I had never heard so thanks for leaving the link. Off of the wikipedia page I saw the website, and there is a whole competition every year to come up with new inventions, how fun is that? We do have a huge hedgerow nearby, but that is often pretty full. This spot comes with a “platform” on which to build and is sheltered from the wind a bit. We have also noticed that the local cats cannot get to this spot.


  1. “Monument to photography”. Very creative interpretation of the theme, I love it. The robins seem to have made themselves a cosy home in your backyard, though I must say their nest is looking quite small. Well built nest, but it seems to small to store food 🙂


  2. o my goodness – was cracking up with the chairs – and I recently created a Triscuit box camera stand – that my husband grabbed a shot of – and later I will have to share it – and well, to see the dining room chris was the best – and then it just got better with the momma robin. such a nice touch of spring. and I will have to follow that link later to see last year’s project. 🙂


    • BTW = hope you had a good week – and I looked at your gallery of 5 x 7 cards and LOVVVVE the opening doors one! it is really cool….. like the others too – but than is one my fav


      • That was painted by a friend of mine, I will be seeing her today, so I’ll let her know that you liked it. I did an electronic portfolio of her paintings for her and that gallery is a sample of her work.
        I’m having a good but busy week, so I haven’t been by my blog as much as usual. I hope you are having a good week also 🙂


    • A Triscuit box? was it sturdy enough? (says the woman who props her tripod up on chairs lol) I was just so happy when I saw this years nest being built. This is our third year of a nest in that spot. Last year only one bird survived, so I wasn’t sure if we would get a nest this year or not.


  3. Amy, I love your robin’s photo. Can’t wait to see the chicks. The swans in our development have six cygnets. They are so cute and will grow rapidly over the summer. I posted their photos on Facebook. I might do the same on wordpress. Thanks for sharing your nature photography. It’s inspiring.


  4. I love following birds. I am currently following two live feeds. One is a bald eagle that has three baby birds. The other nest is Peregrine falcons – so far, I have only seen one egg laid, but hopefully there will be more.

    I will be watching your robins. I remember the beautiful photo you took of the eggs last year.

    I love your monument. Very creative 🙂


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  7. A very fun post! We had juncos build a nest in the hanging pot in front of our living room picture windows. The nest was well hidden in foliage, but we loved watching the parents come and go while feeding them.


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