It’s been a busy few weeks in my household, and I’ll end this post with a few thoughts on where this blog is headed. Before I get to that though, I thought that this week’s photo challenge, on the move, was the perfect time to share a few chicken photos. Those of you who read my last post know that I am photographing a life cycle unit that is being taught in a 2nd grade classroom.
These photos show a bit of what the set-up looks like:
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Over the weekend the eggs were checked one last time and then went on lockdown. That means that the incubator will not be opened for several days while the chickens are hatching. One of the things that happens while preparing for lockdown is that we can look at the inside of the egg using a process called candling, basically to check on the health of the egg. Here is a healthy egg:
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This one is blank, meaning no chicken in here:
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The candling photos were taken on Saturday, just before lockdown, by Monday the first three chickens had hatched. This photo is of an egg that is getting ready to hatch, there is a small break in the shell, so soon there should be a chicken:
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The shell that is completely discarded belongs to the yellow colored chicken in this photo:
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The darker colored chicken is a bantam chicken. The children named that chicken Trouble because it was messing around a bit with his incubator mates.
The photos I chose for this post are all unedited, as for the purpose of this post, I was just telling a story and not focused as much on the art of the actual photo. When I get to the editing process, I will be doing some cropping and sharpening. The photos taken through the incubator window are a bit tricky due to reflections.
As I alluded to in the title of the post, the chickens are not the only ones on the move. I have not been posting as frequently in the past few weeks because I started a new job and finished a school semester at the same time. So, this is my acknowledgement that I am “behind” on my blog. This means that I may have a comment of yours to approve or perhaps you have visited here lately and I have not returned the visit. As I am writing this, I can see that I have 777 visits to make. Thats a lot for me, but having a cup of tea and visiting blogs is actually my favorite way to start the day. I am hoping to get caught back up in the next week or so.
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I have been taking a Photoshop class this past year. I am happy to say that I turned in my final project and took an exam yesterday. My next class is on Adobe Illustrator, so I am not certain how much of that class will turn up on this blog. I am grateful to all of you who have offered me support and encouragement over this past year. I’m very much looking forward to getting caught up and then continuing with this blog over the summer.
Questions or comments about the chickens or about this blog in general? feel free to leave them below!