September 21st is “World Gratitude Day” and its history dates back to 1965 in Hawaii when an international gathering decided that it would be a good idea to have one day per year to formally express gratitude and appreciation for the many wonderful things to be found in the world. Following the meeting in Hawaii, many attendees marked Gratitude Day on 21st September 1966.
Today, I’m grateful for the beauty of the change of seasons. What are you grateful for today?
💐 Today marks the beginning of “National Thinking of You Week” and I can’t think of a better way to let someone know they are being thought of than by sending them a personal, handwritten note!
In a world full of instant text messages and e-mails there are so many benefits to writing a personal note:
📝You’ll brighten someone’s day – It’s such a special feeling to open the mailbox and find an unexpected note from a friend or loved one. When someone takes the time to pick out the right card, write out a personal message, stamp and address an envelope and then drop it in the mail, it demonstrates to the receiver they are important, appreciated and cared about.
📝It’s good for your own health – There are a couple of ways it’s good for your health. First, the act of writing is a therapeutic and calming stress reducer. Another positive health benefit is the act of doing good for others.
📝 You create a lasting memory – Notes are permanent keepsakes (and a piece of history) from loved ones long after they are gone. So what are you waiting for?
Go ahead and grab that pen and paper and get started today! And, of course if you need to stock up on some “Thinking of You” or other unique greeting cards and photography gifts then pop on over to my Etsy shop by following or copying this link in your browser👉👉 https://www.etsy.com/shop/donnarobinsonphoto
Well folks, this concludes my “30 Days of Hummingbirds” photography challenge. I hope you have enjoyed this journey as much as I have enjoyed the challenge of capturing these beautiful little creatures.
So what did I learn? Take a look:
It’s ok to push the ISO during the “blue hour” in order to gain light while maintaining a fast shutter speed;
The faster the shutter speed (and higher ISO) the more detail you’ll get;
Patience and quickness go hand in hand when photographing hummingbirds;
A trip to South America to visit the Hummingbird preserves is now on my Photography Bucket List!
There are a lot of great professional hummingbird photographers out there. If you’re on Instagram below are a couple that I follow:
Thanks again for following along with me.
P.S. – If you missed a few be sure to take a wander around my site.
📸 “He huffed! And He Puffed! – 30 Days of Hummingbirds – Day 24
Photographer’s Note: I really wish this one was just a little bit crisper because he was so cute sitting on this branch. Oh well, it does have a little bit of a water color effect…..don’t you think?
❓Did you know a male hummingbird will puff out his chest and throat to show his beautiful feathers and then toss his head from side to side so the feathers will flash in the light to tell the females in his territory that he is ready to breed?
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