High Virginia Outdoors covers outdoor recreation,nature,travel,photography and tourism in the central Appalachain region of West Virginia and Virginia.Outdoors in Appalachia-From a Different Perspective.
We never really know what opportunity may arise; when we are in the real world. This morning was bright and extra windy. I was outside, changing oil in my truck and happened to notice several Purple Finches. The numbers soon swelled to eighteen or more; so I went inside for the camera. The finches didn't cooperate very well and the wind didn't help matters. At one point, I had 8 males Purple Finches in the viewfinder at the same time. The bad thing about this is that they were about twenty-feet high; in the top of a violently swaying beech tree. I ended up taking about twenty photos of the finches; hoping for that one good shot. It never happened and all of the finch photos have all ready been deleted. But; as things happen in the real world, this chickadee lit beside me hoping for some relief from the relentless wind. A White-breasted Nuthatch did the same thing a few minutes later. I had several chickadee images in my collection, none are better than this chance encounter. This photo is unaltered, nothing was changed; except for cropping out the background.