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Sunflower Sonata

February 7, 2022

Sunflower Sonata

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Leslie Scopes Anderson Leslie Scopes Anderson

I love the interplay of colors with this California scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica) in a sunflower patch. A great late summer food source, the seeds of this plant attract all sorts of birds, notably two types of goldfinches and black-capped chickadees.

On this slightly overcast day, I set up my camera near this attractive food source and waited for avian visitors to appear. When this jay arrived, it created the composition I was looking for. The diffused light helped to intensify the contrasting colors of the scene.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This photo was chosen as one of the top submissions for Wild View’s Fall Colors. Congratulations! Enter our current Assignment, Freeze Frame, embracing the season’s change.

Nikon D700 with Nikkor 200-400 Zoom Lens

Ashland, US Map It


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