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Another Place to Showcase Your Photography

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I like having the opportunity to occasionally showcase my meager photographic talents here on my blog in response to the daily and weekly prompts. My pictures can also be seen at Flickr.com or my other blog http://charlesaray.blogspot.com. I recently found, though, a site that beats them all when it comes to being a venue to show off your talent behind the lens. Viewbug.com is a site for amateur and professional photographers alike, as you can see from my wall, that not only allows you to display your work, but offer it for sale (provided you own all rights) and there are a ton of contests to enter for some amazing prizes.

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If you have tons of photos burning holes in your digital files, go on over to Viewbug.com and sign up. You could start being noticed today.

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Wildlife Photography Without Ever Leaving Home

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I love taking photos of all kinds of wildlife. One usually thinks of wandering far afield when doing this, and in truth I have done that, with photo safaris in Africa, Europe, Asia, and many parts of the United States. On July 4, 2013, though, I fell and hurt my hip, and since then I’ve been pretty much confined to my house or hobbling around with the aid of a cane, which you might think would inhibit my ability to get good wildlife photos. Not so. My deck looks out on a wilderness park, and my neighbor has a profusion of flowering plants in his back yard. Butterflies, birds, squirrels, and many other small creatures can frequently be seen hopping, perching, or flying around in both places, as well as my small back lawn.

For the past thirteen days, I’ve spent many hours sitting under an umbrella on my deck, camera in hand. I’ve documented an interesting array of nature’s creatures who’ve come to visit, all without having to move more than ten feet – to the rail of the deck for a clearer shot in some cases. More often than not, I’m able to just sit in my chair and by using my telephoto lens, get some pretty good shots of my visitors. Here is a small offering of what I’ve been able to get. I’d be interested in how many readers have also documented the wildlife around their homes. If you do a post of your photos, please link them to this post so that I and other readers can also enjoy them. Happy shooting.

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