I'm thinking about starting a new photo-oriented feature for teh blog called "Take a gander ..." in which I'll choose the best of the photos I've taken lately and tell the story behind them.
Chickens are really difficult to capture. They have so much personality, and being true ladies, they really demand that you do them justice. So, I've been working on doing portraits of all the gals. Perhaps a project that will end up somewhere other than the pantheon depths of my photo file. These are my favorites of them all.
Here you see Effa Manley (top) doing her best to pose for the camera. Her head is cocked to the side, somewhat inquisitive, and she's showing off her luminous waddles.
Then there's Scout Finch (middle) who is the youngest and most precocious of the gals. She often bites off more than she can chew with Gloria, but is often rescued by Effa or her loyal buddy, Jane Gallagher (bottom). Jane is inquisitive, and you can see that here from her craned neck. I also wanted to capture her wild-ish features from the Araucana traits: the tufts at either side of her eyes and her lack of a comb or waddles. She is, though, a sideshow in that she's our only gal with a beard.