Morning Walk

I think the best time of the day is the early Spring or Fall morning, between 7 AM and 8 AM. It's quiet and peaceful. I can hear the birds singing sweet songs, creating a peaceful ambience. When I go out for a pre-workday walk, the air is cool and refreshing. Not cold. The sun rises over the horizon and the sunlight filters through the branches of the budding trees magically casting shadow and golden rays of light in just the right places.

I think the best time of the day is the early Spring or Fall morning, between 7 AM and 8 AM. It's quiet and peaceful. I can hear the birds singing sweet songs, creating a peaceful ambience. When I go out for a pre-workday walk, the air is cool and refreshing. Not cold. The sun rises over the horizon and the sunlight filters through the branches of the budding trees magically casting shadow and golden rays of light in just the right places.

Maybe I could get more dynamic range and better image quality if I had walked with my Fuji X-T3 and XF26mmF2.8 R WR lens. But the iPhone 11 Pro fits into the pocket of my pants without bulging offensively or bouncing uncomfortably with each step.

25 March 2024 · Apple iPhone 11 Pro · iPhone 11 Pro back camera 6mm f/2
25 March 2024 · Apple iPhone 11 Pro · iPhone 11 Pro back camera 6mm f/2
25 March 2024 · Apple iPhone 11 Pro · iPhone 11 Pro back camera 6mm f/2
25 March 2024 · Apple iPhone 11 Pro · iPhone 11 Pro back camera 6mm f/2

Carolina Chickadee or Black-capped Chickadee?

Due to climate change, the range of the Black-capped Chickadee and Carolina Chickadee overlap.

I was uncertain about the identification of this bird, so I uploaded the image to ChatGPT, requesting identification.

Me: Please identify the bird in this photograph. Please describe the scene.
ChatGPT: This is a photograph of a Carolina Chickadee, identifiable by its black cap and bib, white cheeks, and soft grey back, wings, and tail. It is perched on a bare branch amidst a network of similar branches against a pale blue sky, likely in a deciduous woodland during the non-breeding season when trees are leafless.

For verification, I uploaded the same image to the Merlin ID app. Merlin also identified this bird as a Carolina Chickadee. However, after additional reading on All About Birds, I learned that this individual could be a Carolina or Black-capped Chickadee. They are very similar in colouring, and identification can be challenging. The calls of the Black-capped Chickadee are different from the Carolina Chickadee. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the presence of mind to use the Merlin app for an audio identification.

However, Merlin ID mentioned a 2014 study by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Villanova University, and Cornell University that indicates that the hybrid zone between Black-capped and Carolina Chickadees is shifting northward in alignment with rising winter temperatures.

This is the first time I have heard and photographed a Chickadee. I heard this individual's distinctive call when I was outside, about to leave on a short walk. The bird was in a tall tree in the small wooded area between two streets near my home. Despite the challenges of backlighting, I enhanced some of its features using Adobe Lightroom, drawing out the finer details that aided in its accurate identification.

Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) · 30 December 2023 · FujiFilm X-T3 · XF150-600mmF5.6-8 R LM OIS WR

Children's playground bathed in the warm glow of early morning

I asked ChatGPT to describe this photograph.

The photograph was captured while I completed my morning walk around my suburban neighbourhood after an early morning rainfall, with the sun peeking out from behind a mostly cloudy sky. The playground is part of the Princeton Village townhouse section of the neighbourhood.

I asked ChatGPT (or was it DALL-E) to describe this photograph. What do you think?

Me: Please describe the scene in 300 words or less.

ChatGPT: The photograph showcases a playground on a sunny day, teeming with warmth and tranquility. The playground equipment, featuring a slide and multiple climbing sections, is rendered in bright red and green, standing out against the soft brown of the safety wood chips below. The scene is framed by mature trees with a mix of evergreens and others that have shed their leaves, indicating a season that could be late autumn or early winter.

The grass surrounding the play area is lush and vibrant, suggesting diligent maintenance. A white fence encloses the area, adding a classic suburban feel and hinting at the safety and order of the neighbourhood. In the distance, a large residential building peeks through the trees, placing the playground within a community setting.

The lack of children or adults gives the image a serene quality, as if waiting for the daily bustle of play and laughter. Picnic tables nearby suggest a space not just for play but for families to gather and spend time together. The clear blue sky indicates a crisp, pleasant day, ideal for outdoor activities. The lighting suggests either early morning or late afternoon, a time when the sun casts long, soft shadows and imbues the scene with a golden hue. Overall, the image captures the essence of a peaceful community park designed for recreation and social interaction.