MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

Fine Art Photography Inspired By Natural Creation & Wholesome Reading For Your Family's Entertainment


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CAPTURING MR. CARDINAL

BIRD (CARDINAL) NF.jpgI did it!!! I finally captured a picture of Mr. Cardinal!!! Yesterday, I moved the feeder to a spot on the porch rail where I can get clear shots from inside the house. Throughout the day today, he kept landing on the opposite rail but never came close to the seed while I was nearby.

Finally, he somehow got past me and got to the seed. I went for my camera, and he took off! Then later on, I could not believe he landed on the rail beside the seed and stayed long enough for me to get his picture!!!

Here he is, and he’s available on products in both my Fine Art America and Pixels online stores.

Next: Mrs. Cardinal!!! πŸ™‚

From my heart ❀ to yours ❀ !

MaxineΒ πŸ™‚

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OUTFOXING THE CARDINALS

BIRD SEED (NEW & EATEN).jpgI just had to share this! I finally figured out a way to outfox the cardinals. You know how I’ve been trying for weeks to get some pictures of the handsome and beautiful Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal who feed regularly everyday at my feeder? Well, this morning, I had to refill the feeder. I found a small chunk of leftover seeds that had fallen to the ground, so I put it on the porch rail right in front of my glass storm door. Also, I placed the refilled feeder beside the chunk of seeds.

Sure enough, I peeked outside my office window and saw Mr. Cardinal eating away. However, as soon as I tiptoed into the living room and grabbed my camera, he flew off! But I know he’ll be back, and I am determined to get my picture.

One day last week, I was sitting on the sofa talking on my cell phone to one of my sisters. Mr. Cardinal came up and just plopped himself on the porch rail directly in front of the door. He stayed there a long time, but I was so busy talking that it did not dawn on me to grab my camera which was right there on a table in front of me, aim it, zoom in, and get a close up of him. By the time I thought of it and picked up my camera, he flew away! I imagined him the whole while I was sitting there talking with my sister, heckling at me and saying, “Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, you can’t catch me!” And then when he saw me grab my camera, laughing as he high-tailed it out of there. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

I know y’all think I’m crazy, but that’s okay. Life is what we make it, and enjoying God’s awesome natural creation is one of my ways of making the most of it.

Until next time, this is from my heart ❀ to yours ❀ !

MaxineΒ πŸ™‚

http://www.maxinebillings.com

http://www.naturesartblog.wordpress.com

http://www.askeevie.wordpress.com

http://www.pearlspearlsofwisdom.wordpress.com


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NATURE’S JEWELS

One of the many admirable qualities of natural creation is that it oftentimes takes on the appearance of other things in life that bring us pleasure. I took these pictures of my crepe myrtle tree one summer after a refreshing downpour. The crystal-clear beads of water dripping from the buds and blossoms look like glistening pieces of jewelry. I put the first picture on one of my VIDA pieces–a sheer wrap.

And here is my beautiful, dear friend JoAnn modeling it for us. Doesn’t she look lovely!

Whether out on the town or at the beach, this light and airy piece makes the perfect go-to accessory to style any outfit. Wear it with a dress, pants, skirt, or capris or slip on over a swimsuit for a chic, standout look. Each piece is uniquely designed and custom-printed. To get yours, click here to shop my collection. And as always, this is from my heart ❀ to yours ❀ !

Maxine πŸ™‚

http://www.maxinebillings.com

http://www.naturesartblog.wordpress.com

http://www.askeevie.wordpress.com

http://www.pearlspearlsofwisdom.wordpress.com


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FILL ‘ER UP

My birds are really loving their seed! This morning when I got up, the feeder was empty, and I had to fill ‘er up. I love to use these little, round cakes of seed. I purchase mine at Walmart, well, because Walmart’s my store. πŸ™‚ That’s where I got my feeder from, too. Anyway, each cake comes with a hole already in it, so all I have to do is unwrap them and load them onto the feeder. Cool, huh? πŸ™‚

My cute, little tufted titmouse has become one of my best friends. It comes everyday to eat from the feeder and will even stick around long enough for me to take several photographs of it.

On the other hand, the beautiful, brilliant red cardinal that also comes by everyday to feed is like a speeding bullet and a streak of lightning. As soon as I try to steal some pictures, it takes off! But I’m determined not to give up in my quest, and when I do, I’ll be sure to share my treasures here and in some of my online stores.

As always, this is from my heart ❀ to yours ❀ !

Maxine πŸ™‚

http://www.maxinebillings.com

http://www.naturesartblog.wordpress.com

http://www.askeevie.wordpress.com

http://www.pearlspearlsofwisdom.wordpress.com


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PUZZLE LOVERS

CAMELLIAS (WET) 14 (NF).jpgI’m currently seeking serious puzzle lovers who would like to enter a drawing for a FREE 252-piece puzzle of my “Regal Camellia” pictured above. Shipping is also free to any U. S. address.

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I love photographing God’s awesome natural creation so much that I want to give this beautiful puzzle to someone who will really appreciate it. So, if you are a serious puzzle lover, all you have to do is respond in the affirmative to this post before 3:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, March 26, 2017.

A drawing of the names of everyone who entered will determine who the winner is. HAPPY PLAYING!

From my heart ❀ to yours ❀ !

Maxine πŸ™‚

http://www.maxinebillings.com

http://www.naturesartblog.wordpress.com

http://www.askeevie.wordpress.com

http://www.pearlspearlsofwisdom.wordpress.com


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WINGED BEAUTIES

 

As you can see, my birds are really enjoying the seed I put out for them. And here is one of the winged beauties now that constantly feeds at the feeder. Isn’t it just so cute!!! πŸ™‚ It’s a tufted titmouse, a small songbird from North America. It is a species in the tit and chickadee family.

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I gain so much joy and pleasure from photographing God’s awesome natural creation, and since becoming a nature photographer, I am now more observant of it than I have ever been in my entire life! Imagine how much pleasure Adam must have gained from observing the animals and giving each one its name! (Gen. 2:19 & 20) What a wonderful and loving Creator we have!!!

As always, this is from my heart ❀ to yours ❀!

Maxine πŸ™‚

http://www.maxinebillings.com

http://www.naturesartblog.wordpress.com

http://www.askeevie.wordpress.com

http://www.pearlspearlsofwisdom.wordpress.com

 


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MY VIDA COLLECTION

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Mama’s Lavender Wildflowers

Dear friends, I’m thrilled to share with you my latest collection on VIDA!

This collection represents some of my best photos from over the years and is very authentic to who I am as an artist. I’m really proud today to share this work with you.

I’m also very excited to collaborate with VIDA for this collection. VIDA is a new kind of fashion e-commerce company that connects artists like me all over the world with producers to bring our work to life. For every product sold, VIDA hopes to provide the gift of literacy to the makers they work with.

Please click here to see some of my favorite items from this collection.

As always, this is from my heart ❀ to yours <3!

Maxine πŸ™‚