Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Chicken Fetish

I am finding myself obsessed with my chickens as subjects for my photos. I can sit in a plastic chair for hours, well maybe not hours.....I mean who has time to sit in a chair for hours? It just sounds better. Anyway I sit in the chair with my new camera and take picture after picture of my chickens. I am sure the neighbors think I'm crazy when they look over and I am zooming in on another chicken face but heck they have interesting combs.

And all those colors. Wow! The way their feathers lay is just beautiful. They are a work of art.

Now everyone has their favorite thing to photograph. My friend is partial to feet and hands. She takes the most artistic shots of feet and hands that I have ever seen. Personally I glad my fetish is chickens. I think it is a little less weird......sorry my friend. But because of her I have learned to take shots with a more artistic eye. And she does understand my fascination with my girls. She will say things like, "Oh the red on that wattle is so perfect."

She gets it!

Sunday we were burning branches after cleaning up some cedar trees and while Hubby was busy dragging branches and throwing them on the fire I was stopping every few minutes to get my camera out of its case and take another chicken picture. I did take one of him and the burn pile just to make him happy but look who is helping him out. My girls.

To be honest he said,"Don't you dare put me in your blog." I said, "Don't flatter yourself, I wouldn't think of it. I'm taking pictures of chickens."

I am even taking pictures of the neighbor's chickens who, by the way, have free-ranged themselves over to our place to enjoy our bugs but scurry back home to lay eggs. I did try to entice them to stay with a little corn but it didn't work because they were too afraid of me. I admit it, I was going to steal the chickens.

I take the most pictures of Ramona the Brave. Maybe it's her golden coloring and the different shades along her feathers.

Or maybe because she always puts herself in a good pose.

Or maybe it's just because she is always underfoot.
Whatever the reason I have lots of pictures of this red headed egg laying machine.
I have even thought about making chicken greeting cards with my pictures. I am sure there is a need with all the urbanites buying their fancy chicken coops and enjoying their city fresh eggs. So next time you are in the card aisle be on the lookout for chicken cards.

It will either be me....or someone else beat me to it.


Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Bwahahaha! Your chicken festish just tickles me right to the core!

Because as you know, I have a chicken fetish of my own, my dear chicken sister.

I find myself sitting in a plastic chair (must be plastic because of the possibility of poo splatters. hehe) taking frame after frame of chicken feathers, heads, and fluffy butts.

You've taken some awesome photos of yours (and your neighbor's) chickens. I don't know which one is my favorite. I like them all.
I really do like the black, white and red combo and sharply detailed photo of your SLW(?) chicken, though.
Choose that one for your chicken cards for sure!

Great post :)


Laughing Orca Ranch said...

oops! I meant chicken FETISH, not festish. (what is a festish anyway? hehe)

FoxMeadowsFarmgirl said...

Yes!! Great pics!! Keep 'em comin'!! =) I just love chickens! I especially like Ramona's artistic poses! I'm discovering a rabbit photo fetish- but that's just because we have new bunnies around the house! =)

Danni said...

Oh dear. I can *so* relate. My husband recently had to get me a HUGE external harddrive just so I could backup all my pictures and get some off our main computer...I've maxed it out! Where *does* the time go when we're out watching our chickens? Everything about them is fascinating to me. I've thought for a long time about making my own cards and have my personal faves saved to a separate spot - my favorite photographer supply catalog can be found here: http://www.photographersedge.com/departments.asp?dept=2, if you aren't familiar with this place yet. Though, you think bigger than I do...with the card aisle..I was just gonna send mine to friends and family! :-)

Tracey said...

That Ramona is quite a ham....love her poses! Count me in, I'd love to have some chicken cards :)

Far Side of Fifty said...

Ramona is a real ham..ah chicken!
great photos! :)

Gone2theDawgs said...

You can add me to the "chicken sister club" :) I love taking pics of my chics too! I'm even brave enough to sit down right on the grass (or mud or poo) usually the pants go right into the washer...
Don't you just love the hens (and chicks) fuzzy bums too? That is a fine fuzzy bum that Ramona has! :)

Unknown said...

What a menagerie of animals you have! How fun! I would love to have chickens again. They are such quizzical little critters. We raise pheasants every spring and they have such personality!
I enjoyed your post about your friend's horse "Ren". Yes, I can relate!

Tami Weingartner said...

CHINKIN's .... I love them. But the Girls (jack russell terriers) prevent any poultry ownership.

Great Pictures.

PA Wild Woman

Anonymous said...

LOL -- I followed a link from another blog and found chicken pictures -- they are wonderful! I had ducks growing up and loved to take photos of them. If I had chickens I'd be out there taking chicken pictures, of course! Ramona is particularly pretty and I'm sure she knows it :-) I look forward to reading more of your blog!

Anonymous said...

I not only am obsessed with taking pictures but I visit them frequently all day long. And now in the past two weeks I have taken to spending each evening at the coop if the schedule permits.

Chickens are so lovable and addicting!

Country Girl said...

Chicken cards, that is a great idea!
John says the same thing when I snap pictures of him but as you can see i don't listen very well either.