Posted by Betsy Barron (Philadelphia, PA, United States) on 8 March 2008 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

"You don't have to put on the red liiiiight!" Last week we have had the great honor of taking care of our neighbors chickens while they were away on vacation. Needless to say, the kids loved it and Mom got in there with her camera to get some shots of them getting ready for bed. The red illumination you see is their night-time heat lamp for warmth.

As soon as we walked in, 7 of them were on the roost in the distance but by the time I crouched and shot, they all hopped off!

I must be more sneaky - more images like this, soon!

All the world’s a stage. Self-taught, still photographer Betsy Barron is a 70s child recalling the simple, natural pleasures of being outside and watching the light on her world. She’s a decades-long Philadelphia artist who combines her eye for form and function with the calm aesthetic of a passer by. Guided by light and lines with impact, her work speaks to the worth of daily pleasures and absorbing your field of view.

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Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

LOL Love it Betty, I love that song, and such a perfect photo ;)

8 Mar 2008 9:22am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Great shot, she's got her eye on you!

8 Mar 2008 11:07am

Jen from Alpharetta, United States

Great title and great light!!!

8 Mar 2008 4:43pm

shahab from Qazvin, Iran

Very beautiful soft red light!Love it!

8 Mar 2008 4:55pm

Dylan from Delhi, United States

Chicken's are some pretty neat looking birds...very dirty though. We use to raise them. I always liked collecting the eggs.

8 Mar 2008 5:51pm

Craiger from Vacaville, California, United States

An awesome capture of a very different world!

9 Mar 2008 1:14am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

Chicken memories evoked.... As a kid, we lived adjacent to a little chickenyard in New Orleans. One of our less kind sports was to catch little green or brown anole lizards and throw them over the fence, and into the chicken yard to watch how long it would take the chickens to spot and gobble up the poor hapless things. It wasn't pretty.

9 Mar 2008 3:06am

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

These chickens live in the luxury of climate control. Ours have to endure the cold, although they do have a tiightly built chicken house. Taking photos of them is a challenge, as you say, they hop off their roost as soon as one walks in, unless it is really late at night.

10 Mar 2008 12:33pm

Y.M. from Linwood, NJ, United States

What a prized shot -- you're a good neighbor. Let me know if you figure out how to be sneaky with two kids in tow! Love,

17 Mar 2008 9:20pm


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