Here is another great holiday shopping tip – you can great deals on shoes hanging from power lines! Sometimes they even match.
This is from a series of images I have shot around my home in Deep Ellum as grackles and starlings and other flocking birds roll through this time of year. I like to shoot them on dreary, gray days, then blow them out in processing so they are like pen and ink (i.e. all black and just the white of the paper).
Canon 1DS Mk III. 148 mm. ISO 1000. f/8 @ 1/50 second. +1 1/3 EV (You have to overexpose from a gray sky to get a white sky)