WFH Personal Success Stories: Sherry Rosen

WFH Personal Success Stories: Sherry Rosen

As we spend more time at home than ever, many of us have taken on new projects. From DIY projects to new healthy habits, we’re sharing the successes here. Read on to learn more about Sherry Rosen’s WFH project, a wildlife photography studio.

When we first started working from home in March, I retreated to my upstairs office where I usually do my photo editing. The room is relatively small, has a tiny window and gets little sunlight as the back of the house is heavily shaded by trees.  After about a month, I realized that being cooped up in this room for eight or more hours a day was actually causing me to become depressed.  It seemed the only time I left my office was to go downstairs for coffee. 


I decided to move my computer and monitors downstairs to my dining room to face the sliding glass doors so I could get some natural light. After a week or so of watching the birds flit from tree to tree, I decided to put up a bird feeder. I enjoyed watching the house finches, catbirds, nuthatches and downy woodpeckers at the feeder.


I heard that a stunning migratory bird that only liked a certain kind of bird seed and preferred tray feeders was passing through Georgia, so I ran out and got the supplies. Within a couple of hours, a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak stopped by to say hello and stuck around for 10 days.


Now my “bird studio” has four seed feeders, a meal worm bowl, a suet cage, two hummingbird feeders and a bird bath. This was a great time of year to start my bird studio – there were babies everywhere! I loved watching the parents feeding the young. The Brown Thrasher (Georgia’s state bird) baby was a very frequent visitor and spent a lot of time watching its father at the suet cage, just waiting for a meal!


I have had a couple of female Ruby-throated Hummingbirds visiting my feeders regularly for almost three weeks, and one of them is actually banded. Over several days, I captured enough images to identify the serial number on the teeny tiny band. One morning, while I was working at my dining room table, I noticed a huge flurry in my yard, and every single bird disappeared. I look up and saw a gorgeous and majestic Cooper’s Hawk.


I am still not comfortable in large gatherings or crowds, so I try to spend as much time as possible outdoors. Last weekend I traveled to Gibbs Gardens, in Ball Ground, Georgia.  I have spent countless hours photographing the water lilies and lotus on the premises, but this year they are more magnificent than I have ever seen them. I have been a wildlife photographer for a couple of years, but that passion for photographing birds has made working from home less lonely and more fun!


What new projects have you taken on while we WFH? Share your story! See all of Sherry’s pictures below.

1 Comment
  • Denise Topf
    Posted at 11:32h, 16 September Reply

    Sherry, your photography is amazing! I am in awe of your gift. I love feeding the birds as well. Sometimes backyard looks like an airport landing strip. However, they try to begin to invade my home for the winter in the Fall so I begin cutting back on the feed. Keep it up girl.

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