Story & Photos by Elston Hill No serious photographer would try to take nature photographs in the middle of a sunny summer day in the open sun and harsh light. Digital cameras can not handle all that contrast. But not a problem today with all that smoke. What little sun manages to creep through the smoke to our backyard was nice and soft. Click images to view larger images/slideshow: PHOTOS: Smoke softens summer light on frolicking, bathing backyard birds 1 PHOTOS: Smoke softens summer light on frolicking, bathing backyard birds 2 PHOTOS: Smoke softens summer light on frolicking, bathing backyard birds 3 PHOTOS: Smoke softens summer light on frolicking, bathing backyard birds 4 PHOTOS: Smoke softens summer light on frolicking, bathing backyard birds 5 PHOTOS: Smoke softens summer light on frolicking, bathing backyard birds 6]]>