I have just finished sprucing up my photo blind…otherwise known as my desk-side window. What prompted this sudden outburst of domestic efficiency was the fact there's a seed feeder nearby, frequented by both birds and squirrels, and the notion that if I removed the dirt, various bits of wind-borne leaves and sunflower seed hulls, feathers, fur, and avian effluents best left unspecified, I might dramatically increase the pane's light transmission while simultaneously upping the quality of my images.
After all, even I had to admit the window needed cleaning. It is no exaggeration when I say the exterior glass had gradually taken on the patina of an aged chicken coop. Which obviously limited the window's usefulness as a photo-taking porthole. So a few minutes ago I took a spritzer bottle filled with a mix of water and vinegar—a homemade formula that beats anything sold at the grocery or hardware—and gave the glass a good washing.
Now, though somewhat blinded by the increased light in my workroom, I can sit at my desk, mutter as I labor over the placement of words on the computer's screen, and keep a better eye on the regular stream of visitors to the feeder and perched or hovering (hummingbird) at the various blooms nearby.
Okay…where are my sunglasses…?