I have three images for you today. I must have a thousand or more images of eagles sitting on a tree branch, but when I see one I have to photograph it. I was down at the Lock & Dam #11 in Dubuque to see if any eagles were fishing. They were not but there were 20 or more in the trees by the Lock and Dam. That’s the most eagles I’ve seen by the dam in a very long time.
That is exciting because it means it won’t be much longer and I’ll head a little South of here to do some eagle photography in LeClaire. 🙂
Come to think of it I have thousands of images of Ring-Billed Gulls and Canadian Geese as well. Same problem, when I see them I feel compelled to photograph them. I need to do some traveling and experience some new scenery. 🙂
My wife and my Friend Betty both love geese and there were hundreds of them at the 16th Basin and at Buck’s Branch yesterday so I had my pick. I started following this couple right after they swam out from under the bridge on 16th Street. They were pretty far apart but came within inches of running into each other. I mean maybe an inch as they were watching me the entire time.
That’s it for today. We are supposed to get a major snow storm this weekend. Jeanne and I have a Christmas party to go to out-of-town and we will be watching the radar this afternoon. There was a time when it didn’t matter what the weather was we were out among them. A lot older and a tiny bit wiser has made me much more cautious.
Enjoy your day. Stay warm and be careful.
“A date that will live in infamy, December 7th, 9141!” Seventy five years ago, Pearl Harbor was bombed in a surprise attack by the Japanese Navy, which marked the beginning of World War II.
I had to travel to one of our banks yesterday. The sky was blue and there were some wonderful clouds floating around so I have a couple of images for you today.
Nothing else on my mind this morning so won’t bore you with endless babble.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have three black and white images for you today. Why black and white?
I went out yesterday to look for some snow images and was greeted by a dense fog. Not the best formula for landscape photography, however you take what Mother Nature gives you or you don’t make any images. 🙂
I see this bridge to no where everyday on my way to work. It’s on the far side of the road and the sun is usually shinning directly toward the camera so I don’t often make an image of it. Yesterday however I had the time and the inclination so I crossed the road (think chicken) to capture this image.
The Hurstville Lime Kilns always make for a good shot. I liked the way the snow interacted with them. Remember you can click on the images to see a larger more detailed version.
Finally for my good friend Betty. There were some geese on the “duck pond” resting from their journey. I couldn’t pass up a chance to photograph them.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have four images for you today and a long rambling story.
I was off work yesterday and had nothing on my “to-do” list. I was looking forward to a wasteful day of rest and relaxation. While sitting in front of my computer trying to decide if I should take a photography lesson or play some Xbox. I hate to admit that the Xbox was winning the debate when I got a text on my phone reminding me I had a pre op appointment at 10:00 a.m. I was certain it was for Monday but decided I had better check the patient website and sure enough there it was. So I got a shower, packed some cameras, and decided that I would head down to the clinic a little early. This turned out to be a good idea.
So I get to the clinic and stand in line waiting impatiently, I might add, to announce my presence and finally get to the “gate-keeper” who has a puzzled look on her face when I tell her that I had a ten o’clock appointment for a physical. She says your physical is for Monday not today. Of course I indignantly showed her the text on my phone and she said, “That appointment is with Ophthalmology!” Ugh, it is now 15 minutes before my appointment and I have to drive clear across town to get to the Ophthalmology department. So I apologized to her and hastened to my car, which was at the far end of the parking lot. The good news is I made it with a couple of minutes to spare and spent the next two hours getting all kinds of measurements and testing done to my eye.
After my exam (fortunately they did not dilate my eyes) I decided to head out to see if I could find some images. It was a gray day and after an hour or so of exploring I stopped at this little cafe North of Durango for lunch. Very small place with lots of regular customers there. It was funny because people who came in after I did and ordered got their food before me. 🙂
Growing up in a small community I fully understand that you take care of your regular customers before a passer-by.
After 4 hours of looking at some new territory and trying to find something of interest these are the four images I came up with. Thankful that I found something but of course disappointed that this was as good as it got.
That’s it for today. Thanks for listening to me ramble on. Hope you enjoy your day and be careful.
Only one image today. I chased this guy around Green Island for awhile before getting one decent image of him. He was very active and stayed behind a lot of branches so I have a lot of blue blurry images of him.
Nothing else on my mind this morning.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have three images for you today. The first eagle images of the season. Even though the weather was lousy for photography I decided to go out and see what I could find.
What I found was a few eagles sitting around the Lock and Dam in the trees. None of them were fishing while I was there but there were a couple of them flying over the park. I had to shoot at a high ISO (7200) and with the gray sky most of the shots were heavily back-lit so it made it difficult to get any quality shots. Still these are eagles and I will never pass up a chance to photograph eagles no matter the conditions. 🙂
This reminded me of a married couple. Even with my hearing impairment I could hear the eagle on the left screeching. As the other eagle finally came to the tree where she was, the screeching intensified. I’m guessing he was in trouble for something 🙂
An interesting story to tell, which again shows why I love photography so much. After yesterday’s post I received a text message from my good friend Rick. He was commenting on the barge image and said that he knew the guy who was piloting the helper tug. He wondered if I would mind if he sent him a copy of the image. I told him if his buddy would email me I would send him the high-resolution original image and he could print it to whatever size he wanted.
When I got home there was an email from Jeremy, the tug boat Captain. He thanked me for the image and invited me to come along and ride with him and photograph a locking process. WOW! What an opportunity. Hope to get that done before the barge traffic ends for the season.
I took a lot of images but there were very few that I would even process. It was raining intermittently as well so it was not a day for outdoor photography.
That’s it for today. Back to work for me. I enjoyed the 5 days off.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have three images for you today. First of all thank you for the wonderful sentiments and congratulatory greetings for our 40th anniversary. The Queen deserves all the credit for sure, but thank you Kathy for your thoughtful comment. 🙂
Jeanne and I drove to Green Island Wildlife Preserve on Saturday. I really didn’t expect to find much considering it’s still hunting season and the main area of the preserve is closed, but Jeanne hadn’t been there in over a year and wanted to go. We enjoyed the time together.
We stopped in Bellevue for Lunch and this large barge was getting ready to lock through. I’m not an expert on the locking process but South bound barges must need this little tug boat to keep them lined up to the lock. Perhaps because of strong currents but each time I’ve seen a South bound barge lock through the tug gets towards the front of the barge and pushes in a Westerly direction.
Heading home I saw this Red-tailed Hawk sitting on the power line next to the highway. I turned around and drove on the shoulder until I could get this shot. I was still pretty far away but they have a pretty wide level of sensitivity and when you reach their boundaries they’re gone.
So I kept inching up as slowly as I could but as you can see I broke his boundary line and he took off.
Just a word about the lens used for this shot. I purchased it about a year ago. I’ve had a love / hate relationship with Sigma lens for several years. There are some who say it’s just me and my lack of ability and I’ll not argue that, but there was one time that I bought 5 Sigma 500 mm lenses (not all at once) and put them through a series of tests only to determine that whatever particular combination of f-stop, shutter speed, and finger crossing that was required for a sharp image was just beyond my ability. So I would send it back (within the 30 day limit) and order another. I finally found a 500 mm that I could get pretty decent results with and so I kept it.
Then Sigma released the 150 – 600 mm “Sports” lens and I of course had to have it. I struggled with it for almost a year. I got some good shots but the ratio of keepers to throw aways was not good. I finally sold that lens to a company that buys used equipment and decided to try the Sigma 150 – 600 mm “Contemporary” version, which by the was half the price of the Sports lens. Right out of the box on the way home the day I got it I had wonderfully sharp images. I have to say that it is my favorite lens of all time and it has given me some wonderful wildlife images.
Call it the luck of the draw or that Sigma got their act together doesn’t really matter to me. I just love this lens. By the way the full name of the lens is Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens.
Okay that’s my “photography talk” for awhile. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your “rainy” day and be careful.