It’s been awhile since my last post. Unusual for me as I always have something on my mind to share, worthy or not. I started an exercise program 4 days ago and that eats up a fair amount of my time in the morning. But honestly I just haven’t had much to talk about and even less to show.
Last Saturday Angie and Ben had some things to do that were better done without having to keep track of an inquisitive 2-year-old. So we got the opportunity to have Josh over for a couple of hours. I know I speak only for myself but this is the great part of being a grandparent. We played hard and did pretty much whatever he wanted to do with some constraints and then his parents showed up and he left (not happily I might add) and then we took a nap. 🙂 With your own kids you are always on duty.
Busy week ahead with lots of challenges. I hope to get some shooting done. The Duck Pond is about 75% frozen over and there are a lot of geese there and 4 swans yesterday. The geese stand on the ice and look as if they are saying WTH is going on with the ice. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your wintry day and be careful.
I wanted to get some images of the Duck Pond yesterday but it was almost 6:00 pm before I could get out there. I had to shoot into the sun and quite frankly it was way to windy and cold to take much time with these images. The good news is there is water in the Duck Pond again. The even better news is that the wildlife (in the form of geese) have also returned.
I noticed that groups of them were in and around the traditional nesting mounds and it looked as if they were getting things ready for the birthing season. I hope that more wildlife will come this Spring. Of course that will depend in large part on there being water in the marsh.
The water level is right at the overflow barrier so there is a good amount of water in the marsh. The over growth from last Summer is still there so it will be interesting to see how that looks as time goes on. I’m looking forward to visiting the Duck Pond from time to time and enjoying the Eco-system that will evolve during the months ahead.
That’s it for today. Enjoy your Thursday and thanks for checking out the blog. Warmer weather is bound to be here soon. Be careful.
Happy Tuesday. I was really amazed by the amount of flooding I saw yesterday on my commute to work. I saw 5 new lakes and I mean they looked like lakes around the two places where I cross the Maquoketa River. The image above is an area that I have never seen flooded before in the 13 years I’ve been making this drive.
The good news is that the “Duck Pond” has water in it again and as I was leaving yesterday there were some geese on the pond. I was surprised by the low amount of water in the pond considering all the flooding of the adjacent areas. I assumed that the pond would be full and it was not. I’ll try to grab some images of it today.
Short post, running late. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I’m going to finish up the eagle images from last week today and then I suspect the eagles will be done for awhile. Jeanne and I intended to get out this weekend and do some shooting but the weather was just so crappy that we opted to not try it. I was pretty much a slug most of the weekend. I did take a bunch of Photoshop lessons and learned some new things.
I also spent a fair amount of time on Xbox. Yes, I’m a gamer. Have been most of my life but it really got serious when the Atari 2600 came out. 🙂
The image above is the same eagle I have shown before. After catching their fish they look down to see the size. If it is small enough he can eat it in mid-flight. If not then he has to land somewhere, which means there is always the chance he will have to defend his food while he tries to eat it.
Here you can clearly see (click on the image to make it larger) the fish in his talons. This is the one who flew over my head and ate his catch right above me. I have about 20 images of that process but I’ll keep them to myself. They’re kind of messy. 🙂
We had a nice dinner with Angie, Ben, and Joshua last night. I’ll have those images later in the week. Hope you enjoy your Monday. Thanks for stopping by and be careful.
On March 03, 2013 I posted an image of Josh taking my picture with Mama Jeanne’s point and shoot camera. The image above is that picture. Most of the picture is Josh’s but I did do all the post processing for him. Cropping, color balance, sharpening. I didn’t use liquify brush to make me look thinner although I thought about it.
If you want to scroll down you can see the original post which again was March 03, 2013.
This is my capture of Josh taking the first picture in this post. He actually wasn’t this close to me as I had zoomed in to the full focal length of the lens which was 120 mm. So the little point and shoot did a good job.
Thanks for stopping by. I took a day off yesterday as I twisted my knee somehow and could barely walk. Much better today although I’m still walking with a noticeable limp. Jeanne said (although not in these exact words) I’m a baby. 🙂 I don’t like pain. Enjoy your Saturday. The rain is doing the job on the driveway that I didn’t do. 🙂 Be careful.
I was actually ahead of schedule yesterday morning. WAS ahead of schedule until I starting looking at all the wonderful scenery covered in frost from the morning fog. It was a beautiful drive in yesterday. I shot about 25 images most of which required me parking on the traveled part of the roadway and walking over to the shoulder, and standing ankle-deep in snow. Totally worth it but of course I was 10 minutes late getting to work.
I have photographed this structure several times but I just really like the looks of it. The morning sun was bathing it in a soft, warm, yellow light and I had to capture that image.
I had lunch with a friend from work yesterday. He is only a couple of weeks away from retirement and I wanted to take him to lunch to celebrate his accomplishments and his retirement.
We work in totally different areas and he has a lot of on-going customer interaction so I have not spent the amount of time with him that I otherwise would have. I learned more about him yesterday than I’ve known before. He is a quality individual (I’ve always known that) and he and his kind nature will be missed at work both by his customers and his co-workers.
He’s only a year older than me but fortunately he doesn’t have any hobbies that suck up a lot of money so he can afford to retire. 🙂 I wish you well Jack and hope your retirement is wonderful and gives you much joy.
That’s it for today. Enjoy your Friday. There are only 52 of them each year so make it a GREAT day. Thanks for stopping by and be careful. You never know when you’ll top a hill and there will be some nut stopped in the middle of the road taking pictures of some weeds. 🙂
I was looking through my images this morning thinking about this post and I spent about 20 minutes looking through my Sunday shoot at Guttenburg. These are the best eagle images I have every captured. My friend Andreas even said that “They are getting better.” I still have about 20 images from that shoot that I really want to show you but they will wait for another day. I don’t want you coming to the blog and saying “Oh great more @$$^&$# eagles.”
I worked from home yesterday. I guess as I get older and hopefully a little wiser, I understand it doesn’t make sense to risk an accident or getting stuck in the median, when I can accomplish most of my work from home. In this electronic age with virtual networks and smart phones there is very little of my assignments that I cannot accomplish no matter where I’m at as long as I can connect to the net.
Back to the office today and today by the way is my 13th anniversary at work. Hard to believe that I’ve been there that long. It is a great organization and wonderful people who I work with and for. I enjoy the work that I do and so at least for a few more years as long as I can make a contribution I will keep doing what I do. If I didn’t have this damn NAS* I could probably retire.
The image above is of Josh and Angie from last week. I just love what it says to me and hopefully to you as well. Enjoy your day and be careful.
* NAS = Nikon Acquisition Syndrome