Happy Hump Day ~ 233
Thank you all for the wonderful sentiments you shared with me yesterday. I sometimes forget just how many wonderful friends I have who really care. The good news is that the medication seems to be working. I started off yesterday a little shaky but by midday I was feeling better than I have for a couple of months and that’s a big deal to me.
One of my long time dear friends (Daryl) said to me yesterday something to the effect, “Love the bird images, I’ve never seen some of God’s creatures up close.”
There is a book I have read entitled “Purple Cow.” The concept behind the book is that we become so familiar about cows in the field that we pay them no attention. Put a purple cow in the field and it draws our attention, therefore you have to find things that make you and or your business standout from the crowd.
In the case of this image, it is a lowly sparrow. A very common bird that we see hundreds of times each day. They are the predominate bird at the sanctuary right now. But if you click on the image to make it larger and just study this little guy for a couple of minutes you too will marvel at the complexity of one of God’s creatures.
That’s it for today. I’m hoping for more improvement today. I can’t tell you how good it feels to feel good. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by the blog (and yes I’m writing it today.) Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Tuesday ~ 234
This blog, over the last four years and one thousand plus posts has been good therapy for me. It allows me to share the images that I love (be they technically good or not) and to ramble about things that are important to me or just fall out of my head. You have been kind enough to read my blog on a more or less regular basis and for that I am both humbled and honored.
So I see no reason not to share my latest challenge with you as I have gotten many emails and comments about my health of late. Friday morning I learned that I have type 2 diabetes. Over the years I’ve been pre-diabetic more than a few times and I would go on a diet, exercise, lose weight, and get it under control again.
Well this time I ignored the warning signs and it finally caught up to me. I’ve done a lot of reading about it over the last few days. It’s a nasty disease with many dangerous consequences if not managed properly. The good news is that it can be managed and so I will. Now begins a new chapter in my life. Practically everything I like to eat is off-limits and all the things I’ve turned my nose up to over the years are now going to be my staple food source. 😦
I wrote Monday’s blog on Sunday evening when I felt better than I had the entire day. It’s always better if I can write the blog at the end of the day as opposed to trying to get one done before leaving for work. So yes (in full disclosure) I am writing this blog Monday night for a Tuesday post. I started the medication Sunday morning and it has some wicked side effects. I couldn’t go to work Monday as I was foggy and very weak. After a good lunch and a very healthy dinner I’m optimistic that I can make it to work Tuesday. That’s the goal. I want to say again, thank you all for your wonderful comments and get wells. It means a lot.
Now about today’s images. We have this little squirrel who lives in one of the trees, at the back of our yard. We rarely saw him that is until we set up the bird line and now he is a regular guest. Usually if I’m sitting on the patio he will come no closer than the ground beneath the bird feeders where he makes a pretty good haul.
So I was surprised to see him come up on the patio, stand below the bird bath, and make the vertical leap to the top of the bath. He drank a lot of water while I shot away with my camera. Then in the wink of an eye he was gone. He notice the new oriole feeder installed just today. He’ll be in it before too long so I’m going to have to figure out something else for it perhaps a different location.
That’s all for tonight / today. See it gets confusing. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Monday: ~ 235
Sorry, more birds. I’m dealing with some health issues right now and just didn’t feel like getting outside to capture any other types of images. Besides, I love sitting on the patio and watching the birds come and go.
This image and the last image will show you why I’m spending $70 every week on bird seed. Sometimes there are as many as 40-50 birds around the feeding line, both on the feeders and on the ground eating the leftovers.
I’m not complaining, I get more from watching the birds than I’m giving. 🙂
This is not a tack sharp image. But I was lucky enough to capture this little guy just the instant before he took flight.
Another one of the feeders with standing room only.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Friday ~ 238
Long week so I’m happy to see Friday come. Hopefully I can catch up on the work that I’ve missed while training. I hate being behind.
The Cardinal above is for my friend Ronnie. He loves cardinals. This guy and his spouse live across the yard at my neighbor’s tree. He comes to the sanctuary a couple times a day and if I’m lucky one of those times is when I’m here with my camera. His wife visits less often but occasionally I have captured images of them together.
Every year around this time the “war birds” descend on Dubuque to practice for their performance given next week at the great Oshkosh Air Show. There may be up to 20 of them before the show starts and their big radial engines can be heard all around Dubuque.
I always go to the airport and capture some images of them. So last night on the way home I saw two of them flying near the airport and I had packed my 500 mm lens with me that day in case the opportunity presented itself. So I stopped at the airport on my way home.
The conditions were not my friend yesterday. It was a gray day with some haze. Because of wind direction they were taking off and landing on runway 18 /36, which is farthest runway from the observation area. Normally they will take off on runway 13 / 27 so they are very close.
Also last evening they didn’t fly over the airport as they have in the past. Looking back I have hundreds of these images in my files but I still like to shoot them.
That’s it for today. Enjoy your day. Thank you Kathy for your very thoughtful words, well spoken and true.
Happy Thursday ~ 239
I have birds for you today. There are at least two reasons for the bird images. One, I love to watch them and capture their movements with my camera and they are about all I have been shooting for the last few days. So I look for things that stand out to me and those are what I share with you today.
No exotic birds nor even “pretty birds,” just common everyday birds captured in unique poses (or at least I think they are.)
Another full day of teaching today. I believe so profoundly in what I’m teaching it is frustrating to me when I see others not embracing the subject and realizing how important it really is to their career and for that matter their life. I have to take much of the responsibility because even though I have a passion for the subject I am not a charismatic, dynamic speaker and that is a huge part of making the material palatable.
I was at a seminar last year at the SHRM conference in Des Moines. I don’t even remember this morning what the topic was but it was something I wasn’t really interested in but it was the only session that wasn’t booked full of attendees.
I watched the speaker interact with the person who was going to introduce him and he was so detailed in his conversation with the other person about how to introduce him (I was sitting on the front row because it was the last seat available) that I thought to myself, I’m not going to enjoy his presentation.
Once he started talking he was so animated, funny, and inclusive that I found myself engaged with his every word. <sigh> Sucks when you have very little talent.
That’s it for today. I’m off to engage myself with others. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day (each one is precious) and be careful.
Happy Hump Day ~ 240
I did training for 7 hours yesterday. Each time I do training I have a greater appreciation for the work that Jeanne does. The preparation for the training, the actual training (hoping all the time that what you’re teaching is being received) and then all the tear down and pack up afterward. Jeanne does it every day during the school year. Amazing!
When I did get back to the office the day’s work that I didn’t get done was waiting for me. Also waiting for me was the RotorPixel gimbal for the Phantom Vision 2. I ordered it last March 16th and it has taken this long to get it.
There is a start-up company in Great Britain who saw a need to build a gimbal for the Vision 2, which has a stationary camera on it. The camera is great for still shots but not good for video because every movement the craft makes is visible on the video. The gimbal eliminates that problem by making the camera independent of the craft. I’ll post an image of it when I get it installed.
Anyway they have had their share of problems as any start-up company would have but they’ve slowly worked through them and now have a pretty good production system. Problem is DJI (makers of the Phantom 2 Vision) released a new version of the Vision 2 a few weeks ago and called it the Vision 2+. It has a new camera with a built-in 3 axis gimbal. So it will be interesting to see what this company does because there are only a finite number of Vision 2 copters built and sold.
As for the image above. I’m not sure what the attraction to this old tree was but they sure enjoyed standing on it. I watched them for 30 minutes on the way home a couple of weeks ago and they never moved. 🙂
Several meetings today, which means some of the stuff I’m behind on is going to stay behind. 😦
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Tuesday! ~ 241
Long day yesterday and a short post today. I am training all day today. Sometimes a real challenge to keep it interesting enough to maintain their attention yet informative enough to impart knowledge. Perhaps beyond my skill set but I will give it my best.
Jeanne and I went to her PEO group picnic last evening at Eagle Point Park. Spouses were invited and the event was catered by Hy-Vee. I’m not very good at making small talk and it was hot, so I was doubly uncomfortable. There were some good friends there and I spent some time with a couple of them. The food was good but the chicken had some seasoning on it that didn’t agree with me.
I did take my camera and shot a few images of the river, but the area of the picnic did not allow much in the way of photographic opportunities (at least to my eye.) Got home around 8:45 p.m. much too late to capture an images for my bird feeder project, so another shot of an empty bird feeder. 😦
I took a shower because it was so hot at the park and called it a night. 90s today Ugh…
That’s it for today. Sorry for the lack of images. More tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.