WordPress®, the blog service I use, decided some months ago to make us use a new editor (although there was nothing wrong with the old editor.) During the last few months (slowly leading us down the path) you could click a button and revert back to the old editor. It would last a few days and then the new editor would appear. Click the button and revert and then the new editor would appear again. See the pattern?
Well Monday the button and as far as I can tell the ability to change back to the old editor is gone. Hate is a strong word and I don’t use it often but I will say that I hate this new editor. I have from the moment they first tried to force it on me.
Now those who know me know that I embrace change. I love change, I seek out change, not for the sake of change, but for the betterment of people, processes, whatever. I have yet to find how this change offers anything better for the blogger and for that matter makes it harder and more cumbersome to create. End of rant!
Took some of my standard images on the way home last night. Interesting sky and clouds so I found some old friends to photograph including my favorite tree.
My favorite windmill. Whenever I have an interesting sky and if I have the time I will seek out this old windmill. It sets up on a hill and I have to shoot up to capture it, thus I’m able to showcase the sky.
Enough of my babble for one day. I had a good day yesterday health wise. Although occasionally unsteady on my feet I was able to get though the day without any physical discomfort. That’s a big deal of late! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.
This image is from a little celebration some of my friends held for me on Friday to celebrate my last official Friday of work. Effective April 1 I will work a reduced schedule, hopefully for many more years.
This image was taken with the mirror-less camera Jeanne got me for Christmas. It has interchangeable lenses and shoots in RAW but I haven’t taken enough images with it to really know how to use it, (which is obvious from this image) and it is a look through the display to shoot.
It is a 20.3 megapixel sensor camera with lots of features but I’ve only taken about 30 images with it and have yet to read the manual of course. 🙂
Thanks to those who were concerned about me and with the lack of activity on the blog. I’ve been down with a nasty flu virus. I missed work on Wednesday and Thursday, felt good enough to come to work on Friday and ate normally. Saturday either a new bug or a resurgence of the old bug attacked me and put me right back in bed and other places.
I missed my haircut appointment, my Grand Daughters’ birthday luncheon celebration, and a dinner party with some dear friends. From Tuesday to Sunday I lost 11 pounds. Enough said!
So I’m going to try it again today and see how it goes. I’m a little unsteady on my feet but for the most part feel reasonably good.
Thanks for checking on me. Enjoy your day and be careful.
A little dust-up at the pond last night. I noticed the swans were at the duck pond last night on my way home and they usually are not there in the evening so I had to stop and photograph them. This pair is very territorial (maybe all swans are) but they don’t seem to like anyone.
There were a couple of geese that got a little close to them and they were quite vocal about the intrusion.
The geese were actually just passing by and didn’t seem to have any interest in invading the swans’ territory. None-the-less they gave them wide berth after their verbal warning and continue on their way.
Most of the folks that work in the building I do went to lunch together yesterday, which is a rarity and a real treat. It’s fun to visit with the people you like outside of their normal work environment even if it’s only for an hour. Enjoyable!
Now I have a little rant. I ordered a pair of “Fatshark” Dominator V2 FPV goggles sometime ago. One of the reasons I use Amazon.com is they are usually very fast and the service is great. So it was a full week before these even shipped (they were in stock) and they were sent by USPS (the post office), which assures a slow delivery. So they came yesterday and I examined them and found there was nothing to plug the antenna into to receive signals from the transmitter on the Phantom. No where in the description of the product did it say you had to purchase this item separately.
Not only did I spent about an hour trying to find the receiver (because most places I looked they were out of stock) but the place I finally found it was in China, which means another couple of weeks. Ugh! 😦
I know, no big deal in the whole scheme of things but poor customer service really frustrates me. Besides when I got another model of these goggles a year ago from the same manufacture they were all-inclusive. Everything was there. Okay I’m done.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day, Spring is coming one of these days. Be careful.
Back in the grip of Winter at least for today. The rest of the week looks pretty decent but for today not so much. I read somewhere that if people didn’t talk about the weather it would reduce conversation on the whole by nearly 60%. I’m sure we would find something to fill the void. 🙂
The images I have for you today were taken this past Saturday. The one above and just below were taken at the Dubuque Ice Harbor where the ice is still hanging on. The main channel of the river is free of ice now and I would imagine it won’t be long before barge traffic once again becomes prevalent.
We watched this little gull struggle with this small fish for sometime. He just couldn’t figure out how to devour it and finally we got tired of watching him fight with it.
We were going to take a walk on the river walk but with the breeze and the sun beginning to set it was pretty uncomfortable so we just opted to head for the restaurant and a more cozy environment.
I couldn’t figure out how to capture what I saw with this image of the moon. This is the best I could get but I’m not happy with it. I could see the full moon and just this small sliver of it was being reflected by the sun. I’m sure if it had been a little warmer and I’d had one less glass of wine I would have made a better image. 🙂
I’m going to have to do some reading about this because it was a beautiful moon Saturday evening I would like to give it a try the next time the moon is waxing crescent.
That’s all I have for you today. Enjoy your day and be careful.
These images are from my commute home Friday evening. It was a nice soft light and I found a never traveled road (by me that is) so there were lots of new things to see.
I actually was, for a time, lost in the relative sense and thought I might have to turn on my navigation system to figure out where I was but finally came to a main road so all ended well. 🙂
I think when I retire I may just drive around the countryside and shoot old farm structures. I love the looks of them and to me they are very interesting. They mirror life, in that at one time they were new and purposeful and now the passage of time has taken its toll on them. Perhaps their original purpose is no longer needed. Some have been abandoned while others have been relegated to a different less meaningful purpose. All seem to be waiting for their inevitable fate of final demise.
We had a great dinner last night with Angie, Ben, Josh, Gabby, and Mark at a nice restaurant downtown. I’ve eaten there several times before and for the first time we had a very good server who was attentive to our needs and got everything correct. It makes dinning out so much more enjoyable when you have a server who actually seems to like their job. I tipped him well and told him he had done a great job.
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoy your Sunday. We’re expecting another (hopefully short) round with Winter today. I’m getting anxious to start photographing flowers and other Spring related things.
Thanks for stopping by. Be careful.
I will finish up my wildlife post today with some more eagle images. Even after I culled the images I still have 400 keepers, which for me is rare.
There were even pelicans that flew over the lake but they must have thought it was too crowded because they never stopped. Just circled several times and flew off.
Of course some would say my standards for keepers is pretty low and I might agree when it comes to eagles. 🙂
A short post today as I had a late night and I am running late this morning.
You will remember I told you that the eagle scared the crap out of the gulls! Well here’s the proof. 🙂
My friend and naturalist Ann said that many times an eagle will buzz smaller birds in groups to see which ones get separated and then they will grab the slower one. Nature isn’t always pretty.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have a potpourri of images for you today. These Canadian Geese are for my friend Betty. Jeanne loves geese also and even though they are really quite common in this area I never get tired of watching them or photographing them.
Another bird I enjoy watching and photographing is the Ring-Billed Gull. This little guy was riding the wind right in front of my lens and posing for me so I had to capture an image or 40 of him. 🙂
There were so many gulls at Sabula I’m sure that lake will be well fertilized when the ice finally melts.
Of course it goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway) Monsieur Eagle is my very favorite bird to photograph and I could sit and watch their antics all day long. This particular image is one of my favorite as I like this amazing stare he has. His mind is focused on food and nothing will deter him.
Finally I leave you with this image. I told you in an earlier post that one of the eagles at Sabula must have gotten tired of all the chirping from the gulls and he essentially dive bombed them. He must have scared the crap out of them (pun intended) because hundreds of them scattered. I have some images that would just make you chuckle and perhaps I will show them although they are kind of gross. 🙂
That’s it for today. Thank you as always for stopping by my blog and a special thank you to those of you who follow the blog on a regular basis. Your support and comments are very much appreciated.
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Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Hump Day – Post Saint Patrick’s Day!
Hope you are okay today. I actually know some folks that took today off in anticipation of too much celebration yesterday. 🙂
I depart from my wildlife presentation to show you some farm related images. I shot these yesterday on my way back from Cedar Rapids. There always seems to be something of interest along the road so I was happy that I had my camera along.
I’m not thrilled with this image. I tried it in black and white but the metal buildings detracted from that process as they do in color. My intent in photographing this old structure was to show the decay and deterioration of the building. I think the image accomplishes that but with the metal buildings as a detractor none the less.
I’m not sure what it is about windmills but I seem to shoot a lot of images with them as my primary subject matter. I have a friend who enjoys windmills and has a beautiful large painting of a farm windmill against a beautiful evening sky that I think I may be trying to emulate. I just seem to enjoy photographing them.
That’s it for today. More wildlife tomorrow, that is unless I find something interesting for you today. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!
I know I said yesterday that I have eagle images and I do, way more than I can show because you would get tired of seeing them before I ran out. It was a banner day at Sabula. I also enjoy photographing Ring-Billed Gulls. There are lots of them at Green Island and Sabula. Actually they are everywhere around our area but I never get tired of photographing them as frequent readers of this blog know.
The first two images were made at Green Island. There were several gulls there but not nearly as many as there were at Sabula. I don’t ever remember seeing as many gulls in one place since I’ve been photographing them.
This guy wrestled with this minnow for sometime before finally abandoning it. Of course as soon as he dropped it another gull was there to repeat the entire process and this went on for as long as we were there to watch.
All images were shot with the Tamron 150 – 600 mm lens, which is rapidly becoming my favorite lens. One of the photography blogs I follow is written by Photographer Leanne Cole from Melbourne Australia. She does amazing work and I enjoy reading about her photography. She is also a teacher of fine art. Anyway she recently tried out the Tamron 150 – 600 lens by taking it to the zoo and photographing the animals.
I thought what a great way to try out a lens and put it through its paces before making a decision to purchase. I’ll have to remember that the next time. 🙂
That’s all I have for you today. Enjoy your day. Drink responsibly and be careful please.
Lots to show you today with mostly eagles involved. The image above is the continuation of my story about the eagle taking a bath in the river (which I photographed Saturday.) The middle image of that post (yesterday) shows him staring at himself in the water. This was the next thing he did, completely immersed his head in the water.
What goes in of course must come out. It was at this point I still thought he was fishing a new way that I have not seen before. Nope, just washing his head feathers. 🙂
Imagine him shaking his head in slow motion with the water flying all around. Okay that’s probably a stretch. Anyway it was great fun watching him play in the water and grooming himself. He then flew over to a dead tree sticking out of the water and groomed his feathers.
Jeanne and I went to Green Island wetlands yesterday. My good friend Andreas had said there were Sandhill Cranes there and in fact he had captured many images of them on Friday.
It’s a long drive from where we live but for an opportunity to photograph Sandhill Cranes it’s worth the investment. We arrived at Green Island with great anticipation, unfortunately we found no Cranes. We weren’t too sad however as there were a large number of eagles in the area and lots of geese. Jeanne never gets tired of watching geese.
So we drove all over the marsh and then decided since we were this close we would drive further down to Sabula. We were not disappointed. There were lots of eagles. Most of which were too far out on the ice to get a lens on but just seeing that large number of eagles did my heart good.
For me the first Robin of the year has always been a sure sign that Spring was finally here. We saw our first Robin of the year yesterday so that was a great feeling.
Lots more images to look through and process. I hope you like eagles because that’s what I’m going to have this week. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.