Happy Birthday to my wonderful, beautiful, loving Daughter, Angie. You have enriched our lives more than words can describe. We love you so much!
Happy Hump Day!
Here is the image of a Double Crested Cormorant. This is a bird that I have never photographed before. This was as close as I could get to him so it’s not the best image, but since it is my first I thought I would share it.
This image demonstrates their habit of spreading their wings to dry them. It’s not a sharp image (too much camera shake) but again I wanted to capture this amazing looking bird.
The gangly Double-crested Cormorant is a prehistoric-looking, matte-black fishing bird with yellow-orange facial skin. Though they look like a combination of a goose and a loon, they are relatives of frigatebirds and boobies and are a common sight around fresh and salt water across North America—perhaps attracting the most attention when they stand on docks, rocky islands, and channel markers, their wings spread out to dry. These solid, heavy-boned birds are experts at diving to catch small fish. ~ source www.allaboutbirds.org
Above a common grackle. I know you see them all the time but I love their piercing eyes and this one sitting on a branch with the river in the background was too good to pass up. 🙂
That’s it for today. I hope you have a good day. Thanks for stopping by the blog and be careful.
A quick post today as I am running late! Go figure. This was the best image I could get of all three kids. Austin was not a happy camper and Gabby was not interested in having her picture taken at that moment. The only one into it was Josh.
Children Photographers are an amazing group of people. They certainly earn their money. 🙂
I was finally able to get a close up of Austin. He doing well for a new-born and is adjusting to all the new everything.
I hope you enjoy your Tuesday. Thanks for checking out the blog. Be careful.
Great day yesterday. Jeanne and I stopped by Angie and Ben’s to see Austin and of course Josh and Gabby. He is doing well in his new environment. I was reminded once again why young folks have kids and older folks don’t. The level of energy in their home was at a peak. 🙂
Before going over there I took the Phantom over to their real home and did another fly over to see the progress of their remodel project. The change is dramatic and I’ll hopefully be able to get that video processed today and post it later in the week.
Jeanne stayed to help out a little and I took my camera and the long lens and went looking for some wildlife. I photographed a bird that I have never photographed before. Kind of a strange-looking guy and I’ll do my best to identify him when I get time to research him.
I found this Blue Heron at Mud Lake. I was able to get into a position where I was kind of shielded from his view and then just sat very still and let him come to me. I photographed him for about 25 minutes and he got very close to me. In fact he got close enough that I had to change my focal length from 600 mm to 400 mm to keep some of the background in the frame. He finally took off when a fishing boat left the harbor and startled him.
Later in the day I brought my bike up from the lower level and did some maintenance on it. Then went for a ride. It felt so good to be on the bike again and because I’ve been exercising all winter I was able to take some hills that normally at the beginning of the season I can’t get up. I was able to get 15 miles in on a route that normally I don’t ride until mid-summer.
So it was a very enjoyable day and I got a lot of photography in, which made it even a better day. I have a lot of projects planned for today including another bike ride. This semi-retirement is pretty nice. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by the blog. I hope you enjoy your day and be careful.
After 9 days of trying to figure out a computer problem I finally got my car back Thursday. It was good to be able to drive it again. My good friend Dave asked me to stop by his favorite watering hole for a visit after work and when we came out I thought this would make an interesting image. Mine is on the left.
What’s the best camera? The one you have with you and in this case it was the iPhone.
I shot this image earlier in the month and for some reason just never processed it. I tried several angles to eliminate the highway but decided to make it a part of the scene.
That’s it for today. Hope to get out this afternoon and find some new material for you.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I am delighted to tell you that little Austin is off the breathing machine and doing well. The swelling has gone down and even though he remains in NICU he will probably be released from there today. 🙂
Angie took this image of me holding him, with my cell phone. There is nothing like holding a new-born. The smell, the facial contortions, the little sounds they make. It’s simply wonderful.
Thank you for all the prayers and support for Austin as they did their job.
The sky was filled with beautiful puffy clouds on a blue background last evening on my way home so I had to capture some farm scenes. This and the last image were made with the Nikon D750 | Nikon 80 – 400 VR mm lens | ISO 200 1/800 sec @ F8.0.
I have driven past these three silos almost every day for the last 15 years and for some reason last night they caught my eye. I actually stopped and went back to capture this image. I’ve thought about photographing them before but by the time I have passed them I would just continue on.
Who knows, maybe I was inspired! 🙂
That’s all I have for you today. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Hump Day!
Meet my new Grandson, Austin Benjamin Roling. All 8 lbs, 5 oz of him. He had some breathing issues shortly after his birth and so he is spending some time in the NICU. The prognosis is excellent, so I look forward to thousands of more images of him.
Angie and Ben are both doing well and are anxious to spend time with the new edition to their family.
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