Mark was home this weekend and so we celebrated his birthday a couple of days early. Angie, Ben, and the Grand Kids were here as well so we had a nice brunch for the whole gang and of course lots of playing with stuff.
Austin is always smiling and when he came in the house he yelled Papa. Melted my heart. He is a lot of fun and such a happy young man.
This was about the only image I could get of Gabby. If she sees this later in life she won’t be too happy with Grandpa but for now, well it’s okay. 🙂
That’s it for today.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have five images for you today. Jeanne and I attended the last of our bank holiday parties Saturday evening and had a wonderful time filled with great company, good food and funny entertainment.
The group above is called “It’s A Mystery” and they presented an interactive play during the course of the evening entitled “Rock Into Murder.”
We arrived around 40 minutes after the start of the social hour and people were already interacting with members of the cast. We could hear laughter before we even entered the room and the cast was deeply involved with the guests.
I won’t give away any of the plot details other than to say I was about as wrong on my guess as I could be. The acoustics of the room were not very good so you couldn’t hear all the conversations of the cast but their actions made up for that. I don’t remember laughing so hard in a long time.
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The cast includes Disco Dick Manero, Shanin Twain, Buck Fifty, Izzy Richards, Metal Queen, Vinyl Richie, and my favorite Tiffney Spares. 🙂
Stayed out way past my bedtime.
That’s it for today. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I don’t remember how long it’s been since we had sunshine in this part of the world but I do know it’s been way too long. I have three images for you today that were taken yesterday against a featureless gray sky in the middle of a snow shower.
So those are pretty difficult conditions to take images of moving subjects with a long lens and expect great results.
I had an all day event to attend yesterday and I left home about 30 minutes earlier than needed because a good friend of mine had told me of a gathering of eagles near a farm. Since it was on the way to my event I thought I would take a chance and hope I could find some eagles.
I would much rather photograph this majestic bird in brilliant sunlight against a watery background in the process of catching fish. However, that being said an eagle is an eagle and they are still majestic no matter what they are doing. 🙂
There were more than 30 eagles congregated at this table and like any family gathering there were squabbles and seating disagreements. But on the whole they were behaving reasonably.
Hope you enjoyed the images. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have three images for you today, all of them with the same subject.
I debated yesterday about driving to LeClaire and trying to photograph eagles. It was really bad weather for that with cloudy gray skies so I decided to wait for a sunny day. I went down to the river instead and found absolutely nothing of interest to photograph. So I tried some of my other favorite places and the same was true of all of them.
On the way back home with an empty card I found this Red-Tailed Hawk sitting on a “private property” sign along the roadway. I used the Nikon D500 with its cropped sensor and the Nikon 200 – 500 mm lens, which in effect gave me a 750 mm lens. I was shooting at ISO 9000 with a shutter speed of 1/1600 sec @ f6.3. Again not great conditions but it worked.
He only gave me a few images and the he was off. The D500 has a relatively quite shutter noise but apparently not quite enough for him.
That’s it for today. Thank you for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have three images for you today. As I came out to the kitchen this morning to make my breakfast I saw this beautiful red sunrise. So even though I wasn’t properly dressed I grabbed a camera went outside and made a few images.
Jeanne and I attended a surprise birthday party for a long time friend of ours, who was celebrating his 92nd birthday. It was a great joy to see him again and spend a little time with him and his wonderful family. Our friends Mike and Normal attended with us and then we went to the iconic Mario’s Restaurant for an early dinner and conversation.
It was during the 90s and early 2000s that I played a lot of golf with Ron and he was fun to be around. When I started working in Maquoketa on a daily basis keeping track of my friends became more difficult. So I haven’t seen much of Ron the last few years. It was great to see he is still as sharp as ever and still has a zest for life.
Two old friends with printer’s ink in their veins share a moment together. Ron and Dave were in the printing business for years and have a wonderful friendship that still endures.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Only one image for you today. This old abandoned structure sits in the middle of a corn field. There used to be a large barn next to it and I have photographed it several times but it was taken down a couple of years ago. I liked the way the setting sun looked on the harvested field and building.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have only one image for you today. Another capture of the sunset last week.
Nothing else on my mind.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
We have a pretty solid layer of ice already this morning and freezing rain in our part of the world.
I have three images for you today that I captured Saturday afternoon around 4:00 p.m. getting close to sunset. I love the soft yellow light of the late afternoon sun.
I have never ice fished and do not plan to do so. It would be my luck to fall through the ice and drown with all that heavy protective clothing on. So I’ll leave the ice fishing to the more hardy souls who truly enjoy the sport.
We had to make a U-turn when I saw this old pickup sitting near a field. It was cold and I didn’t want to venture on private property so I didn’t spend as much time with this old guy as I would have liked to.
That’s all I have for today. Nothing rambling around in my mind so I’ll say thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day, watch the ice, and be careful.
Jeanne and I went on a photo run late yesterday afternoon. Chasing the sun and looking for things to photograph in the beautiful soft yellow light. I love this time of day.
I have three images for you today that show the wonderful interaction of the sun setting and the clouds reflecting the rays of the sun. It can and does paint a beautiful array of colors and textures to behold.
This was the last image of the day. The sun had already disappeared below the horizon and all that was left was the reflection on the clouds. It was fun to watch but the temperature was low and my face and fingers burned from the cold.
This was one of the first images I took on our journey. It’s really not much of a tree but I loved the golden sky behind it.
That’s it for today. Nothing else on my mind so I will bid you adieu. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have three images for you today. It feels like I have forgotten how to take photographs. It’s been such a drought for me this Winter. Hopefully that will improve as it gets lighter in the evening.
I was determined to take my camera out yesterday into new territory. I didn’t have anything in particular I wanted to capture so I took two lenses with me. A long lens if I saw some critters and a shorter lens for landscapes. Turns out I never took the long lens out of the bag and only used the landscape lens.
I took these two images near the end of the sun’s journey across the sky. The entire day, the sky was a gray shapeless yuk and I don’t like to shoot in those conditions. Around 3:30 p.m. the clouds started to clear a little and the sun was trying to peek through the gray muck so I decided it was then or never.
I was focusing on the sun lighting this small stream and when I looked at the back of the camera I was pleased with what I saw and said (out loud) “Sweet!” A very large hawk, who apparently was sitting quietly in the tree near the stream was frightened by my outburst and flew away. It would have been a magnificent shot with his massive body outlined by the sun but I just stood there and watched him fly away. 🙂
I saw a lot of barns yesterday afternoon but this was one that really caught my eye with the sky showing some structure and definition so I stopped in the middle of the road and grabbed an image.
That’s it for today. Hope you enjoy your day and as always be careful.