Only one image today from my Green Island shoot of last week. A young family of geese swimming in the canal.
Nothing else on my mind today.
Enjoy your day.
I have four images today. Some of them are from my Green Island visit of last Sunday.
At the end of our patio we have a cement bird bath, which is a real chore to keep clean and filled with fresh water. It it is heavily used by the birds in our neighborhood so I’m happy to do it. I love watching the birds take baths and getting drinks. I captured this robin at the end of his frolicking bath. I wanted to get some images of the water being splashed into the air but for some reason I was having trouble getting focus lock on him. I do like this image however.
A pair of Great Egrets are stalking some food in one of the canals at Green Island. I was happy to see a fairly large group of egrets on this visit. I haven’t seen many of them this year. I think they are such an eloquent bird I enjoy watching them.
It has been a busy week at work with lots of benefit meetings at the various banks. Lots of travel and early mornings so I haven’t had much time to do any photographing. I plan to do some exploring this weekend.
I saw this little guy jumping / flying to the different lily pads and I was finally able to capture this shot of him.
Finally another shot of an egret sitting in a tree. I’m just not used to seeing these big birds sitting in trees. They let me get very close to them and didn’t seem to mind my presence.
That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Off at Zero Dark Thirty Hours this morning for a full day of benefit meetings. Two long days but it’s good to see all the folks at our different banks. I have some more images from my Green Island session.
I found this guy crossing the road on my way into the preserve. I stopped the car and approached him on foot. He withdrew into his shell so I had to wait for him to come of his shell for this image. 🙂
Just a reminder you can click on any image and reveal a larger more detailed version of the image.
I saw some movement behind the over growth on one of the canals. I followed it for awhile and then this little Mallard Duck emerged. He was having a little turf battle with a Red-Winged Black Bird. I love photographing Mallards.
This is not the image I wanted to capture. The auto focus system caught the branch that was closest to the camera, which left the Egret a little softer than I like. When I was photographing this magnificent creature I didn’t realize the AF was on the branch and not the bird so I just kept shooting. Still it’s a nice shot so I present it today for your enjoyment.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I am working today as we have our annual stockholder meeting this afternoon. In fact I will have a 4 day work week because of benefit meetings later in the week. I know you feel sorry for me. 🙂
I have three images today. Yesterday I decided that no matter what, I was going to make some images. I was originally thinking of just running down to the river but I have not had much success there in recent memory. So I opted for the longer drive to the Green Island Wildlife Preserve.
When I first got there it felt like I had made a mistake because I wasn’t seeing anything other then a few ubiquitous geese. The deeper into the preserve I went the more I found and ended up with 1,047 images. Not that hard to do at 12 fps. 🙂
My friend Andreas had posted sometime ago, on his blog, about a pair of Trumpeter Swans that given birth to seven Cygnets. Wonderful to see and truthfully I had forgotten about them. I stumbled on them quite by accident. I couldn’t believe how close they let me get. The parents acted like I was no threat to them (which of course I was not) and so they swam right past me even though I was firing off lots of shots.
I saw a variety of wildlife that I will share over the coming days as time permits. One thing I did see that I didn’t photograph was a black snake. Most of you know about me and snakes. He was crossing the road and I drove up closer to him but was proud of myself for not trying to run over him. I thought about it but he wasn’t doing me any harm so I let him pass.
I made a mental note to myself that I should probably stay in the car. It’s easier to approach wildlife from the confines of the car. They don’t seem to mind it as much as if I get out of the car. Lucky for me. 🙂
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Another long dry spell for my photography. What I have for you today is not about photography but a cool thing that Dubuque has done for the biking enthusiast. So I have 4 images today to help tell the story.
I got back on my bike last week because I wanted to drop a few pounds and get back in shape. Yesterday I did a 23 mile ride with some big hills. This is my Trek “Fitness” bike. I purchased it three years ago and really enjoy riding it. It is a 27 speed bike and I like that it has wider tires than my road bike and I can sit more up right on it.
You’ll notice on the back of the bike is a carry all bag. I’m a pack rat so I take all my bike tools for any kind of repair (including fixing a flat tire.) Money for snacks or water, first aid kit, rain gear, a towel, a small air pump, and of course a camera. The camera is a little Nikon Coolpix L810. It doesn’t shoot in RAW but it is small, durable, and holds a charge for a long time.
So my halfway point yesterday was at the end of the paved bike path where it turns into the Heritage Trail. There is a large lake, a parking lot, and picnic tables with grills. Many people park their cars in the parking lot and walk or ride the Heritage Trail or they fish in the lake. Yesterday the parking lot was full of cars with bike racks on them and there were 15 or more people fishing. The park is the halfway part of my ride so I like to stop here and rest my butt. 🙂
New this year they have installed a bike repair station. The station is equipped with every tool you would need to make repairs on your bike. You can download repair instructions on your smart phone by scanning the QR Code on the machine. It also has directions for mounting your bike in the proper position to effectively work on it.
Additionally it has an air pump with pressure gauge. All the tools are attached to steel cables that extend out far enough to allow access to the area that needs repair. Hopefully some idiot will not destroy it. It is really a thoughtful addition to the bike path.
Going on another ride today.
Enjoy your day and be careful.