Jeanne has been after me for the last few days to shoot some micro shots of the budding trees in our back yard. Not exactly my favorite thing to do but I do like micro photography so I decided to do it for her yesterday afternoon.
Later in the afternoon Ben, Angie, and the grand kids came over and as always we enjoyed their visit. Grandma took the kids over to the playground so I decided to buzz them with my Phantom. 🙂
I never pass up an opportunity to photograph Gabby.
Below I’ve added a 4 minute video of Grandma taking the kids on a walk.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
A short post today. One of the projects I wanted to get done was to do an aerial photography of Angie and Ben’s home before their remodel construction began. So that they could have a before and after to look at.
Yesterday I was able to accomplish that. Below is the video. I forgot to add music to it so there is just the video.
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It’s been a while since my last post. I would say that part of that was because of a busy work schedule but part of that was just being lazy as well. I hate to admit it but I let a couple of good photography days slip away in favor of rest and relaxation. 😦
Yesterday Jeanne and I went out looking for some wildlife photos. First of course we went to our favorite places and there was nothing. On the way back from the river we spotted these Mallard ducks swimming in some little pools of water from the melting snow. Any port in a storm I guess.
Then we tried a couple of other places that didn’t yield any luck when we happened by these Canadian geese gathered on a frozen body of water. There must have been fifty or sixty just congregated for whatever reason. There was no open water for them to swim in nor any discernible food source so I’m not sure what the big attraction was but there they were none-the-less.
I noticed in post production that the one on the left has a metal band on its leg.
Finally we went on the Wisconsin side of the lock and dam to check things out. We heard these geese honking and I was lucky enough to capture them as they flew over.
So not exactly what I had in mind when we set out but I’m happy anytime to photograph ducks and geese so it was a good afternoon.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
A short post today. I realize this image is not very good and I do not post it for its esthetics but merely as a visual representation of how I spent most of my day yesterday. This image is from the “Phoenix” the name I’ve given my DJI Phantom that crashed several months ago. I have been rebuilding it piece by piece and yes I would have been money ahead just to buy a new one but I wanted to see if I could get it flying “properly” again. The emphasis is on “properly.”
The short list of things I’ve done aside from a complete cleaning and drying of all the parts. I installed 4 new motors and controllers, a new compass, a fair bit of new wiring, and yesterday I installed a new GPS system. Additionally I installed a new H3-3D gimbal. I took it for a 3 minute flight yesterday and it flew like it used to. It was very steady in the hover position and was responsive to the controls. 🙂
I did get a new Phantom as well. Thanks to some wonderful friends who felt bad because I had crashed my Phantom trying to help the community with a project. It was unbelievably gracious and generous of them and I am humbled and very grateful. So I spent a fair amount of time yesterday preparing the new phantom for flight.
Today I have to install the H3-3D gimbal, the video transmitter, and the iODS telemetry module and it will also be ready for flight. Yea! Too cold today to fly unfortunately.
I’ve been asked if I would be willing to help Clinton County with a project they have and need some aerial photography and of course I can’t say no.
I’m excited to be back in the air and hopefully I will be able to have some interesting images and videos for you in the coming months.
That’s it for today. Enjoy this cold Sunday. Be careful and aware.
Happy Friday! ~ 224
I just love this cardinal and we are so lucky to have him living next door. He visits the feed line a couple of times a day and I was lucky enough to see him yesterday morning before the carpet people arrived.
So I posted this guy for you Ron and I hope it brightens your day somewhat. 🙂
Back to work for a day today. I have really enjoyed my vacation although some of it was hampered by dealing with my new companion. All and all it was good time away from work. I had a decent day today, although I didn’t accomplish much as I had to babysit the carpet installation folks all day. They didn’t get finished until 4:00 p.m. so no exploration for photos.
Jeanne left yesterday morning to spend a couple of days with her Mother in Ames. She’ll be home in time to share dinner tonight so we’ll have the weekend to get the house back in shape.
I have shown images of this little squirrel several times over the last few weeks. He bounces down from the hill in the back yard to the feeder line. Eats his fill and then back to the trees. Yesterday I just happened to see him climb one of the big trees in our back yard. I followed him with my long lens and watched him climb to the top of the tree, where there are some dead branches.
Click on the image to make it larger. You can get a better look at him with his mouth full of bark.
I was surprised to see him stripping the branches of bark. As I looked closer I saw there were a lot of branches stripped of bark and suddenly realized that is why I have found pieces of bark in our back yard over the last few weeks.
Down the tree he came with a mouth full of bark and then he ran two trees over to the huge tree at the edge of our property. He must be refurbishing his current nest or building an upgrade. He has stripped a fair amount of branches of their bark. Wonder if that is why some of the branches are dead now or did they die first? Makes me wonder.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your Friday and be careful.
Happy Sunday! ~ 229
I’m sorry Melinda, more birds. 🙂
Pretty good day yesterday. I took a bike ride in the afternoon and got 10 miles in before I wore out. We learned a lot more about fueling the body yesterday through our research and a dear friend of ours whose husband has had Diabetes for ten years. Her information was so helpful.
Tomorrow I’m going to write a piece on the amazing rise of the Phoenix. Hope you’ll check the blog tomorrow to see what I’m talking about.
Every morning when I’m shaving I see the soft yellow light of the morning sun bathing the surrounding objects in its golden warmth. Of course I can never take advantage of that because I’m always running late and no time to get some images.
So this morning, ham and eggs were on my menu for breakfast and after my meal I took my coffee, camera and gimbal out to the patio to capture the morning light. It was a peaceful period filled with reflections, anticipation, optimism, and enjoyment watching and photographing my favorite little creatures.
Jeanne and I went to dinner last night at Applebee’s. We had a gift card and one of the things I like about them is they put the dietary information about the food right on the menu including the calories. It made ordering very easy and without worry. Plus the food was pretty good and the service was exceptional.
Finally I leave you with this image. I am not a very sophisticated individual and certainly not a world traveler. So when I see something like this it gets my attention. I was on my bike ride yesterday and came to the end of one of the trails and saw this. Now I don’t know about you but I happen to think this is cool. A water fountain for adults, children, and pets. Is this a great country or what!
Thanks for stopping by the blog. I hope you enjoy your day in a restful and relaxing way. Be careful and wear your sunscreen if you’re outside today.
Happy Monday! ~ 333
I hope you had a wonderful Easter. We certainly did. We went to early church and then were guests of Angie and Ben for an Easter Brunch. It was very nice. The image of Joshua is the only one I took because I was so busy trying to see how much I could eat. I just do not get along with buffets and can honestly admit I have no self-control when it comes to being presented with an abundance of food.
Before going to the Country Club for brunch I scooted down to the 16th Street Basin for a quick look at what was going on. Found these guys sunning and grooming themselves. Lucky I grabbed this shot when I did because when Jeanne and I went back late in the afternoon there were only a couple of Pelicans swimming in the middle of the basin. Yes I was late getting to the brunch and yes I was in trouble. But it was Easter so soon forgiven. 🙂
Later in the day Jeanne and I went to our favorite spots to look for more wildlife. Couldn’t find anything going on at the Basin or the River, so we decided to go up to Mud Lake Park and see if we could find something going on. All we could find was this Common Grackle. He was resting on this little bench and as soon as I started pressing the shutter he took off and I was able to catch him in mid leap.
I had never seen this area from the air and since we had the Phantom with us I flew it up pretty high had a look around. There was an elderly couple that pulled in while I was flying and they watched the flight and the landing. Then they came over and talked to us. They were pretty interested in the Phantom and asked a lot of questions. So I took it up again for a little demonstration and let each of them look through the flight goggles. They were very nice and when they left the elderly gentleman said, “Boy will I have something to talk about at coffee in the morning. They won’t believe it.” 🙂
I have a 6 minute video below. It’s worth the look especially when you see what I end up chasing around.
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoy your Monday. Thank you as always for checking on my blog and be careful.