Another beautiful evening in the neighborhood. I love sitting on the patio when the sun is soft and the light is a warm yellow. Last night was another perfect evening and a lot of God’s creatures were enjoying it as well. So what is a lover of photography to do but capture the moments. 🙂
I was nervous the entire time this small rabbit was in the yard. He laid in the grass and ate whatever it was he was eating. I could just see the evil red-tailed hawk swooping down and grabbing him in his talons. I kept a watchful eye on the sky but that hawk is clever.
Speaking of cleaver. We have a squirrel who lives in the trees behind our house and he has made a feast of the dropped bird seed below the feeders. When he didn’t get enough he discovered how to climb the feeders (which is near impossible) and eat directly from the feeders.
A few weeks ago we had been gone for a couple of days and he came onto the patio, jumped on top of the “Rubbermaid” garbage can (where I store the seed) and chewed a nice big hole in the top so he could get to the birdseed.
I put some duck tape on it and it worked for three weeks. Yesterday he came back while I was at work and Jeanne was with Angie and did it again. The bird seed is now in the garage. As clever as he is I’d like to see him get to it now. 🙂
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed the images of our back yard friends. I really enjoy watching them doing their thing. Often times the bird bath will have a waiting line of three or four birds waiting their turn at the water. Just a fun thing to do in the evening. I’m easily amused.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day 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 Friday ~ 238
Long week so I’m happy to see Friday come. Hopefully I can catch up on the work that I’ve missed while training. I hate being behind.
The Cardinal above is for my friend Ronnie. He loves cardinals. This guy and his spouse live across the yard at my neighbor’s tree. He comes to the sanctuary a couple times a day and if I’m lucky one of those times is when I’m here with my camera. His wife visits less often but occasionally I have captured images of them together.
Every year around this time the “war birds” descend on Dubuque to practice for their performance given next week at the great Oshkosh Air Show. There may be up to 20 of them before the show starts and their big radial engines can be heard all around Dubuque.
I always go to the airport and capture some images of them. So last night on the way home I saw two of them flying near the airport and I had packed my 500 mm lens with me that day in case the opportunity presented itself. So I stopped at the airport on my way home.
The conditions were not my friend yesterday. It was a gray day with some haze. Because of wind direction they were taking off and landing on runway 18 /36, which is farthest runway from the observation area. Normally they will take off on runway 13 / 27 so they are very close.
Also last evening they didn’t fly over the airport as they have in the past. Looking back I have hundreds of these images in my files but I still like to shoot them.
That’s it for today. Enjoy your day. Thank you Kathy for your very thoughtful words, well spoken and true.
Happy Thursday ~ 239
I have birds for you today. There are at least two reasons for the bird images. One, I love to watch them and capture their movements with my camera and they are about all I have been shooting for the last few days. So I look for things that stand out to me and those are what I share with you today.
No exotic birds nor even “pretty birds,” just common everyday birds captured in unique poses (or at least I think they are.)
Another full day of teaching today. I believe so profoundly in what I’m teaching it is frustrating to me when I see others not embracing the subject and realizing how important it really is to their career and for that matter their life. I have to take much of the responsibility because even though I have a passion for the subject I am not a charismatic, dynamic speaker and that is a huge part of making the material palatable.
I was at a seminar last year at the SHRM conference in Des Moines. I don’t even remember this morning what the topic was but it was something I wasn’t really interested in but it was the only session that wasn’t booked full of attendees.
I watched the speaker interact with the person who was going to introduce him and he was so detailed in his conversation with the other person about how to introduce him (I was sitting on the front row because it was the last seat available) that I thought to myself, I’m not going to enjoy his presentation.
Once he started talking he was so animated, funny, and inclusive that I found myself engaged with his every word. <sigh> Sucks when you have very little talent.
That’s it for today. I’m off to engage myself with others. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day (each one is precious) and be careful.
Happy Sunday! ~ 257
I finished my chores around the bird sanctuary and assembled the two additional chair we purchased sometime ago but have never introduced to the patio until yesterday. Angie, Ben and the Grand Kids were coming over for a cook out and I wanted to be able to accommodate them in comfort.
Then I thought I would make my bird feeder image of the day and get that out-of-the-way so I could enjoy our company. Problem was there were no birds at the feeders. They hardly bother flying off now when I refill the line as they know I’m harmless and I usually mean fresh food, so I couldn’t figure why there were no birds. One would occasionally land atop one of the feeders and do his rapid nervous looking around and then just as quick he would fly away.
There were plenty of birds in the trees so I was at a loss to understand. Then suddenly from the big tree in back (my view blocked by the basket ball backboard) of the feeders came a large Red-Tailed Hawk. He came past me at eye level and then swooped up and over the house.
As soon as he was gone about a hundred birds (well that’s what it seemed like) came back to the feeders and started eating, fighting, and drinking from the bird bath. Things at the sanctuary were back to normal. Well not so much because the dreaded Hawk returned to another tree just to the side of the feeding line and in the blink of an eye the birds were gone again.
I made several images of this magnificent bird. He is as big as a small eagle. He would only show me his butt and only occasionally look my way. Then just as quick he was gone again and he did not return the rest of the evening.
Had a great time playing with the Grand Kids and never got a camera out. That doesn’t happen very often but I just wanted to enjoy them last night.
That’s it for today. Hope you enjoy your Sunday. Thanks as always for visiting my blog and be careful.
Happy Saturday ~ 272
A rare Saturday post for me. I usually take Saturday off to re-energize from the week. But as I was setting out by the bird sanctuary last night getting my shot of the day I had what I thought were some interesting images that I would like to share with you.
Jeanne and I spent about an hour on the patio last night, her with her binoculars and me with my camera, just chatting and enjoying watching the antics of the birds.
So just a short post today with no pontification or rambling thoughts. Just some birds that eat at Upde’s Diner.
Enjoy your Saturday and be careful.