Last Sunday Jeanne and I were on our usual photo drive and we were coming down a country road when Jeanne said “OMG, look over there.” I thought it must be significant because she is usually telling me to keep my eyes on the road. 🙂
So here were all of these white geese in a straight line (like lemmings) headed somewhere. I just caught a glimpse of them and then we were by them. After turning around twice, finding a place (the middle of the road) to park I got as close as I could. Apparently I caused some real confusion in the ranks because some of the geese decided to turn around and go the other way and the other half didn’t get the message. So there was chaos in geese-ville. 🙂
All ended well because the geese at the front of the pack seeing resistance from the group turned around and continued on their predetermined journey.
I have photographed this old structure (which is still in use) many times. In fact it is on the Iowa Banker’s 2014 calendar for November. Since I have taken so many images of it before and many of them I have posted here I decided to try a different processing style. The more I look at it the more I really like it. In fact if I may say so I really like it.
At around 11:00 p.m. last night I finally finished up the last of the portraits from the 2014 Maquoketa Chamber’s Gala. If you have a little spare time and want to have a look just click on the “daveupdegraff.com ” link on the right of this blog and then click on the Gala link there.
Well that’s it for today. I am so glad it is the weekend again even though the weather sounds crappy. The weather will probably keep the Phantoms grounded again.
Enjoy your day. Thanks for your support of this blog. I will do my best to bring you interesting things to look at and think about. Be careful.
Déjà vu? No not really. I know I posted a similar image just a couple of days ago and this is from that series of shots. A group of geese took off from the 16th Street Basin. I was actually sitting on a higher elevation then they were so I was able to shoot down on them as they took of and gained altitude. I love the pattern and the shadows of this group of geese. When they took to the air I had the D4 set to burst mode (11 fps) and so I just pressed the shutter and let it rip. I took about 70 images before they got mixed in with the rest of the scenery. I won’t show any more of them but I really like this black and white rendition of the shot.
I decided to attend Rotary yesterday. I haven’t been a very good Rotarian for the last couple of years. I was so focused on my responsibilities as the Chamber President that I just didn’t have anything left for Rotary. Now that my term has expired and I’m no longer active on the board I am trying to get refocused on Rotary. I only bring this up because at the meeting yesterday the main topic of discussion at our tables and greetings before and after the meeting centered on how sick everyone is of the weather.
I know that we can choose our own attitude but with this constant bombardment of harsh winter conditions it is hard to stay upbeat and positive. I think it is safe to say we are all looking forward to some warmer, calmer weather. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by the blog. No more flying geese for awhile. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Don’t ask me why I chose this image for today’s post. I’ve been working on family images from Christmas the last two days and I guess I needed a change. Anyway, I took this image Christmas Eve on the way home from work thinking it might come in handy for some type of composite image someday. Who knew at the time it would garner a top ranked position on the blog.
Back to work today and then looking forward to our Christmas celebration with Angie and Ben. Angie and the kids stopped over yesterday for lunch yesterday. I didn’t even pull the camera out, just played and visited with everyone. Josh didn’t know who I was without a camera up to my face. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by, sorry this is all I have for you today. Enjoy the day and be careful.
Big day today if you are a gamer. If not then have pity on us poor fools who are. Today GTA5 is released and even though I’m working late tomorrow I’ll have to stop at Best Buy and get my copy on my way home.
I was worried about the Cygnets over the weekend and I didn’t see them this morning so I made a point to stop by the Duck Pond last evening on my way out-of-town. The good news is they seem to be doing fine. The pond is really low and not much water anywhere but enough for them and the little Coots that were swimming by when I made this capture.
A couple more images from the Farmer’s Market last Saturday. I intended for both of these images to be in black and white. I’m told that the Amish do not like to have their picture taken. Yet I’ve seen many images of them. I thought this one would be okay since you cannot see his face. I really missed a great shot and through my own ineptness it got away from me. There was a gentleman who was confined to a wheel chair. He had the most interesting face, chiseled with age and hard knocks. It would have been an interesting image. I tried to take it without him knowing I was taking it and that was a mistake. He left without me getting the image and I’m willing to bet if I had simply asked him if I could take his image he would have said yes. My loss.
I have a lot more images from the Farmers’ Market to show you during the week. Some good and some, well you’ve heard the phrase the good, the bad, and the ugly. 🙂
Enjoy your day today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Please be careful.