I have four images for you today of some wildlife, one of which I have never photographed before. I describe my style of photography as a road photographer. Not with any amount of pride in that label but it is what I tend to do a lot of. I will take a lot of county roads with and without pavement looking for things that catch my attention. I do a quick assessment of what would make the best image in my mind and then make some pictures. Sometimes they are good and sometimes they are not. What I do not tend to do is find a subject and really explore it with my camera. I wished I did more of that but it’s just not the way I’m wired.
Another self-revelation is that I tend to use my Friday off as a decompress day and I spend a lot of time vegetating. Again I don’t say that with pride, it simply is what I have been doing. So yesterday I decided I needed to change the pattern. I got up at my normal time and went through my normal routine. I grabbed a couple of cameras, one with the long lens and one with a wide-angle lens and left the house at 9:00 a.m. I had two goals yesterday. One, photograph things that interested me no matter where I had to go and two, get some exercise. I accomplished both at the same time. I got home around 4:30 p.m. totally exhausted but re-energized and happy. 🙂
I walked for about 3.5 hours and I have no idea how many miles but enough that I was happy when I saw my car again. I knew there was the possibility of snakes (I don’t care what you say Paul) but I was not going to let that detour me. I walked, stood, reflected, listened, and watched for several hours and it was wonderful.
I saw a lot of cardinals Ronnie, but this one was the only one I could get a lens on. The rest were either in too thick of brush or there was enough other obstacles between them and me that the auto focus couldn’t lock on. I didn’t have a tripod (not that would have done any good) and as skittish as they were I doubt if it would have made any difference. Anyway I was glad to capture some images of this guy. You can click on the image to see more detail.
I believe this is an Indigo Bunting. I have never photographed one and yesterday I saw several of them. They are hard to capture and I had to shoot fast and furious to capture an image. They never stood still for very long so I have a lot of images that are nothing more than blurry blue blobs. 🙂
That’s all I have for you today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day. The forecast said it is going to be “Pleasant” today. Isn’t that a nice sounding forecast! Be careful.
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 Hump Day Wednesday! ~ 303
Okay today is the last day I’ll post small bird images for a while. It was just so much fun capturing images of these little guys that I want to show them all. But take heart of the 900 images this is the last of them.
Some bad news on the Phantom front. I installed an H3 – 3D gimbal to the Phantom 2 Sunday and when I took it up for a spin it was apparent that the gimbal was not working correctly. So last night I re-watched the video on how to install the gimbal and feel like I followed it religiously from start to finish. Put it all back together and the same thing happened as the gimbal malfunctioned. I know it is something I’m missing but I’m not sure what it is.
When I took the Phantom apart for the 3rd time some of the little screw heads got stripped. They are very small and it doesn’t take much. So I can’t put the old gimbal back on nor put the Phantom back together until I get some replacement screws from the manufacture and who knows how long that will take. So for now it is sitting disassembled waiting for parts. 😦
This image of a little House Wren isn’t tack sharp. These little guys are very skittish and you have to focus on the opening and then wait until you see some sign of movement. So I ripped off about 14 images of him coming out of the little house and this is the best one I had.
My friend Ronnie celebrated his 50th birthday yesterday. Not only did he bring doughnuts for the office, later in the day he made a DQ run for us all. I told him I would buy because he shouldn’t have to buy on his birthday but he said, “Hey, I only turn 50 once and I’m going to enjoy it.” So we got a nice afternoon treat of Blizzards. 🙂
Anyway this is my best Cardinal image and so I post it as an after birthday present for Ron.
That’s it for today. Enjoy your day, it is supposed to be a nice summertime day with temperatures in the 80s.
Thanks for stopping by the blog and be careful.