I have four images for you today. This first one is more of a landscape image (with a goose in it) than a wildlife image. I actually shot this at about 170 mm because I liked the way it looked in the view finder. I think there are only so many ways you can show a goose but I’ve never presented one in this manner before.
About the only bird I feed at home is the Gold Finch so I can photograph them anytime I want. But they are usually hanging around a metal feeder as we don’t have many trees in our backyard. So when I found this little guy in the “wild” I was excited to photograph him.
I think this is a Red-Winged female blackbird. It is likely I’m wrong but that’s what I’m going with for now. Anyway she was nice enough to sit and pose for me so I couldn’t pass her up.
Finally a butt shot of another Gold Finch. I was hoping to find more migratory birds at Green Island but I didn’t have much luck. It was a worthwhile trip however so no complaints.
I only have a few more images from Green Island so hang in there. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
I haven’t been doing much photography the last few days as is evident by the lack of posts on this blog. I intend to correct that moving forward.
Yesterday afternoon Jeanne and I went on a photo drive. Visited a lot of our favorite places and there just wasn’t anything worthy of an image. Friday evening I was standing on the back patio and saw a large flock of pelicans flying over. I reasoned that they would be at the 16th Basin or at the River on Saturday. We found three pelicans floating in the middle of the channel. Much too far away for a photograph.
My friend Andreas has been photographing and following an owl at the Mud Lake Park North of Dubuque. She has hatched two owlets this year so we drove up to the Mud Lake area hoping to catch a glimpse of the owl and her offspring. She was nowhere to be found and the young ones must have been hunkered down in the nest. We watched for a long time but nothing.
We did find these Blue-Winged Teal swimming around. So we watched them for a half hour or more. Lots of fun watching any wildlife interacting with its environment. You can click on the images and make them larger for better viewing.
I have a project I’m going to try tomorrow. I have a 2011 Mac Book Pro that I bought new. It was blink fast speed when it was new and now is so slow I stopped using it.
I put a new battery in it and have had some other issues but it’s a great computer and I hate to get rid of it. So while doing a Google® search on how to speed up a Mac Book Pro the central suggestion was to replace the original hard drive with a SSD hard drive. There were several videos available to demonstrate the process so I’m going to try it tomorrow. I’ll let you know how it goes. 🙂
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Some more images for you today although the subject of the images is not that important it is more about the quality of light that is revealing the subjects that make them stand out as images. I think as one progresses in their photography they become more acutely aware of the quality of the light as much and perhaps even more so than the subject itself.
I have a long way to go in becoming a better photographer but I am now paying far more attention to the light on my subject as well as the subject itself. Both are important and there are times when the subject needs to be captured regardless of the quality of the light. Having said that the quality of the light only enhances and elevates the subject even more.
This image is a good representation of what I’m trying to say. The image itself is not note worthy. It is not tack sharp and it is a butt shot as well, but the softness of the light on the heron and on the water makes the image worthy of viewing in my mind.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 🙂
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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 Tuesday ~ 346
I feel bad today. Some of my friends told me yesterday they felt I put a lot of stress on the pelican in the video by flying the Phantom too close to him. I really appreciate their honesty and I certainly did not intend to cause any stress to any wildlife. I love to capture images and video of wildlife but it is never my intent to make them uncomfortable. I assure you that won’t happen again.
Last night was such a nice evening. No wind at all so I took the Vision 2 up for a quick flight. I got it a little too far away and it jumped into “come home mode.” That’s the same mode that kept it from dumping itself into the Mississippi River last February. I didn’t even shoot any video just wanted to fly in some very clam conditions and it was amazing how much control you have when the wind is not constantly trying to blow it off course.
I’ve shot a lot of images of gulls this year. They have been in abundance and there are a couple of places by the river that they let you get very close to them. I took this little guy’s image on Sunday afternoon.
Short post today. I have an interesting day ahead of me. Don’t know how it’s going to turn out but it will be interesting none the less.
I hope you enjoy your day. Thanks for stopping by and be careful.