I am working today as we have our annual stockholder meeting this afternoon. In fact I will have a 4 day work week because of benefit meetings later in the week. I know you feel sorry for me. 🙂
I have three images today. Yesterday I decided that no matter what, I was going to make some images. I was originally thinking of just running down to the river but I have not had much success there in recent memory. So I opted for the longer drive to the Green Island Wildlife Preserve.
When I first got there it felt like I had made a mistake because I wasn’t seeing anything other then a few ubiquitous geese. The deeper into the preserve I went the more I found and ended up with 1,047 images. Not that hard to do at 12 fps. 🙂
My friend Andreas had posted sometime ago, on his blog, about a pair of Trumpeter Swans that given birth to seven Cygnets. Wonderful to see and truthfully I had forgotten about them. I stumbled on them quite by accident. I couldn’t believe how close they let me get. The parents acted like I was no threat to them (which of course I was not) and so they swam right past me even though I was firing off lots of shots.
I saw a variety of wildlife that I will share over the coming days as time permits. One thing I did see that I didn’t photograph was a black snake. Most of you know about me and snakes. He was crossing the road and I drove up closer to him but was proud of myself for not trying to run over him. I thought about it but he wasn’t doing me any harm so I let him pass.
I made a mental note to myself that I should probably stay in the car. It’s easier to approach wildlife from the confines of the car. They don’t seem to mind it as much as if I get out of the car. Lucky for me. 🙂
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
A potpourri for you today image wise. I had to check on the cygnets yesterday when I got into town around noon. I had a meeting at one of our other banks and so it was about 12:30 p.m. when I drove by the duck pond. The children were out swimming (although it’s more like walking because of the low water level) while the parents were on the beach. Interesting observation, the Mother was ever vigilant of her offspring and had her neck extended to its limits to watch both the children and me. The Father on the other hand had his back to the group and was grooming himself. 🙂
Another harvest image from my shoot on Saturday. I like the action in this shot with all the junk coming out of the discharge shoot. The harvest images are about to come to an end for another year. I didn’t leave the office until 5:30 p.m. last evening and it was already dark enough that it would have been difficult to capture an image. I hope to get a few more images before the harvest is complete.
Finally I’ll leave you with this uninspiring image to support my statement of yesterday that it doesn’t matter what you put in front of the lens as long as it is lit by the soft golden light. Well maybe that is a bit of a stretch with this image. I can’t imagine (this morning) why I took this image. I must have thought at the time it looked good in the view finder. 🙂
That’s it for today. Fresh out of images and profound thoughts. Well that’s not exactly true. I have plenty of thoughts but most of them would get me in trouble if I shared them with you. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Friday. I was finally able to get a clear shot of the cygnets last evening on my way out-of-town. I was shooting directly into the sun but they have been very elusive of late so I’m happy to get any type of shot. They seem to be healthy and adapting to their shrinking habitat. It is comforting to see that the parents are never very far away from them. The father is just out of the frame but close enough to render assistance if needed. The mother is never more than a few feet away.
Yesterday was the first day of a ten week class on leadership I’m teaching. I have 20 participants in the class and they are a dynamic and engaged group of young leaders. Ten of them are from our organization and ten from outside our organization. So it is a great mix of backgrounds and promises to be an enriching experience for me and I hope for them.
I had a series of unrelated small catastrophes happen yesterday that presented some unexpected challenges for me before the class started. One of which was the fact that for the first time since acquiring them I actually went off without my hearing aids. I was more than halfway to Maquoketa when I realized I didn’t have them. I slowed to turn around then remembered my appointment schedule and realized there simply was not enough time to go back home and retrieve them.
Now the classroom we are using has three rows of tables and so I am about 20 from the back row and that made hearing people nearly impossible. Plus there is a certain range of sound that I cannot hear period. If I were on the fence about my hearing aids before yesterday that indecision has been put to rest. It was awful not being able to clearly hear what people were saying. I really didn’t realize how much I had been missing until I didn’t have them yesterday. WOW!
Wedding shoot coming up tomorrow. Say a little prayer for me. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day (off) and be careful.
A rambling post today. A lot of things going on in my little world right now. There is a school of thought that goes something like if you want to make an improvement in something you do, you have to put yourself in some uncomfortable and difficult situations to challenge you and help you grow. Sounds good in theory but not so much in practice. It tends to cut down on ones sleep time. 🙂
The image above is of the two cygnets at the Duck Pond. I drive by them twice a day to check on them. I was talking to a friend who said that as the water continues to go down they face the challenge of predators and when it comes time for them to leave they face the dangers of the flying into the power lines that are adjacent to the pond or getting hit be a car. I’ll keep hoping they make it to maturity.
I took a much different route home last night just looking for new subject matter. Over the last 14 years (since I went digital) I think I have photographed a bunch of the more interesting barns and farm scenes in the area. I hadn’t traveled this particular road in over two years and yet I saw a dozen things to shoot last night that I had already taken an image of. I liked this old tractor next to the apple tree however. They seem to just go together.
Obviously this old tractor has seen its better days. I suspect there is something amiss with the steering since one of the wheels is doing its own thing. I have two friends on FB from the town I grew up in. Their Father sold Oliver tractors. When we drove through Ridgeway a couple of weeks ago I thought about all that farm machinery that Francis use to have sitting on the street and on his lot. Many times on Halloween the goblins would roll a lot of his equipment out onto the street.
I delivered the morning paper so I was up town around 5:00 a.m. the morning after and would see Francis putting things back where they belonged. I can honestly say I was never one of the individuals who did that. I was always too busy getting candy, cookies, and popcorn balls. 🙂
That’s enough rambling for one day. I hope you have a wonderful Thursday. Thanks for stopping by and be careful.
Back to work yesterday after 9 days off, it took a little getting use to again. When I came into town I saw a pair of swans swimming near the observation deck and I was concerned because I didn’t see any young ones. I had worried about the cygnets because of the dropping water levels and my heart sank as I passed the swans and verified there were no little ones.
Not to worry because when I got on the other side of the pond I saw the other two swans and they indeed had the cygnets with them. Apparently another pair of swans have taken up residence at the pond, which is great.
I apologize for the poor quality of these images. I didn’t have time to capture any images this morning when the light is in the correct position. On my way out-of-town I have to shoot straight into the light. Not the proper makings of a good image. However I did want to show the progress of the babies so I’m willing to give up some style for telling the story.
Enjoy your day and thanks as always for stopping by. Be careful.