Happy Friday / Good Friday!
I have four images for you today that I’m showing because they tell a story and not for their image quality. I have saved these images for sometime now because I didn’t want to embarrass the eagle. 🙂
So as you view the first image (which was taken at the 16th Street Basin) you can see there is ice on the water. This eagle had been up rooted from his sitting place by a larger eagle and so he was moving to a new spot. He clearly thinks he is landing on another patch of “solid” ice. This was the last day, by the way, that there was ice on Basin.
This is that “Oh damn” moment when he breaks through the ice and sinks deep into the water.
It all happened so quickly I didn’t have a chance to feel concern for him and you can see, as he sinks deeper his powerful wings are providing some lift to extricate him from his predicament.
Free of the water and with his pride still in tact he flies off to another area, probably to the river where no one knows of his faux pas. How do I know that this is a male eagle? Simple a female eagle would have never made such a silly mistake. 🙂
I had an interesting experience yesterday. Normally when I don’t have a lunch meeting or someone to go to lunch with I will grab my camera, get a quick bite to eat and go looking for images. It was a nasty weather day yesterday with freezing rain and wet snow showers, so I didn’t take my camera with me. After eating a quick-lunch I drove out to the “Duck Pond” just to watch the geese (that’s all there is there right now) and to clean out my center console looking for my binoculars. I hadn’t been there very long when a car pulled over in front of me to park. I didn’t even glance up but I was aware that a person was approaching the driver’s side of my car.
They knocked on my window and when I looked up it was my good friend Andreas. He was on his way home from a business trip in Chicago. He saw my car from the highway and made an unscheduled stop. We had a wonderful conversation for about 30 minutes and got caught up on what each of us had been doing. It made my afternoon. 🙂
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Sunday! ~ 264
1,000th Post Today!!!!
That’s a lot of images and a lot of bloviating over a four-year period. Thanks for putting up with me.
Yesterday we spent a wonderful afternoon and evening with our friends Steve and Becki on their Lazy K farm near Grand Mound, Iowa. Long drive for us but well worth the investment of time and travel. Their house is surrounded by trees, and they have areas of prairie grass and there is a pretty good size pond at the back of their house. Lots of bird feeders set out and lots of different birds visit their property. They both love nature and enjoy the peaceful surrounds.
Steve and Becki are wonderful hosts and just do everything to make you feel comfortable. We had a wonderful meal of pork medallions and an amazing cherry pie (with ice cream of course) to finish it off.
I took the Phantom with me as I wanted to fly it over their property and give them a nice image of their home from the air. But the wind was very high well outside the limits of the Phantom and with all the trees surrounding their property I didn’t want to risk crashing it into one of those monsters as they would have certainly eaten my craft. So the Phantom stayed in its case in the car.
I couldn’t spend all that time in such a target rich environment and not come away with some bird images. Mr. and Ms. Cardinal visited the feeders while we were there. It was kind of tough shooting conditions as their bird feeders are in the shade and at that time of day the birds were being back lite by the sun, plus did I mention it was windy and it made my tripod vibrate sometimes.
So a great day, great food, and great friends. It doesn’t get much better than that. Thanks for your support of the blog over the years. I hope to keep doing this for many more years so please stay tuned.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
We made it to the weekend. It will be a busy weekend for me as I have several things to prepare for our big company wide meeting on Monday.
Last night Jeanne and I had the pleasure of having dinner with our dear Friends, Dave and Lois. We ate at Tony Roma’s at the Grand Harbor Resort by the Mississippi. Tony Roma’s is one of my favorite places to eat in Dubuque and usually the food is excellent (although a bit pricey) and the service has always been reasonable. Last night the dinner was as usual very tasty. I had my usual Fillet Medallions and half a rack of baby back ribs. 🙂
We had a great server by the name of Maria who originates from Peru. She is gifted with a wonderful personality and made the experience a lot of fun. I only took my point and shoot camera with me last night as I didn’t want to have to worry about my DSLR. It is a decent camera outside in the sunlight but bring it inside where it needs the flash and it almost worthless.
I took ten images last night and this one was the only was that was in focus. After spending about 45 minutes in Photoshop (no kidding it took that long) I was able to make a reasonable image of our friends.
So it was a fun evening and a nice way to end a busy work week.
Oh by the way. I just learned that this is my 800th post, since I started this blog in 2010. That’s a lot of bloviating! 🙂
Hope you enjoy your weekend. Thanks for stopping by the blog and be careful.