I have three images for today. Yesterday was a miserable day weather wise. Constant rain, temperature only about 42 degrees and windy. Not a good day for photography. I had an appointment to get my hair cut yesterday morning and then an hour to kill before meeting my good friend Mike for lunch at Mario’s Italian Restaurant. One of my favorite places to eat in Dubuque.
Even though the weather was unfavorable for photography I decided to drive down to the river to see what was going on. As luck would have it there were two large barges parked one in front of the other waiting their turn to lock through the dam. I have never seen that before and decided on my return trip I would capture some images. I drove on to the lock and as I pulled into the parking lot there was a turkey vulture sitting on the asphalt. I have never been that close to one of them before. Now the camera is in the back seat still in the bag, it’s raining hard, and the vulture is giving me a close look.
Sure enough when I stopped the car he started unfolding his wings and as soon as I opened my door to get the camera he flew a few feet away to a large rock. Not too bad, still well within range of my big lens. Just got the camera out and a train came though. The tracks run between the bluff and the parking lot, so away he flew and I couldn’t find him after that. 😦
This lonely pelican was floating near the lock so I thought I would capture him since I already had my long lens on the camera. Back in the car, I dried off the equipment and then headed out to see if anything was going on at McDonald park. Of course I had forgotten about the two barges sitting there. It was raining harder and I’ll admit I didn’t want to get out and change lenses in the rain. So I just continued on my way to the park.
The only thing I found of interest at the park were some Common Grackles feeding on some berries. They looked miserable in the cold rain but at least I was able to photograph them from the dryness of the car. 🙂
Do you get the idea that I’m somewhat of a fair weather photographer? I don’t mind getting wet but I don’t like getting my gear wet and of course I forgot to pack my rain pouch for the camera.
Anyway it was time to meet my friend for lunch. We had a great lunch with wonderful conversation and a few self-deprecating jabs. Then home for a nap. 🙂
Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Monday! ~ 270
Some more images taken at Eagle Point Park on Saturday. There were three barges that locked through while we were at the park. That’s not many considering how long we were there. The comment most often heard was, “It doesn’t seem very efficient when you have a barge wasting all that fuel waiting for 30 plus minutes waiting to lock through.” It must be cost-effective though or they would abandon the process.
I like this image of the fire in the barbecue pit. Fire is a fascinating subject to photograph. I have a friend who is on the fire department in Maquoketa and he has said that he will call me the next time they burn down a structure for practice. I would enjoy capturing that event.
We had a great time at the park. Yes I did shoot lots of images of the Grand Kids and I’ll show them as the week unfolds.
Finally as we were leaving the park Saturday evening Jeanne and I both saw the soft light on part of the dam from the setting sun. I had to stop and grab some images of it.
I spent three hours yesterday cutting, trimming, and sweeping the grass. Just about 30 minutes before the heavens opened up with an afternoon long rain. I love it when a plan comes together.
I also had to repair two of the feeders. The first job was on the newest feeder purchased last week. I noticed that not one bird had eaten there. I moved it to another location, changed the food and still no one was eating. Then I discovered it was for thistle only. Well I already had two feeders with thistle so to the workshop and I made some modifications to it. The birds drained all the feed by the end of the day. 🙂
Then I had a hanger gave out on one of the feeders so I had to repair and reinforce that. There were four birds on it when last I looked.
On my bird feeder project, (click on the link to the right side of this blog) my photo last night was of seven birds on one feeder. The birds are wet because it is raining but that didn’t detour them from getting their fill.
That’s it for today. Hope you enjoy your Monday (it’s here all day.) Thanks as always for stopping by the blog and be careful.
Happy Monday! I’m off one more day so with all my projects completed and the temperature so cold I may spend the day processing some photo shoots that I’ve done earlier and people are waiting on.
Yesterday Jeanne and I decided to drive up to Guttenburg to see if we could find some eagles to capture. Guttenburg has a nice area along the river by the lock and dam and it does afford some good shooting opportunities. On the way we decided to take some of the less traveled roads since we were in no particular hurry to get anywhere. I’m glad we did because if we had taken the most direct route we would have missed this guy.
On the other side of the road was this bull. He was either on something or love was in the air because he would run from one end of his pasture to the other at full speed. There were other buffalo (I’m assuming females) in an area next to his but they were separated by a fence. 😦
So all he could do was run around and try to impress others. All to no avail however because he was mostly isolated from everyone else.
We arrived at Guttenburg and was dismayed to find not one eagle in the area. None flying and not one in the trees surrounding the lock and dam. The river was frozen solid and except for a narrow strip of open water just below the dam there was no water to be seen. That narrow strip was surround by ice fishermen so there is no wonder why the eagles were not present.
We had an okay lunch at the Subway in Guttenburg and then decided to head back to Dubuque and check out the lock and dam there. Same story. Very little open water and it was inundated with ice fishermen. We then traveled over to the 16th Street Basin and found some interesting subjects to photography. More on that in another post.
I guess the best place to capture images of eagles is in Le Claire at lock and dam 14. My friend Burt has sent some magnificent shots of eagles fishing. I doubt that I will go there today but you never know.
Thanks for all the birthday greetings on FB. I do not use FB very much other than I send this blog to it. So I’m not sure how to respond to all the wonderful birthday wishes other than to say, “Thank You All.” 🙂
That’s it for today. Enjoy your Monday. Thanks for stopping by and be careful.