I have four images today. Some of them are from my Green Island visit of last Sunday.
At the end of our patio we have a cement bird bath, which is a real chore to keep clean and filled with fresh water. It it is heavily used by the birds in our neighborhood so I’m happy to do it. I love watching the birds take baths and getting drinks. I captured this robin at the end of his frolicking bath. I wanted to get some images of the water being splashed into the air but for some reason I was having trouble getting focus lock on him. I do like this image however.
A pair of Great Egrets are stalking some food in one of the canals at Green Island. I was happy to see a fairly large group of egrets on this visit. I haven’t seen many of them this year. I think they are such an eloquent bird I enjoy watching them.
It has been a busy week at work with lots of benefit meetings at the various banks. Lots of travel and early mornings so I haven’t had much time to do any photographing. I plan to do some exploring this weekend.
I saw this little guy jumping / flying to the different lily pads and I was finally able to capture this shot of him.
Finally another shot of an egret sitting in a tree. I’m just not used to seeing these big birds sitting in trees. They let me get very close to them and didn’t seem to mind my presence.
That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Only one image for you today and a very short post. I found this guy in the parking lot last Thursday as I was leaving for the day. Two things I’m not happy with but over all how can I resist showing a beautiful Monarch Butterfly?
I don’t like the background. It’s a parking lot! I wasn’t paying attention to my shutter speed so the over all image is much softer than I like. I shot this at 300 mm focal length and a shutter speed of 1/100 sec. Standard rule is that your shutter speed must be at the very least as high as your focal length. Many professionals will say it needs to be double the focal length because of the increased detail that the new lenses can capture. So in this instance I would have had a much sharper image if I had raised my ISO to say 400 and that would have let me photograph this butterfly at 1 /600 sec. thus eliminating any camera shake.
Live and learn to pay attention. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy the “soft butterfly” and enjoy your day.
I didn’t have any lunch engagements yesterday so I did one of my favorite things to do, grab a salad and a camera and go find something to photograph.
Out of habit I always go by the Duck Pond first. I found a pair of Trumpeter Swans on the North side of the pond but they weren’t cooperating so I took a couple of images of them and then was going to move on as is my tendency.
For some reason this day, however, I decided to just stay. I spent 40 minutes at the pond just looking and listening. I enjoyed the peacefulness and was fascinated with the micro activity around the pond. After a while I really started paying attention to the butterflies working the flowers.
I didn’t have my micro lens with me but any port in a storm so I used what I had, the 80 – 400 mm lens. It worked pretty good.
After work I spent an hour and a half driving around Maquoketa making some images. The City of Maquoketa is in the process of building a new website and they wanted some images showcasing the community. I agreed to help them with some images so I spent some time photographing some of the places of interest around town for that project.
So it was kind of late when I got home. Jeanne and I went out for dinner and I didn’t make good choices in what I had. Can’t get by with that when you have Diabetes. 😦
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoy the day. Thanks for stopping by the blog and be careful. The 14th anniversary of 9-11 is tomorrow. Be aware.
Another beautiful evening in the neighborhood. I love sitting on the patio when the sun is soft and the light is a warm yellow. Last night was another perfect evening and a lot of God’s creatures were enjoying it as well. So what is a lover of photography to do but capture the moments. 🙂
I was nervous the entire time this small rabbit was in the yard. He laid in the grass and ate whatever it was he was eating. I could just see the evil red-tailed hawk swooping down and grabbing him in his talons. I kept a watchful eye on the sky but that hawk is clever.
Speaking of cleaver. We have a squirrel who lives in the trees behind our house and he has made a feast of the dropped bird seed below the feeders. When he didn’t get enough he discovered how to climb the feeders (which is near impossible) and eat directly from the feeders.
A few weeks ago we had been gone for a couple of days and he came onto the patio, jumped on top of the “Rubbermaid” garbage can (where I store the seed) and chewed a nice big hole in the top so he could get to the birdseed.
I put some duck tape on it and it worked for three weeks. Yesterday he came back while I was at work and Jeanne was with Angie and did it again. The bird seed is now in the garage. As clever as he is I’d like to see him get to it now. 🙂
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed the images of our back yard friends. I really enjoy watching them doing their thing. Often times the bird bath will have a waiting line of three or four birds waiting their turn at the water. Just a fun thing to do in the evening. I’m easily amused.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Great day yesterday even though the weather was not all that great. I had an early morning appointment with my Endocrinologist for my 9 month check up. When I was diagnosed with Diabetes my A1C number was 9.9 (very high.)
Ninety days later I was down to 6.2 then another 90 days 5.8 and my number for yesterday was 5.1. Anything under 6.0 is considered non-diabetic. So for 6 months I have been below the threshold of having diabetes.
Now I’ll always have diabetes but right now it is in remission. So eating right, exercising and being diligent about testing has paid off.
It goes without saying that Jeanne has been my rock through it all. She has encouraged me, helped me make the right decisions and watched what I ate like a hawk. I could not have done it without her help.
The whole purpose of me writing about my experience with Diabetes is to help others who may or are experiencing this disease. You can get it under control.
Yesterday I went out to Mud Lake and found one of my favorite water fowl to photograph. I enjoy capturing images of the Blue Heron. In the first image he was stalking his dinner. in the image above and below he came to rest on a dead tree that had washed up close to the shore and was just taking life easy.
This was kind of a cool look. I don’t think I have ever had a Heron look me straight in the eyes before. 🙂
I stopped over after my Doctor’s appointment to visit with Angie for awhile. I got to hold Austin and Angie took some video of me holding him. Unfortunately my iPhone misbehaved and none of it came out. It was great to watch him go through his facial contortions and listen to his cooing. 🙂
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoy your day. Thanks for stopping by the blog and be careful.