I have several images for you today. Yesterday I drove to Maquoketa to have lunch with a Friend that I haven’t seen in some time. After lunch and on my way out-of-town I stopped by the “duck pond” because I saw a Great White Egret sitting at the marsh and I cannot pass up a chance to photograph them. It was a beautiful day with a nice breeze (very windy at times) and low humidity.
Since I didn’t have a suit on I decided to explore the wild prairie grass area and look for butterflies. I am pleased with the image above and some of the other images I was able to capture.
I rarely can pass up wild flowers. It was difficult to capture images of anything that was nailed down because the breeze was blowing things around pretty good and it was difficult for the camera to lock on focus.
This Common Buckeye for example is a little softer than I like, because he was on some flowers that were really being tossed around by the wind. My lens would drop focus and then reacquire it. I have my camera set up so that if it does not focus I cannot take the shot. I don’t want a bunch of completely blurry images but even on this setting there are some less than sharp images that get taken.
This was the last image I captured. As I was walking deeper into the grass area I saw the unmistakable movement of a snake slithering into the tall grass. Probably just a small Garter snake but a snake non the less. I’m the first to admit that I have a snake phobia (i.e. an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something. Common phobias are a snake phobia.) So yes my friends can tell me all they want to that there is nothing to be fearful of, but a phobia is a phobia and I’ve had it all my life. 😦
So it was a hasty retreat to the car and back to Dubuque.
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.
Happy Hump Day. Earlier in the week I had an opportunity to tour a tree farm and look at some prairie grass and wild flowers. I did a shoot of this tree farm a couple of years ago and this is a new growth of prairie grass since that time.
We toured the farm in a 4 X 4 and that is a great way (for someone who doesn’t like snakes) to get around. 🙂 There are a lot of old trees and many new ones of varying species. Two years ago I photographed a giant oak tree that would be over 150 years old.
We didn’t have much time to tour the farm but it was a beautiful day with the temperature in the mid 60s.
Short post today as I’m late as usual. Enjoy your mid-week hump day. Thanks for stopping by and be careful.