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.
Happy Monday ~ 214
Yes it is my little friend the squirrel again today. I know I’ve shown images of this little guy before and you can only show so many sides to a squirrel but I just love watching him and capturing his image.
Perhaps the reason I do is because of a story about my Dad and his squirrel “Rocky.” I’ve talked about my Dad on this blog before. He was faced with many physical challenges but carried on with little or no complaining.
After his retirement he would enjoy sitting in the back yard of their home in Bethany, Missouri and just enjoy the sights and sounds of the nature around them. They lived on the outskirts of Bethany so there was a fair amount of wildlife that would wander though their property.
Dad saw a squirrel in one of their trees several times during a given day and he would call it. He started carrying a cookie in his shirt pocket when he went outside and he would put a small chunk of the cookie on the picnic table and call the squirrel.
One day to his delight the squirrel finally came down the tree and jumped up on the table, grabbed the cookie and ran back up the tree. Fast forward now several months and “Rocky” would now come down to where Dad was sitting and get the cookie out of his shirt pocket and sit there and eat it before going back up the tree.
I have a picture (11 X 14) in my home office of Rocky sitting on a tree branch eating his oatmeal cookie. Jeanne actually took a picture with my 35 mm film camera of Rocky climbing up my pant leg to get a cookie I held in my hand. I was standing at the time and his little claws hurt some but it was an amazing thing to see.
If you looked at Rocky real close you could tell that he was blind in one eye. He and my Dad had a wonderful relationship and Dad enjoyed him immensely. I gave him a copy of the cookie in the tree image. 🙂
So every time I see this little guy he reminds me of my Dad and that brings joy to my heart.
Kind of a rough weekend health wise. I’m learning what I can’t eat and two of them are some of my favorites. I can’t eat oatmeal or Cheerios. Damn. They must give me a terrible spike in my blood sugar because it puts me down pretty good.
I was out of commission for most of Saturday morning but after lunch I got back on track and did a 30 mile bike ride. Yesterday I had Cheerios with about the same result. I got to feeling better around 2:00 pm and then Jeanne and I went for a 30 minute walk. It is a learning process for sure.
That’s if for today. I hope you enjoy your day. Thanks for stopping by and be careful.
Happy Hump Day! ~ 219
So when I logged in this morning to write my blog I discovered that the entire user interface has changed, dramatically. Normally I embrace change but I do not like this new user interface.
I have often said (obviously I’m not the only one to say it) that it really doesn’t matter too much what you put in front of your lens to capture as long as you have wonderful soft light.
Soft light is what i have for you today. I was working on my bird project last night and the warm yellow light was bathing the back yard in that soft light. Occasionally a bird would come out of the shadows for a few seconds and I would capture its image.
While doing that, my little friend the squirrel came down to feed. I wanted to see him do his vertical leap up to the bird bath but our little dog scared him back up the hill. Before he went to his home he demonstrated that he has figured out how to get at the jelly on the oriole feeder.
It was as if he was getting dessert after his meal of birdseed. 🙂
Now I’m going to have to do something different. I knew it was just a matter of time before he figured it out.
I continue to have up and down days. My assumption is that will sooth out once I become accustomed to the medication. I’m still working on eating healthy and exercising. Meal time has become something I have to do to get to the next thing. It’s not as enjoyable as it was.
Fun afternoon today. I am (as I have for the last few years) photographing the Maquoketa Chamber Golf Outing. I also plan to take the Phantom Vision 2 (the one that hasn’t crashed) and get some aerial shots of the event. Should be fun to watch.
That’s it for today. I hope you have an enjoyable day. Thanks for stopping by the blog and be careful.
Happy Tuesday ~ 234
This blog, over the last four years and one thousand plus posts has been good therapy for me. It allows me to share the images that I love (be they technically good or not) and to ramble about things that are important to me or just fall out of my head. You have been kind enough to read my blog on a more or less regular basis and for that I am both humbled and honored.
So I see no reason not to share my latest challenge with you as I have gotten many emails and comments about my health of late. Friday morning I learned that I have type 2 diabetes. Over the years I’ve been pre-diabetic more than a few times and I would go on a diet, exercise, lose weight, and get it under control again.
Well this time I ignored the warning signs and it finally caught up to me. I’ve done a lot of reading about it over the last few days. It’s a nasty disease with many dangerous consequences if not managed properly. The good news is that it can be managed and so I will. Now begins a new chapter in my life. Practically everything I like to eat is off-limits and all the things I’ve turned my nose up to over the years are now going to be my staple food source. 😦
I wrote Monday’s blog on Sunday evening when I felt better than I had the entire day. It’s always better if I can write the blog at the end of the day as opposed to trying to get one done before leaving for work. So yes (in full disclosure) I am writing this blog Monday night for a Tuesday post. I started the medication Sunday morning and it has some wicked side effects. I couldn’t go to work Monday as I was foggy and very weak. After a good lunch and a very healthy dinner I’m optimistic that I can make it to work Tuesday. That’s the goal. I want to say again, thank you all for your wonderful comments and get wells. It means a lot.
Now about today’s images. We have this little squirrel who lives in one of the trees, at the back of our yard. We rarely saw him that is until we set up the bird line and now he is a regular guest. Usually if I’m sitting on the patio he will come no closer than the ground beneath the bird feeders where he makes a pretty good haul.
So I was surprised to see him come up on the patio, stand below the bird bath, and make the vertical leap to the top of the bath. He drank a lot of water while I shot away with my camera. Then in the wink of an eye he was gone. He notice the new oriole feeder installed just today. He’ll be in it before too long so I’m going to have to figure out something else for it perhaps a different location.
That’s all for tonight / today. See it gets confusing. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.