I hope you had a wonderful Easter celebration.
After church I drove down to the river to see if there was anything going on. It is said that one definition of insanity is, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. I’ll explain…
I have three images for today. One of my favorite places to photograph wildlife in the area has been the 16th Street Basin for a variety of reasons. It has offered an abundance of geese, ducks, herons, egrets, eagles, and various other species including pelicans. I could always count on finding something to photograph at the Basin, no matter what time of year it was.
The Basin was close, only a few miles from home, so it was easy to get to no matter what the weather was doing. There was a lot of distraction (buildings and power lines) to inhibit photographing wildlife in flight but it could be done.
It had a lot of fish in it so it attracted lots of fish-eating birds. Two years ago they chopped down all the trees around the Basin. Trees that provided cover and a resting area for the wildlife. They put in a large solar farm adjacent to the basin, hence the removal of threes. 😦
I keep going back to the basin in hopes of finding something to photograph thus the definition of insanity, because for the last two years there has been nothing to photograph.
Imagine my surprise when I went to my favorite spot of years gone by and found a half-dozen Blue Herons resting. I was excited to say the least. However a sad things is there is no one is taking care of the Basin any more and so I spent a lot of time on each of the photos I’m showing today cloning out all the junk and debris that have built around the banks of the Basin, with Photoshop. 😦
There were some geese and this pair of Mallards swimming near the herons. I couldn’t pass them up.
That’s it for today.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
Happy Sunday and Happy Easter!
I have three images for you today of common critters we see on a regular basis. Then why show them? Cause I got nothing else. 🙂
I spent the better part of the day yesterday in the yard. Looks better but there was so much more I could have and should have done, but I was tired of it.
Enjoy this day of celebration, as for Christians, it is the promise of salvation and life everlasting.
Big day today if you are a gamer. If not then have pity on us poor fools who are. Today GTA5 is released and even though I’m working late tomorrow I’ll have to stop at Best Buy and get my copy on my way home.
I was worried about the Cygnets over the weekend and I didn’t see them this morning so I made a point to stop by the Duck Pond last evening on my way out-of-town. The good news is they seem to be doing fine. The pond is really low and not much water anywhere but enough for them and the little Coots that were swimming by when I made this capture.
A couple more images from the Farmer’s Market last Saturday. I intended for both of these images to be in black and white. I’m told that the Amish do not like to have their picture taken. Yet I’ve seen many images of them. I thought this one would be okay since you cannot see his face. I really missed a great shot and through my own ineptness it got away from me. There was a gentleman who was confined to a wheel chair. He had the most interesting face, chiseled with age and hard knocks. It would have been an interesting image. I tried to take it without him knowing I was taking it and that was a mistake. He left without me getting the image and I’m willing to bet if I had simply asked him if I could take his image he would have said yes. My loss.
I have a lot more images from the Farmers’ Market to show you during the week. Some good and some, well you’ve heard the phrase the good, the bad, and the ugly. 🙂
Enjoy your day today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Please be careful.
A rambling post today. A lot of things going on in my little world right now. There is a school of thought that goes something like if you want to make an improvement in something you do, you have to put yourself in some uncomfortable and difficult situations to challenge you and help you grow. Sounds good in theory but not so much in practice. It tends to cut down on ones sleep time. 🙂
The image above is of the two cygnets at the Duck Pond. I drive by them twice a day to check on them. I was talking to a friend who said that as the water continues to go down they face the challenge of predators and when it comes time for them to leave they face the dangers of the flying into the power lines that are adjacent to the pond or getting hit be a car. I’ll keep hoping they make it to maturity.
I took a much different route home last night just looking for new subject matter. Over the last 14 years (since I went digital) I think I have photographed a bunch of the more interesting barns and farm scenes in the area. I hadn’t traveled this particular road in over two years and yet I saw a dozen things to shoot last night that I had already taken an image of. I liked this old tractor next to the apple tree however. They seem to just go together.
Obviously this old tractor has seen its better days. I suspect there is something amiss with the steering since one of the wheels is doing its own thing. I have two friends on FB from the town I grew up in. Their Father sold Oliver tractors. When we drove through Ridgeway a couple of weeks ago I thought about all that farm machinery that Francis use to have sitting on the street and on his lot. Many times on Halloween the goblins would roll a lot of his equipment out onto the street.
I delivered the morning paper so I was up town around 5:00 a.m. the morning after and would see Francis putting things back where they belonged. I can honestly say I was never one of the individuals who did that. I was always too busy getting candy, cookies, and popcorn balls. 🙂
That’s enough rambling for one day. I hope you have a wonderful Thursday. Thanks for stopping by and be careful.