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Looking For A Snack

There were about two dozen hummingbirds around a feeder.  They didn’t seem to mind me being close so I set up a Day Lily potted plant about three feet from the feeder.  After setting up my camera I rotated the plant until I liked what I was seeing in the view finder.  I looked at the background and knew it was far enough away to give a pleasant blur.  It wasn’t long before several started checking out the flower giving me several different captures.  They are always fun to watch.

Nikon D300s, 500mm, f/4.0, 1/1000, ISO 200, filler flash


Selective Memory

Do you ever wonder what happens to your brain’s memories.  While thinning out some pictures (nice way of saying deleting) I came across this one.  As soon as I saw it I was overloaded with a memory.  I remember all the details from arrival to departure at this location.  I stood there just absorbing the beauty.  There were people everywhere and no hope of getting any type of shot.  So I walked past the rock wall and turned right.  Had to stop and think for a second.  It was narrow and Very steep as in trip and you would become the bowling ball knocking everyone down.  I slowly started down the 1 1/2 body wide path.  Half way down I had a decision to make.  Either stay on a level high plane with no place to extend my tripod or choose the steeeeeppppeeerrrr one foot in front of the other half body path made only for serious photographers.  It was a no brainer, or lack of brains that I took this path.  This was a very slow descent to the waters edge.  I did a marvelous job considering my center of gravity has changed over the last umpteen years.  I set up and took a few pictures.  Ugh! After reviewing, it wasn’t what I expected.

I took a look back up the trail.  Had to ask myself what was I thinking when I made the decision to come down.  After reviewing in my mind the best way to go back up, I picked up my tripod with camera and started up the trail.  It was very slow but progressing.  Half way up my right foot forgot the progressing part of the plan.  It failed to lift high enough and hooked on a rock.  Kind of like trying to step over a branch but your foot catches it and your body goes forward with or without your foot.  It happened in a flash.  I was down, hard and solid.  Did my camera/lens pick some soft dirt to land on.  Noooo!  It found a nice hard rock.  So there I am laying on this incline looking at my camera/lens.   I stayed calm, kept all words that wanted out in cheek.  After breathing in and out in and out several times I started back up the path.  Finally got off the lack of brains trail and back to the top.  My wife asked if my foot was ok.  Sure, ask about my foot, don’t ask about me.

My Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 lens no longer would zoom.  With my lips sealed I walked back to the car and took out my back up lens.  I attached it to my D300s and set it on a tripod.  Took some random photos and all checked out good.  Before I took the last photo all the people had miraculously moved out of the view.  This is how I got the shot.

I can vividly remember all the details including the Nikon repair bill for $750, but for the life of me I can’t remember the name and location of the lake.

Nikon D300s, 17-55mm, f/16, 1/80, EV -1.33, ISO 200


Waiting On A New Day

Waiting On A New Day – This was taken two years ago at High Island.  I was cleaning/deleting files as I get ready for a new computer.  I never gave this one a second look until now.  No, it doesn’t show any action, movement, or in general something taking place.  But, for me, it’s a beautiful morning as this mother sits on her eggs waiting to see what the day brings.  Look close; she is facing you with her head slightly turned to the right.

Nikon D300s, Nikon 500, f/4, 1/2000, ev  -0.67, iso 320


Singing out Loud

In about two months there will be a lot of singing (squawking) as a variety of birds begin their courtship’s.  If you have never been to one,  Smith Oaks Rookery is a great place to visit. 

Nikon 300s, 500mm @ f/7.1, 1/1000, ISO 200


Nikon 300s, 500mm @ f/7.1, 1/1250, ISO 200




It’s also known as the “Snakebird”, swimming with body sumerged and long neck showing.  If you see them in the water try to follow them because they will usually come up with a fish in their beak.  With the lack of an oil gland they have to perch and spread their wings to dry out.

Nikon D300s, 500mm @ f/5.6, 1/40, ISO 200


Nikon D300s, 500mm @ f/5.6, 1/30, ISO 200



Reflection – Little Blue Heron

This Little Blue Heron was after a meal and ignored any photographer.  I liked the reflection of all the colors on this early morning April day.

Nikon D300s, 500mm @ f/5, 1/400, -0.33


Baseball – Grandson

Well, it’s that time of year again.  Took my grandson for his coach pitch try outs.  I am glad he asked me because I enjoy the heck out of watching him play.  The following pictures are from his last year in T-ball.



Don’t Forget About Your Local Park

After an early morning outing that turned out to be a bust I decided to drive through a local park on the way home.  This is just a reminder your local park can offer some good opportunities.

All shot with a Nikon D300s, 500mm @ f/5.6






Black-bellied Whistling Duck

These were some difficult pictures taken one early cold foggy morning.  I watched the weather forecast and it was going to be bright and beautiful – not.  So many great opportunities but wait….I could barely see most of the time and the fog would not lift.  I had to work these over a bit because of the foggy look.  I waited and watched enjoying the morning even though the camera was having a tough time focusing.  Finally a small break around 09:00 which is usually the time I am headed back to my car to head home.  Even though it was a difficult morning for taking pictures it was pretty cool just being there sharing a moment with nature.  Now that warms the heart.

Nikon D300s, 500mm @ f/4, 1/800, ISO 250



Nikon D300s, 500mm @ f/4, 1/1250, ISO 400



Nikon D300s, 500mm @ f/4, 1/640, ISO 400



Nikon D300s, 500mm @ f/4, 1/640, ISO 400


Northern Cardinal

Whenever visting my inlaws I like to set up and watch them come in for the bird seeds and water.  Thanks to my inlaws they have been fed for years.  You can stand at the kitchen window most anytime of the day and there is usually some type of activity.  They are named after the red robes worn by Roman Catholic Cardinals.

All taken with Nikon D300s, Nikon 500mm @ f/4, between 1/100 – 1/320, Flash, Tripod