Wild Weds. 2/52 Wild Ones at Home

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It rained this week! I’m not complaining we need it, so when He-Man and I went for a hike on Saturday we went late morning to let it dry out a bit, and get warmer. We kept to the paved streets in the nearby hills b/c I did not want to trod uphill and down in the mud on the trails.  We walked just over 2 miles and gained about 600ft in elevation.  It felt like a workout.

FWIW: If I’m hiking or stretching my legs with a hike I’d rather go uphill for a bigger pay off verses a longer, flat walk.  Since it was late morning there wasn’t any wildlife; the birds, deer, coyotes, and wild turkey were all napping I guess.  Not a bad place to be on a late Saturday morning though. 🙂

Sunday it rained all day. Like me all the wildlife was hunkered down somewhere cozy, warm, and dry.

So, it’s to my archives we go.

Here are a few wild ones that visit my backyard bushes and feeders taken last year.

hum… something Squirrely (sp?) is going on here…

Bird Feeder Raider

Yep! This one found the one feeder he/she can get in to!

Squirrel at Bird Feeder

Then there’s the fence sitters.

Morning Dove

California Towhee

The top bird is a Mourning Dove…which I’m thinking was born in the hanging basket on my patio, or their Mother.  The bottom bird is a California Towhee. I can’t tell if it’s the male of female.

 

I hope you’re all having a wonderful week and staying warm!

Nikon D700| Nikkor 200-500mm| Hoodman Digital Film| PS CC 2018

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Wild Wednesday 1/52 Here Kitty, Kitty!

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Bobcat

A Bobcat image…Finally!  I went birding with my friend Dali on the 30th of December which would be my last birding adventure for 2017.  We went to an area not too far from home that we hadn’t been to in a year.  While on the way out of the area and headed to lunch b/c the birds had gone quiet, and hunkered down well into the foliage out of sight Dali spotted this Bobcat.

I was so excited and had been looking for one or it when we went through this area coming in, because way back in the winter of 2011 Dali and I saw a Bobcat here, and it was right in my sights, but I missed the shot because my lens then was the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 which was slow and would hunt in poor light. My lens just would not find focus, and by the time I switched to manual focus all I managed to get were blurry butt shots of the retreating Bobcat.  It was then I decided I had to move up to the 300mm f/4 prime lens.  Missed shots like this due to a hunting lens was unacceptable! Needless to say, every time I’ve birded this area since I’ve looked for the, or a Bobcat sans success…that is, until the 30th of December 2017.  6 years of hoping to see a Bobcat again in this area!

This Bobcat just like that day in 2011 was under the canopy of Oak trees and well shaded but, unlike that day my kit today is the 200-500mm lens, and the formidable D810 camera which together were able to attain focus so, I was able to fire off 4 shots before the Bobcat got behind the foliage and out of sight.  However all was not perfect…all four images were metered for a brighter environment so, they were all under exposed.  I didn’t delete them. Actually, I never delete “in camera” for fear of corrupting my card. I hoped I would be able to bring up the exposure enough in Photoshop and save the images especially since the Bobcat did turn and look at me for two of those four shots!

If I haven’t told you before how much I like Photoshop let me tell you now. I LIKE PHOTOSHOP! I was able bring back nearly two stops of light, and with some noise reduction have a “keeper” instead of having to delete the images again.

Was this the very same Bobcat? Probably not, but maybe its offspring. 🙂  Either way I’m a very happy camper with this shot, and my last birding excursion of 2017. Oh yes,  we did see birds. Lots of Hawks, Sparrows, and a Says Phoebe are the most notable birds, but the highlight for me was long awaited re sighting of the Bobcat.  I sure hope that bodes well for a stellar 2018 wildlife/birding year.

Here’s a link about the North American Bobcat from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

Oh, three more things; 1)  you may have noticed I have changed my blog theme, and hope you’re all able to view and read my posts sans problemes. My old theme was no longer supported, and I was having some issues with it for sometime.  Then I created a “sticky” post back in week 41 of 2017 and couldn’t figure out how I did it or undo that until week 51 or so when I had given up trying to fix that and tried new themes.  For now this is the theme I’m rollin’ with. Let me know in the comments if it’s working for you please.

2) while driving home from Baby Girl’s this evening I decided on my Project 52 theme for this year. Yes, I’m going to do another one.  It motivates me, and gets me out of the house with my favorite tool…my camera.  This year’s theme I’m calling Wild Wednesday.  I have plenty of wildlife images marinating in my archives in case I get stuck indoors, but I plan to get out to make many more new images, and not all things wild are animals. 🙂

3) My Header: It’s an image I made back on Jan. 1, 2011 of Stoneman Bridge in Yosemite National Park.  That was a stellar Photography Trip with Dear Friends Dali, Alex, and Theresa.  We’re way overdue for another Annual New Year’s Trip.  Just sayin. 🙂

I raise my glass and toast; Here’s to a good photographic year! 🙂

Nikon D810| Nikkor 200-500mm @f/8|ISO 1000| Hoodman Digital Film| PS CC 2018

more to come…

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them”- Walt Disney

Full Rainbow over Spooner Lake

I feel sort of discombobulated this year, and don’t really know what I’ll be blogging about regularly this year.  I’ve done a 52 weeks project for a number of years in a row. I’ve done one on macro, landscapes, this and that, birds, doors, and Wordless Wednesday… I might do one using just my LensBaby lenses this year. I haven’t done that before, and I do love my LensBaby even when it’s being stubborn and challenging.

I’m also not feeling very chatty of late. I hope that changes this year. Not that I’m going to be writing pages or anything! I know how precious your time is, and I don’t want to keep you too long or BORE you to death!  Hopefully my images are strong enough to carry the story without too much verbiage!  Oh Lord, I just thought about reading D. H. Lawrence and how verbose he was. UGH! Great writing, but oh so many words! 🙂

So, let me tell you about this image.  It’s a 10 frame panorama. I made these frames hand-held. I know BIG Faux pas. I even had my tripod! When don’t I?:)  But it was a drizzly stormy day. He-Man and I were in NV tidying up the new house and getting it ready to turn over to a Property Manager to put up for rent. Gordon of undiscoveredimages amoungus and his wife were in Lake Tahoe so, we met up at Spooner Lake hoping to do some night sky photography. Unfortunately, due to the rain and clouds we didn’t see the stars, but we did see this beautiful rainbow.

After photographing the lake for a bit I went up the rise where I made a dozen frames with the idea of stitching together a panorama.  Realizing there wasn’t going to be a night shoot I said my farewells to Gordon, his wife, and family, and went up the hill to meet He-man who had the car nice and warm.  We headed back to NV for dinner, and a cozy night in our house.

This was the first time I’ve been able to capture the whole rainbow in an image! There are several flaws with the image. Please don’t look too close.   One day I will apply myself to making the perfect panorama, but it wasn’t on this afternoon. 🙂

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas Holiday, and have a wonderful, healthy, prosperous New Year! I really appreciate all the support and friendships I have made here and look forward to continuing our friendship, and reading your blogs, and maybe meeting up with some of you this year. You’re the BEST! xx

Nikon Df| Nikkor 28-105mm @ 105mm| f/10|ISO 500| SanDisk Digital Film| Hand-Held pano| 10 frames stitched with PS CC 2018

more to come…

 

W.W. 52/52 “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” Zig Ziglar

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52 52 Yellow Rumped Warbler

52 weeks of Wordless Wednesday

52 weeks

Merry Christmas!

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I just wanted to take a moment to say MERRY CHRISTMAS! to all of you who celebrate it. I hope your holiday is wonderful, and filled with love, and lots of laughter.

Having a little one in the house has given me an opportunity to watch a favorite Holiday movie.  Frosty the Snowman.  I enjoy this movie and song so much I had to add the ornament to tree.

So, what’s going on at my house besides watching the old Christmas animated movies?

I’ve shared with some of you about my tradition of putting my collection of stuffed bears, and animals around the tree as soon as the tree goes up in December.  Part of that tradition is that the bears and animals leave sometime before Christmas. They leave a note on the tree telling us that Santa really needed their help to get all the final things ready for his most important flight of the year.

I woke up yesterday morning and they were gone. The note was on the tree saying they’d gone to the North Pole to help Santa Claus and Elves make ready for Christmas.  They thanked us for understanding, and assured us they’d be home soon, and signed their note with lots of ♥ and paw prints. 🙂

#1 Grandson who just turned 5 this week is a bit concerned about their departure and is anxiously waiting for Santa and the Bears, and other animals to return. He is worried about the Bear Cookie Jar that went too. He’s worried it might get broken.  I hope it doesn’t, but I’m sure Santa can fix him if it were to get broken. 🙂

Big Baby Boy, and the Dark Haired Beauty flew in last night. We’re all excited to have them home for Christmas.  Dark Haired Beauty is the reigning 2016 champion of the game  Mexican Train a family favorite.  We’ll see if she can be unseated this year.

Baby Girl’s sofa, Coffee, and end tables arrived yesterday.  She’s very  relieved that we all won’t be sitting on the floor while she hosts her very first Christmas in her very first apartment.

Our new house has a renter. I’ve still got mixed feelings about that as I’d love to be living there; we can’t right now, but things are lining up.

While I haven’t been too chatty with my posts this year good things are happening here.  He-Man and I are beaming with joy, and feel very blessed for it’s been a really great year so far. (knocking on wood!) 🙂

I’ll be back next week with Wordless Wednesday, but will be on a wee break til then spending time with my children, and Grandson.

If you don’t celebrate Christmas I hope you find some delight in the Holiday joy, lights, decorations, and enjoy a day off. 🙂

MERRY CHRISTMAS! xx

Nikon Df| Nikkor 105mm| SanDisk Digital Film| PS CC 2018

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Wordless Wed. 51/52 S.F. Skyline from Treasure Is. (Christmastime!2 images)

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Christmas Lights San Francisco Skyline from Treasure Is

TransAmerica Bldg SF Christmas time

 

Nikon D810| Nikkor 50mm & 200-500mm @200mm| Hoodman Digital Film| PS CC 2018

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Wordless Weds. 50/52 San Francisco Christmas Skyline

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Nikon Df| Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G| San Disk Digital Film| PS CC 2018

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