Whatever Weds. Sunset over the Vineyard

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I got home Thursday night and saw a friend was having a Meet Up to photograph the Wild Mustard that is in bloom here now, and the sunset. I signed up to go straight-away. I’ve been missing my camera time quite a lot.

It was so good to get out with friends old and new to converse, hear the birds, see the fields of wild mustard, and a lovely sunset.

Sunset over the Wild Mustard and Vines

This was our last stop for the evening;  in a vineyard looking west over the wild mustard and vines as the sunset cast its last light on the Santa Cruz mountains and valley below.

I hope you all have a lovely rest of the week!

Nikon D810| Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G @f/16 | 1/25s| ISO 100| Manual Priority| PS CC 2019

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Whatever Weds.

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I have been mostly MIA here on the blog and keeping up with you because I have been needed at Baby Girl’s house.

The Hansome Surveyor has been really sick and was hospitalized where he stayed for 10 days.

He’s home now, but they have a long road ahead of them, but setbacks are the stepping stones to comebacks I believe.

Monday, I had a couple of hours free so Big Baby Boy who flew home to be here for the family team and I took a drive out to Knights Ferry to check out the historic wood covered bridge.

This bridge built in 1863 replaced the original which was built in 1860. The Knights Ferry bridge was built to last and was holding up well by the torrential water and rapids rushing down river in the flood of 1862. A bridge further up the river wasn’t and its ruins wiped out the original Knights Ferry bridge. The water was 35 feet higher than the low mark we see here in my image.

The bridge is 330 ft long and is the longest wood covered bridge west of the Mississippi: it crosses the Stanislaus River and is only open to foot traffic now.

There are relics and ruins from an old mill and a neat church and other old buildings I will talk about and share some images of in a future post.

I made those images on my DSLR and haven’t been home to upload them yet.

The Handsome Surveyor is tired and resting a lot. He’ll need it as he returns to work next week.

I am planning to go home Saturday. He-Man has been holding down the fort while I’ve been here. I miss him and am looking forward to seeing him.

I hope your week has been going well and you have a great weekend!

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Whatever Weds. February’s Rural Full Moon

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I’ve been going over to Baby Girl’s almost weekly since our Littlest was born, but whilst she was in the hospital on bedrest I spotted this little cabin and outbuilding one afternoon on my way home from the hospital and it has been on my radar since.

Knowing the full moon was upon us I did a quick search of my sun and moon tools to see if the moon would line up with the cabin because I was going to be at Baby Girls on Monday.  Luck was with me it did line up! So, I got there early and set up to wait.

February's Rural Full Moon

I didn’t wait for the Moon to get directly over the cabin because the shadows were getting longer and broader with each passing minute. By the time the Moon would have been right over or right of the cabin the shadows would have killed the golden light on the cabin.  I learned that whilst waiting for the Moon to rise. I will keep that in mind when planning another shoot here.

See the nut trees in bloom behind the cabin? All the orchards are in bloom right now over here. It seems too early to me though. I hope a frost doesn’t come along and kill the buds.

OT- Some weeks back whilst I was staying at Baby Girl’s full time I passed my 9th year blogging/sharing my photos here on WordPress. 9 years! It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long at all.  Thank you all so much for your likes, comments, and conversations throughout the years. I think of you as friends and appreciate your visits very much.

I hope you’re having a lovely week!

Nikon D810| Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D| Hoodman STEEL Digital Film| PS CC 2019

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Whatever Wednesday: American Kestrel

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This image was made earlier this year when I went birding with friends to a favorite Wildlife Refuge.  The American Kestrel that is usually there is such a tease!

It lands on a post and poses oh so perfect for you to see it and get your camera/lens ready then you creep up in your car ever. so. slowly- cause it’s an auto route only mind you. Trying not to crunch the gravel too loudly because you know this guy or gal is a tease and will fly to the next the post or the one beyond it at the slightest sound of a car approaching.

…And the car was too loud and his eyesight too keen so he flew from the perfect old stump which was much closer to the obscurity of the branches of a tree quite a way away! The brat! This image is cropped in because he was too far away for my 200-500mm lens. Sigh. Still, I love the highlight in its eye and that look of smug haha you can’t see me now pose.

American Kestrel

This bird and the Kite are my favorites of all the Falcons/hawks. The Kestrel is the smallest of the raptors and the most colorful in North America. I’m sure I’ve shared that before and hope you don’t mind being told again. They’re quite common here so their facts can slip by unnoticed quite like the Mallard I think.

I’m getting away from it all and going birding with friends this week to two favorite wildlife refuges. I’m so looking forward to that!  I hope you too have something to look forward to that brings you joy this week.

Nikon D810| Nikkor 200-500mm| Hoodman STEEL Digital Film| PSCC 2019


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Whatever Weds. Our Littlest

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I’m home!  Baby Girl had our Littlest Monday morning. You already know this if you follow me on Instagram. I hope I don’t bore with the same news.  For those that don’t know he was 6 pounds, 3 ounces, and 19.5 inches long. Born at 37 weeks one day. He’s so tiny, and perfect!

Both were doing so well they were able to go home yesterday afternoon.  After 3 weeks in the hospital on Bed Rest, Baby Girl is very happy to be home!

I spent a little bit of time this afternoon taking newborn photos of him before He-Man and I headed home. Here he is our wee one just 2 days and 7 hours old. He’s so tired. He isn’t up long. Landon David


We’re so grateful for your thoughts, and prayers for her and us during that time. I am positive they helped.  With your thoughts, prayers, the Nurses who liked and cared for her so well, and her high-risk specialist that put it all on the line to see Baby Girl had what she needed to stay on Bed Rest to see this pregnancy to a positive end we wouldn’t be here today!  Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts and souls from all of us! xx

I need to get my own house in order, but I’ll be catching up with you all soon!

Nikon D810| Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens| Hoodman STEEL Digital Film| PS CC 2019

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Please Hold!

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Egg-mergenency Room

Life has taken another turn as I feared it might.  Baby Girl has been on Hospital Bed Rest since Thursday (yesterday). So, I stayed over there to help with #1 Grandson getting him to and from school, helping with homework, baths, etc. I’ll be spending the next two to two and a half weeks over there helping out.

The plan is still hoping Baby Girl can stay well enough to keep our Littlest in the womb until the 28th of this month. Should her blood pressure, and the protein in her urine continue to rise I’m sure they’ll induce her labor sooner.  We’re keeping our fingers crossed and praying Preeclampsia doesn’t strike her again! Baby L is doing very well through all this thankfully!

While over at her house I won’t have access to my images and typing on my Kindle and cell phone isn’t always great so, I’m putting blogging on hold for a bit, but I’ll do my best to keep up with you all.

I hope the next time I post it will be with great news. 😃🍼👶

Nikon D700| Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D| SunDisk Digital Film| PS CS6

Whatever Wednesday: Coyote

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Hello! I hope this finds you all doing well and the start of 2019 has been easy on you.

I started the year birding on January 1st with several friends. Upon entering one of our favorite wildlife refuges we spotted a Coyote and got some great looks at each other.

Isn’t it a beauty!


The Coyote in Symbolism is the guide that can appear to you when you’ve lost your way or path.  It speaks to the path less traveled. The Coyote is the trusted guide that leads the way for those answers along this path.

It was a wonderful day of birding and wildlife seeing, and I knew when we spotted the Coyote first thing it was a good omen for the day.

Update on Baby Girl– The planned inducement date is January 28th! In just 19 days barring any changes, we’ll be seeing our newest member of the family! Our little man in the womb is doing great, and Baby Girl is hanging in there like a trooper.

Blogging this year– I thought about doing another weekly self-challenge, but didn’t want to limit myself, and I really like posting on Wednesdays-it works for me, but I don’t want to commit to Wordless Wednesday cause sometimes I like to talk or tell a story, so this year I’m going to be open to posting Whatever and mostly I’ll post on Wednesday, but I may pop in on a different day, but I won’t be loading up your email inbox with more than two posts a week.  Once a week works for me, but once in awhile, there might be two posts in a week.  So, I’m posting Whatever Wednesday this year.

Perhaps, this Coyote is a good omen for 2019 for me?  Odd years are usually better for me as strange as that sounds it’s true. I’m hoping it holds true this year too.

Happy Hump Day everyone, and here’s to a wonderful 2019!

Nikon D810| Nikkor 200-500mm| Hoodman Digital Film| PS CC 2019

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