Whatever Weds.

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We’re settling into our new home. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel of boxes!

Sunday I went out with a local birding expert and guide for a morning of birding.

It was so much fun and a great birdy day with so many bird highlights. We saw a pair Great-horned Owls, some Owlets, a Barn Owl, Bald Eagles, lots of Red-wing Blackbirds, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, sparrows, Turkey Vultures, and a pilot practicing aerial loops, swoops, and dives!

I’ll share just two images today though.

A pair of Kestrels in a tree with breakfast. I didn’t notice the prey until I uploaded my images.  I’ve never seen a pair together before so this was a real treat for me.

American Kestrel Pair with Prey

and from my backyard, there are flocks of Yellow-headed Blackbirds enjoying the trees and my feeder.  I never saw these in Silicon Valley. I love their vivid heads and lovely white pattern on their wings.  I’m not sure if these are year-round birds or just spending Spring here. I’ll soon find out!

Yellow-headed Blackbirds

Yesterday the cabinets for the laundry room arrived so the contractor is going to open those boxes up and see what we got. I have to select and order my counter top still, and I think he’s going to paint He-Man’s closet. He textured the new framing for it yesterday.  I’ve been taking photos of the project at each step. I’ll share those later.

I hope your week has been going well and continues to go well through the week-end!

Nikon D810| Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 top image and 300mm f/4 bottom image| Hoodman Steel Digital Film| PS CC 2019

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Whatever Weds. Night View

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I’m still packing. I probably will be taping up the last box and running it to the moving truck as they’re pulling down the door and revving up the engine to take off for my new home!

We’ve been taking stuff over that we think we’ll need before the movers arrive, and spending the night when we can. I’ve been waiting for Milky Way season to be back in our Hemisphere.  What is she talking about the Milky Way is always there, you’re probably thinking.  It is, but the Galactic Center is only visible in the Northern Hemisphere April through mid-September. I’ve been anxiously waiting to see how it will look from my new backyard/patio since I have a southern unobstructed view.

I set my alarm for the wee hours of the morning to find out. Lookie there! I was doing my happy dance.

Milky Way from the Porch

There’s a lot more light pollution than I thought there would be, and the Moon while really low was 40 minutes from setting adding more light to the sky.  The street lamps added our house and the neighbor’s shadows on the fairway below.

I’m already eyeing trails to explore for dark skies in the upcoming months.

The movers come in 9 days! I’m so ready to be moved and settled in.

Back to packing, and notifying those that need to know I’ve got a new mailing address.

I’m sure I’m forgetting someone.

Hope you all have a great week!

Nikon D810| Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G@ f/2.2| ISO 3200| Manual Priority|Hoodman STEEL Digital Film| PS CC 2019

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Whatever Weds. Spring in Stanislaus Co.

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I’m waist deep into packing paper, boxes, and all my stuff.

I spent almost my entire adult life amassing stuff, and now I just want to get rid of most of it! I’m not really into the Komari (sp) thing, but I’m all for me having less stuff to worry about and pack! But, I have this nagging feeling I’m getting rid of things I’ll regret, and keeping things I should let go! It’s agony!

I spent the morning packing up most of the kitchen and getting our homeowners, and car insurance set up for NV. Next up will be getting our mail set up over there, and the list goes on and on, but we’re making progress. Fifteen days and the movers come to get all our stuff and really it’s mostly my stuff and take it to the new house! Well, they’ll be there the next day so, we will be sleeping on the air mattress, and have the stuff we’ve already taken over to get us through a few days should it snow or something and the truck can’t get over.  Winter is hanging on. The major Interstate they’ll probably take over the mountains has closed a few times recently because there have been two. Two avalanches in the last two weeks on that Interstate.

This is how I remember winters being when I was a girl and a young adult. I’ve always felt the weather is cyclical and has a pattern here in CA. Really good skiing winters, followed by long dry, thirsty spells. We’re in the great skiing season now, but my head is saying, Drought is coming prepare! I’m saying that with the Game of Thrones tone of Winter is Coming. 😃 I’m staying in the west so drought is probably going to be in my planning for the rest of my life.

Ah, but I digress. Since I’ve been preoccupied with the packing and moving and feeling the need to share some images and stay connected to you cause I’ve missed you I dug into my earlier images from just about a month ago when Big Baby Boy and I took a ride out to Knight’s Ferry.

The hills are still this green.

Early Spring on the Stanislaus River

and the Lupine was just beginning to bloom.  I had the wrong lens for this shot, but I like the way you can see the environment that these were blooming in. These Lupine were huge bushes. I bet they’re gorgeous now.

Spring Lupine Stanislaus County

We’re reflecting a lot about all the things we’ve experienced while living in this house 37 years. Big Baby Boy came home for 5 days to help us move some stuff over to the new house, and say Good-bye to the house he’s always called home. We treasure the memories here but we’re taking them with us. We are looking forward to new beginnings, new memories to be made, and to blooming in our new home.

Happy Wednesday!

Nikon D810| Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G| Hoodman Digital Film| CS PP 2019

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Whatever Wednesday- Let the Sunshine in

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Sunshine Rural Santa Clara CO

Nikon D810| Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G| Hoodman Digital STEEL Film| PS CC 2019

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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. 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 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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