I've been in a foul mood all day...thought maybe a little trip to look for wildflowers might snap me out of it but wouldn't you know it...just got started and my phone rings...had to go back and take care of some "important stuff"! Grrrr...maybe things will be better tomorrow.
My friend John is building a time machine. I can't wait to see it...John is a very creative, inventive guy and if anyone can do it, he'd be the guy! I hate to burst John's bubble about being first at this but I've already got a time machine! I fired it up today and took it for a little spin. I brought back this class ring from 1966 and, strangely enough, it has my initials engraved in it.
My time machine works well but only for going back to the past and it instantly zaps me back to the present when the phone rings or the wife yells at me or, sometimes, when the dogs bark. John and I were Sherman Bearcats together back in 1966...I hope he can do better.
Hey, this is just a test. The photos I've been posting lately seem to be losing a lot of resolution in the posting process so I'm trying to see if loading larger file sizes will help that situation...here goes!
I go back to the doctor tomorrow, in Corpus, so I got the word today: "The lawn WILL be mowed Wednesday!". So I picked a few of these little flowers this evening ...before they become mulch. Now, the hard part wasn't picking the flowers...nor was it the photography. No, the hard part was for ol' fumble fingers to put the flowers in the thimble and balance said thimble's rounded surface on that slick, hard granite tile!!
Tiring of the devastation at the harbor, I hit the back roads in search of South Texas...I found it!
Oh yeah...I found some wildflowers too!
A few posts back, I was bemoaning the fact that I had found flowers but hadn't had the foresight to bring a macro lens...today I had the Sigma 70/2.8 macro with me and all these were shot with it.
Macro lenses are wonderful...they let you get up close and they capture an amazing level of detail. The downside is that focus has to be very precise. The wind was blowing pretty hard this afternoon and on windy days, that precision focus is hard to achieve so I was happy to get a few keepers. Man, that March wind...that's South Texas!
I've always thought that Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes were at the pinnacle in the Texas wildflower department. Today I got the chance to shoot both...in the same place. I went out this afternoon with just my ancient Minolta 70-210/4 so I felt a little under-equipped, without a macro. Maybe I'll get the chance to go back and do a better job.
The caterpillar was a bonus.
The butterfly was another bonus!
A Texas mix.
Of course, I couldn't resist having a go in Photoshop.
OK, I have to confess...these were not out in the wild...They were right here in Aransas Pass at the corner of Lamont and Stoddard. The fact that they were seeded doesn't detract from their beauty, just lowers my credibility as a wildflower hunter. Hey, I don't mind...I'm shameless :)
I spent all morning in Corpus Christi at the VA clinic and then took a little snooze when I got home (very tiring, being poked and prodded). By the time I got up and stirring, it was almost too late to get out and look for photos but I made a short tour of the harbor just to say "I tried".
This old shaft, propeller and keel section are all that's left of the trawler, Silvestre.
A coast guard buoy tender doing a little work in the ICW.
Cormorants are pretty interesting birds. Although they catch their fish by diving under water and catching them while fully submerged, they are, strangely enough, one of the only "water birds" that don't have waterproof feathers. When you see them perched with their wings spread like this, they are drying their feathers. I guess it's a real drag to try to fly with wet feathers.
Last year's empty seed pods. I guess, in a way, these are a symbol of nature's never-ending cycle...their life is gone but they've done their part to start the next generation.
The propeller with the Konica-Minolta 28-75/2.8 all others with the Sony 70-300 G
I went out to the county roads again today and found quite a few flowers along the fences.
There was a pretty good variety of colors.
Lots of colors but more white than anything else.
Some of the vine tendrils were interesting too...this one looks like it's just looking for something to wrap itself around.
A flower just opening, one fully opened and one just about ready to bloom out.
There's a little bit of magenta in this one...one of my favorite colors of the season...of course, I enjoy all the colors.
The intricacy of the centers always amazes me. It was a pretty fruitful trip today and the season is just starting. All the white flowers and the vine were with the Sigma 70/2.8 macro and the others were with the Sigma 8-16.
It turned out to be a gorgeous day and I headed out around four o'clock to see what I could find. I went to all my usual haunts but just didn't find anything that stirred my imagination so I came back home. I'd say it was a wasted trip but the day was so nice, it was a pleasure just to be out and about. Here's a couple from the archives...a harbor scene from 2005 and one from just a while back, on the day of the Halo Flight down at the boat ramps.
It's not everyday that a commoner like me gets to approach royalty...even more rare to have the honor of taking a close up portrait of them...but that's what happened to me today! This is the king of the pond at Live Oak Park in Ingleside and he allowed me to get up close and personal...didn't even hiss, honk and try to chase me away.
There used to be a lot of geese and ducks at this pond but today I only saw one pair of geese and one pair of ducks...I hope these can survive, they are beautiful and fun to watch.
There were a few wildflowers in the park too.
I woke up to thunderstorms this morning and figured there wouldn't be any photos today but it stopped raining and the sun came out but it was another very windy afternoon so I traveled light, just my camera and the Sony 70-300 G. Didn't figure I would need the macro but then wished I'd brought it when I found these.
First Indian Blanket of the year for me.
Live Oak Park is a pretty nice place, glad it's close by.