Monday, March 26, 2012

Camo


Who do you think invented camouflage? Was it the military, the hunters, the Realtree people? Nah, it was Mother Nature...and nobody does it better!

Sony 70-200G with 1.4x TC

I have to apologize for my long absence from the blog...I didn't run over my limit on data again, I've just been busy and I've been bummed out...I've been dealing with a camouflage issue of another kind. Did you ever have a long-time friend turn on you, shed his camouflage and show you his true self? I've been dealing with that this week. This guy has been camouflaged for years but he's out in the open now, in plain sight and I just have to put him and the situation behind me. Ah, life...you never stop learning....

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Hunt Continues


The neighbor's cat heard I was shooting birds so she came over to investigate.


If I can just get that lid off, I can roll in this stuff!
My flash was a little too strong in this one but I'll take it.


Half of the Rap group "Kid N Play"


M-M-M-Motion!

It was another short session...windy and spitting rain so I decided that "tomorrow is another day"



Friday, March 16, 2012

15 Minutes On The Porch


I warned you that I was shifting into "bird" mode...I was only able to sit on the front porch for about 15 minutes this afternoon but the birds rewarded me. Here's a Red winged Blackbird...they'll empty a feeder in a heartbeat!


A young male cardinal


A female Cardinal...this girl wasn't shy at all, she flirted with me for several minutes.


Adult male at the feeder


The Black Crested Titmouse was back...or maybe (probably) another one. This one did seem a little larger than the one from yesterday.


Lucky shot of the day...I was about to shoot the male cardinal in the background when this female flew right into the frame...it could be a little sharper but "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth."...right?

All these were with the Sony 70-200/2.8 with a 1.4x teleconverter.







Thursday, March 15, 2012

Fair Warning


I feel that it's only fair to give everyone warning that I put the feeders back out today. They spent the winter in the safety of the garage so it's time for them to get a little action. I give y'all warning because, for the next few days, I'll probably bore everyone to death with bird pictures! I put the feeders out fairly early today but didn't get the chance to watch them till the sun was almost down this evening...hope I have more time for it tomorrow!

Minolta 500/f8

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Still Negotiating...




Those of you that have been regular readers of my blog know that I come from a railroad family. My dad, paternal grandparents and various uncles, cousins...all railroaders. My dad started working for The Texas and Pacific Railroad when he was 18 years old and spent over 30 years with the company. He was killed on the job when he was 49. When I was discharged from the navy, my first real job was with the railroad. If I hadn't been laid off, I probably would have been a lifer too. When I was a kid, we never lived more than 100 feet from the tracks...so, to say railroading is in my blood would be an understatement. I love trains, plain and simple. My parents gave me Lionel and American Flyer train sets and I was a happy camper. My dad and I had a modest train layout that we worked on up until the time of his death. I was in San Francisco in 1970 and saw this engine in a model railroad shop and it was love at first sight...I spent about 2 weeks worth of pay for it and vowed that I would build a layout when I got home and settled. I hit a few obstacles on the way...jobs, a family to feed and house, time and money to spend on the project and...room to build it in. Over the years, I built rail cars and accumulated various necessities (most of which I no longer possess) but somehow my railroad never got built. I'm still negotiating for Right Of Way!

This is a brass model of a Denver & Rio Grande Western C-19. It was a three foot narrow gauge engine built for mountain service. They used the narrow gauge equipment because it was better suited for the rough mountain terrain than full sized track...these trains were the industrial age equivalent of pack mules...they hauled mining equipment, timber, livestock and supplied the mountain towns and settlements with all the essentials...hauled the mail and passengers too!

I hope you'll forgive the grungy looking pencil I used for a size reference...it was in my shirt pocket at the time I was setting this up and, earlier in the day, I had rescued it from the bottom of one of my tool boxes...so it looks a little worse for the wear!


Saturday, March 3, 2012

Let There Be...


Roses!

Spring isn't quite here but the roses are getting the jump on the situation. I'm looking forward to a good year, since we got a little rain this Winter.

I waited very patiently for my internet service to roll over...now that it has, I've gotten so busy with work related stuff that I haven't been able to take advantage of it...patience, John, Patience!