Liquid Refreshment

Aaaaaah! | 100mm, f/9.5, a/125 sec, ISO 1600

Finally!! We’ve really needed some rain and really wanted some cooler weather. Looks like we might finally have gotten both.

I don’t know why most of ┬áthese water droplets on the leaves looked white, but it caught my attention. Anyone know why they look this way? Light refraction?

Cardinal Sin

Caught Red-Handed, er, Winged! | 300mm, f/5.6, 1/60, ISO 200

A HA!! Finally caught him in the act!! Well, I caught at least one of the culprits who kept poking holes in my apples and making them rot!

I was a long way away when I took this picture, so the camera wanted to focus on the branches and leaves in front of the bird, rather than the bird. I took several shots with him, bent over… practically upside down, sticking his bill into the apple, but they did not turn out in focus. Besides, he has a great “busted!” expression on his face in this shot anyway. :)

Old McDaniel Has a Farm

I’ve been to McDaniel Farm Park in Duluth several times, but I went today to give my new lens a test run. I went after work, and the sun was a little further down than I expected at that time. I guess the days getting shorter kind of snuck up on me!

Anyway, the first photo that follows is a closeup of a dove that was in a tree at the edge of the parking lot at work. I was about 50 feet from the tree, and the bird was about 30-40 feet up. I cropped the first one to show the detail I caught, and then the second shot is the actual photo. The detail I can pull with this lens is awesome!

The rest of the photo are random shots from McDaniel Farm. Enjoy!

Close crop of dove in tree showing detail

Uncropped photo of dove in tree

Chair on porch in Golden Sunset

Early Port-o-Potty (Well, actually, it would be a Perm-o-Potty)

Industrious Squirrel with a Three-Pack of Pecans

And finally…

From a Troll's View

Happy Hour at the Sugar Water Grill

Hey Baby, You Come Here Every Five Seconds? | 105mm, f/6.7, 1/350 sec, ISO 800

Seven, count ’em, seven hummingbirds in one shot! Probably my last hummingbird image for a while, even though I have several others I’m going to post along the length of this blog.

I’ve got a new lens coming tomorrow, so it’s time to get serious about shooting EVERY DAY again!! Woo hoo!!

Piddler on the Roof

Yikes! | 105mm, f/11, 1/60 sec, ISO 280

My neighbor a few houses down scares me. Not in a stalking/bothering me way, but in the Oh-my-goodness!-I’m-about-to-see-someone-fall-to-their-death way. Since I didn’t want to make this image so extremely vertical, I cropped it, so what you can’t tell is that he’s about three stories off the ground (this is a two-story house on a slope) with no safety device of any sort.

And you can tell from the slope of his body, that one false slip of his right arm, his weight will carry him right off the edge. He had been learning even further out before I got my camera. As I was taking this photo, his young son, maybe 10 years old, climbed to the top of the ladder that was leaning on the garage. Oy vey.

People All Over the World, Join Hands…

I Ain't as Old as I Look | 30mm, f/16, 1/90 sec, ISO 200

… Ride the Love Train, Love Train. I really like that song. Anyone else remember it?

Anyway, I haven’t been taking photos lately. I haven’t gone anywhere or done anything that merits interest. The only thing I saw today was a dust devil that picked up some sheets of paper that had been strewn along the highway. It took them up the whirlwind, I’d guess, about 40 feet high. Pretty cool. Of course, I was driving, so I couldn’t have taken a good shot anyway.

This photo is from June of this year when I went to the Southeastern Railway Museum here in Duluth. It was really interesting, but it was oh-so-hot that day… not unlike today… extremely hot… in the MIDDLE OF SEPTEMBER!!!

I thought I’d run some fun “vintage” filters on this and see if I could get it to look like an old photo. Sure enough, I think it does. Pretty cool, huh? Actual photo below: