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I'm going to try firing up the blog again for 2016, especially the nature/landscape side of things. It is in desperate need of a redesign so I will be working on that while shooting for KSTV. Unfortunately the slideshows on older posts have been disabled by flickr. You can find all of my work in my gallery.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Just Saying Hello

Taking a little unexpected break. I had what I am sure was pneumonia  for a couple of weeks and now six of us have gone through a wicked stomach virus., two ended up with  Strep and one ended up in the ER. Crazy start to the new year. I hope everyone is staying well. I can't wait for Spring!

Since I haven't been able to take anything new, here are a couple of shots from last year's ice storm that didn't make the cut for the blog:

 

  

And one that did...


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Getting Closer

My hawk friend is starting to get a little more tolerant of me after several encounters over the past week or so. Seems he finally got the crows off his back and I went outside this morning to find two bluejays giving him a hard time. This guy swooped down and nipped at his wings. That is one brave bluejay! The hawk is looking at him like, "Seriously?!"



I am using my 50-200mm lens and so far he hasn't been close enough to get a really good shot, but I'm sure I'll get him soon now that I am getting familiar with his feeding times and patterns. =) Looks like this guy is some type of buteo. Probably a young red-tailed hawk.




Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Sunshine For The Soul

I thought we could all use a little sunshine. I pulled these from a folder taken a couple of summers ago. I guess they never made the first cut. =) I can't wait to see color like this again!

 



 
"Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful;
they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul."
~Luther Burbank

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Ice Ice Baby


Bird Season

Winter is the perfect time to chase the birds with my camera. They can't hide behind the leaves and they are all too eager to get to the feeders. I also love it in early spring when the buds have emerged. It makes a beautiful backdrop for bird photos.

I have been chasing this little woodpecker for a couple of days now. I finally got a shot of him, but I will keep trying for a better one.



You might remember how much I loved the hawks that visited my old house. I had one crazy Coop who would let me practically walk up to him. I was so excited the day we were over here cleaning and getting ready to move in the new house. I saw a hawk in the back tree. He is around frequently, but unfortunately I rarely get close to him because he is harrassed and run off by the giant crows. They dive at him and nip at his wings. While I was chasing the bluejays today, I heard a racket and looked up to see this overhead:




Sunday, January 3, 2010

Not So Blue Moon

We had too much cloud cover to get the moon on New Year's Eve, so here is my "day late and a dollar short" moon as viewed over central Kentucky. 



Taken with my Pentax K100D
2x manual teleconverter, 50-200mm lens
f5.6, 1/125, ISO 400, hand-held

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Snowflakes

This was so fun last year that I had to give it a try this morning when I saw some gently falling snowflakes. Here is a compilation of some of them:




If you want to give this a try, just put down a dark colored fabric and shoot away. I didn't even use a macro lens or filter this morning, just my 18-55mm kit lens. I used my point & shoot last year and my focus was a little better, but you don't need any fancy equipment to give this a try. You will get more detail with a macro lens or by putting your p&s in macro mode.

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