It begins in a field . . .

. . . specifically, this field.

That’s an unedited photo from the Nikon P900 of a field in the Crab Orchard Lake Wildlife Refuge.  It was an overcast day with intermittent rain (it wasn’t raining when I snapped this). I think I mentioned it before that my sole purpose in snapping this and other photos was to see what famous painters could do with them. 

Edward Hopper

Of course, that’s an easy one . . . what would someone do with an out of focus photo?

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Note 8 captures over the course of a few days

The Note 8’s main role is to document stuff . . . by taking photos.

Mind you, it’s also a phone but even though it’s our main (official) phone, we don’t get many calls.

Well, OK . . . these days we get more calls than usual. In fact, more calls than the total number of calls I received on that phone over the course of the last two years. 

May 9th

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Preview of things to come; soon, I hope.

I’ve kept pretty busy . . . rather, being a homeowner has kept me pretty busy. Still, I had the opportunity (I took the opportunity) to snap a few photos . . . like, maybe 400 photos or so . . . and fifty or so videos. 

It will take me a while to find the time to process them all but I want to show a preview — give a taste, so to speak — of stuff to come. Don’t worry; only thirty photos or so. And a few videos. And some music I like.

There is no SmugMug Gallery for this preview but there will be when I do the individual posts. For now, you can click on the photos for a larger version. 

That, my dear readers, is a heron frogging in the small drainage ditch bordering the North side of our yard. I mean, I thought he (or she) was an idiot because I know there are no fish in that stream . . . but he (or she) had a taste for frog legs and knew where to find them. Unfortunately, my camera battery died a few seconds before he caught a frog and ate it. 

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Phoenix Cardinal, More Bees, More Rocks

Phoenix Cardinal?

Yup . . . 

Rising from the ashes, lo and behold . . . a Cardinal.

For them not interested in reading, you can go directly to the SmugMug Gallery HERE.  

For a SmugMug slideshow, click HERE. When you click the link, it will open in a new window and you have two options:
1) Manually scroll through the photos by clicking the “<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos.
2) There’s a PLAY/PAUSE button at the bottom-left of the screen with the transition set at about 5 seconds. Note: clicking the PLAY arrow will run a full-screen slideshow. You can then still use the”<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos as this will pause the slideshow.

If you want the full experience, keep reading.

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The Robin’s Nest

On May 1st the shrubs and a couple of trees got a much-needed trimming. This Magnolia tree — planted too close to the house — got a pretty good trim . . . 

I noticed something after the landscapers left . . . 

For them not interested in reading, you can go directly to the SmugMug Gallery HERE.  

For a SmugMug slideshow click HERE. When you click the link, it will open in a new window and you have two options:
1) Manually scroll through the photos by clicking the “<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos.
2) There’s a PLAY/PAUSE button at the bottom-left of the screen with the transition set at about 5 seconds. Note: clicking the PLAY arrow will run a full-screen slideshow. You can then still use the”<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos as this will pause the slideshow.

If you want the full experience, keep reading.

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Bees and Rocks

For them not interested in reading, you can go directly to the SmugMug Gallery HERE.  

For a SmugMug slideshow click HERE. When you click the link, it will open in a new window and you have two options:
1) Manually scroll through the photos by clicking the “<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos.
2) There’s a PLAY/PAUSE button at the bottom-left of the screen with the transition set at about 5 seconds. Note: clicking the PLAY arrow will run a full-screen slideshow. You can then still use the”<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos as this will pause the slideshow.

If you want the full experience, keep reading.

Bee playing Hide-n-Seek

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Osprey – Part One

On the 14th of April, I stood in the cold wind in the middle of a yard for about twenty minutes shooting photos and videos of an Osprey intent on doing pretty much little beyond perching on a tree limb and occasionally vocalizing. 

You can click on these photos for a larger version but I didn’t bother with the full-size photos because it was a cloudy and dingy day and 1280 pixels in width is perfectly fine for these shots. 

Part two will have better shots both because those shots were taken in a clear and sunny day and also because I used my D7000 and D200 with the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens and the Nikon 80-400mm f/5.6 VR lens along with the Nikon P900.

But, on this day, I had only brought the P900. 

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