A quick recap

So, I was off-grid for the month of April but even before that, I did very little writing and very little photography, and most of what I done did wuz with the phone thingamajiggy.

. . . but not exclusively thingamajiggely photography (yes, I make up words when I need them; it’s faster than searching for the proper words and also more fun).

Parrot Tulips,
Parrot Tulips

Why, I even done did that whole shallow depth of the field many people like. Here are two different applications of shallow DOF . . .

Parrot Tulips,
Parrot Tulips
Parrot Tulips
Parrot Tulips

I wonder if I could blend these? I mean,  I did not plan to, but what would happen?

. . . this:

 Blended Parrot Tulips
Blended Parrot Tulips

Eh . . . perhaps some other time.

This next is a shot of one of many Parrot Tulips I was looking forward to photographing . . .

Parrot Tulips
Parrot Tulips
Parrot Tulips
Parrot Tulips

. . . until some passing deer (or other herbivores) done ate them all up. They left the yellow ones and following the snow of the past few days, I doubt anything is now left standing.

. . . including the Daffodils.

Daffodils
Daffodils

For a few weeks there the front yard was looking very nice. Tulips, Daffodils, flowering phlox, other small flowers on some of the shrubs . . . now I won’t know what survived until the snow melts.

Daffodils
Daffodils

The SmugMug Gallery HERE will have a few more photos, but meanwhile here’s one more.

Daffodils
Daffodils

By the way, remember the small nest on the Silver Maple? No? I posted photos of it.

Anyway, here’s the remnants of it. I guess it was not sturdy enough to last through the winter.

Nest, Silver Maple,
Nest, Silver Maple,

Well, since no one cares about nests, here’s some shots I took of the lunar eclipse.

Moon Eclipse,
Moon Eclipse,

This was during the morning twilight, and the moon was low on the horizon. That means that conditions were not favorable for sharp photos.

That also means conditions were not favorable for standing out there at 5:00am in sub-zero temperatures.

Moon Eclipse,
Moon Eclipse,

According to the coverage map, I was supposed to see a total eclipse . . . instead, this was as dark as it got and that little bit remained bright.

Here’s a couple of shots after the supposed peak.

Moon Eclipse
Moon Eclipse
Moon Eclipse
Moon Eclipse

In late April I cleaned out the bird boxes . . . just in time, too, as prospective users came to check out their respective digs. I missed the Blue Birds but did catch the Tree Swallows exploring the place.

Tree Swallows
Tree Swallows
Tree Swallows
Tree Swallows

Per their modus operandi, the female scoped out the box while the male camped on its usual perch and waited for me and my camera.

Tree Swallows
Tree Swallows
Tree Swallows
Tree Swallows
Tree Swallows
Tree Swallows

Once I knew they were here, I mounted the 400mm lens . . .

Tree Swallows
Tree Swallows
Not a great action shot, but it's early in the season.
Not a great action shot, but it’s early in the season.

Of course, while I had the lens out I hunted other birds . . .

American Robin
American Robin
Red Finch
Red Finch
Red Finch
Red Finch
 Red Finch - Aspen buds must taste good.
Red Finch – Aspen buds must taste good.

I often try and get birds right when they launch, but I usually miss the moment . . . not this time.

Tree Swallows
Female Red Finch launching

I got the other one, too . . . just not as good a shot.

Tree Swallows
Male Red Finch launching

Female Red Finch launchingThe day was nice, the rain and eventual snow a few days away. We went and sat on the back patio. Of course, I had my camera with me.

Tree Swallows
Tree Swallows

I hope they nest here again.

That’s it. That’s the update.

Nothing like the three May 2014 marathon posts (HERE, HERE, and HERE), but I’ve been busy.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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