For them not interested in reading, you can see the photos in THIS<<link SmugMug Gallery.  

For a SmugMug slideshow, click HERE<<link. 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 top-left of the screen with the transition set at about 5 seconds. Note: clicking the PLAY arrow activates the option for a full-screen slideshow. You can then still use the”<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos (this will pause the slideshow).

If you want the full experience, keep reading.

That grackle did something I’ve not seen other birds do — it rinsed the worm it’s holding.
Notice the meal also includes a salad portion (grass blades).

What do that title even mean? Does it have anything to do with scat? Am I resorting to fecal humor? And what’s with all them adjectives?

Whoa there, Bob! That’s a lot of questions . . . lemme ‘splain . . .

For them not interested in reading, you can see the photos in THIS SmugMug Gallery.  

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 upper-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.

You can also click on the individual photos and a larger (but not full-size) version will open in a new tab or window. The galleries also have the option to show the larger version.

If you want the full experience, keep reading.

So, twice now I mentioned seagull and I start out with ducks. Well, I liked how they swam away from me even though I was inside a car and about sixty yards away. But most of all, I like the wake patterns they formed. It reminded me of a flotilla of warship . . . well, feathery warships. Them beaks are deadly, don’t you know. 

I’ve stopped entering photo contests because I never win . . . don’t have the talent . . . they are all rigged . . . the judges have peculiar tastes in photos . . . I don’t really need the prizes.

However, since it’s a near certainty that I will not win, or place, or even come in a distant 3,600th out of a (current) pool of 3,600 entries, and since I was curious about the “Shine a light” theme, I figure I would sacrifice one of my photos to the lost cause.

Ah, but which one?

I read the meaning of “Shine a light” as metaphorically shining a spotlight on a subject or issue to get it noticed.

I’m fresh out of issues since all the good causes seem to have been taken, so I’m left with “subject”.

. . . for the low voter turnout for the “D” stories offerings. Perhaps me asking you to vote for your favorite”D” story HERE is annoying and getting old.

Perhaps people feel pressured into voting (even though I specified no one need feel guilty if they don’t feel like reading/voting) and resentment is setting in.

Perhaps the thought of 22 more rounds of short stories sounds too much like a commitment (although no one should feel obligated to stick with us for the whole run).

Perhaps the “content warning” for the stories is turning people off (although it doesn’t apply to all the stories and the warning is probably unwarranted and I was only being extra cautious).

Or, perhaps people are too busy worrying about COVID-19 and are out shopping for toilet paper.

Whatever the reason, we’re less than half the number of votes we had at this juncture of the “C” stories voting period.

Not a big deal in the scheme of things, but one wonders. Still, there’s another week of voting, so perhaps a late surge will bring the tally up to respectable levels.

Anyway, remember this photo? I mean, you should because it’s been used in the last two posts.

. . . one giant ego boost for the writers asking you to vote for your favorite”D” story HERE. If you’ve yet to read them, links to the stories are included in that post.

Some people have apologized for not having time to read them. I want to stress no one should feel pressured to read these stories. If interested, if you have the time, and if you find them entertaining, welcome onboard. If any of them things are untrue, don’t force yourself.

For one thing, it’ll predispose you to hate the stories. For another, this challenge is meant to be a fun and friendly competition between one good writer and two brothers, and we’ll do this whether two or two-hundred people read the stories.

I jest about the good writer bit, but since it’s my blog — and they don’t read this blog — I can say anything I want here.

Anyway, remember this from yesterday?

. . . but you can help them by voting for your favorite”D” story HERE. If you’ve yet to read them, links to the stories are included in that post.

Some people have apologized for not having time to read them. I want to stress no one should feel pressured to read these stories. If interested, if you have the time, and if you find them entertaining, welcome onboard. If any of them things are untrue, don’t force yourself.

For one thing, it’ll predispose you to hate the stories. For another, this challenge is meant to be a fun and friendly competition between one good writer and two brothers, and we’ll do this whether two or two-hundred people read the stories.

I jest about the good writer bit, but since it’s my blog — and they don’t read this blog — I can say anything I want here.

Anyway, another photo from last week . . .

Processed in Lightroom and Nik Collection and Topaz Sharpen AI — click for a larger version.

. . . vote for your favorite”D” story HERE. I mean, sure; you need to read them first, but if you do, then voting is a no-brainer. After all, this isn’t anything like the presidential elections where you have to choose between “nope!” and “noper!” . . . or, maybe it is, but in this case, you have the choice of voting not to vote!

Anyway, another photo from last week . . .

Processed in Lightroom and Nik Collection and Topaz Sharpen AI — click for a larger version.

I know, I know . . . the less-than-twenty-out-of-sixteen-hundred-plus-subscribers who were going to vote already did so. But, just in case a few more readers stagger in here . . .

. . . there’s only another week before the “C” stories voting closes. I suspect most people who had any intention of reading them have already done so, but just in case, you can vote for them HERE as well as find links to the stories so that — you know — you can read them before you vote.

Right, done with that.

I’ve mentioned before that sitting in a car with the engine running seems to play tricks on the Nikon Cameras VR feature. Pretty much every time I’ve attempted snapping photos with the engine running, even if I don’t lean on anything in the car (other than, you know, having my gluteus maximus planted on the seat) the photos come out blurry. I’ve done tests with the car running and the car not running, and it’s a real thing.

I mean the camera messing up is a real thing, not my ass . . . although, my ass is also a real thing but not relevant to this discussion.

Click for a larger version.

Almost every day I spend time sitting outside, on the patio, camera on hand and a coffee by my side, hoping to capture something interesting. This post is about boring photos from my patio.

OK, one photo is from a quick drive we took . . .

The rest are all from our patio . . . wait, let me check . . . nope; I thought there might have been one more from somewhere else, but that’s not the case. 

Most of these are shot with the 70-300mm lens at full zoom. All of these are lightly processed and cropped in Lightroom from the JPG files that are saved with the RAW files. Meaning, but for some minor tweaks, they are about what you get out of the camera. The camera is the D7500 . . . almost makes me want to rethink shooting RAW, but I’ll probably still do it. 

OK, enough words . . . here’s the gallery of a bunch of photos from the last five days or so.