Biding time until fall

Yesterday was a ‘travel’ day for both Molly and I.

First both of us to St Louis and a trip to the dentist (we have been going to him for nearly 30 years and see no real reason to change just because we moved to the new house).

Molly went to Lone Elk to see if there was anything to photograph and I headed north to Duck Hollow to help getting things ready for teal season (Sept 10).

Molly reported that things were pretty slow as we suspected but she did manage a couple of images that would work for the blog.

Looking forward to cooling temps, elk bugling, ducks flying and good times.

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Olivia Paige

Our niece Brandi’s 1st child–photo says it all–Unidentified photographer

Trip to Farmington tomorrow– life is good


Flying Jewels

Molly captured this beauty.

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For those interested in such things

Camera Model: Canon EOS 40D
Shutter speed: 1/2500 sec
Aperture: 5.6
Exposure mode: Av
Flash: Off –note flash is the only reliable way to freeze wings on these birds without motion blur                                                                                                                               Metering mode: Evaluative
Drive mode: High-speed continuous shooting
ISO: 400
Lens: EF500mm f/4L IS USM
Focal length: 500mm
Subject distance: 5.5 m
AF mode: AI Servo AF
White balance: Auto
Picture style: Standard
Color space: sRGB
Saturation: Normal
Sharpness: 3
Contrast: Normal
Tone: Normal

Big Meteor Show Forecasted Tonight

For the last couple of evenings,Molly and I have sat out on the patio watching the Perseid meteor shower. It has been a bit ‘slow’ but we have seen several big fireball type meteors. I guess it is a perk of living at the edge of a small town with very little light pollution that we can watch on the patio–something that would not be possible at the old homestead.
Being close to the kitchen also makes it easy to get a snack and a cold drink.

Yeah, I know we are ‘roughing it” 🙂

According to all the TV talking heads– tonight is the night that everything picks up (peak ratings 150 meteors an hour +/-.
Best viewing will be after moon set (about 1am) and dawn.

Helps being retired or not having to get up and head to work anyway.

If this interests you here is link for Perseid Meteor Shower info

Catching up

Busy Busy Busy

Lot’s of personal stuff–birthday (me),our niece Brandi is due to give birth any day now, and we are winding down our home projects.
Tuned the table saw and have new blades for an experimental picture treatment process we hope will allow us to display our photos economically.
Duck season is coming up soon and lot’s of work to be done at the farm.

Summer is coming to end soon–hope y’all are having fun and getting ready for the fall photography season for migratory birds.

Camera Club 1st meeting will be early September– yep—lots to do.

Since this is a photography blog– here is a bird I hope to see soon
Green Wing Teal