Items tagged with: Photographer
This is a rock, not a slice of cheesecake.
Red agate and White Opal with Botryoidal Chalcedony
This specimen is from Central #Nevada #USA
Credit: Chelsea Thompson
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I saw these three Eurasian collared doves (Streptopelia decaocto) hunkered down near a treetop, late on Thanksgiving Day at a small town in Georgia. When I noticed them and realized that it made a pretty good composition. Liked both the color and monochrome versions of this photograph but opted for black and white.
Good morning. 🌊⛅🌧️
30 November 2023
My office is a disaster area. It's a spare bedroom with a window that faces to the west. I put a couple of old standup desk, one of which I've had for 25-30 years. There are papers everywhere as well as old computers, cameras, lenses, tools, and books. I've been meaning to straighten it up. I used to do that on a regular basis, but anymore I think "eeh" and put it on my growing list of things to do tomorrow. Anyway, I read somewhere, probably online, that clutter and smart people go together. It's online, it must be true 😂. I suppose that in the morning, I do look rather like an absent-minded professor sitting in here with my graying hair and beard in disarray. My wife says gray, I say blond 😂. I need another cup of coffee.
“Out of clutter, find simplicity.” - Albert Einstein
Here is a pretty good view of the back of a downy woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens). I took this in my backyard in west central Louisiana. I must have taken this with my Canon 90D because I had some pretty severe noise to deal with. Anyway, something new I noticed, that I hadn't before, is that the feathers on the bird's legs reach almost all the way to its feet.
"Downy Woodpeckers eat mainly insects, including beetle larvae that live inside wood or tree bark as well as ants and caterpillars. They eat pest insects including corn earworm, tent caterpillars, bark beetles, and apple borers. About a quarter of their diet consists of plant material, particularly berries, acorns, and grains. Downy Woodpeckers are common feeder birds, eating suet and black oil sunflower seeds and occasionally drinking from hummingbird feeders." - allaboutbirds.org
Orange Fan Fungi - Anthracophyllum archeri, are a species of small, bright orange or red mushrooms that grow in clusters on dead wood in native forests of Australia and New Zealand, and have also been introduced to other parts of the world.
Their fan-shaped caps and widely spaced gills match the vibrant cap color.
Tomada hoy. Panorámica en el embalse de Valdabra (Huesca) durante la hora azul.
Taken today. Panorama at Valdabra reservoir (Huesca) during the blue hour.
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This is just some clouds at dusk. There's been heavy cloud cover for a couple days, so I've been unable to shoot the moon. This photo has been sitting on my camera for about a week now while I've wondered what to do with it, if anything. I decided to go ahead and post it; hence, move it out of my inbox. 😉
Sticking your neck out.
Here is a great blue heron (Ardea herodias) with its neck stretched almost straight out over the water.
"Great Blue Herons have specialized feathers on their chest that continually grow and fray. The herons comb this “powder down” with a fringed claw on their middle toes, using the down like a washcloth to remove fish slime and other oils from their feathers as they preen. Applying the powder to their underparts protects their feathers against the slime and oils of swamps." - allaboutbirds.org
Good morning. 🍂🍂🍂
7 November 2023
The season of the money black hole is almost upon us. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and taxes, not to mention home insurance. For Thanksgiving, we always drive to Geogia and stay for about a week. Christmas, this year some grandchildren and great grandchildren decided that they are coming to visit. To top off those expenses, home insurance and property tax is due, I normally just pay for the whole year. Then income taxes, which right now is kind of like a lottery, will we end up owing or get a refund. We've seen the needle swing radically in both directions. Don't get me started on the dentists. Hmmm ... should I end my rant with a bah humbug. 😉
No worries, I'll come around to bright side soon.
I looked for a negative or funny quote about the holidays but couldn't find one.
“I hate paying taxes. But I love the civilization they give me.”
― Oliver Wendell. Holmes
Charlie and I were sitting outside about an hour ago when this cardinal showed up.
"The Northern Cardinal's bright red plumage reminded early European settlers of the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church, high-ranking bishops who wear red robes and caps. Both this bird's common name and its scientific moniker Cardinalis cardinalis refer to these church officials. A group of Northern Cardinals is called a "college," "conclave," or "Vatican." The Prothonotary Warbler's name also refers to robe colors — in this case, yellow — worn by Catholic Church officials, the chief notaries." - abcbirds.org
Here is an American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) flying low over the Calcasieu Ship Channel, in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.
"American White Pelicans cooperate when feeding. Sometimes, large groups gather in wetlands. They coordinate their swimming to drive schooling fish toward the shallows. The pelicans can then easily scoop up these corralled fish from the water." - allaboutbirds.org
Good morning, friends. 🌼🌺🌼
21 October 2023
When I was small, our televisions were all black and white only. I remember when the first color TV hit our neighborhood. It was in the 1960s, we were living in Spring Valley, California at the time. My friend's family, a few doors down, had one and I was invited to look at it. We eventually got one ourselves. They were huge console televisions. My father put at electric switch on the back of ours. It was one of those that looked like a mouse trap, you could see the connections on either side of the thing. We used that to switch between our regular TV antenna on the roof, to a UHF antenna mounted on the back of the TV. I think the UHF antenna extended our channel selection from three channels to four or five. Magical stuff. 😂
“An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of The Lone Ranger." - Dan Rather
This is a Central American agouti (Dasyprocta punctata), I photographed this animal at Roatan, Honduras a couple months ago.
"The agouti (/əˈɡuːtiː/, ə-GOO-tee) or common agouti is any of several rodent species of the genus Dasyprocta. They are native to Middle America, northern and central South America, and the southern Lesser Antilles. Some species have also been introduced elsewhere in the West Indies. They are related to guinea pigs and look quite similar, but they are larger and have longer legs. The species vary considerably in color, being brown, reddish, dull orange, greyish, or blackish, but typically with lighter underparts. Their bodies are covered with coarse hair, which is raised when alarmed. They weigh 2.4–6 kg (5.3–13.2 lb) and are 40.5–76 cm (15.9–29.9 in) in length, with short, hairless tails." - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agouti
Good morning. ☕🥱👻
23 October 2023
Clouds were low enough to mingle with the trees this morning. We get an occasional fog where I live, but it doesn't compare to the fog we got when I was a kid in California. That fog got so thick; you couldn't see far past the front car bumper if you were driving. I was pretty reckless back then, my friends and I would drive out on the canal banks, in the fog, looking for the lady in white. The lady in white was a local ghost story. I didn't really believe the story, but it was fun to pretend that I believed, and it gave us something to do. Remember, this was in the 60s.
“Then came the first hint of fog, all silver and gold, and then more and more, turning grey and blue. Fog like that was beautiful, and it was dangerous, for you could get lost in it easily.” - Chiara Kilian, The First Tale of the Tinners' Rabbits
Good morning. 🍂🍂🍂
18 October 2023
I think that my wife and I are going somewhere today, I'm not sure where, but you can bet there will be a Joann's store first on the itinerary because fabric shopping is our favorite thing. 😂 Well ... it's something my wife likes to do and as long as she's happy so am I.
Hmmm ... happiness and sadness are like good and evil; you can't have one with the other. But I'm fortunate in that regard, while I've had my moments of intense sadness, I choose not to dwell on them. I try to live in the present. We can't change what has already happened, so why not think about what is happening now and what we will do in the future.
“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” - Tom Bodett
“Happiness is a warm puppy.” - Charles M. Schulz
Ben in the backyard. I'm not sure what he's doing ... probably looking for just the right spot. Those of you with dogs know of what I speak. 😂 Ben is especially particular, he can sometimes take five to ten minutes searching only to end up back where he started. It's frustrating when we're out walking. 🤣🤣
Here's two black vultures who were hanging out with turkey vultures on a water tower yesterday. I looked online because I was curious about black and turkey vultures roosting together. Apparently, it's not unusual. They often roost and event flock together - sometimes by the hundreds. Interesting.
"With sooty black plumage, a bare black head, and neat white stars under the wingtips, Black Vultures are almost dapper. Whereas Turkey Vultures are lanky birds with teetering flight, Black Vultures are compact birds with broad wings, short tails, and powerful wingbeats. The two species often associate: the Black Vulture makes up for its poor sense of smell by following Turkey Vultures to carcasses. Highly social birds with fierce family loyalty, Black Vultures share food with relatives, feeding young for months after they’ve fledged." - allaboutbirds.org
A jewel-blue cluster of sharp, lustrous Apatite crystals crowns a grass-green tourmaline in this iconic specimen from the Will Johnson Collection @naturalcreationsllc — A slightly different photo serves as Figure 5 in Flawless Beauty avail from @themineralogicalrecord —
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Good morning, friends. 💮💮💮
16 September 2023
My wife will be gone all day today, some kind of special sew day with the local quilting guild, of which she is the president. They've committed to making 300 pillowcases for the local Lions Camp.
Me and the dogs will hold down the fort. Speaking of the dogs, Ben just wandered in and laid down behind my chair. Ben and I go way back to when he could fit on the palm of my hand. Oh ... and here comes Mr. Charlie. Hmmm ... he just wandered in, turned around, and left. Charlie likes to sit at the back storm door and look outside. If there is a squirrel in the yard, he'll let me know.
“Sometimes you're sure dogs have some secret, superior intelligence, and other times you know they're only their simple, goofy selves.” - Deb Caletti, The Six Rules of Maybe
Hey batter, batter, batter.
About a month or two ago somebody from Texas mentioned seeing some Baltimore Orioles (Icterus galbula) and I commented how I'd love to photograph some of those birds. Well yesterday I got my chance, because there were some hanging around my yard and forest behind my yard.
"The rich, whistling song of the Baltimore Oriole, echoing from treetops near homes and parks, is a sweet herald of spring in eastern North America. Look way up to find these singers: the male’s brilliant orange plumage blazes from high branches like a torch. Nearby, you might spot the female weaving her remarkable hanging nest from slender fibers. Fond of fruit and nectar as well as insects, Baltimore Orioles are easily lured to backyard feeders." - allaboutbirds.org
Manor House - Highbury & Islington
I love the decorative tiles that you can find at each Victoria Line station. This design by Edward Bawden, depicts a manor house which was built in 1271 & owned by a military monastic order. It was destroyed in the Peasant's Revolt of 1381.
Meanwhile, back at the feeder.
28 August 2023
House sparrows (Passer domesticus) took over a bird feeder, with drama.
"House Sparrows eat mostly grains and seeds, as well as livestock feed and, in cities, discarded food. Among the crops they eat are corn, oats, wheat, and sorghum. Wild foods include ragweed, crabgrass and other grasses, and buckwheat. House Sparrows readily eat birdseed including millet, milo, and sunflower seeds. Urban birds readily eat commercial bird seed. In summer, House Sparrows eat insects and feed them to their young. They catch insects in the air, by pouncing on them, or by following lawnmowers or visiting lights at dusk." - allaboutbirds.org