Sure as shootin,’ I don’t remember this shot. Ha ha. Bird feeder. But,  who are these little yellow guys? I do not remember ever seeing them at our feeder. And surely, I would have taken their picture had they been there to feed. Ha ha. And, I shot it with my trusty Canon G7 point and shoot. Wow! Sometimes I even surprise myself.

So this shot was made thru a window. For all I know the screen may have been there too. The screen would have cut down on the sharpness of the image. But you would still have a decent image. Lighting is key. It is bright sunlight. Therefore the image is just that much more sharp. The f stop is large and there is increase in sharpness thru the smaller aperture. And the shutter is automatically fast. I got lucky. I shot this? Well, I am better than I sometimes suppose. Shoot away. Otherwise there is/was nothing to talk about…


-5, minus 5 degrees, brrrr… cold!! It hasn’t been this bad in a while. My pipes in my house freeze up at 8 degrees. Yup! Run the faucets continuously and hope for the best. We were traveling. Great! Our cousin kept the water running. In my car the seltzer cans froze and expanded and exploded. Fortunately the operative word was frozen! So too did my thermos of coffee, our drinks in plastic cups, and the jugs and bottles of juice – all frozen solid. Neat! And the worst was the wind shield washer fluid froze. It’s no fun driving around with salt covered wind shields.

Hey! I got a pigeon in flight alighting upon the bird feeder in Ohio. Hmmm? A long way from home? Take a picture. It took a while for me to realize that I had documented the cold on the outdoor thermometer. Everyone’s always talking about the weather…yada yada.


It’s enough to make you vegetarian. Humane? Humanity? Where does the chicken we buy all wrapped in cellophane come from? We live amongst chicken processing plants. Birds gotta come from somewhere. They transport ‘em in trucks. Headed to their death without ever living free. Yeah, free range chicken?! Ha! Colleen has been vegetarian for a long time. If I had to kill my own cow….


? Well, I switched over the Sony RX100 and used its electronic zoom to get in close. I don’t see a rooster every day. I settled for a sharply focused close-up. The background was not ideal. Composition was okay for the position of the bird in the image frame. It was what I could get. The bird was on the move.

I shot the next image with my Nikon Z5 and 200mm zoom. The bird is on the move rapidly out of range. You can see the motion blur. Once again, not perfect, but I came away with an image and a memory. Sometimes you know what to do and never get the chance to put the wish onto the memory card.


Too many (potential) shots, not enough time…

Photography as I have said, is not my day job. That said, I work at it. Confused? My goal was to see the puffins. Easier said than done. I had several unsuccessful prior attempts to see the cute birds. This process involved a lot of “chumming” as I was amply seasick on the boat rides over to the island in the Atlantic. And when I got there, I discovered that I had left my “big” lens home. Nope, no big telephoto to get up close and personal!

Lemons? Make lemonade.

I used my 70-300 mm zoom. So what if the “better” 80-400 mm zoom was home in NY. Dammit! What a simply stupid mistake. It could have been worse I suppose. I was using my second “good” digital camera body the Nikon D200. Why am I equipment obsessed? A better camera does not a better photographer make. But it helps. Oh well!? I shot a lot that/this day. They had to drag me out of the blind when time was up. Sometimes the work you do to get “there” makes it all the more precious. My images were fine and you’d never know the difference my other lens might have made. It remains unfinished business and I’d go back again in a heartbeat – seasickness and all!