I saw this old truck in a farmer's orchard along Deerhorn Road. I have seen it there before, but decorated in different fashion. It's a cute little thing. I am sure it makes a great attention getter.
One Tough Shot!
It was a dark, cloudy day at Delta Ponds, not a good day for trying for shots against the sky. I spotted a Peregrine Falcon high up in a tree some distance away, a shot I shouldn't even try. But not being one who has good sense I wanted to try anyway. By overexposing three stops, I still wasn't getting a good exposure and that just played havoc with noise levels. But I managed to get a presentable shot, well at least one I was willing to post. It's not great but it will have to do. I still haven't mastered shooting dark birds against a cloudy sky. Some day I will learn how to do it. I was so glad to see a Peregrine Falcon again at the Ponds that I was happy to get something.
Some added thoughts: I have been thinking about the photo and the conditions under which it was shot, as well as another point I was overlooking. The image was shot at ISO 12800! Now that makes a difference! Any noise that showed, and some did, was due to the high ISO and the processing I did. I lightened the shadows, which will increase noise levels, and processed it. After thinking about all of this, I have concluded that the result is actually amazingly good. I could not have done it with any of my other cameras. The D500 proved its capabilities, and I hadn't realized how much. It is amazing how we take things for granted now, that just a few short years ago were not possible. And back in film days, I could never have come close. I remember being pleased using ISO 1600 film, which was terribly grainy. Now we are reaching new highs, and only expect more! I am impressed!
Autumn Farm Scene
I enjoyed a drive along Camp Creek Road and came across this lovely autumn farm scene, idyllic in every sense of the word!
A Favorite Bird, the Kestrel
I was fortunate to see a Kestrel today. It wasn't a good day for pictures, raining with dark clouds. I had a real challenge getting a properly exposed image, even though I tried to compensate for it. This was my best effort. I hope to get a great shot next time!
Once again, it reminds me of a song, “Put on a happy face” (from the musical “Bye Bye Birdie”)
Gray skies are gonna clear up
Put on a happy face
Brush off the clouds and cheer up
Put on a happy face
One of my favorite things!
I can't help borrowing some words from the song, 'My Favorite Things' (Sound of Music) to explain my delight in getting photos like this. The words in this verse say it all:
'RAINDROPS ON ROSES' and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things
What I had to wear on my latest project.
Recently, I shot some pictures for a local project. Because of construction work going on, I was required to wear hard hat and vest. Ready, set, go! Photo by Carol.
Spotlight on Song Sparrow
I was attracted to this song sparrow in a small opening in a frame of leaves along one of the Ponds out in Delta Ponds. The nice lighting added to the attractiveness. I like anything that helps to bring out the beauty of our wonderful wildlife. The beauties of our natural world deserve our admiration and recognition. They were put here for us to enjoy!
Oops! He's Losing It!
There is a large shopping center and parking lot at the south end of Delta Ponds. I park there when I take my walks in the Ponds. This day the city police department was using the lot for some motorcycle training and the riders followed a course outlined with cones. As this officer negotiated a sharp turn, he slowed too much and began to lose balance. Those bikes are heavy and he started to go over. The other officer got there in time to help him right the bike. But I captured the moment where he started going down. I know the feeling. It happened to me once back when I was riding them.
Clearing the Ponds of Invasive Plants
Sometimes, the only way to prevent invasive species from taking over the habitat is to do the laborious work by hand, as is being done here. Workers in Delta Ponds are clearing the ponds of invasive plant species, work that we should all appreciate. It makes visiting the Ponds that much more enjoyable.
Sailing on Fern Ridge Lake
The last few days have been pretty wet and I have been prevented from doing much photography. So I decided to post a pleasant scene at Fern Ridge Lake on a more pleasant day. A little wind stirred the water and low fog hid out in the hills, but I am sure that it was a good day to be on the water.
These Ring-necked Ducks were cruising the Ponds today. I think they might winter here. Anyway, I enjoyed watching them. You can often find Ring-necked Ducks in fairly small, shallow wetlands, such as these Delta Ponds. Even though they are called Ring-necked Ducks, don’t look for a ring around the neck—it’s really hard to see. Look instead for the bird’s peaked head shape, white ring around the bill, and white patch just in front of the gray flanks.
Interesting fact: The oldest known Ring-necked Duck was a male, at least 20 years, 5 months old. He was banded in 1964 in Louisiana and was shot in 1983, in Minnesota. For more information press here for Link
They Serve a Useful Purpose
The turkey vulture is actually a very interesting bird, part of nature's sanitation squad. To me that is another amazing part of the balance of nature, the wisdom of which is yet to be humbly recognized by many. The vulture looks for its food while soaring over open or partly wooded country, watching the ground and also other scavengers who may be around. Something that few of us have known is that, unlike other birds. turkey vultures have a well-developed sense of smell and they can locate carrion by odor.
I had an interesting experience with a turkey vulture at one time while I was at the Fern Ridge Wildlife Area. As I climbed the steps to an observation deck, I noticed the vulture soaring overhead. While I stood on the deck, the vulture began to descend and then landed below the deck. I was surprised and watched it for a moment. Then I said to the vulture, “Hey, you can't land here! I am not dead yet!” It wandered around a bit and then flew off. I guess I had it convinced. LOL