Monthly Archives: June 2011

Weekend Picture Taking, Part II

Hm, the week­end pic­ture-tak­ing didn’t end Sat­ur­day morn­ing, though that was my plan. We head­ed out Sat­ur­day, late after­noon, to hit up the lum­ber yard for 2x4s and grab some din­ner before head­ing back home to fin­ish the chick­en aviary improve­ments. (more on that lat­er) I grabbed my cam­era and threw the 50mm lens on it just in case we were out late enough to catch the pic­ture of our lit­tle town at sun­set that I’ve been see­ing but not get­ting for a cou­ple of weeks now. That wasn’t the pic­ture I got.

Bad news, the white truck spit the binkie — or rather a fuel pump. Luck­i­ly in a con­ve­nient park­ing lo. But not the hard­ware store lot, which was prob­a­bly a good thing.

For some rea­son yes­ter­day was a ter­ri­bly busy day for the AAA and tow truck guys. (There’s a long sto­ry here but only those involved care 🙂

So I had a cou­ple of hours to sit around and cool my heels. But hey, what luck, I had my cam­era with me and it was get­ting to be late and the light was get­ting inter­est­ing and well here you have them. A hand­ful of things that I shot in a sub­ur­ban park­ing lot. Just goes to prove that you real­ly can find some­thing to look at no mat­ter where you are.

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I’m also using this post to try out the NextGEN gallery plug-in. I need some­thing for using on this blog. I also need some­thing to build a port­fo­lio site in but that’s tak­ing way too long and has been way too much of a mess. Be warned — there are a lot of crap Word­Press “port­fo­lio” themes out there. Expen­sive ones too.

Weekend Picture Taking

It’s been a long week­end already and it’s only noon on Sun­day 🙂 Of course I start­ed it on Fri­day.

Ear­ly fri­day morn­ing I head­ed out to take some flower and yard pic­tures and to start get­ting the birds at the new feed­ers used to my being around with the cam­era. The yard is a mess after a long wet coll spring. But A lit­tle close up work hides the jun­gle and just shows some pret­ty thing.

There’s pur­ple vetch grow­ing next to the ash trees in the front bed.

yeah it's a weed, but it's a pretty weed

pur­ple vetch

more weeds, love the bright green and the dark purple

yup, more vetch

The blue flower whose name I always for­get is bloom­ing by the house. It is a most reli­ably self-seed­er. 😉

I can never remember the name of this plant

very pret­ty blue

a little more detail

clos­er still

Then there’s the shot of the wood sheds that I always see but can nev­er get to work out. I think I should start by mov­ing the yel­low milk crate. Then maybe turn the wag­on, but only if the side is as per­fect­ly fad­ed as the back is. (And I’ll move the fad­ed orange clip as well.)

next winter's fire wood

the wood shed and the wag­on

And then there are the new bird feed­ers. They pro­vide plen­ty of enter­tain­ment when we’re soak­ing in the hot tub, and I can see — but more impor­tant­ly hear — the birds from my office win­dow.

planted be with maple tree

the bird feed­ers hang in the cen­ter of this bed

the new set up ready for diners

a seed tube, a tray, a small sun­flower tube, and a very stur­dy pole

I’ve been spend­ing some time sit­ting out by the tub every­day to get the birds used to me and my cam­eras. So far it’s been the usu­al sus­pects, jun­cos and chick­adees and the stellar’s jays. But we’ve had a few oth­ers, there were purple(ish) finch­es for a day or two but they seem to have moved on. The gros­beaks are abun­dant this spring. And my favorites the goldfinch­es have been mov­ing in.

Lots of activ­i­ty and lots of bird song. But the pic­tures aren’t mak­ing me hap­py. I get a few out of every ses­sion that are okay. Like these of the pine siskins.

some more pine siskins

note the messy eat­ing habits of the guy at the top

a couple of little brown jobs, pine siskins?

not a bad pic with a lit­tle post-pro­cess­ing help

But okay is as good as it gets. Most are like this one. Over exposed — the dark trees in the back­ground fool the meter­ing. And not very sharp, in spite of using a tri­pod.

pretty bird, icky picture

cer­tain­ly the bright­est bird of the morn­ing, too bad about the pic­ture

I’m get­ting fed up enough to con­sid­er tak­ing a lit­tle card­board cut out of a bird and tap­ing it to the feed­er while I fid­dle around with the cam­era. Or maybe the small plush-toy roost­er that a friend brought me back from Hawaii.

Still, how bad can a day be when it starts with sit­ting in the yard drink­ing tea and hav­ing the jays scold me?