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Mar 18, 2019 20:58:36   #
SWFeral wrote:
And boy was it a doozy. On Wednesday snow filled the air all day, coming down heavy, but with the wind howling and gusting to over 60 mph, not much snow covered the ground here in town. It was a different story in the mountains, where the trees and vegetation seemed to be coated with snow and ice. I had hoped to pull off by the side of the highway and hike down to a creek which I assumed would be magical--it probably was--but I kept thinking I'd find a better spot to pull over, and pretty soon I was out of options. I'd entered a section of the forest where the road becomes a narrow series of hairpin turns that goes on for miles (arriving eventually at the Gila Cliff Dwellings, if anyone is interested; I wasn't) with no place to pull over or turn around during the mildest of seasons. It turned out the road hadn't actually been plowed yet but was in the process of BEING plowed, so I got stuck behind the snowplow, two sand trucks, and a few other passenger vehicles. Soon other cars and trucks arrived behind me, and there we all sat.

I finally spoke to the driver behind me, asking him not to pull forward, and executed a death-defying 21-point turnaround on a road about four feet wide, with lots of folks looking on. This is a mild exaggeration, but not much of one. I returned to the relative safety of the rocky area pictured and got out with my dog Ted for a 15-minute walk and photo shoot. For Ted it was a bladder-emptying walk. A friend was hiking with her dog in the canyon at the bottom of those cliffs and later told me she only saw one other set of tracks out there: those of a mountain lion heading in the same direction she was.

My camera was acting oddly, as if it had had a mini-stroke, so I had to focus manually for some of these shots, always a crap shoot with me. I hope this does not diminish your enjoyment of these photos.
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Even tho' I don't care if I see another snowflake or snow scenic, I must say your images are beautiful and dramatic, SWFeral.
 
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Mar 18, 2019 20:46:00   #
robertjerl wrote:
Cardinal In Winter
My Aunt and Uncle's front yard in Kentucky

My Aunt passed on the 14th and I am gathering pictures of her and her family that I promised to send to my cousins. While going through the archives I found this one from her front yard in Western Kentucky Jan 1, 2006. Snow on the ground and a small flock of Cardinals was in the yard hunting in the snow and trees for food.

We went back to spend Christmas with my family. Checked into the Airport Hilton in St Louis late Christmas Eve amid snow flurries and woke up to a White Christmas spent at my Dad's house. First White Christmas for the two younger kids. Then over the next couple of weeks we rented an SUV with 4WD and drove to Chicago, down to Kentucky for New Years and back to St Louis then flew home to California. Snow everywhere we went from 1" to about 8" depending on the place and day. The kids loved it.

Sigma SD10, Sigma 100-300 @ 300, 1/400 @ f/6.3, ISO 800
I gave it the PS Oil Painting filter because between the extreme crop and ISO the noise was real bad in download. Remember this is a 16 year old 10 MP model so ISO 800 was pushing it a bit.
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Very pleasing treatment, Robert. Very artsy.
Mar 18, 2019 20:37:43   #
joer wrote:
I think birds are very intelligent and Blue Jays are among the smartest.

I shoot mostly from a blind with camo mesh covering the window and only the lens hood protrudes out when shooting. The mesh doesn't block all the light for I can see through it.

When whole peanuts are out the typical Jay behavior when I'm in the blind is then swoop in, grab a nut and fly away. If they perch it is usually on the most distant Shepard's Crook or done so quickly I have little opportunity to get a shot.

Once in a while I put a bust of a person in the blind's window (to acclimate the birds) and the Jays behave the same as if the blind is empty. Keep in mind they are looking at it through the mesh screen.

Can't fool a Jay.

This is a cropped image from about 25'.
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Fantastic shot of the Jay, Joe! The image is flawless.
Mar 18, 2019 20:33:42   #
fbeaston wrote:
1st is a shot of the Bass Harbor Lighthouse & the 2nd is of the coastline in Bar Harbor. Both were shot with a Canon EOS 5dIV & EF 24-105mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM.


Dramatic captures, fbeaston! Welcome aboard. I'll be looking for more of your posts.
Mar 18, 2019 20:25:33   #
DOOK wrote:
Brooms Head is normally as flat as a pancake, but can get stirred up when there is a cyclone (hurricane) somewhere in the area. It is rare for a cyclone to come this far south but it did get to within couple of hundred miles of here a few weeks ago. Luckily, it fizzled out without crossing land, but it did cause a huge swell & strong winds, as these photos depict. Downloading is recommended.

D500/Tamron 150/600mm.


Marvelous seascapes, Earl. I can almost feel the spray and hear waves crash on the rocks.
Mar 18, 2019 17:04:44   #
csmhog1959 wrote:
This was take just at dusk near Austin TX.


BEAUTIFUL, csmhog!
 
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Mar 18, 2019 17:00:34   #
Frogger wrote:
This is my very first post here. I have been on the side lines for the last month or so just looking and reading. I wanted to put this picture of my best friend Captain out here just see any comments. So please feel to critique.


Welcome, Frogger. I'm sure you will enjoy this forum. I hope we'll be seeing more of Captain.
Mar 18, 2019 16:56:10   #
weberwest wrote:
PONT AVEN is a quaint place on the river Aven and was a center of milling with numerous water mills. All mills have now been abandoned or converted into restaurants. In the late 19th century, the town became well known as a hang-out for famous artists, among them Paul Serusier and Paul Gaugin, of Tahiti Women fame. It still attracts artists and art lovers with many commercial galleries.

BTW - I would be very thankful if anybody could provide positive information on what TI GWA STELL means in picture 2503, or knows the names of the flowers in 2528 and 2509 - so that I could update that info in the albums on my website. Thanks!

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A fantastic set, weberwest! You captured the beauty of PONT AVEN'S quaint buildings. I love the poppies.
Mar 18, 2019 16:41:31   #
vicksart wrote:
A short hike late this afternoon almost took me and my cow-chasing dogs into the middle of this bunch. Thankfully I got the dogs away before they embarrassed me, but I managed to get some shots of the scene from a distance as we made our exit. The new lens, a Tamron 24-70 seems to perform well, and the colors are accurate for this beautiful, almost spring, afternoon. All too soon the grass will dry out and turn "golden." We'll enjoy the green season while it lasts.


Beautiful scenics, Vicki. I like the lighting and composition. The image has such a peaceful 'feel.'
Mar 18, 2019 16:34:19   #
Bozsik wrote:
Enjoy. A very wary subject indeed.


Very nice shots, David.
Mar 18, 2019 16:31:26   #
mcmama wrote:
The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells wrapped up yesterday. As I’ve mentioned, I volunteer as an usher each year, which gives me access to pretty close shots.

These are my favorites. They were taken with a D7200 Nikon, with an 18-140mm Nikkor lens.


Excellent action shots, mcmama. Does the mc stand for Marine Corp - just wondered. 'tho prob'ly not or it would have been in caps.
 
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Mar 18, 2019 16:26:19   #
Stash wrote:
Deer in my back yard. Distance about 125 yards. Turned its head to pose for me when it heard me
open the door to the deck. I'm surprised it didn't duck into the woods right there.

Nikon P900


That is a terrific image, Stash. So glad you shared it.
Mar 18, 2019 16:24:42   #
Bill_de wrote:
... from a visit to Florida.


WOW! Terrific captures, Bill.
Mar 18, 2019 16:22:58   #
RichardTaylor wrote:
For those who liked the Rainbow Lorrikeets.
#1 Is at a suburban cemetary.
Those are all wild birds.
A good place to shoot wild life, mostly birds, is Bicentenial Park out at Homebush Bay. Especially in the morning. The pelicans make great subjects. (Pic #2)

One the western side of Sydney is the Blue Mountains National Parks.
It is a very scenic spot and has good tourist infra stucture, although if you are willing to do a bit of hiking you can get away from it all.
Pics #3 & #4 show what to expect. Katoomba is ~101KM (66miles) from Sydmney and has a good train service. There are townships on the southern ridgelines and there are day trips, from Sydney, available which look pretty good to me (we havn't been on one)
Thanks for looking.
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Awesome shots, Richard!
Mar 18, 2019 16:20:42   #
DaveO wrote:
Morning sun breaking through.


Very nice, Dave. The second image is my favorite.
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