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This particular goose is usually reported as a Domestic goose sp. x Canada Goose. It wasn't until recently when I met a more experienced birder, who in turn consulted other more experienced people, decided to list this hybrid goose as a Swan Goose x Canada Goose (hybrid). As a result, I also now list it as such when I report my bird sightings on eBird.
This goose is a semi resident to the area who disappears for a time and then returns. He has quite the personally - look at the slight head tilt in the photo - and will let you know (by a hiss) that you are to close to him.
In the geese hierarchy, he is the boss bird and also noticeably bigger the the other geese.
Goose Hybrid by Andy
In 1876, gold and silver were discovered in this place.They started to mine it, and over time, it become a mining town with population of 10000 people.
Behind the funeral home... The front of this building had an entrance and signage for a funeral home, It was closed when we passed, but there was no indication that it was out of business. Out back, these three vehicles implied a long closed establishment. The peeled paint is not an "overnight" development, and the flat tire also indicated disuse. I darkened and desaturated this a bit to make for a more somber mood.
Yesterday morning, I watched a Bluebird standing on the edge of the house roof. It kept dipping down with its beak under the edge.
I watched for a while and then I realized it was sipping water from the melted snow that was trickling down the roof.
Marengo Road, Half Moon Township
Bluebird Sipping Drops of Water from Melted Snow by Donna M Hughes
We finally got around to spreading Baba's (https://steveinjapan.aminus3.com/image/2021-11-12.html) ashes along the Naches Peak Trail near Mount Rainier National Park. It was one of his favorite hikes due to the abundant wildflowers and spectacular mountain views. Mama thought she couldn't make the 3.5 miles or so loop, but as this photo proves, she made it with her smile intact!
So if you happen to trek that trail, take some photos for him!
Walking along the rocky beach, I saw this face staring up at me. I see a very stern, determined face staring back from under a tall helmet, probably with a chin guard. I darkened the outside to draw attention to the face, but have not modified any of the features.
Driving a lonely one lane road in South Central Florida a Ferruginous Tiger Crane Fly flopped onto the exterior of my windshield and hiked a ride with me for ten miles.
Photo from Henry County, Florida USA United States by Dart Humeston
It was an early morning as the sun begins to crest the horizon. I was struck by the bond between the dog and its owner.
When the walk begins the dog intently looks up to its owner, eagerly waiting for the ball to be thrown.
Beach polo at Newport Winter Festival in Rhode Island.
It was a fairly warm February day and a slight fog was blowing onto the beach.
Beach Polo by Andy
Air conditioning, anyone?
I've no idea what's inside this building that it needs so much a/c capacity to stay cool, but the windows are covered with plywood and there is a tall antenna located directly behind it, so my guess is that it has something to do with computers or cell phones or both...
A friend gave me this little plant--Epimedium--some years ago. It blooms in my garden quietly each spring.
Back in early June 2018, my youngest son Aaron and I took the first doors-off helicopter allowed up at sunrise over Kilauea's famed Fissure 8 on the Big Island of Hawaii. It just so happened, the venting lava hit its peak of 273 feet that morning! I'll never forget the pilot asking me, "how close do you want to get?" I responded, "can you put us right over the top of it!" This is a memory that will last both of us a lifetime!
Treasured is such an evocative word.
That's the word association that 'treasured' has triggered.
Searching through back catalogues that are littered with holiday photo's, it would be easy to just pick a holiday photo, but among those treasures what sets them apart and what most captures that 'treasured memory?'
In 2016, to mark a 'retirement' we visited USA & Canada. A visit to Washington DC and to Quebec & Montreal to watch Grand Prix cycling. The experiences on such a trip were classy and life long lasting. After a lot of work, generous, support and luck, we were privileged to secure a visit to the US Senate and to the White House during the Presidency of Barrack Obama.
It was a bucket list experience and a *treasured* memory.
So, the image is of a corridor. Not just any corridor but an early approach into the White House and as ordinary as this may look, the image evokes momentous and treasured memories.
Almost got soaked with this wave.
I got low to photograph, the wave rolled in, it was deceiving as to its height and speed, at the last moment I got up and escaped with millimeters to spare. If the wave had caught me, let's say it would have ruined my day. ;)
A Crested Caracara perched on a fence post by a farm in rural Okeechobee County, Florida. The Caracara is in the falcon family and largely feeds on carrion, birds, reptiles and amphibians. You often see them around Vultures. Vin and I just read a fascinating book about Caracara. It is "A Most Remarkable Creature" by Jonathan Meiburg.
Thames street in Newport, Rhode Island, on a rainy misty day, a man and his buddy go for a stroll.
I went back to Trinity Church, on Queen Anne Square in Newport, Rhode Island a few hours after sunrise.
As the sun was positioned right in the bell tower, I also noticed the light shining through the lampposts, as if they were still aglow from the night.
It is interesting that within a few minutes, lighting changes and this instance is gone.
I knew it was weak, but t hadi rained all day and was forecast to be cloudy over night, so I didn't recharge it earlier in the day. As I was ready for bed, I looked out the window and beheld a full moon. Setting up the camera for some test shots of the full moon (I had researched camera setting several days before), I prepared for a long wait...until clouds rolled in, obscuring the moon once again. So I packed up the camera and went inside...only to behold out my window the moon, already partially in shadow, Out I went to set up once again, as the sky got hazy and ground fog began to develop. This time I waited it out and while the sky was not as clear as I would have liked, I did get to watch the eclipse, snapping multiple exposures. Just as the moon was emerging from the earth's umbra, and things looked like they were peaking...the battery died.
My backyard has been my studio for many of my photographs during the last couple of years due to COVID-19. Even before that though I've been hooked on making long exposure photographs of rocket launches from the backyard. This happens to be one of the more interesting ones due to the clouds and colors.
This launch, dubbed Inspiration4, was the world’s first all-civilian mission to orbit. Launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center SLC-39A. the 2 days, 23 hours, 3 minutes long "mission" was also the first crewed splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean since Apollo 9 in 1969.
Beri and I headed over to the Pismo Beach Western Monarch Butterfly Grove yesterday morning. These delicate creatures were nearly non-existent last year but have come back strong this year and have scientists a bit baffled. I'm just glad they are back! A shaft of sunlight broke through the marine layer and painted them as the were cloistered for warmth. What a beautiful sight!
I always like to see the Moro Sphinx in the garden. Just like the Hummingbird the Moro Sphinx is always in flight even when feeding.
Amazing what we can accomplish when we feel instead of thinking. Yeah I had an idea of what I wanted to capture and that was the easy part, but I allowed myself to linger for two hours last night with this image trying a barrage of ideas. I'd make a move, step back and ask "what if?" Trashed more layers in PS than I kept but I finally arrived at that "Aha" moment that we are all seeking. It felt balanced and complete so there were no more steps to take.
Windmill and Old Farm Gear, Near Entrance to Pinnacles National Park, California
Captured this past Saturday afternoon with my IR converted Sony III. The outside temperature was 110 degrees - the red was seared into my memory.
So many steps and missteps that I could never remember or explain the process - I just kept taking that next step.
Windmill Near Pinnacles National Park, California by Don Smith
The rabbit gives the appearance of praying before eating the grass. In reality, it was grooming ;)
Milky Way over the ocean by the House of Refuge, Florida. There was haze or fog over the water and the stars were mostly obscured except for those high in the sky. At this time of year when the Milky Way rises around 1 AM, it is low in the sky with an elevation of only about 10 degrees.This is why I wanted to shoot it over the ocean.Great concept. Not so great result.
Due to the pandemic and the stay-at-home orders over the last year, I have often resorted to photographing toys at home. Here are two shots (this and the previous post) from a recent project that I did. I lit the scene with some LED flashlights (pretending to be another car's headlights here), and posed the dinosaur and car like a scene from Jurassic Park. The "street" is an old dusty laptop and the "fog" is a piece of white tissue I moved around the frame during the long exposures.
While walking the trails in a nature preserve I noticed these little wooden structures at the base of the tree. Closer inspection revealed they were little wooden homes and a ship.
Someone constructed these and left them by the tree I suspect for the elves.
each time I walked by the area, I looked for the small homes and maybe get a glance of the elves. The village was intact or a few months until they eventually disappeared. Perhaps, someone took them, or the property Stewarts took them, or the Keebler Elves moved on, since their village was discovered!
I never did see the elves.
A landscape from my Maine excursion last June. Besides the bright (infrared) grasses and the large rocks, I like how you can see the rocks through the shallow water, yet see the reflected trees near the far shore.
The relentless pounding surf along the Big Sur Coast caused the demise of a much beloved Garrapata Sea Arch.
First real snow of the season which was just enough to cover the ground and trees. As a result, we drove to one of the private parks for some landscape and bird photos. This happens to be one of our favorite areas.
There were only three sets of footprints in the snow. One set on the road and we were the other set of footprints. In other areas our foot prints were accompanied by deer and turkey prints. We seen only two deer which promptly ran away. They were very skittish this day.
Although, it was a dark cloudy morning, the storm clouds gave way to sunshine in the afternoon. I wonder if anyone sat on the benches when the sun came out?
After visiting the First Borough for sunrise a few years ago, Dad (https://steveinjapan.aminus3.com) and I planned to visit Mt. Fremont as the trail to the lookout intersects the route we were on, and it looked promising. Unfortunately, he never made it to Mt. Fremont as far as I know, although he might've been up to the lookout in his younger days. The trail features stunning vistas and a fire lookout. When I was there, a ranger was at the lookout. While no longer active, the lookout is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Anyway, I think he would have enjoyed the view of Mount Rainier from there.
I went out yesterday evening to position myself along the edge of the incoming fog bank near sunset. As if on cue, this large hawk hovered above the landscape just long enough for me to grab one frame! A little divine help from above one could say :-)
Was shot through my car window. When it suddenly started raining, a group of ppl doing wedding shoot were waiting near my car. Took that opportunity to shoot a picture.
Taking a walk through the historical Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island. One of the attractions there is the Temple to Music. Constructed in 1924 by William T. Aldrich. The location is used for many concerts, organized fundraisers, wedding, and photography.
Guess who was my favorite. Yep, Led Zeppelin! Where were you on 28 February 1977? It is a trick question: I wasn’t at The Summit (in Houston) either. Robert Plant got sick and postponed the concert until May. Ticket price:$9.85. I paid $50. And it was worth every penny!
Other favs: Black Sabbath and ZZ Top.
Fav venue? This Texas boy didn’t have many choices, haha. But best place ever was Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin in the 70s! Broken Spoke Tavern, too.
What’re your fav concerts? Nowadays, I like anything “live” from rap to opera!
I was hoping to get a chance to photograph the eclipse a couple nights back but low clouds and a thick marine layer made it impossible. Nonetheless, here is an image I captured last May of the super moon eclipse in the Gabilan Mountain Range above San Juan Bautista, California. Enjoy your weekend everyone!
A young buck has a new pair of antlers growing. I've seen this deer a few times as a fawn with its mother. Nice to see it grow up.
New Antlers by Andy
Pilings of an old pier along the eastern shore of Mobile Bay on a very foggy morning appear as a portal to a different place and time.
Had a great day out of the office yesterday with Beri! Here is an image I captured from Tunnel View in Yosemite NP of the full moonlit Valley captured with the new Sony Alpha 1. I captured this at 10pm with the moon just a tad below the monoliths camera-right. That is El Capitan (left and lit by the moon) and Cathedral Rocks and Bridalveil Fall on the right. Down the middle is Sentinel Dome, Half Dome and Cloud's Rest. I processed this purposely to lighten the overall scene - my creative decision, and yes, that is a portion of the lunar moon-dog (ice crystals lit by moonlight) in the upper right-hand corner of the frame.
Sony Alpha 1, Sony 12-24mm G Master, f/2.8, 30 seconds, 200 ISO
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