Saturday, April 30, 2011

For the Birds

Let's see, ISO3400, hand held, 400mm and cropped. Rough? Yes indeed they are! But I have been trying to get these yellow finches in my yard for a couple years and found out this past winter I have been feeding the wrong thing. Here it is the first nice day of the spring and the finches are here already! (Sunflower and thistle seed.) Yes, I'm excited and you should expect me to get closer and mych better at captcuring these guys on my sensor.

Oh, the swallow? I thought it was cool.....until I realize the new construction across the highway has ruined *my* favorite perch of getting shots of this bird house.

As always, click on an image to make it larger. Thanks!!

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Thursday, April 28, 2011


I have been looking at this little meme, Random Hearts, for quite a while wondering where I could find a heart. Watching for perhaps a year, nothing, and then I find one this week here where I work on a part of the campus I seldom visit, looking down from a second floor walkway!

Were the left end of the log moved over perhaps a foot it would be cupid's heart. :-)

For you honey. :-)

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Bottom's Up

Another from the tulip fields that are in full bloom. So again I grabbed my fisheye lens and my wireless trigger and headed for the bottom of the tulip beds. Not sure this exactly what I expected, but I sure did see a lot of people copying what I did. :-) I think it warrants a revisit for sure. Oh, Happy Easter!

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bug's Eye View

I thought it might be interesting to shoot up at the sky from between rows of tulips. I strategically located the camera in the shadow of a nice flower, out of direct sun. I like how it came out. :-)

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Not a real one, but it looks cool. Finally a break from the rains too!

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Oregon State Capitol Mall

Out looking for something to do, kill time while my wife is at the spa, I happened upon the cherry blossoms and blue skies at the capitol mall. I have lived in Oregon all my life, except while in the military, and I have never seen the cherry trees in their full glory before. It was incredible, awesome and spectacular all at once. there were quite a few of us out with our cameras this day. I with my fisheye (again) but most other shooters had a longer lens. I would not have shot it any other way. :-) the next day it rained and has been pretty much every day sense. As always, click on the image to see a larger view then click on the left or right for previous or next.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Circus Ringmaster

Last weekend at the circus, at intermission, I was walking around and peeked behind the curtain and I saw the ringmaster. I watched him for a bit, walking around, doing nothing much. He appeared to be very lonely and when he did sit he begun texting someone. Didn't interact much with others around, just texted with his head hung. Almost like a sad clown......

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Blooming Flowers!

A couple recent flower images. Using the fisheye, the tulip is great against the blue sky. (It was a miracle that there was a blue sky!) William in the daffodils was just for fun. :-)

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Linking the states

I-5 bridges linking Portland, OR to Vancouver, WA, spanning the Columbia River. I had never seen the bridges from this perspective and I thought it would lend itself well to a pano. It worked and I liked the monochrome version better. Added a little nostalgia I thought. :-)

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Sun Over a Weed

Taken a few weeks ago. I loved the snow when we had it and I love the sun too. The weed(s) provided a great forground element using the fisheye lens, again. :-)

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Just a Building

This is "just a building" on first street, downtown Albany, and fairly nondescript. But, it has color and I had to stop the other morning and snap this shot. I like it!

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Front Flip

We went to the Circus Gatti this past Friday and I'm sorry to say it was fairly lame. We left half way through. These kids on bikes were cool however. They did quite a few stunts, finishing with a few back flips (expected) and this front flip! Very cool. Click on the picture to see the flip! (Play the image animation.)

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Sunday, April 3, 2011


There are so many of these guys this time of year but I shot a pic and I like it any way. :-)

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A New Meme: Bridges Weekly

I have decided to get into the meme business with a (hopefully) unique theme: Bridges. The first round will start this next Saturday, April 9th, at 12 noon Pacific time. I may change it to Midnight GMT at a later date, but noon my time will work for now.

This will be like other memes with links, cut & paste code to link back and requests to leave comments. We all love comments, don't we? :-) So you are getting advance notice to PLEASE save up some bridge pictures and post them weekly on Bridges Weekly!

For now, here is a sneak peek at the test page and the icon I have created. Click on the icon and it will take you to the new site. Hope to see you there soon!

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