The big day has arrived! Hit the jump to find out the details.
The big day has arrived! Hit the jump to find out the details.
Well, the extended roadtrip has officially come to the end. We arrived back home to snow on the ground and temperatures our bodies downright reject. To the best of my ability I’ll be covering the sites and sights in the coming months (possibly years ha). The image hopper is officially overflowing due to more than a terabyte of content we managed to bring back with us. Admittedly the shot total was inflated this trip due to my retirement gift to myself – finally gave in and purchased a new camera body. Every photography becomes one with their gear over the years, their babies if you will. Every setting that needed to be changed could be done by muscle memory without ever taking my eye off the subject. Each button, dial, menu setting custom configured to rapidly transition to different scenarios in the field. Similarity to the current body was a key determiner for the replacement – as to be expected there were a few differences and anomalies that have to be familiarized with over time. Missed a lot of shots this trip that irked me every time and for those I dive have time to experiment, the shot count increased tremendously. Fingers crossed we’ll find something in the digital darkroom worth sharing. Question is… how long will it take to get this comfortable with the new rig…
There has been a heavy focus on our national bird this month. Two posts previous and now today’s feature as well. This third and final part of the American Bald Eagle perspectives analysis completes the progression from the traditional shots that have overfilled my digital darkroom to the more interesting angles that has now become the quest in our Eagle outings.
Hit the jump to see a few more interesting perspectives of our majestic bird.
For starters, I now have two new unexpected benefits of the pandemic today. Ever have one of those situations when the perfect song comes on, your toes start tapping seemingly without your brain prompting it and all of a sudden you find yourself singing along OUT LOUD? Once you come to your senses, you start looking around and notice pairs of eyes staring at you, judging you, finding you wanting. Sheepishly you look away hoping your fifty shades of red don’t show up on the Internet. Guess what, as long as the music and ambient sounds are above your vocal cord vibrations – let it rip – no one will know what is going on behind that mask – quite liberating if you ask me. Oh, and the other side effect is you are no longer required to force a smile for selfies. Just keep your eyes open and send the Kilroy impersonation to all your messaging friends.
Now for a quick apology. In the last post I alluded to a two parter for the Eagle shot progression. Turns out, I should have referred to it as a three parter. Decided not to burn up your image cache and hold back a series for another day. Hope you like our national bird as you will be getting your fill of them for sure.
Continuing on from the last post, I was commenting on the number of standard Eagle shots I’ve collected over the years. Overwhelming to be honest, but I enjoy these mighty creatures and find myself snapping away whenever we encounter them. In the last post I showcased the more traditional shots.
Hit the jump to see some more offerings from the Eagle folder.
Howdy folks. Feeling a bit of sadness at the moment for our exploration is entering its last leg as we begin our return. As a welcome home gift, Mother Nature has decided to throw a blizzard in our honor – we might be able to outlast it depending on our return path, but will not be holding our breaths – Midwest states have a way of making sure you never forget you chose to live in a four season state. The good news is the trip was very successful and bringing back tins full of 2021 fodder… err ’22.. hmm ’23 ugh. In truth, it isn’t really the snaps that I’ll remember the most, rather the great people I had the chance to meet along the way. There is something about the birding community that is truly special – always friendly, always willing to share and always eager to help on an ID or provide timely education. Gives you a feeling of hope as we’ve met people from all over the US that understand what it means to be courteous, kind and well, for lack of a better term, civilized. I’ll go into more details on the great people we met as the new trip posts roll out. Until then, wanted to get to a topic I’ve been delaying for a while.
Our great country’s national bird, the American Bald Eagle. Truly in the upper echelon of what I classify as majestic birds. They literally demand your reverence when they are around. Calm, cool, collected and strong all wrapped in a feathered shell capable of deadly force.
Hit the jump to see some more Eagles on sticks!
As I sit her basking in the warm sun and wondering if lipstick has a shelf-life it occurred to me I could be cranking out a post. I could also simply sit back and enjoy my birthday … taking in the rays and yes wondering if lipstick goes bad. Since hitting retirement age takes a lot of the excitement of birthdays away (every day is like a birthday ha!) The latter seems like a waste. A post it is!
Today’s featured feathered friend comes to us thanks to two trips to Chain O’ Lakes State Park near Spring Grove IL. The first was back in June 2019 (almost like yesterday) and the other, well it was back in June 2017 (as he looks away sheepishly). There is a reason I added the older shots in – more to that in a bit.
Hit the jump to read a bit more about our flashy birdie.
Linda and I are still out exploring and once again we are up to our eyeballs in Snow! Probably shouldn’t be too surprised as it is winter and I do currently call the broke state of “Ill” my home state. There is only one thing to do in this situation – grab The Beast and start filling the tin.
Oh, you thought I meant the cold wet stuff. Well, that might be true if we weren’t on the road. Before you start making the wrong assumption, I still do not have access to my digital darkroom tools so the new Snowy Egret shots are stuck on portable drives (yes, multiple backups of the backups of the backups of the originals – I.T. people learn to assume that tech crap is gonna break , the game is predicting WHEN!). Not sure when we will get full access to my processing tools.
Hit the jump to see a few more shots of our featured cottonball.
Greetings everyone. Feels like I’ve been exploring a third world country as of late thanks to not having connectivity for the last couple of days. Amazing how accustomed you become to being able to check on the pulse of the country whenever you have the need to dampen your mood. Today we made it back to civilization and now have some access – sure enough, disbelief soon followed. Not sure when or even if I’ll weigh into the current state of affairs. For now I’ll simply mention that big tech monopolies colluding to deplatform competitors is utter bullshit. I’ve spent my career in the high tech world and this absolutely sickens me. So, until I opt to delve into this deeper, let’s all brighten our hearts a bit by looking at a “purdy” bird.
There, I can feel my concerns melting away for the moment – a general soothing, if you, will thanks to an innocent bird simply enjoying the calm marsh waters of South Padre Island. Will get this cringe part over now… not exactly new, this series was taken on our Texas birding trip back in December 2016. I know, I know, I promised more current material for the new year, but during our exploration mode the only material I have is what I’ve already processed and put into the holding queue. All is good as I happen to really like this particular series of shots.
Hit the jump to see a few more shots of our pink highlighted friend.
Welcome to 2021 everyone!! Sorry for the long delay on the posting thingy, but we are currently doing a little bit of exploring to start the new year off right. Now a mere one month off from my official retirement date – need to live each day to its fullest. Being out and about has limited my ability to get to the keyboard for my own blog and, unfortunately, waaaay behind on getting caught up with the output from all my blogger friends.
With the replenishment of the calendar, decided to start the year out with something completely different. Honestly, this has been in the hopper for some time now. Part of the confusion was deciding which blog to put it on. Typically it would go on the mothership as it isn’t technically wild”life”, however you can’t deny there is a creature element to it. Let’s just overlook the fact they happen to be in a perpetual stationary position.
Hit the jump to learn more about these evil deflecting creatures.
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Just wanted to extend best wishes to everyone during this holiday season. Myself, Linda, Benji, Raven and all the hardworking staff here at Intrigued (marketing, accounting, publishing, human resources and of course the cadre of lawyers) are truly grateful for all of our readers. There is nothing more precious than a person’s time and to spend that to consume our musings is absolutely heartfelt.
Be safe and most of all keep your hopes up that 2021 will bring us back to happier times. To all a virtual hearty handshake and a pat on the back for all are friends that help us get through this thing called life. Remember to live and not just exist, to experience and not simply watch and most of all to cherish the bright days and not dwell on the dim ones.
Been a long day today as we finished up the last of all our preventative medical appointments. We wanted to get everything checked off the list so we could start the new year fresh and not have any commitments should we decide to do some extended exploring. Eye doctor, medical doctor and today the dentist. I am definitely tired of being probed and prodded, but glad to have confirmation from the experts that I am still alive (some mornings I wonder ha). Feeling a bit tired, decided I’d take a break and tickle the keyboard a bit. Like our featured feathered friend for today, this will be a quick post.
I will start out by saying there is a lot of room for improvement in these shots. Lighting is clearly not the best and some of them are rather soft. Problem is, the key to improving shots of this bird is to get physically stronger! My rig is not the lightest coming in at 11-12 pounds with the Beast attached. Thanks to nights in the gym, I generally hand-hold in the field as dealing with a tripod can be a pain in the ass depending on how much distance you plan to cover.
Hit the jump to read a bit more about our agile bird.