07 Jan 20	This is a shot taken back in 2011 from an area that was a large wetland before being converted into prime farm land. As you will no doubt anticipate the state managed to force the farmers off the land to convert it back to a wetland. I visited the area just twice, the first time before the restoration when it was full of life, and afterward when we saw virtually nothing more than these two ducks and one heron. Both visits under virtually identical conditions as to weather, time of day, and month of year. So the restoration was obviously a phenomenal success. I've visited two more such areas where I used to get hundreds of images of wildlife on every visit and now see next to nothing. But don't expect to read such in any of the descriptions of these areas, just glowing reports of how wonderful it has been to "restore" the areas to their "natural" state. Makes me think the Gipper had it absolutely right.<br />
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Other than a small amount of cropping and the cloning out of a vehicle, this is what the camera saw. Out for a Morning Swim  Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 400; 1/400 sec @ f /11.
06 Jan 20	Today we'll take a look at what might make a good puzzle with perhaps 10,000 pieces; most ALL of them moving.  Well, perhaps not the actual pieces moving but the subjects thereon. Imagine having a flock of between 10 and 50 thousand birds frequenting your property for the better part of 5 months per year. One thing for certain is that you wouldn't have to worry yourself about fertilizing the land. Even better, you would likely get a great show put on for you daily as predators disturbed the flock causing them to simultaneously take to flight and zigzagging back and forth in front of you. It's a show that's hard to describe, let alone appreciate, until you've seen it in person. Since we've yet to make the trip this year thought I'd grab a shot from an earlier time when the flock numbered around 20,000 birds. If you have some time on your hands and need something to pass the time, have a go at counting the birds.<br />
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Other than a little cropping off the top of just boring sky and a small amount of dodging and burning, this is straight from the camera. As a Puzzle Candidate  Nikon D300;  18 - 200; Aperture Priority;  ISO 200; 1/1250 sec @ f / 7.1.