25 Aug 11. A beautiful autumnal day was the best description I can give for Wednesday, starting with a crisp morning giving way to a gloriously sunny and lazy afternoon followed by an evening of cooler weather. Driving down the access road to the property one cannot but be aware of the number of leaves falling from the trees, nor the fact that many are now beginning to turn color, some quite the way along while others are just beginning to show a blush of what lies ahead. The presence of the sun all day made be think of things of that color, which brought to mind some images made last July of California Poppies in our front yard area. On one particular morning they were brandishing a fair amount of moisture, and something like that I just can't, and couldn't, pass by, so I took a couple dozen shots and found that more than one was worth keeping. This obviously would be among the keepers. It does appear as though the weight of the dew was sufficient to request a bit of engineering help, and you can see the suspension lines kindly provided by a local civil engineering expert as a result of said request. Seems like they were just the ticket and were functioning as designed to keep the blossom properly positioned. ISO 200; 1/500 sec @ f /10.
26 Aug 11. Another fantastic fall day was experienced on Thursday, along with a cloudless blue sky and a sunset that turned Mt Rainier into a lush peachy blush and concluded the evening with Ol' Sol looking like a golden-orange orb as he made his departure for the day. A lovely sight if ever there was one. The color of that sun reminded me of a California Poppy more than anything else, so I've elected to go with another poppy shot. This was one of the series I described yesterday, but taken a bit later in the morning which gives it a more orange color as well as being substantially brighter. The morning moisture still remained, not yet having had time to evaporate, so I used a very small aperture in an attempt to get as many of the dew drops in focus as possible. A small subject with lots of potential, with it being walking distance from my home, it serves to emphasize that you don't have to go far to find good material. ISO 200; 1/250 sec @ f /16.
29 Aug 11. I shared this image about 6 years ago, when most of you were not part of the distribution. A chance meeting with a local long time resident of Kingston on Saturday brought the photo to mind. It was taken while on a bird shoot hosted by the MD Dept of Game. All the birds were injury recovered raptors but not capable of survival on their own, so they are kept by the MD Game Dept for display and education about raptors. This one had been shot and had wing damage and was no longer capable of flight. This was true of several others. The individual with whom I was talking on Saturday mentioned the stupidity of some of the current EPA rues concerning certain birds, siting among other things an attempt to shut down the local milling operation for 5 months at a time in close by Port Gamble, WA because a pair of Bald Eagles had decided to build a nest atop a working crane. The mill won the challenge. He was told he couldn't use about a third of his own property when a neighbor saw a pair of eagles starting to build a nest in one of his trees. He said he discouraged them and they moved on. Just north of Bellingham there is a very large timber land holding the owners of which got wind of a new upcoming law a couple years back that said any eagle would require a minimum of 5 Acres of surrounding land to be permanently vacated. They found 20 pairs of eagles on the land; none of which are here today. It is stupid rulings such as these that cause these magnificent birds to be exterminated. Anyone who has been around these huge birds knows that they don't care about their surrounds; if they want to build a nest somewhere they will do it irrespective of who or what is nearby. They don't need seclusion or protection! Somehow we need to get a lot smarter so we can successfully co-exist with our fellow creatures and recognize that we can share the wonderful world without the repeated stupid behavior on our part. ISO 200; 1/1000 sec @ f / 5.6 80-400 VR.