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The thing about dragonflies…

Dragonflies don’t take direction well. They land on a piece of frond and then they stay still. Which you probably think is a good thing, and yes it lets you take a photo. Actually, if you are like me, you take 10 photos, and the only difference between them might be the light if the sun goes behind a cloud. They land with their back to you, and you beg them to turn around. There are more attractive fronds that you wish they would land on, but mostly they just chose a plain stick. Years ago I took a photo class and we were told we’d take pictures of dragonflies that day. I was skeptical. They always seem to be just flitting past you, how would we take a picture? But in that class we were told the secret to taking dragonfly pictures. Watch where they are landing, then set up your camera, preferably on a tripod, and focus on that spot, because they will come back. So I should probably just be thankful for that tidbit of information, and not get frustrated when the dragonfly doesn’t smile for the camera.

So this one landed on an interesting stick, and smiled, but his face is in shadow.
Not a bad pose I guess.
In the meantime the ducks were splashing and quacking. But not much else was going on.

I recently declared that Hurricane Ian had ushered in some fall-like weather. But today was hot and sunny, and I was out at probably the worst time of day for light in my photos. I guess I don’t take direction well either.

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A new attitude…

It may look as if it was the same sunrise that I’ve seen three days in a row now. No clouds to really pick up the color, it just sort of faded away. And the little birds that I’d tried to shoot the day before didn’t show up, though some of the usual suspects were there. So you might think it was a disappointing morning, but it wasn’t. Because last night I finally got my car back from the shop. And it looks, and even smells, like a brand new car! I had intended to clean it before I brought it in but I didn’t get around to it, and now I’m glad I didn’t bother. The hold up was the replacement shutter that cools the engine. You wire it one way or another depending on the build date of the car, information that would have been helpful to include with the new part, but it wasn’t. So anyhow, this morning may look the same, but I have had an attitude adjustment now that I have wheels! I confess that I was getting a bit pouty as time wore on. My chauffeur is off the hook. I got no attitude from him, he’s nicer than I am.

This really is a new picture, even if it looks exactly the same.
Waiting for sunrise.

The car looks so great that I’d like to wrap it in bubble wrap and never drive it again, but there is a potential hurricane to get ready for so I’ll just cross my fingers and hope we are spared again…

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Close to home…

Walking to the neighborhood pond yesterday afternoon, armed with my camera and my cell phone, I hoped for something photo worthy to be there. I disturbed the ducks, so I took a picture of them as they swam around, deciding if they needed to worry about me. And I took a photo of this dragonfly too, but that was all the activity there seemed to be. Truthfully I hadn’t expected much, but having had my car in the shop for two weeks I was pretty sure that my friend might be having second thoughts about sharing his car while mine was in the shop, so the pond was my best option to get out of the house for a bit.

I had almost given up on spotting a dragonfly, but this one cooperated.

Then this morning the weather app said it was 71 degrees out and that was all the reason I needed to go out and watch the sun come up.

This photo looks more like the scene looked to me as I sat on this bench and waited. I had used the bench as a prop in a photo before, but I had told myself I should have brought a chair so I didn’t have to sit in the wet grass, and then realized that I could just sit on the bench. Brilliant, I know. After having swatted a mosquito or two I decided that I really should remember bug spray when I head out also.
This iPhone picture surprised me by showing more color that I’d seen as I waited. I took this picture to include the pretty crescent moon in the frame along with the scene. I will admit that this is more colorful than what I saw, and it was ‘seen’ by the camera, I didn’t add anything.
Walking home I wondered where that crescent moon had gone, but I spotted it still up there in the sky, but barely showing. Again the camera saw it differently, but I’m okay with that.

Will I get my car back today? And, if so where will I go? Maybe I’ll take the trike to the bike shop and get the chain put back on it. Then I’ll have full mobility to go with the cooler temperatures. Sounds good to me.

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More pond critters…

Didn’t I just declare that I’d never borrow my friend’s very sturdy, and very heavy, tripod ever again? Well, today I decided that it was time to try the Tamron 150-600 lens on the new camera (Canon r7). So I loaded up the lens and tripod onto the basket of my trike and off I went to the little nearby pond. I wanted close ups of dragonflies that didn’t require me to crop away more of the photo than I kept. It was hot and I was on a slope, so it wasn’t easy. But I did assure myself that yes, I can use that lens with the new camera, it worked very well. I just need a Sherpa to carry it for me…

Not much of a background for these pictures on a cloudy day.
These teeny butterflies are so cute.
I was so happy to see this orange dragonfly posing for me.
I had to shoot straight down for this picture, so there was water in the sun causing that strong bokeh.
Love the metallic look to the edges of the wings.
Nice reflection.

Next time I try this I’ll load up a camping chair also!

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Pond critters…

I could probably save myself a lot of time and effort if I didn’t do everything by the seat of my pants. I set the new camera up to take bursts of photos, not remembering that this camera will take LOTS of pictures per second. When you add that to the fact that I had set it up for silent shutter, then you might have a clue how I managed to get 1077 photos in probably a half hour down at the neighborhood pond. So I had many, many virtually identical pictures to look at. Not the greatest pictures either. Learning the hard way, but learning.

This tricolor heron was waiting for me when I got to the pond. He flew off and I thought I’d found him but it turned out to be the little blue heron in the feature photo.
The ducks were flapping their wings and I held the shutter button down in my excitement so I finally had to just choose one and stop trying to find the ‘best’ one.
Okay, I worked on two before I cried uncle.
Found this teeny-tiny butterfly in the grass. I got excited because when he flew off the tracking feature of the camera followed him.
See, it kept focus on the butterfly. These photos are zoomed too much I know, but I was excited to see the tracking feature in action.
Of course I concentrated on dragonflies for a bit. A couple of hundred photos worth.
I was happy that it was one of the orange ones that stopped for a bit, that was nice.
I was sitting on one of the swings, in the shade, and focusing on this little bird on the fence, waiting for him to turn around, or fly. I had no idea that he was enjoying his lunch. I waited and waited, taking photos all the while.

Taking advantage of a break in the raindrops, and then they started falling again.

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Sunday sunrise…

I woke up to the worst situation possible on Sunday morning. No internet. I had my coffee, but no Wordle, Quordle, or Octordle (two versions), to distract me. Most of the way through my first cup it dawned on me that it was early enough to go out for the sunrise, something I’ve been neglecting to do lately. See the above distractions. The feature photo was taken right from the front door as I stepped out, to a muggy morning. But a bluer sky than I expected to see, and clouds that I told myself were puffy and white. Kind of promising, I thought. Off I went…

I was tempted to stop and see what I could see in those interesting clouds. The one on the right looks like a doggy to me.
The birds were there. Little birds in the trees were chirping, the ducks on the pond were quacking, and some crows were making a racket, yelling at me I think.
I finally saw some pink in the sky, along with an ibis heading in to spend the day.
At this point I was still trying to tell myself that more color was coming. I liked that the ducks were in the only bright spot in the water. The pink never did get any pinker.
Oddly enough this is the view as I returned to the house. The most pink that I saw in the sky was toward the west, a reflection of what might have been a pretty sunrise, at least along the horizon.

The weatherman predicted that our rain would start coming in the morning rather than the afternoon, starting today, and it did, off and on. Giving my plumeria cuttings a nice drink. Any plant of mine needs to learn to survive on its own, my track record as a gardener is abysmal. Maybe there is hope for the sunset tonight, but the internet is back on so I may be distracted…