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Thermals

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In our suburban neighborhood it’s usually about mid-day I noticed the red tail hawks soaring the thermals. To get a decent photo I need a blue sky and the sun behind me. Shooting totally manual with the 2x converter has me shooting at ISO 400, 1/650 sec. at f4.5 . Last year I caught it on the Solstice which is my favorite day of the year.

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urban dawn

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the thanksgiving leaf

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Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.
Henry David Thoreau


above our home

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“The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.”
― Horace Walpole

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.
Confucius

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It’s always a treat when I spot an eagle over our neighborhood.

 

 


refurbished #7

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I spent the last week restoring our cookware of which a nineteenth century family skillet took the most time. Uncertain of date but found one online that looks to be same that gives this information : This ancient cooking artifact is an outstanding pre-1890’s era, I.A.S. & Co. #7 cast iron skillet. Inside cooking surface measures 8″ wide; upper rim diameter measures 9-1/4″; and bowl depth is 1-3/4″.

Dual conical pouring spouts are very pronounced like those found on 1880’s era First Series Griswold #10 skillets. Upper bowl rim is reinforced, much like what is found on early “ERIE” production skillets. Thin, decorative, high-arched handle is well cast, exhibiting an attractive debossed inner outline decoration.

SOURCE:eBay

I.A.S. & CO. – ISAAC A. SHEPPARD & Co. Philidelphia, then Baltimore 1859-c.1930
……bulge pots,straight pots, pit bottom pots, spiders, skillets, ham boiler,waffle irons,tea kettles, long gridirons,
……long pans & cake griddles, 3-leg eccentric kettles

 

 

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“Give Peace A Chance”

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Waxing Crescent

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Tufted_Titmouse/lifehistory


my only friend is a bird

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My favorite quote since getting a few wild birds feed from my hand this year is ” my only friend is a bird!” Sometimes that’s enough since I’ve been lucky enough also to be married to a beautiful woman for years. Jeez, what a dreary day, glad to feed this little creature…..

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I’ve had my head in the clouds for a week trying for the the big bird shot. A scout crow in front of our house 11/14/2015.


the Hunt

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I’ve got the 2x converter back on and with a lot of luck may get the red tail in flight photo that has been elusive. Just a little closer always…….

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A composite of the misses.