Photographic and Bird Musings

Musings.  Steve, over at Photographyfree4all said he enjoyed my musings.  I like the sound of that word.  It makes me picture my self in an easy chair, leaned back with a pipe in my mouth, looking upward and musing.  However, I don’t smoke anymore.  I did many years ago when I was a kid, but never a pipe.  Okay, so I did try a pipe.  But I just didn’t look right with a pipe in my mouth.  Pipes look best in the mouths of professors.  Especially when they are looking up with them in their mouth and they are saying “hmmmm” and musing.  🙂

So here I am musing, I guess.  I would rather call it just rambling on.  I was just thinking (or musing) how I told Raymond at Braxisphotography that I took a lot of pictures from my car.  I hadn’t really thought much about it untill I brought it up, but some of my best images were captured from the front seat of my van.

My van, like most vehicles nowadays, has individual front seats in front, so my Canon 7D with the 500mm attached, sits on the floor beside me between the seats.  On my lap is another Canon 7D with my 100-400mm lens attached.  So I am ready for anything that may happen to appear.  My dear friend Deb, from Tennesse, kids me about stopping in the middle of the road to take a photograph.  I tell her that I absolutely do not stop in the middle of the road.  It is usually in one lane or the other. 🙂

So as an example, I was driving along on US67 heading for Ballinger one day.  Sid and Suzanne Johnson were in the back seat.  All of a sudden, Sid hollered out there was Red-tailed Hawk in the grass on the left.  Sure enough, there sitting near the road in the grass on the left was this beautiful hawk.  I stopped immediately, in the middle of the lane, after checking my mirrors, of course.  Hey, I may be crazy but I’m not stupid.  🙂  Anyway, I grabbed that camera off my lap and I was ready to go.

The following is the resulting image.  Actually one of many images, as I had that 7D on high-speed multiple shooting at 8 frames per sec.  This one is one of the best.

Red-tailed Hawk in flight

Okay, enough rambling (or musing)  for me today.  Check with me tomorrow and I might have some more “a-musing” musings.  Hey, that’s catchy, don’t ya think”  🙂

Miscellaneous Goings ‘On

Now it’s back to the usual routine, after returning from our trip to the Big Bend.  But what a great time we had.  But that was then.  This is now.

White-crowned Sparrow

Back to the feeding and care of the wildlife viewing area at San Angelo State Park.  The winter birds have started returning.  In the last three days, we have spotted three Ring-billed Gulls, six White-crowned Sparrows, and about a dozen Northern Shovelers.  Probably there are many more on the way.

Northern Shoveler

I have been busy getting an order of 300 Christmas Cards ready for my Edward Jones agent.  I have a show opening on November first at Crockett National Bank of my wildlife photography, so I have been busy cutting mats and framing my selections.  So many projects, so little time. 🙂

I also completed the design on my 2011 calendars, they are being printed, and they should arrive in about three weeks.  If anyone is interested in having one, contact me.  I think this my best edition yet.  They’re printed on high-gloss photographic paper.

I heard from Jim Miller today.  He is at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio for some advanced military training of some sort.  He had been assighned here to Goodfellow AFB for quite some time.  He had been quite active in birding and photographic circles around the area.  He now says that he probably will get an assignment to one of the facilities in San Antonio, Texas.  He will be missed.

Happy Birding!!