Archive for Bear Woods Bungalow

Starry Starry Night

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 7, 2018 by lilybug1960

Starry Starry Night.
 
I am working on my skills to do time lapse videos of the night skies and went out last night in the backyard to attempt one. Conditions were good, few clouds, good clear night, except the Milky Way core had already set and the main line was off to the right. I wasn’t able to start it earlier, which would have captured it better, but I still did my sequence of images. This was one single frame from the 210 images I did. I really love being able to walk out into the backyard and stare up into the Heavens, seeing the light from stars that was generated millions of years ago. I always wonder if there is a life form off in some distant galaxy sitting in 3 Chairs looking back my way.
 
Tamron 10-24mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f3.5, ISO 3200, shutter speed of 20 seconds, Sirui W2204 tripod and K20 ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography
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Fall Splendor

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2018 by lilybug1960

Fall Splendor.
 
This is my favorite time of the year, the cooler temperatures, the fall colors, the crisp air. However, I cringed when I heard the weather person say, “it is the best weekend to get to the mountains to see the leaves”…my piece of Heaven will be invaded by flatlanders for the next few days. I will have to add an extra 10 minutes to my drive to get to town, the crazies won’t be paying attention to the winding roads (of which they drive too fast on), hopefully there will be a breeze to carry away the exhaust fumes. Slow down, the wildlife here isn’t used to seeing so many cars, the bears move as slow as the locals. It is still my favorite time of the year, and it makes me appreciate our life that much more. All we ask of those that visit is please be respectful of our area, take the trash you plan to throw out of your window home please, and don’t come down our street, the sign that said steep hill was serious, you will be gripping your steering wheel so strong you will leave the imprint of your fingers in it. Come up, visit, leave lots of money to our local businesses, but most of all understand why we live here vs just visit once a year.
 
Tamron 18-200mm Di-III VC lens on a Canon M100 mirrorless camera, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/200th of a second, Sirui W2204 tripod and K20 ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography

Relaxing Sunset

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2018 by lilybug1960

Relaxing Sunset.
 
I decided yesterday evening for sunset, I would sit, relax and photograph the sunset from the back porch. As I was sitting there I began to think back on all the great places I have visited and the diversity of landscapes I have seen this year. When I looked out over “The 3 Chairs”, I also realized how incredible our view is here in Bear Woods. I listened and watched as the birds came to grab those last calories from the feeders before dark set in and took in the sounds of the wind as it blew through the leaves, now turning red and yellow. I realized just how fortunate we are, and how glad I am, that we left the flatlands and moved to the mountains. As hard as I tried, I couldn’t hear a single car drive by, I couldn’t smell the exhaust of the traffic jams around Atlanta, my stress level dropped several notches. I will always enjoy traveling to far off lands, but it makes it better to know I will return to my porch and look over Jasper, and just relax.
 
Today is Halloween in the US, so please, if you are going to be driving tonight, slow down, there will be many trick or treaters out there. Let’s make sure their best treat is to be able to make it home safe to enjoy all that candy.
 
Tamron 18-200mm Di-III VC lens on a Sony a6300, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/15th of a second, Sirui W2204 tripod and K20 ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography

A Fall Sunrise

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2018 by lilybug1960

A Fall Sunrise.
 
Yesterday was a perfect fall sunrise except the temperatures were still a little warm. I will be so much happier once we get some cooler mornings to get the fall colors started. It has been a little while since I posted a nice photo of our “The 3 Chairs”, but with a splash of color I couldn’t resist.
 
Tamron 18-200mm Di-III VC lens on a Canon M6 Mirrorless Camera, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/25th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary, #The3Chairs

Baltimore Oriole and Eastern Bluebird

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2018 by lilybug1960

Baltimore Oriole and Eastern Bluebird.
 
In my post yesterday I mentioned the Oriole and the Bluebird sort of facing off during the squabble of the Bluebirds. The poor Oriole was just there trying to get a little bite to eat but got caught up in the fuss. The Bluebird did fly off just after this image so all was well and the Oriole did move to the spot from my post yesterday.
 
On a side note, this image is great for folks just learning birding and how to ID them. One thing I look for to narrow it down quickly is the beak. Notice the long pointed beak of the Oriole, while the Bluebird, which is a member of the Thrush family has a shorter beak that even “bends” down at the tip slightly.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 900, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiImaging, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary, #BirdNirdvana

Baltimore Oriole

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2018 by lilybug1960

Baltimore Oriole.
 
Yesterday was the first day that it was mostly clear in the morning and actually a little cooler in temperature as well, so I figured the birding would be a little better and I would see several migrants heading south. I saw a few, but the most interesting part of the morning was when not only my usual Eastern Bluebirds showed up, but another group of around 8 showed up as well. They were battling a bit for control over the yard and even the juveniles got involved in the scuffle. It was interesting after a little while when they seemed to somewhat settle down and get along. In the middle of the scuffle this beautiful Baltimore Oriole landed in the Crepe Myrtles and was picking at the fruits. At one point one of the juvenile Bluebirds challenged the Oriole as well. This could be an interesting winter with about 20 Bluebirds!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiImaging, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary, #BirdNirdvana

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2018 by lilybug1960

Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
 
Twice a year I get to see and hear these distinctive migrants. In the spring the males come through with brightly colored feathers on the chest, in fall, the colors have faded but they are every bit just as beautiful. One thing that doesn’t change is their appetite! For me though I will gladly pay for the seed that helps fuel them on their trip. They are one of the only migrants that will actually stop at the feeders, so make sure you have seed out for them if you are able to do so.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure Mode, f8, ISO 4000, shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiImaging, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary, #BirdNirdvana