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Approaching the Solstice

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2018 by lilybug1960

Approaching the Solstice.
 
The Winter Solstice is December 21 and I would love to say that “The 3 Chairs” will line up perfectly with the Sun directly ahead of them, but unless things have changed from previous years, it will still be off to the side of our view a little. Last night was the first real night we had super clear skies during sunset and I wanted to take advantage of the scene. This morning is a chilly one here in Bear Woods, 13.3 degrees with the windchill, 19 without. I have had the wood stove going non-stop for a few days and there is something special about hearing the wood crackle as I sit at my desk. It is actually beginning to feel like the Christmas season. We have already had our first snowfall, albeit minor and actually more ice than snow, but a nice dusting would be pretty in a couple weeks.
 
Tamron 18-200mm Di-III VC lens on a Canon M6, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BearWoodsPhotography
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All the leaves are gone…almost…

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2018 by lilybug1960

All the leaves are gone…almost…
 
As the sun rose yesterday to light the skies, there was an eerie pink fog that covered the landscape. With the vast majority of the leaves already off the trees, it was interesting to see “pink” in all directions of the sky. After it lightened up enough I decided it was time to get the leaves off of the porch and from out front. I got out the leaf blower and cleared the porch, then the driveway. Our driveway is about 300 feet long and when I got back to the porch, it looked as if I never cleared it. Oh well, I guess I will have to wait until spring to clear the leaves…
 
Tamron 18-200mm Di-III VC lens on a Canon M6 mirrorless camera, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/15th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BearWoodsPhotography

When does Fall become Fell?

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2018 by lilybug1960

When does Fall become Fell?
 
There are so many thoughts this morning running through my head. Some of those thoughts normal, some odd. One of my closest friend’s dog crossed the Rainbow Bridge last night. She was a sweet dog and when I visited became my best friend as long as I was there. These folks are some of the best people I have ever known and I know their pain.
 
Today is Veteran’s Day in the USA. Originally known as Armistice Day, celebrating the end of World War I, it was renamed as Veteran’s Day in 1954. It is a day to recognize those who served in the Armed Forces in America. Often the holiday is confused, by some, with Memorial Day, which recognizes Serviceman who died during service to our country. People often will come up to me, and others, and thank us for our service. It is great to hear someone recognizes the efforts and potential sacrifice a Veteran could make. I watched a video of Dan Crenshaw accepting an apology from one of the cast members of SNL and he said something I couldn’t agree with more. He said, get to know a Veteran, say to them, “Never Forget”. He said it lets them know you are there with them whether they are here or away, you won’t forget those who died and those who serve. Deployments as a Serviceman can be tough as you are so far removed from everything that is familiar and from friends and family. Tell them “Never Forget” so they know their sacrifices are appreciated. Think about the loneliness of some 17 year old kid on an island in Pacific Ocean in World War II not knowing if he would ever see his family again. Think of the guilt they felt wondering why they were one of the lucky ones who made it home. Those thoughts run through the mind of everyone who has ever served. Let them know you will “Never Forget”
 
Lastly, on a much lighter note, when does Fall become Fell? The leaves are rapidly losing their grip on the branches they have called home for the last few months. Their color has mostly faded to brown and they are decorating the ground. They will provide so much life for the things around them as they decay and they will be the life that appears next spring from the trees and plants. I know technically the end of Fall is Winter, but I think we should also have a season for the in between season. We should call it Fell.
 
“Never Forget” We are all in this together.
 
The 3 Chairs at sunrise, Tamron 18-200mm Di-III VC lens on a Sony a6300, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, Sirui W2204 tripod and K20 ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography

Operation Avoid Raking

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 10, 2018 by lilybug1960

Operation Avoid Raking.
 
I am usually able to avoid raking or mulching the leaves for a little while by using the logic that I need to photograph them and I need to wait until they are perfect models. We used to rake all the leaves and put them in a compost bin, and we still do with some of them, but with most, we simply set the mower to mulch and it becomes fertilizer for next year. It has all become part of our natural approach to our yard. It does attract insects, the insects help with the breakdown of the leaves, which in return attracts birds getting the insects. Most of the decay has occurred by spring, but the small insects that are there become the food source the nesting spring birds and their young. Remember nature knows what it is doing if we don’t interfere, plus I rake less.
 
Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro lens on a Canon M100 via the mount adapter, Manual Exposure mode, f11, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/2 second, Sirui W2204 tripod and K20 ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography

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

Gathering the Leaves

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2018 by lilybug1960

Gathering the Leaves.
 
We are having a lot of wind and rain as I type this, and it will be interesting to see how Fall survived. The trees were full of color as they say goodbye to summer. I am going to guess the ground will be covered with leaves, as will be the very slick street. Fall is my favorite time of year because it so often is key to our growth for next year. With the falling leaves comes the decaying process of the past, and the nourishment for the future. Our past will be the fertilizer that makes it possible to grow in the future. In the yard, I gather the leaves, mulch them and put them into the compost pile to make a rich fertilizer for the plants next year. In my life I try to look back, gather the lessons of the past year, and then use that as the nourishment for my growth next year. Use the experiences, the leaves, of the past, to grow in the future. We can learn so much from nature.
 
Tamron 18-200mm Di-III VC lens on a Canon M100, Manual Exposure mode, f5.6, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/20th of a second, Sirui W2204 tripod and K20 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography

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