Thursday, February 27, 2014

Florida Sparrow

That light that is always talked about in early morning or later afternoon sure does make a difference. You can take a picture of about anything and if you get that late afternoon golden glow of light it makes all the difference.

So it is with this little Florida Sparrow who has the light hitting him "just right".

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Hiding Peacock

This guy was hiding under a bush. You can see the shadow of the leaves of the bush on his back, which makes a nice pattern. I had to get down on my knees to get into the bush to get his picture. He obviously let me do this. Isn't he a pretty boy!!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Pam Goes to a Dog Show

We pulled into an RV park today. It is the most upscale RV park we’ve been in and our RV was diminutive by comparison to the houses on wheels parked here. This is obviously a park where folks come in October and stay until the thaw “up North” allows them to return.

At about the same time of our arrival they were getting ready for a dog show. All the people from the RV park were taking their dogs to the club house area to see whose was “the best” and everyone seems to have a dog.

As you may or may not know when you park an RV you have to connect and plug in water, electricity and sometimes sewer. Today we also had to replace a water filter in addition to the normal installations.

Pam decided to go to the dog show with my full support as the RV parking thing is pretty routine.

On her return Pam reported that a small dog named Jelly Bean was the winner of the show. Jelly Bean dressed for the event wearing a “tutu” and some kind of hat. Jelly Bean’s opponents were pedestrian in their appearance: some wore nothing at all!! In the talent portion of the contest she (Jelly Bean, not Pam) was able to stand on her back legs and go in one direction and then reverse and go in the opposite direction, which is apparently a great achievement in the RV dog park contest circuit.

As I fiddled with the RV I saw some of the contestants headed for the contest. One looked like it has run full speed into a brick wall at a young age. In its then immature state its nose was pushed into its skull and remained there. Some of the other mongrels looked as if their major life achievement was contorting into a position which allows licking remote parts of their anatomy.

One of the dog owners dressed her bulbous self in beads and cheap green veil as though she was the queen of the Mardi Gras, taking away from the appearance of her dog… because no one could see the dog for the owner. I’m sure the judges took this as a major faux pas.

The dog show judges rendered their opinion on each and every dog. Instead of simply giving “Gold, Silver and Bronze” they said, “This dog is last and this one is next to last” and worked their way up the ranks. So it was certain that feelings would be hurt as everyone loves their dog and no one wants their dog to be “last”. 

As we walked this evening we ran into the owner of the last place dog who recognized Pam and offered without prompting the fact that her dog could not be last. No way. 

I wonder if the dog will now need counseling.

The judges said that the economic times are tight in the RV dog contest world so there was only one prize which was a small bag of “goodies”.

Monday there is a cooking contest that revolves around soup. I hope the dogs stay home.

You are just another brick in the wall

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Happy Fish

Doesn't he look happy. Maybe we would all look this happy if we were so brightly and handsomely colored.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

At the Mill

I like this picture in both color and black and white. While both have textures, the black and white version has a different fell of the textures.

This picture is taken at King Mill Park near Mendon Michigan.

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sign Forest on the Alaskan Highway

The famous "sign forest" in Watson Lake, BC, Canada, on the Alaskan Highway.

This is a big place where they started keeping signs that tourist brought and how it is a gigantic "forest" of signs. They are from everywhere. You will see one from nearby to where you live. Bet on it.

This is one of those places you stop either on the way up or on the way back to or from Alaska. It is too compelling to miss on one of the legs, but not compelling enough to make you stop in both directions.

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Color or Black and White

Pam likes one, I like the other. Which do you like?

The Facebook friends are choosing "color"... all of them. I should never have said which was Pam's favorite because it tainted the outcome of the voting.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Painted Buggy

This is a photograph converted to a line drawing and then digitally painted.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Amish Buggy Shipshewana Feb 2014

I was mistaken for an escaped convict while taking this picture.

Lots of folks are trying to leave Northern Indiana now because we are getting one snow after the other and temperatures are less than zero most nights.

Maybe you saw it on the National News the other night, there was a man who broke out of a maximum security jail in Michigan and made his way here. Maybe he headed here because we are South and South is theoretically warm(er). On the other hand, if you look at a map of Michigan you can't go any other direction but South or you hit a big lake, so South was pretty much his only choice.

We know he was here because he stole a car and abandon it in town. That and the police told us to not open our doors unless it was them. So folks who usually don't lock their doors were doing so.

I decided to go and take pictures. I was wading through snow drifts off the road when a pick-up truck started giving me the eye ball. I would walk right and they would drive along so as to see me. I'd go left and they would put their truck in reverse back down the road to follow my movements. From a distance I must look like an escapee.

I didn't get arrested.

The trouble I go to to make art!!

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Pam's Nemesis

Pam's nemesis.

The squirrels have become immune to Pam's pellet gun (see the post about her gun earlier in this blog). She has her desk at the window where she can watch birds and see the lake, but the squirrels have been trying to get to the bird feeders and are chasing away the birds. The squirrels must be stopped!!!

They apparently have no short term memory. They forget they just tried "that". "That" may be jumping from the ground then trying to climb up the pole and around the squirrel guard, or jump from the tree, or jump from the house or jump from the bush. They jump and climb, over and over and over again and fail, fail, fail. They try for hours. And each attempt is with great animal enthusiasm.

Then one struck upon  the solution Instead of perching on the edge nearest the pole and jumping he backed down into the bush and make a running jump. Success bred success and he soon could make the jump "at will".

This is not good for "Annie Oakley" (Miss. Pam).

This was a "game changer". Pam had to go the Amish bird store in Topeka yesterday to buy a new feeder. The first thing the lady tried to sell her was that "slinky" thing. Pam has already tried that and the squirrels adapted to it. She bought a new feeder that has springs on it that make shuts the holes to the feeder when the weight of the squirrel is on the feeder. We have wily squirrels. I'll let you know if they figure out the new feeder and what Pam will do in response if they do.

This picture is one of the many failed attempts.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

John Adams

This is a rock formation inside Arches National Park near Moab Utah. I don't know what the correct name for this formation is, or even if it has a name. My name for it is "John Adams".

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