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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday this and that...

It is spring and the expectant hawk mother is firmly ensconced in her nest in the tall sycamore. I took a few shots with the new Nikon D7200 camera this morning, hand held with the Sigma 50-500mm lens. I tried it both with and without the sigma 1.4 teleconverter and while the gadget brought me in measurably closer the sharpness was dreadful so I will forego that experiment.

Would love to try the new Sigma 150-600mm but I am afraid that I have shot my wad for the foreseeable future and will be foregoing any new toys. Maybe I will rent a long Nikon prime one day for a weekend.

Speaking of hawks, New York Stan sent me this cool San Diego County hawk link, red tailed livestreaming:


Terry S. sent a nice picture from Kaanapali, lucky girl. Very pretty Maui sunset.

Bradford has been fishing recently in Oklahoma and sent a picture over of the Spavinaw spillway. Spavinaw is the town he is setting up his restaurant in, the birthplace of Mickey Mantle.

Loughlin sent a picture of his daughter Harper playing with her two thai cousins in Bangkok at Central World.

Lena sent over a picture of an interesting plant with a blue flower. Blue is the toughest color for nature to color a flower. I read a scientific explanation once. She says it is getting more vibrant every day. Apparently less than 10% of the worlds 280,000 flowering plant species have a blue flowering varietal.

Anton thinks we need a club kitchen in Fallbrook and sends this link over from honest cooking. Just in case you need to boil up some crawfish.

Kip's great shot at Salk. He cheated, used his monopod as an elevated stick and engaged the timer to get over the crowd. Smart guy, that Kip.

© Kip Peterson
He also sent this great piece by Woody Allen in 1978, If the impressionists had been dentists.

Here is a macro shot taken with the new Nikon D7200 and the 50-500mm. Not the ideal setup but not too shabby.


Helen Bauch McHargue said...

The blue flower is wonderful. Is it growing in Fallbrook? The Woody Allen piece is a scream.

Blue Heron said...

I am pretty sure that the flower currently lives in Cardiff, the California version...

Sanoguy said...

Great Woody Allen and Kip image! Sounds like a Happy Sunday!

Anonymous said...

Great photo of the nest. I watched the hawk cam for awhile Beth