I'm at it again. This time it's building up on my collection of Easter Egg Cups. Stopping in a couple of stores along the strip mall while Bud was in Barnes and Nobel [I don't like that store and its staff at all, at all!], I went into World Market to see what they were putting out for Easter in hopes of finding a new Easter Egg Cup to add...something different. I found one earlier at Joann Fabrics and Crafts, but the price was $10.99! For an egg cup?!! I don't think so. Okay, so back in the store called World Market. And, I found this one. It reminds me a bit of the Dutch Art, and it was a really pretty soft turquoise green!. And, since I've been way too busy with other stuff happening over the last couple of days, I haven't had much time to go out in search of a really nice shadow shot for Sunday's Challenge. Hence, I created my own shadow with artificial lighting. It's the best I could come up with on a short time frame. While I've been lax on blogging, I did want to tell you a bit of our Valentine's Day. We spent the day from about 8 a.m. when we arrived from a short distance from home; at Goose Island, to traipse around in hopes of seeing a few rare bird sightings. You see, early last week, I was talking to another avid birder who informed me that there was a family of Whooping Cranes -the tallest bird in North America- on the island. Well, I've tried for three years each migrating season to be at the right time and the right place to see some. The area the other birder told us to drive to, we found. A huge pasture butting right up against part of Copano Bay [near the island and a few miles from Rockport Texas -about 30 miles from Corpus Christi]...the pasture, as we were warned, is all fenced in. After we arrived, out came the binoculars...there is a man-made pond in the pasture, with cattail/reed grass surrounding one side. There were Brahman cattle grazing near by. But, no birds. Then, as we began walking along the road to the bay waters, out of the tall reed, Bud spotted a couple of cranes...but not the endangered Whooping cranes!! They were Sandhill cranes. Now, my zoom on the camera I take along for birding is good, but NOT for this extreme distance. Ya, I can zoom in on them, but still I knew I wouldn't be satisfied with the results. at the curve on the road, as we walked, we spotted a couple of turkey vultures lazing in the sun streaked banks of the bay. I was able to get quite close to them and I took a photo of the one that didn't fly off. I turned toward the pasture to check on the Sandhill Cranes to see if they were meandering even a bit closer to our camera range. Still, they remained close to the pond. Okay fine...I'll not get my hopes up...I will photograph the neat bulls, and cow...and a couple of really, really cute calves. Bud and I walked back to where we parked the car, and I spotted a whole slew of kildeer. I walked up to the closed iron gate and took only one photo of a single kildeer before they all flew off into the oak trees. We then hopped back into the car and drove around where we had walked, to turn on another narrow roadway on the far side of the pasture land, Bud spotted the family of Whooping Cranes flying in!!! I edged over to the side of the road in hopes if anyone else would happen by they could get around the car. Again, out came the binoculars...and the camera. I took a few photos with the zoom extended out as far as it would go. I got some photos of the mom, dad, and their juvenile. They're huge...there are only an estimated 600 in the whole of North America. Like I said, I've been trying and traveling great distances [close to 200 miles round trip to Austwell Texas] each season in hopes of seeing some...but up until Valentine's Day 2013, I haven't seen any in the 'wild'!!! Photos to come on my birding blog by hopefully next weekend. I can't say I'm pleased with the photos, but they're the best I have. By the end of the day, birding, hiking on a couple of biking trails along Rockport's areas...we had lunch late, and called it a day. Oh ya....here's the point of my whole post. I went out the very next day and bought me a new camera...with twice the zoom power!! Now, it's learning a whole new way of playing with a new toy. It's been three days of shopping and I've been having fun. Another place of interest, I'll get to in a whole 'nother post soon.
Shadow Shot Sunday