First I'd like to note that the slideshow/video I composed and added to my youtube account showing the the G B Heron with its plate full of EEL. It wasn't an eel, it was a siren salamander!! Thanks to Ken for enlightening me!! I appreciate your knowledge and correcting me.
Now...to my post:
You just can't have a prettier way to wake up in the morning....would'ya look at the colors in this sky?
The two of us have kept busy off and on the entire last week. For months now, I have wanted to tear off the hall bathroom's wallpaper and get it ready for a nice new coat of paint instead!! If you've ever done this task, you'll know it takes a lot of time and effort to rid the walls of the glue/sizing left on the surface after ripping down the paper. Our hall bath has two rooms...the tub area and the lavatory area separated by a wall. We finally got the paper down and the walls cleaned and ready for painting over the week's time. But, we're in no hurry, so we are opting to 'live with the unfinished' rooms 'til next weekend. Our backs are achy...we need to recoup.
Did you all watch the weekend's horse race? The race was streamed live online; it was so exciting! A TRIPLE CROWN WINNER. The winning horse was a beauty!! And to witness history being made with a triple crown stakes since 1978...it was thrilling. Now all I can think of is 'stud fees'. Long ago, when Lucky, our horse, had come into season, it was decided to acquire a stud...way back then it was expensive....I can't even fathom the cost of American Pharoah's "services" now that he has those credentials.
Have y'all heard about Dragon? He's a piebald fawn that was rejected by its mama, but rescued and being cared for....happily!!! Read his story HERE Funny thing is, its MAMA is piebald!!
photo source from online news
A couple of days ago, we took a long drive around the county roads near the area called Chapman's Ranch. I took my large lens camera along, but no tripod. Yes, I got a new tripod, but haven't had time to use it yet. Maybe today...who knows. Anyway, as we drove, I was surprised that there was very little standing water in the fields. Some of this area is oil wells/derricks pumping in the far distances off the roads. There were very few birds, except for red winged blackbirds, doves, grackles...one lone duck, one lone osprey and one lone white tailed hawk. I spotted the hawk perched atop an oil derrick that wasn't operating....stopping the car, I took a photo of the 'natural' distance and then zoomed in half way...then used full zoom. Of course the full zoom isn't clear, I am hoping that a tripod will help with clarity!! Thought I'd share the 3 photos...
...from the road - look for the small dark 'spot' atop the derrick head!
...zooming in half way
...full zoom, using the car window as a tripod...still a lot of movement in the viewfinder!! And not too clear.
WHITE TAILED HAWK