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Old May 25, 2009, 9:27 AM   #1
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Default No Birds, so tried something else

Well, got up this morning to heavy overcast, spotty showers and NO BIRDS! So, I decided to look around and shoot something else.

My wife and I are fortunate, in that we live in an area that has some interesting wildflowers growing in our front yard-literally. I stopped cutting the grass in a section of our front yard and decided to let grow what came up. Here are a couple of images of Lady Slippers that seem to come back every Spring. The Lady Slipper is the state flower of Massachusetts. It's a rather unusual looking plant and quite pretty(IMHO)





Last count, we have about 35 growing on various parts of our property.
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Old May 25, 2009, 10:52 AM   #2
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same deal here, so i thought i'd sharpen my pencil.
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Old May 25, 2009, 11:38 AM   #3
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.....the only thing resembling wildlife this morning has been 'fire ants' !!! So much rain there are literally mountains of them. No birds, squirrels or possums to be seen around here this morning.

Zig, the Lady Slippers are very pretty and I think it is a neat thing to let wildflowers grow in the yard, good show there.

GW, the squirrel photo is perfect IMO... I like everything about it.

I know how 'over my head' I am wanting to show y'all a photograph of a bird from me but I am determined to find one (a bird of any kind) someplace soon. I saw a big black one yesterday but it did not stay around here very long.

It is supposed to rain some more so maybe a 'rainbird' will show up.
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BTW, I upgraded my 70-300 ZD yesterday and it does seem to do C-AF much better now. C-AF with the lens was useless for me before this upgrade.
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Old May 25, 2009, 11:57 AM   #4
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Default Hi Bob,

Glad to hear that the 70-300mm lens firmware upgrade has made a difference. The single reason why I sold mine was that it just drove me nuts tryng to get C-AF to work.

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Hey Gw, great detail on the Squirrel with the 300mm Rokkor.

Looks like I got my work cutout for me with you and your arsenal of Zeiss and Rokkor lenses and Satire with his $40,000 worth of Oly glass.

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That sure is one nice varmit Gwillys, and sum purty flowers Zig.


Not having much luck with the birds today either, went looking for something else to shoot.

Dragonfly from 40ft away with 50-500mm + EC14.




Ant with the ZD 50mm.




One of the Mushrooms that are sprouting up after all that rain.
ZD 7-14mm @ 7mm. The edge of the mushroom was actually inside of the lense hood.
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Love the shroom, Satire. Interesting perspective the 7-14 creates.

Well, finally- a hungry boyd showed up for a minute :



I'm bound and determined to submit 1 shot per day. This isn't going to win but I feel better having at least 1 submission/day
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Zig, I've never seen this flower before. It is quite pretty. Just an annual like the bluebonnets down here?

That squirrel is really sharp.

I'm gonna open Studio now and see if my 70-300 is up-to-date. I think its' missing the lastest firmware upgrade too.
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