In Search of Food

….our presence brought them closer than I expected

Normally the geese and ducks at the pond swim away when I try to get closer to them for a good photo but today they came right up to the water’s edge and reached over as if they were expecting us to feed them. Judging by the number of empty plastic bread bags that were lying around I suspect that’s exactly what they were looking for.

Despite signs posted in the park not to feed the water foul bread the public does it anyway. Bread is not a natural food source for ducks, geese and swans and I’m sure that a diet with too much gluten is harmful for these beautiful birds.

1549-D982-BA05-4-C2-B-85-D2-CDF050-F6-FBBB
BDE3-F0-E5-9842-4-D9-F-84-E3-D355-FE18-CD77
C6-EEF9-DC-71-EC-4-BB6-9-FB8-68-ACB326-B250
28-E9-B21-C-3-C88-47-E2-BC24-C98-F7-A9-A0-DFC
6731790-E-86-D7-405-A-B402-25388-EC2-AD70
CC0-EFB10-5-C37-4-ED9-B6-EC-66-F492235485
98-BBC0-E0-DDC6-4-A2-D-A515-BA4-A0-ED423-CC

Spring Like Weather in March

….but it is officially spring, isn’t it?????

Yes Spring officially begins in March but rarely do we get such nice weather so soon. When March comes in like a lamb it usually leaves like a lion. Now I may have spoken too soon because we still have four days left in March.

This time last year this is what we were experiencing.763308-AF-E29-B-4-FBA-978-A-E904224-B707-B
08-E25-D92-E010-4-F60-AC53-16-FE6941465-D

This past week we’ve had some beautiful spring weather. The buds on the trees are starting to green, the daffodils and crocus are pushing up through the ground and the birds are singing morning and evening. This is what spring looks like in 2020. Fingers crossed that I haven’t jinxed it.58-E80148-34-B6-485-A-BCF5-0-AF29-D9-D2-A29
1-B88-A1-BA-C65-A-4089-93-F3-5-C8-F39-E6-C3-F9-1-201-a
2-A9-EA0-CA-1-CC1-4-CA2-AA5-C-BDF8-C7564658
D6-BCFCDE-01-E5-4-CDC-BA00-1-B35815-EB64-A-1-201-a
26389-A14-76-D0-41-D7-BDD6-30231-B1-D95-AE

Hint of Spring in February

…not all of February was cold and snowy

Last weekend we had beautiful weather that brought the walkers, dogs and photographers out in droves. I think people knew that more snow and colder temperatures were on their way so they took advantage of the cleared paths, sun and warmer climes.050-C6016-EFC2-43-FC-BCA4-EF096425-C551-1-201-a
DF0-AE109-472-E-4-DE2-8-E02-B2-DD183-E16-DE-1-201-a
8-F09-C372-4930-4-C18-814-E-A363-DA30-AB80
65-D7-FC85-A9-A7-4-B57-B626-9-CA927-D1-EE87
3819542-A-56-C6-4-AD5-9-CD3-51-A037022162-1-201-a
0-CFEC83-C-BFA7-4-E54-A45-B-2-AFBD4323-BA4-1-201-a
FB4-E7-C2-A-A5-D4-4357-A6-C9-FF78-A46-DF3-FE-1-201-a
5-E1-CF252-D5-A6-457-F-ABBD-FD91247231-F3-1-201-a

Playing With the Zoom Lens for an iPhone

…..it’s a bit tricky holding the iPhone with this long lens attached

I was very excited when I received all those wonderful lenses for my iPhone at Christmas. I used the fish-eye lens first (which I promptly lost) and posted a few of my experiments soon after I received them.

A couple of days ago I headed out for a walk with my trusty iPhone in hand and the zoom lens in place. I came across a group of birds, flying back and forth and hopping from one branch to another. This is the best I could do.

IMG_0566

As I got closer to the park the wind picked up and the temperature fell. I came across some ducks, some in the lake and others in the pond.

I tried using the zoom lens for some landscape shots, sometime focusing on the branches in the foreground and other times on the background.

I’m not sure why it’s happening but can you see how the horizon ┬áline in the second set of photos is bowed?

Here are a few more photos taken of objects and scenery in the distance.

IMG_0573IMG_0578IMG_0581IMG_0588IMG_0604

The only disadvantage of taking photos in January, even on a relatively mild day, is that your fingers freeze very quickly. Did I mention that the winds picked up and the temperature dropped? If I didn’t feel frostbite coming on I would probably have stayed out longer. As you can see from the last shot I was losing the light anyway. If you have any suggestions about using the lenses for an iPhone I’d be very appreciative.

Cheers!

Sunday Morning Walk

….an exceptionally beautiful day

I knew that I would be indoors for most of the day trying to clean-up the two rooms upstairs so I went out for my walk early today. Frances and I headed out towards Col. Sam Smith Park. It was a glorious morning and the runners, dog walkers, nature photographers and cyclists were out early as well. With my iPhone in hand I took as many photos as Frances would allow.