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Art of Observation

To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
Elliott Erwitt

 

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Quote of the Day

Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.

What you have caught on film is captured forever…

It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.

Aaron Siskind

 

 

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Back to reality

Vacation is over, we came back Saturday evening.  It was a heck of a ride.  The usual 6.5 hour trip took almost 9 hours.  We had a couple of mishaps while on vacation that we had to deal with while leaving.

First, my father was involved in a car accident…totaled his van.  He is ok, just a little sore the next day from the seat belt being worn.  Then then same evening when my nephew, his wife and son were coming down, they were about an hour out when a deer suddenly jumped in the middle of the road and hit their car.  Fortunately, it was not totalled but it caused the delays when we were leaving since we had to get a U-Haul truck with a car pull to bring his car home.  He and his family were ok as well.

Now that the bad stuff is out-of-the-way VACATION was great.  We went on the main land to see the wild bears again.  And I finally got to see the wild horses.

The bear.  We were all looking and looking but did not see anything.  We were beginning to think that we weren’t going to see anything when Arai yells “I see one, go back, go back!”.  While the rest of us were looking down at the tree base he was looking up into the trees.  We adults  forgot that bears, especially cubs, climb trees.  We only saw the one baby cub.

Now for the wild horses.  I have been dying to go and see the wild horses since I found out that they were here on the island.  It was a great adventure and a good day but not worth the $117.00 that we paid.

These horses are direct descendants of the Spanish Mustang that came to America back in the 160o’s.  Theses Mustangs roam wild in an exclusive neighbor.  I coud imagine waking up in the morning to see these beautiful creatures grazing on my property.  It was indeed a sight to see.

We were only able to see 5 horses and one was expecting.

 

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Mid-day Feast

 

This juvenile bird, I believe it’s a Hawk but not too sure, was feasting on his lunch when I was visiting the Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge the other day.  It watched him for a few minutes and he was fascinating to watch.

This image below is of another Hawk that was just resting.

 

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Stripes and Dots

Went to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge yesterday with my nieces and had a really nice relaxing afternoon.  Here is one of the gems that I was able to capture.

Entered for this weeks photo challenge: Textures

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Wordless Wednesday in Black and White

Tent Caterpillar

As a child I used to see a lot of cocoons in trees, but not so much anymore.  Is that a good or bad thing?  Who knows but I suspect it is not good as this may mean that there are fewer and fewer of these worms.

Entered for this weeks Daily Post Photo Challenge: Transient since the cocoons do not las long.  Here today gone tomorrow (few weeks)

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The Elusive Cardinal

There are a few cardinals that come to the bird feeder from time to time for a quick feast.  It seems as if they know I want to photograph them since they fly away as soon as I pull out the camera.  It is very difficult to get a photo that is in focused.

 

 

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The thief is back..and he has a partner!

A couple of weeks ago I photographed a squirrel “stealing” bird seed that I put out.  Now yesterday I finally catch him again and this time there are two of them.  The one on the feeder takes some seeds and makes sure to drop some for his partner in crime below.  As a result my flowers are being trampled and breaking off.

On Instagram it was suggested that I get a new feeder with a spinner on it to keep the squirrels away.  Well Wal-Mart did not have any when I went so I go something that I thought would work.  It did not

 

 

I will be on the hunt for a bird feeder with a spinner on it.  Get ready for some funny videos.

 

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Mr. Pete and Arai

The area that I live in is fairly rural.  There are farms and a couple of horse ranches in my little town.  I have been telling Arai that we will top by one soon.  Well today is the day that we went to see the horses.  We went to the ranch that is about a mile from our home, Arai was so excited during our short little ride.

The owner of the Ranch is Mr. Pete.  Mr. Pete took time with Arai to explain a few things about horses, like how he should not approach a horse and how a horse sees (since eyes are on he side of the head).

Arai was excited and cautions at the same time.  Here are just a few of our moments.

The Adventure Begins – Arai and Mr. Pete

Mr. Pete was really nice and took the time to explain and answer his questions.  He even helped me.  I always thought that a pony was generic name for all young horses but I have been corrected.  A Pony is a type of horse, a foal is a baby horse one year or younger, a colt is a young male horse and a filly is a young female horse.

 

Another moment created for my grandson.

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