Photo Of The Day: Iced In Junko

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Another shot from the recent ice storm here.  This Dark Eyed Junko was waiting to dart down to the ground below this River Birch Tree where I had spread a healthy amount of  black oiled sunflower seeds.  I was maybe 10 feet away in a makeshift bird blind with a Nikon D7100 fitted with a 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G lens.  I use the D7100 for most bird photography I do because of the crop factor involved in using a full frame lens on the small sensor camera. I’ve tried the Nikon 18-300mm but find the 70-300 far sharper.

The ice lingered for about a day until warmer temperatures brought more rain. What the Northeast has gotten in snow, we have gotten in rain. Eastern North Carolina to the coast is a virtual swamp because of the nonstop rain so other than during the ice event, I haven’t been out much working instead on a backlog of images.  I’m hoping for a dry spring but it seems unlikely. Thanks for the look and have a good week.

Photo Of The Day: Iced!

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We always get ice!  Seldom any snow.  Just ice!  The freezing rain started just after dark last evening.  By this morning, an estimated 1/4 to 1/2 inch of ice covered everything including, of course, the power lines.  How we escaped a power outage is beyond me.  There’s so much ice on the lines, you’d think the electricity would just freeze up.  Big ole Lob lolly Pine trees buckled.  Two just gave up and toppled over.  Huge limbs littered the driveway into the farm like some tornado had ripped through.  The Beach Road looks like the Polar Expressway.  Our Camellia Beds had the look of frozen spinach.  That’s a photograph of it above.  When I got up this morning,  I rolled out the portable generator and chanced a two mile drive to a gas station to pick up 5 gallons. It was slow going, never going over 20 miles an hour. Yes, I have four wheel drive.    I never ever think to lay in gas the night before.  Why is that?   I haven’t had to use it.  So far so good.  Tonight, no precipitation but the deep freeze has an encore.    Maybe some snow tomorrow the weather gurus say.   I’ve always had a suspicion the weather people are in cahoots with the grocery stores to share in the bread and milk bounty when the nasty stuff closes in.  I whine.  Thank you Lord for not making us Boston. Stay warm……and safe.

An American Goldfinch In his New Winter Suite

Blogged Feb. 3rd, 2013

We don’t see Goldfinches here much during the course of the year but in the winter months, they seem to be everywhere.   I snared this one down near the Wetlands here on the farm the morning after a pretty wicked ice storm.  (Click on the Photograph for a larger look)  It was not the best day to hole up in a makeshift, unheated Bird Blind but one does what one must do.  There must have been 20 of them all nestled in a leafless River Birch Tree.  They seemed to be trying to decide if the freezing rain had indeed stopped before resuming their never ending search for food.  In other words, they were still which made getting a good sharp shot far easier.     I’ve had pretty good luck with bird shots over the past year using a Nikon D7000 with a 300mm lens.  The D7000 of course has a smaller sensor than the big Nikon Full Frame Cameras I use most of the time which gives it a much better reach.  Because of the crop factor on the D7K,  that  300mm lens becomes a 400mm.     It really is the perfect camera for wildlife.  Have a great evening and thanks for the visit.