Tag Archive: Photography

Black Squirrel, Up Close and Personal

I have one of my cameras with a 150-500mm lens set on tripod by the living room window so I can take photographs of the birds, cats, squirrels, and other wildlife that inhabit our backyard. Today, a black squirrel hopped on the fence just outside the window. I’ve seen him do this before, but every time I try to take his photograph, he sees me and scampers off. Today, I won the battle. I was able to stand off to the side and actuate the shutter. Not as focused as it would have been if I had been directly behind the camera, but not bad. I shot eight frames in rapid fashion. Here are four of them.

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Trains, Trees, Houses, and Raccoons

Here are a few of the pictures I’ve shot recently.

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Abandoned Diesel Switcher, Defiance, Ohio

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Abandoned Diesel Engine, Defiance,Ohio

abandoned windmill findlay ohio 2015

Abandoned Windmill outside of Findlay, Ohio

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Picture of our home, taken with a 11-16mm wide angle Tokina lens. Weird angle on neighboring houses is on purpose.

pine tree front yard 2015

50′ pine tree in our front yard

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Frozen Water on furnace vent

And finally, five pictures of our new “cat”. I shot these at night with a Sigma 150-500mm lens,  ISO 6400 film speed. No flash, on a tripod. They are grainy, but good enough to keep. (we feed the feral cats that frequent our yard, Feeding and Helping a Feral Cat and Winter and the Feral Cat)

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Hairy Woodpecker

There are four types of woodpeckers that frequent our yard: Downy, Hairy, Red-bellied, and Red-headed. The first three make an appearance numerous times a day. Red-headed woodpeckers are infrequent visitors and quite hard to photograph. What follows are several photos I took of a Hairy Woodpecker. Or is it it a Downy Woodpecker? The only difference between the two is overall body size and bill size. I am going with Hairy today.

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Independence Dam January 31, 2015

After our granddaughter’s basketball game, I asked Polly to take me for a drive. During the winter, I am home bound, rarely leaving the house. If I’m lucky, I get out of the house once a week. So, if I am out, camera in hand, I like to scout out opportunities to take pictures. (even on days when the lighting, contrast sucks)

As we left Defiance, Ohio, our north-easterly drive took us along the Maumee River. We soon came to Independence Dam:

Independence Dam State Park is near the confluence of the Auglaize River and Maumee River. The area has played a key role in the history of northwest Ohio providing a travel route for numerous Indian tribes including the Iroquois, Miami, Lenape, Ottawa, Erie, Wyandot, and Shawnee. Anglo-American explorers were also drawn to the rivers for many of the same reasons as the Native Americans. It provided a reliable source of water as well as an abundance of fish and game.

Two Indian leaders spent part of their lives in the area. Pontiac, an Ottawa leader, is believed to have been born near the confluence of the rivers. He went on to lead what is known as Pontiac’s Rebellion against the trade policies of the British rulers in the years following the French and Indian War. Blue Jacket a Shawnee leader made his home in the area. He was a leader in the Northwest Indian War an effort by a united group of tribes to halt the westward expansion of American settlement…

…The Miami and Erie and Wabash and Erie Canals passed through the area of Independence State Park. The canals connected the Ohio River with Lake Erie. Cities such as Defiance grew along the banks of the canal. They developed into trade and industrial centers. The canal system thrived for about thirty years in the mid-to-late 19th century before they were replaced by the railroads…

…Independence Dam was built in the 19th century to provide water for the canal system. The original wooden dam was replaced in 1924 by the current concrete dam. At this time several civic organizations began a drive to set aside the land between the river and the canal as a state park. The Ohio Department of Public Works purchased the lands and Independence Dam State Park was opened to the public in 1949.

Here’s a few of the photos I took:

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Independence Dam

independence dam january 31 2015

Independence Dam

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Lots of history along the banks of the Maumee River

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Independence State Park Memorial

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Seagull

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Seagull

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Seagull guarding its catfish lunch

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Independence Dam

polly gerencser

Polly Gerencser, my favorite photography subject

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Polly Gerencser, my favorite photography subject

bud's restaurant

Not Independence Dam related. This is a picture of Bud’s Restaurant, Defiance, Ohio

Defiance vs Bowling Green Basketball Game January 31, 2015

Last Saturday, my oldest son, grandson, and I attended the Defiance High School vs. Bowling Green High School basketball game. The contest was held at Defiance. I expected the game to be blow out, but Bowling Green keep the score close until part way through the third quarter. Defiance finally pulled away, convincingly beating Bowling Green, 65-43, State-ranked Defiance” record  improves to 15-1.

Here are a few of the photos I took:

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Game Official

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Game Official

Scorer's Table

Scorer’s Table

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#22, Katwan Singleton, #4, 5 foot 7 inch Michael Menendez looks on and thinks, I wish I could do that.

defiance bowling green basketball game january 31 2015

#20, Kameron Singleton, #30 Shay Smiddy, #11 Adian Markey, #25, Mitchell Gardner

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#25, Mitchell Gardner, #30, Shay Smiddy, #3 Jake Meyer

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#22, Katwan Singleton, #11, Braden Fredrick, #4, Michael Menendez, #41, Ryan Ludwig

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#51, ???, #22, Katwan Singleton, #23, Noah Strausbaugh

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#11, Aidan Markey, #41, Ryan Ludwig, #20 Kameron Singleton, #43, Jordan Arrington

salton sea yacht club

If you have ever been to the Salton Sea, you will appreciate the humor of “Salton Sea Yacht Club”

 

Squirrel Appreciation Day

Squirrel Appreciation Day is actually on January 21st. Yes, there really IS a squirrel appreciation day. In honor of the rats with long tails that have so often been the subject of my photography, here’s a few squirrel pictures I thought you might enjoy.

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Fox Squirrel Raiding the Bird Feeder, Ain’t he talented?

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Fox Squirrel, Marblehead, Lake Erie

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Fox Squirrel, Riverside Park, Findlay, Ohio

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Fox Squirrel, Riverside Park, Findlay, Ohio

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Fox Squirrel, Riverside Park, Findlay, Ohio

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Fox Squirrel, Riverside Park, Findlay, Ohio

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Fox Squirrel, White Birch Lake, Farwell, Michigan

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Fox Squirrel, Marblehead, Lake Erie

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Fox Squirrel, Marblehead, Lake Erie

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Gray Squirrel, a Sidewalk somewhere in Ohio or Michigan

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Black Squirrel, Port Huron, Michigan.

Defiance vs Wauseon Basketball Game January 17, 2015

Last Saturday, my oldest son, grandson, and I attended the Defiance High School vs. Wauseon High School basketball game. The contest was held at Defiance. I expected the game to be blow out, and it was. Defiance easily beat Wauseon 60-32, improving their record to 10-1. The previous night, Defiance lost their first game, losing to Celina 48-44.

Here are a few pictures I took during the game.

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#22, Katwan Singleton, defended by #32, Jacob Newlove

noah castle

#22, Noah Castle

carter bzovi

#30, Carter Bzovi

michael menendez

#4, Michael Menendez

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#22, Katwan Singleton, #30 Carter Bzovi

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#22, Katwan Singleton, #22, Noah Castle

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#32, Jacob Newlove, defended by #22, Katwan Singleton

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#22, Katwan Singleton, #22,Noah Castle, #14, Zach Johnson

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#22, Katwan Singleton, #14, Zach Johnson

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#10, Wes Detter

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Cue All by Myself and One is the Loneliest Number

 

A Tour Through Our Yard January 15, 2015

I took a brief walk through our yard today. Brief, because there is about six inches of snow on the ground and I have no boots. Here are a few of the pictures I took while circling the house.

wood ornament

Brr. It’s cold and snowy out here. My bones feel like wood.

snow in boughs of pine tree

Snow in the boughs of the 50 foot pine tree that sits in our front yard.

japanese flowering cherry tree

Snow on Japanese Flowering Cherry Tree

Snow on our Japanese Flowering Cherry tree. It did not flower this year due to a late freeze and it dropped its leaves in the middle of the summer. We fear it is d-e-a-d. In about ten or so weeks we will know for sure. If it is dead, I plan to turn it into a woodpecker haven.

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Winter 3 AM, Ney, Ohio 2015

Not related to the yard tour. I shot this photo a couple of nights ago at 3 AM. The sodium light gives the street a yellow tint. I shot this picture out of an open bedroom window. Thank you to Polly for holding the curtain back while standing there in her PJ’s freezing her ass off.