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Posts Tagged: birds


Posts Tagged ‘birds’

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

New Zealand Albatrosses

New Zealand Albatrosses

I’ve been going through my photographs from New Zealand, looking for a particular one … and, well, my new camera sure is a lot better than the one I had then. (Not the one you have now, P., but the one before that). All the photos have a bit of a blueish tint, now that I am looking at them on my higher-quality monitor. They printed out fine, though (all my photo decorations in the living room are still photos I took in New Zealand – I oughta maybe do something about that at some time or other … maybe. Or not. ), so I am not too worried about it.

(And, yes, I think I have become a slightly better photographer, too. Still, so many pixelly photos … bit of a pity).

I have also fixed the tags vs. categories system. I’ve spent five minutes now and then tagging all the old posts, and now I am done. Everything is all tagged up now! (And lots of now obsolete categories have consequently been deleted) – (Also, accidentally, some tag that started with “F” and had seven posts using it, but I have no idea what it was, and am not going through everything to possibly find out). Oops & *shrug*

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

It’s a bird eat bird world

It's a bird eat bird world

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Blue Macaw is watchin’ U

the blue macaw

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

The Popcorn Eater

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

That Cake is Mine!

The Cake is Mine!

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Parus Major (the Great Tit) (die Kohlmeise)

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Cygnets

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Gans und Gänseblümchen

Canada Goose and Daisies

(Canada Goose and Daisies)

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Underwater camera, tufted duck

The plan was to photograph carp, but visibility was too bad for that to work. So I tried out some waterline shots instead, and like the effect the water film left on the lense had on this one.

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

St. Augustine

Castillo de San Marcos

I continue making my way northward along the Florida coast and thus spent the day in St. Augustine, the oldest continuous European settlement in the USA. It was, as the name might already reveal, founded by the Spanish in 1565 and changed hands a couple of times between the British and the Spanish throughout its history, before becoming a US territory (and then part of the state of Florida, when that became a state in 1845).  Suffice to say, people seem to be proud of their history here, and there’s an entire historical district with old buildings and people dressed in period costumes, selling all kinds of touristy gee-gaws (those are generally not historical, but rather of the 0815 tourist trap variety).

But for the American flag this could also be the skyline of a town in Spain or Italy, no?

Still, wandering around the city was nice, and there’s nothing inherently wrong with gawking at touristy kitsch (I bought none of it). Also took a cruise on the harbor and out to the Atlantic, so that was a good thing to while away the afternoon with. Right now there’s a bit of a thunderstorm going on outside (though not as bad as the one I was caught in in Tampa), so I am glad to be inside – it’s going to be an early night for me, as I plan on an equally early start tomorrow.

Spanish Moss (which is neither a moss nor Spanish :-) )

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Fowl of the Everglades

Great Blue Heron

 

Osprey

 

Snowy Egret

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Tampa, FL

Manatee!

I don’t have many photos from Wednesday that I can share, as I did not take my camera on the “swim with the manatees” adventure, on account of swimming with manatees involving rather a lot of water (and a snorkle, a wet suit, flippers, …). I did buy a disposable waterproof camera in the dive shop, and I took some photos with it (both of manatees, but also, I’ll admit, of myself), but that film will need to be developed, and wether the pictures turn out any good … who knows. Things I discovered about myself: I really like snorkling in clear water! And I want to learn how to take underwater photographs/get gear to do that (I’d previously really only snorkeled once [other than as a kid], and then visibility was … not good and it felt kind of claustrophobic, what with the wet suit hood and all…).

I spent the afternoon in Homosassa Springs, where there is a state park dedicated to animals native to Florida (where the above photo was taken), and mostly have a lot of shots of different animals to show for that … . Then I drove on down to Tampa, where I learned that yeah, showing up without a hotel room booked is great for flexibility, but might be not so good if there’s a baseball game in town on top of it being spring break. *sigh*

Found a place to stay eventually, and have learned my lesson in so far as I’ve booked hotels on through the weekend. After that, we’ll see. What this means is that Key West is definitely on the itiniary, and places other than Floriday out, due to a lack of time … I’ll have to do Charleston and Savannah some other time.

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Crystal River, FL

St George Island

From St George I kept wandering down the coast today, with some side-stops in Steinhatchee and Cedar Key (more in Cedar Key than in Steinhatchee), and saw a lot of pelicanes and some dolphins and manatees, as well as herons and birds that I cannot identify. Tonight I am in Crystal River, as you can see, and I’m going swimming with Manatees tomorrow in the am, before I keep wandering south.

Photos, as previously, are in the photo album for the trip.

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Coming in to Land

a seagull landing on water

farewell to the ocean
farewell to the sea
farewell to the wind
farewell to gliding free

to my soul are calling
the homely shores no more
my self I must harbor
where I’ve not been before.

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Birdfish