Sunday, August 21, 2016

Loud! Boom! Wow!

Provo's two smoke stacks came down this morning.
I took my camera.
While I waited, my camera peeked inside one tower.  I showed the pictures to a kid next to me who had asked his mom if he could go inside before they blew them up.
Water began spraying to keep the dust down.
A kid on the other side of me counted 14 drones.
I didn't count the people, but the area I was in was filled, as were many lots around the stacks.
The sound of the detonation was enormous.  My heart is still pounding.
They came down in 5 seconds. I got 3 pictures, is all.
That's ok.  The drones got the best pictures, anyway.
And then it was over.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

My, What Big Eyes You Have!

The combination of the morning sun and the hummingbirds was too tempting to resist.
I stood in a new spot, only about 4 feet away.
I was still as a statue for 3 minutes before the birds decided they were more thirsty than afraid.
I did not receive any extra instruction about photographing birds from visiting house guests this summer.
However, simply changing my location seemed to improve the quality of the pictures.
I used the sport setting this morning.  The bird wasn't actually falling, but it is a funny picture.
I was delighted to see the bright orange spot on this bird's throat.
The next bird had a different spot.
I did not realize the variety of hummingbirds that visit the feeder until I started photographing them.
This bird, with the green back, might be my favorite.
This was a delightful photography session this morning.
My new secret is to allow the camera to focus on one part of the feeder, not the birds.
The birds seemed perfectly happy to fly inside my focus range.
At this point, I decided my session was at an end.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Cooling Down

For awhile, my geraniums stopped blooming.  I wasn't sure if they needed fertilizer, or if the noise of the visiting grandchildren was deterrent to their happiness.  Kids are gone, and the temperatures are just a little lower, and my blooms are back.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hollyhocks at the New Provo Temple

I took visiting grandchildren to the new temple this morning.
I was pleased to see an abundance of Hollyhocks in many flower beds.
I told the little girls that my grandmother's grandmother used to make skirts for flower dolls from Hollyhocks.
These well-trained children were concerned that those pioneer daughters might have gotten in trouble.  I assured them that this was why the flowers were planted.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Yellow Jacket Nest

I came across this yellow jacket nest in my neighborhood last night.
I walked back this morning to get better light.  The nest is high in the trees.  I'm glad I have a good zoom.
On the one hand, this is extremely interesting.
On the other hand, this way creeped me out.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Entertaining Hummingbirds

I was charmed by the flitter of hummingbirds at the feeder this morning.
I grabbed my camera and stood still on the porch.
This is a Rufus hummingbird.
I'm not very good at telling one from another until I study my pictures.
I am still working on coaxing my camera to focus on the birds.
The sports feature can't seem to do the job, so these are still shots.
I am determined to get better at this.
Fortunately, I have all summer.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Hideaway Nest

My family enjoyed a picnic at Big Springs Canyon this afternoon.  I was pleased to spy this nest tucked away in the top of a table shelter.  Maybe the bird wasn't as pleased as I was.