Yawn. My Life in Technicolor.
Back at the keyboard at least for a little while this morning. I am at the house recovering from one of the nastiest stomach viruses I’ve had in years. I’m usually pretty immune to these things, but this time around it hit me and hit me hard. So this morning I’m taking in fluids, doing some light cleaning, and more or less hanging out.
Last weekend was very much a blur. Saturday’s weather wasn’t favorable for photography and my Sunday was a very quick trip up to Pedernales Falls SP with family who was in town. I shot maybe 4 dozen images. Not a lot of bird action, but also we showed up reasonably late and there was a lot of noise in the blind. Speaking of blinds, I saw an outstanding article over at Digital Photography School entitled Bird Photography Near Feeders. Very good little article and some very impressive photography. Certainly worth a read if you have a few minutes.
Couple of other notes from the past week or so:
- Adobe admitted that 38 million accounts were affected by their recent security breach. 3 million was bad. 38 million??? Holy cow! Gosh guys, hire a CISSP, why don’t ya?
- My post-Windows 8.1 update woes continue. I went to plug in my memory card from last weekend’s shoot, only to find that the card reader was dead. Dead as Fred. So after a little troubleshooting, I figured out that Windows 8.1 had killed by USB 3 ports. Took me some time, but a quick driver update and I was rolling again. This is somewhat unavoidable because of the open nature of Windows. But very annoying.
If I’m feeling better I may try to get out at some point this holiday weekend. I have some family business to attend to south of town tomorrow, but I still may be able to get an image or two into the camera. I have Monday off as well with the holiday weekend so perhaps I will find a bird blind to haunt.
Speaking of the holiday, take a few minutes this weekend to thank a Veteran. We are lucky to have two days every year to remember those who have served our country in the uniformed services. In May, we remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. In November, we remember all who wore the uniform. Regardless of whether they saw combat. Regardless of whether they served for 30 hours or 30 years. Take just a minute or two to thank someone who has served.
About the Image:
I have not had a House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) on these pages this year. A very common bird in much of the United States, and very much so here in Texas. This was shot at Pedernales Falls SP in the newer of the two bird blinds. The Standard Gear was used, as always, on the tripod without flash. Tech specs were ISO 400, 1/250 sec at f/11.