Monday, December 30, 2013
I have to say that these aren't the big prize I've been waiting for. I'm still watching for the wild buffalo that are free at Broken Kettle Grasslands. The buffalo here are more like cattle. They are being raised on this farm for reasons we don't need to think about too much.
The times I've been here with them up and walking I couldn't get any pictures. I just couldn't see them well enough through the fence. I'm not that close when I get the pictures, so I have to rely on my zoom lens to help me with this stuff.
That all means I think I'll have some good sources of pictures again. Getting pictures has been the tough part for the past month or so for me, so my posting has slowed down. That all should change now. These buffalo are only a beginning. I like it so much better when I can go out on a few good adventures here and there. I'll talk to you later.
Friday, December 27, 2013
How do I know that he's a he? Take a very close look at him. It's interesting that they would put that little detail on a statue. I guess they have to do it right. I'd probably do the same if I made the statue. I'd leave off the Christmas decorations though so that random photographers could get better pictures.
I wanted to do this post a few days earlier but then Christmas got so close that I figured it might be better to take a few days off. I had a pretty good Christmas, so it was all worth it. I hope you did too. The next post won't take so long. I have some good stuff coming. I'll talk to you later.
Saturday, December 21, 2013
I've been telling you that I have only been seeing deer when it gets dark around here. That hasn't changed. But I decided to do something about it. My new camera has all kinds of capabilities that I haven't tried out, so I thought I'd try a few night shots.
I saw these deer just after the Sun went down, so I wasn't sure what might happen when I took their pictures. I set the camera on the Night Scenery setting and the pictures came out looking as if they were there in the daytime. I was surprised I got anything at all. My last camera would have only gotten a bunch of dark blurs.
I have a little more time on my hands so I hope to be able to post more often again. I've had a little trouble getting some pictures because the innards of my trucks side window broke because of the cold weather. Now the window is stuck shut. I have to take it in and get it fixed now. They're going to keep it for about a week.
I liked rolling down the window and taking some pictures right from the truck. Now I have to get out to do it. Animals that seem okay with a noisy automobile coming near them don't really like it when I get out to try to get pictures. These deer were no exception. Getting out of the truck can be good too though. I need the exercise. I'll talk to you later.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Now I'm finally getting some time back to start doing this again but I don't have any pictures yet. My solution to that is I'll use some old pictures for this post. I'll have some more new pictures in a few days. It's good to have the time to do all of this again.
My solution to this is to use these old pictures for this post. I think this was the biggest herd of deer I saw about four or five years ago. There were about six deer. The herds I've been seeing now can reach about a dozen sometimes. It's really amazing. I only wish they'd come out in the daytime. I guess that'd make all the hunters happy too.
I'm going to spend the next couple of days catching up on my blog reading. I usually do that before I write a post, but I wanted to finally get this one out. I'll hopefully see some of you here in the comments section or I'll be reading your blogs. Until then, I'll talk to you later.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Anyway, I was out exploring the countryside when I found a farm that had these llamas there. I think this is every bit as good as a buffalo sighting. Don't you think? I've heard of people keeping llamas here in the United States, but this is the first time I've seen any. I wonder why they do it.
I'm so far behind with everything I don't know what to do. Even though there are plenty of good things around here, I don't get many pictures each time I go out. This last time it was only these. My problem is that I usually get started kind of late in the day and it gets dark too soon. One of these days I'll get started at a proper time.
Okay, I'll talk to you later.
Monday, November 25, 2013
The phone takes pictures okay, but they're not always the best. I'm going to have to get out there with my good camera and get some pictures. This time of year I start falling behind with these things. There's actually a lot of stuff around here to get pictures of. Maybe I'll swing back by this turkey with my good camera and see how the picture comes out.
I have to say I felt a little creepy while I took this picture because there was a guy watching me from the garage in the background. I decided that only one picture was good enough this time. I'll go back and take ten. I don't think he really minded though. After all, he obviously made the turkey so it would be looked at. I'll talk to you later.
Friday, November 22, 2013
These hills are a few miles from where I live. They actually extend through the whole state, including inside the town I live. This particular place is very beautiful when you go there and look at the hills. I just can't capture that beauty with my pictures for some reason. Maybe I should experiment with that idea.
Whenever I see any of these hills, I feel like I'm home. I've felt like that my whole life, even before I ever lived here. My grandparents' farm was in these hills not far from where I live now. I drive past it often, but it has changed now with a new owner. Such a shame, but seeing it always brings back good memories.
I think that's enough until next time. I'll talk to you later.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
On my time away from here I had some time to think about the way to do things here. Before that I was struggling a little bit with my writing. Trying to say something interesting about every single picture had just gotten so difficult. That's when a slightly new thought dawned on me.
I can write about anything I want here. I don't even have to mention my pictures if I don't want to. I love the pictures, and I love talking about them, but they're just not always easy to write about. They are really only there to enhance my writing anyway.
I'm also thinking about posting a little more randomly. Sticking to a strict schedule is a little confining. I may post two or three days in a row now, but then skip three or four days. I don't know. I'm just thinking about doing it that way. Anything to feel a bit more free.
I took a bunch of pictures with my cellphone camera, but when I got home and looked at them the quality was just too poor. I'm going to have to go back out with my good camera and get some of them again. I guess that's the breaks. I'm learning how to use each camera properly all the time.
I think that's enough for today. I'll talk to you later.
Monday, November 18, 2013
The odd part of the whole thing is that I really went out and found several positive things about fall this year, but this time of year still depresses me deep down for some reason. I really have enjoyed my time out in nature though. I think I'll feel better when winter gets here. That's kind of strange, huh?
I also find it hard to get back to writing the blog after I've been gone for too long, like this time. Maybe you can identify with this. In a way I feel kind of embarrassed that I've been gone for so long. I always feel like the reason for my absence isn't quite good enough. But sometimes a break from even something you love is a good thing.
I also can't really go out to the nature parks as much because it's hunting season around here, and I don't really want to get shot while wearing my very brown coat. I see people out hunting wherever I go around here. That will die down as winter comes in.
I do feel like writing a bit more again. My Halloween posts were short partly because I had lost the right thoughts I needed to write. This break gives me some of those thoughts back.I did kind of like those short posts though. I may throw in some like that here and there as time goes on. Most posts will be more long winded like this one though because this is what I do it for.
Even though I never mentioned this beautiful barren tree even once in this post, I'll talk to you later.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Halloween is almost here. Do kids still Trick or Treat where you live? Wherever I go they don't seem to do it as much as they did when I was a kid. We seem to be losing one of the best times of the year. I hope I'm wrong about that. Anyway, I wish you all a Happy Halloween!
Talk to you later.
Monday, October 28, 2013
I took all of the Halloween pictures from the last several posts at Ponca State Park in Nebraska. I didn't reveal that little bit of information before because I didn't think it was needed, but they deserve some credit for putting up their cool Halloween display. I have one more post of these to go.
Talk to you later.
Friday, October 25, 2013
I look at the guillotine in the picture now and think of how long it must have taken to build it. There used to be a machine where I used to work that looked very similar. It even had an up and down moving part like that blade. So I know with a few small modifications that this prop guillotine could actually work. Interesting.
I'll talk to you later.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
It's getting close to Halloween so I'll be torturing you with scenes like this one at least a few more times. There are some good ones and some bad ones. I'll let you decide which is which. I liked them all. I decided to keep these posts short so I'll talk to you later.
Monday, October 21, 2013
He sure must have liked it there because he didn't move the whole time I was there. I see bales of hay like that all over the place around here, but I never knew they were good to rest in like that. I finally figured he didn't want to talk to me so I moved on about my business. It was a pretty good day.
I'll talk to you later.
Friday, October 18, 2013
I'm kind of distracted today. There's been a lot of good geeky stuff going on for me in the past few days. The day before yesterday I got a new robotic vacuum cleaner. It vacuums the floor by itself while I sleep. I always wanted something like that for purely nerdy reasons. It's doing a marvelous job so far.
There's also a big update to Windows 8 that came out yesterday. My internet connection is too slow for me to have downloaded it all the way already, so I'm right in the middle of that. The computer geek part of me can't wait for this. I'm excited.
I don't make it a big secret that I'm one of the few people who don't really like fall. This season kind of depresses me. I see everything from the warm weather months going away. I try to be more positive about it every year, but it doesn't seem to work.
I'm going to try to look for good things about fall once again this year. The color changing leaves. The big flocks of birds. Oh, I don't know, other stuff. I'm trying. I wish something would work to make me as happy about it as everyone else is. If you have any ideas, let me know. Talk to you later.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
I've been back there a few times now, even a few times with my good camera, but so far there have been no other buffalo out there where I could see them. I've been told that they let them out there a lot, but I have yet to see that.
I couldn't get any good pictures of them on that first trip because the fence was in the way. As for what they do with the buffaloes at this farm, I'd imagine they do the same thing other farms do with cows. Maybe buffalo burgers and buffalo steaks. I don't know. I don't try to think about that part too much.
Like I said before, I've still been going past there as much as I can with my good camera. So I should have some better pictures one of these times. I've also been going past the place where they roam free and wild. One of these days I'll show you some buffaloes in their natural habitat.
I keep thinking that I should get some more pictures of wild turkeys. I see them several times a week right now. I wonder how they'd turn out with my phone camera. I guess I'll find out. Talk to you later.
Monday, October 14, 2013
Then just about the time I thought maybe I should get moving again, I woke up the next morning and the old dizziness from the car accident came back in full force. So I've been battling with that and some nausea the whole time.
I decided to rest until it was gone all the way. I've done absolutely nothing for the past two weeks. But now I'm glad to say that I feel better and I'm finally back. I'm heading to the doctor in a few days just to make sure everything's fine now.
These pictures are really about that very top one anyway. I just like the way it looks. I took these pictures a little before all of the weirdness happened to me. I'll have some new stuff as soon as I start getting back out again. That should start today.
And now that I know where to find the buffalo I'll be lurking around there for a few pictures if I can catch them while they're out. I've seen one now, but I didn't have a camera with me. it's not too far away so I'll maybe drive by there any time I'm out. Okay, that's enough for now. I'll talk to you later.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
The only problem was that the supposed buffaloes were very far away. They almost looked like dots on the faraway grass. I couold just make out that they were big four-legged creatures. What else could they be?
Nope! They were plain old everyday cows. Moo! I wasn't able to find out until I got home and looked at the pictures on my computer. I have no idea why they were down there, but I feel as if I've been tricked. These evil cows pretended to be buffaloes, and I want answers! I'll probably never get them.
I have actually already found buffaloes at another place. I didn't get pictures because there was a big fence in the way. It was pointless to get pictures of the fence. But they don't always keep them behind that fence. I'll keep going back there until I can get some clear shots. So, good news! I'll talk to you later.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
I don't often see little chickens like these. Maybe they are a particular kind of chicken. I don't know, I don't know that much about chickens. I just saw them and decided I had to stop and take a couple of pictures.
I didn't even bother to get out of my truck to get these pictures. That may seem kind of lazy, but I think it makes me kind of versatile. I can get my pictures quick and then zoom on to the next mini adventure. I won't always do it like this, but it's a good option. Okay, I'll talk to you later.
Monday, September 23, 2013
On this particular trip where I got these pictures of a rainbow I didn't have my main camera with me. I was lucky enough to have my new smartphone with me though. I just bought a new Nokia Lumia 521 Windows Phone. I got it because it was very cheap and it syncs up very nicely with Windows 8.
I don't use a phone much but I wanted this thing for the computer. The phone was a nice bonus. It's not the best smartphone camera because this one is Nokia's lower end model. But Nokia is known for its cameras so this one works pretty well anyway.
As far as thew rainbow goes, I couldn't believe I had the chance to get it. I never thought I'd get any rainbow pictures. They are so rare and surprising. This one was so strong in the sky though that nobody could have missed it.
I got to watch the rainbow finally fading away into nothing. It's just amazing that the conditions were just right enough for it to appear. I always think that when I see one. I never saw one until I was an adult. By that time I never thought I would. I'm glad I was wrong. I'll talk to you later.
Friday, September 20, 2013
But wait! That's not quite as bad as it might sound. I really have been trying to get some pictures of turkeys. I only rarely saw them back near where I lived in Michigan, but they're common around here where I live in Iowa.
I've been seeing turkeys around here all the time, except when I had my camera with me. I kept telling myself that one day I'd get them, and that day has finally arrived. I got a nice little flock of them for you too, and I even have a short video.
Now I have in my next post another thing I've been watching for but never have gotten until now. I've only seen these things a few times in my life so I'm glad I'll be able to bring you some pictures. This is something you really have to get lucky to get a picture of it. And you have to just happen to have a camera with you. Watch for my next post to see what it is. Talk to you later.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Sometimes it gets overcast on the days I choose to go out. Sometimes it's the wrong time of the year to show you what I want. And sometimes I just take bad pictures. This time I think they came out pretty good, and the pictures represent what I see pretty well.
Even though I didn't find any buffaloes, I was able to find some other animals that I've been looking for. I'll reveal just what those were in my very next post. I even have a video! I've never had pictures of this kind of animal before. I can't wait to share them! I'll talk to you later.
Monday, September 16, 2013
I took these pictures at Five Ridge Prairie nature preserve, the subject of my last post. These birds were flying back and forth and perching on these bare branches, making it easy to get a few pictures. I actually got fifty five pictures of them all together. These are my favorites.
Now I can take multiple pictures with the blink of an eye. Birds like these don't stand a chance against me and my camera. I can get several pictures before they know I'm even there. Sure I've gotten a few bad pictures, but there are far more good ones than bad.
I've seen bigger animals than these birds. They'll be coming in future posts. I've also missed a few animals that I was looking for. I thought I was so close a few times, but I just couldn't catch up to any buffaloes. My hunt goes on. I'll talk to you later.