Thursday, February 25, 2010

Feathered Hope.

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is herd;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I've herd it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
it asked a crumb of me.
       (Emily Dickinson)

You must forgive me, I seem to have
feathers stuck in my Camera.
God's Gifts, are better than
mans best dreams.
I must concentrate my gaze closer to the ground.


Monday, February 22, 2010

All I know about chickens.

What can I say about Chickens ?

I don't know much about Chickens. Except the
obvious, they lay eggs. Not the one's above and
below. They are Rooster's. Rooster's are male
chickens. They are like male humans, they scratch
in the dirt, peck at poop, Cocka-doodle-do and
monopolize the remote, and ask, whats for supper.
I think Rooster's know when to stop crowing. 
Unlike Tiger golfers. The Rooster knows, when
the male human asks; whats for supper, if the 
Rooster continues to crow it's gonna be chicken. 
Well thats all I know about chickens!!!!!

I guess I should be in the Olympics, my wonderful
wife keeps telling me, I'm " skating on thin ice"
whatever that means.

Well, you all, have a great week.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

More Lake Jericho Sea Gulls

These Gulls are very acrobatic, and entertaining.
I have an inexpensive 75 x 300mm lense, and 
even though I don't need the power it is fun to 
see if Ican get good shots with it, remember 
I'm a wanna-be. This realy gets amusing when
Canadian Geese get in the action. Its amazing
how much fun you can have with bread and a 
camera. Get out the soda and popcorn the 
show is on. 

This Gull makes a pass at some bread, but is waived
off, because another gull beat him to it.

The gull above looks as if it is standing on
something in the water. It is amazing how
they can touch down without making a ripple,
and take the bread so delicately.

Here you see touch and go.
Please click on pictures to see the water droplets

Below: no seagull there. Where did you come from?
Nosey neighbor.



Thursday, February 18, 2010

Bells ring out for Barry.

In answer to A Brit in Tenessee's
call to arms for Barry, we'll not give up.
Fight on barry.

    This bell klangs for Barry.

Bells ring out for Barry.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Chasing Feathers in the cold, cold rain.

After reading and viewing Mad Snapper's blog
this morning, I would like to share this with you all.
These are some pics I took this past Monday afternoon.
these pics are not worthy of putting on the blog but
They serve the purpose of expressing how much I
love not only taking pictures but also the chase; or the
hunt; if you will. Please read on. 
It was a cold afternoon, drizzling rain and the
humidity crept right through the clothing I was
wearing. But when I spied the hawk, the hunt for
that one shot that would make it all worth while
was on. Tree to tree; bush to bush, and finally,
almost close enough to touch the hawk I raised
my camera and began snapping. Bad light and
lousey conditions, I was robbed. I enjoyed it,
and that my friends is how much I like the "Click"
A noble monument, very impressive, even imposing
in appearance, a magnificent predator.

Below the Hawk leaned forward and off it went
like a speeding bullett, faster than Superman.
And I, went home to a warm house and a
cold beer. I love the click.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Wall Painting

This is Malicks (now closed). It used to be a
restaurant, closed for a while and opened up
again as a antique store and has been closed for
quite awhile now.
(please snap on the pics for details)
While it was a restaurant we ate there several
times. The food was not bad and the prices were
ok. I don't know why it did not survive.

These wall paintings were painted while it was an
antique store, several years ago.

I have wanted to stop and take photos for
quite awhile. Well I finaly did. You don't see
much wall painting any more, I guess it's a 
lost art, or to expensive.  

I can remember when I could see wall paintings
everywhere. They were advertising for almost
everything from popular sodapop, to bread, and
a list that goes on and on. Whenever I see one
of the old paintings, though they are faded now
I put them in my collection. 

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Rejuvenated Lion.

The lion says "warm weather, some shrubs a growing
season and my dignity will return".

Last night, in an e-mail my daughter in law Daria
was good enough to send me the information I had
forgotten about the restorer of the "Wounded Lion".
Artist Randall Nelson did the work, he is from
Connecticut and has done work for the Historic
Savannah Foundation prior to this. He has recieved
awards from the Historic Savannah Preservation

Oh Noble Lion
Duck next time !!!!!!!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Wounded Lion.

Drinking and driving.
A drunk driver wounded the Lion, fountain, and
wrought iron fence, in 2008. All of these were
difficult and almost impossible to replace.

A new Lion had to be created exactly like the
original one, using the old pieces as refrence.
I can not remember the artists or the country
where it was done.

In the above photo you can see the craftsman
working on touch up and color matching. These
photo's were taken this past January.

There were a number of people there, just as I
was, taking photos. The conversation among us
was the fact that he was talking to himself,
obviously agrivated about something. One observer
said they had wanted the craftsman to wear a
hard hat and safety goggles. Below you can see
He would have none of that.

This craftsman is from wherever the lion was
recreated, and was completely involved in his work
and semengly unaware we were taking his picture.

   In my next blog I will show the finished Lion.
It is beautiful.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Early Mocking Birds.

The Mocking bird so called for it's melodious singing
as well as it's ability to mimick other birds songs,
as well as the sounds of some insects.
(click on any picture to see details)
Mocking birds will readily defend their territory,
and nests against any and all foes.

Mocking bird eggs and young are a food delicacy
for a variety of preditators. Such as snakes, 
hawks, and other large birds, as well as o-possums,
racoons, and the list goes on and on.
I have seen them in the defensive mood against
snakes and hawks. They will band together
when necessary, to defend their terrritory.

It is verry early, but they are seen in these photos,
seemingly laying claim to last years nest's, and
spring is at least 2 months away.

In the photo above the nest can be seen at
lower left. In the photo below the nest is in
the tangle of Jasmine vines.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Jericho Sea Guls.

I threw some bread upon the waters of
lake Jericho and, Voila, action pics.

Click on the pictures for clearer pictures.

I don't know what to say about a seagull.
When I was on active duty with the U.S. Navy
we accused non productive sailors of being
seagulls all they did was "eat, poop, and squack".
They are beautiful to watch.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Very Troubled Waters.

I Went back to the Archives for this one.

Watch where you step.
Interesting water patterns, and reflections.
Click on the picture for an enlarged view.

That night, God took a rib from Adam's side and
made a Woman. When Adam awoke the following
morning, He found a wife, Eve, laying asleep
beside him. Adam was so happy. He took her hand
and she woke up. She looked up at him and smiled.
(The rest is History.)
foot note; And they lived Happily ever after.
Related words for: Happily,blithely, gayly, jubilantly,
merrily, mirthfully.

                                    I didn't realize you could get in trouble doing a blog.