This week, share a photo(s) that says summer lovin’ to you. It might be a favorite pair of sandals you can’t bear to part with, the homemade salsa you made with veggies from your garden, the flowers you planted, or your family frolicking on the beach. If summer is on the way in your hemisphere, show us something hot hot hot: your homemade sriracha sauce, some friends shuckin’ and jivin’ on the dance floor, or even the furnace or boiler that heats your home.
Today, we took the girls to visit our local Fire Station. We got to tour the entire house and get a glimpse into the life of the firefighters that work there. Thankfully, they did not get a call while we were there, though I am sure it would have been an awesome sight to see these guys throw on their gear and head out to do what they do best…save lives.
Morgan and Emmelyn got to climb inside of Engine 10 to see what it is like inside. Fireman Raymond Blue provided information about the trucks they use at the station and how some of the components of the fire truck work. He even took the time to demonstrate the fire suit that the firemen wear when they go on a call. He told us that in academy, they time gearing up down to under a minute. I’m not sure he met that mark, but since it wasn’t an emergency, I think we can cut him a break!
We are very grateful for the time that Captain Ron Holbrook and Fireman Blue took to give us the tour. We would also like to thank them for the very important work they do to keep us safe. It takes a very special type of person to run towards danger to get someone else out and for that, the firemen of Station 10 in High Point, as well as every other firefighter, have our respect.
It has been a while since I have posted for the sake of photography. I decided to greet the sun this morning at the Piedmont Environmental Center on Penny Road in High Point, NC. They have a nice wrap-around porch that neighbors the bird feeding area. They have a couple of hummingbird feeders there as well.
My goal was to catch the hummingbird in mid-flight. While I was waiting, I had some other visitors to come by to eat, so I tried to capture them as well. I have attempted to name the birds, but I am by no means an expert ornithologist. If you find a bird named incorrectly, please let me know…I used this as a learning experience to better identify the birds (as well as get some more photography practice, but, you know!).
The hummingbird seems to be quite elusive. I heard the sound of its wings several times, and even saw him light on the feeder a couple of times. Unfortunately, he would always land on the opposite side of the feeder from me, and moving my camera immediately scared him off. As I was getting impatient and preparing to leave, I decided to wait on the opposite side for him to return, and sure enough, I got him right before I left! I wish there had been a bit more light to get some more of his colors, but overall I am happy with the results.
I hope you enjoy the birds pictures, and hopefully, I will be able to bring pictures more consistently now.
Common Rosefinch – diving for food.
Common Greckle – look closely and you can see his beady eye.
Today I thought it would be fun to try my hand at some time-lapse photography. Since the clouds and weather seemed to be cooperating so well, I took the opportunity when I had the chance this afternoon.
I had some time on my hands tonight, so I thought I would have some fun with macro photography. My wife just got a new Gerber daisy and had a case of large strawberries on the counter. Seemed like great fodder for an idle macro lens.
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