Not My First Rodeo

It was the first time to use my D750 with the new 200-500mm Nikkor for action shots.  I took it to Arcadia to see how the combination worked.  I like it.  Here are a few shots from the Bulls and Broncs.

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About Those Eggs with the Lobsters

I’ve had several questions about the eggs on top of the lobster steamer in the post below.  I’ll tell how it was explained to me.

The eggs are there as a timer.  They let you know when everything is done.  The cook lets everything cook for a reasonable amount of time.  Then, he peels back a bit of the covering foil and pulls an egg out.  He breaks it over a bucket and if it is just hardboiled the cooking is complete.  It’s an Egg Timer!  In this shot, you can see the opening that the egg is pulled from.



I’ll crop that for better detail.  Not bad for an unprocessed point and shoot working through steam.


Here is another shot showing how the whole pile is organized.


The potatoes are on the bottom.  The mesh bag on the left directly under the eggs is filled with mussels and the one in the corner on the right is filled with clams.  The lobsters go on next, then the corn, top with eggs and cover it up with foil.  Then you just wait ’til the egg yolks are just hard.



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The BEST Camera …

Is the one you have with you.

The other evening we went to a Lobster Bake fundraiser of our County Historical Society.  It was being held at the Port Charlotte Beach Park at the end of Harbor Boulevard in Port Charlotte, FL.ExhibitionNow, what with all that finger, or whole hand food, rushing wait staff and a table covered with butter, lobster, mussel and clam shells, and the other accoutrements of diving in to and  actually consuming lobster it didn’t seem like a  good time to take a lot of camera gear for a few snapshots.  By the time I was done with the lobster and corn the term Butterfingers was the perfect description.

So, I took along my pocketable old Nikon Coolpix P7100 for a few snapshots.

While I was looking over the auction items and door prizes I noticed that there was a fair bit of color through the windows overlooking the beach.  Going outside, I discovered a GREAT SW Florida Sunset.




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On a guided tour of Mount Washington NH

We are on a trip around the eastern states.  We left and went to Chattanooga TN for a convention stopping off in Macon GA along the way.  Then through Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey ending up north of New York City.  The next day we completed the heavy driving stopping in Tilton NH for a few days.  We took a boat tour on Lake Winnipesaukee the first full day we were thean and up to the Mount Washington Auto Road the next day.  Since I don’t get to really see much scenery while driving we decided to take the guided tour up to the top.

When we arrived it was partly cloudy but we could see up the mountain quite a ways.  Those clouds behind it though were an omen.


They soon started moving in and by the time we left the base there was some spotty rain.  When we reached the first stop it had abated but we were under cloud and had some fog moving in.  At the next stop it was heavier.


Not great for photo ops but, this is a tourism trip and good shots are a bonus.  Further up and the fog was even heaver although the rain had stopped.


I am reliably informed that there is a great view from here.  Some days.  A bowl of chili at the snack bar on the top of the mountain and a visit to the museum were very welcome.

On the way back, we got below the cloud layer and could finally see the view again.  Even with the bad weather, I think this was a very worthwhile trip.


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A Toddle Through Tenterden

Whilst in Kent I went to visit the Tenterden Camera Club for their social meeting.  It reminded me a lot of my local club in Port Charlotte, the Photo Adventures Camera Club.

Their social format was pretty much the same as hours a projector for showing images and a discussion of recent and upcoming activities and photographers helping each other.  One of theirs was a photowalk through Tenterden and their monthly theme is to be macro and closeup.  It made me wish I was staying a bit longer.

I decided to take the walk through Tenterden though to see what I could find and here are the results.  The dominant building on the skyline is St. Mildreds COE Church.  I went to it to find an ancient church in the midst of an ongoing reconstruction and renovation.  It also seemed to be the day for organ practice so all my shooting at the church was accompanied by appropriate music.

Hanging model ships was apparently a common thing in churches to celebrate launching, successful voyages, etc.  After a while at the church I started down the High Street and found the Quill House along the way.  It had an interesting chain and anchor in the front and a passageway that made for an interesting image.  I’ll need to look into this one a bit more.


This isn’t the best angle to show the anchor but I always think that passageways are interesting subjects.  On the other side of the street the houses had deep gardens most of which were attractively maintained offering another sort of passage.


And finally, the theme of macro and closeup is something I enjoy so I did manage to get a few of those to fit the club theme.  Too bad I won’t be around for the next few meetings of this interesting group.

Thank you Tenterden CC, you made me feel welcome.


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A couple of birds from an English Farm

We are on our annual trip to the UK and after a couple of days in London we moved on to our first stay on a farm in Buckinghamshire.  It’s a couple of miles out of town to provide some peace and tranquility but still close enough for shopping or dining out when needed.

The birds were a bit skittish so I often had to shoot through the cottage windows.  Just walking across the window or opening them was enough to frighten them away.  These were shot with a Nikon 1 V2 and the 70-300mm CX lens.


This is an English Robin.  It’s a lot smaller than the American Robin and a completely different species.  Our robin was named after it because of the red breast but the American robin is a thrush like bird and this is more of a flycatcher.


This is a Little Owl.  That’s the actual name.  After capturing the shot I posted it for ID on a British site as a little owl and discovered that all I had to do was capitalize it.


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More Flying Flies

I found a pair of   Four-spotted Aphid Flies (Dioprosopa clavata) in  a mating flight at a pond near the intersection of Marion and Ponce De Leon Blvd in Punta Gorda.  It’s actually a nectar eater as an adult but it lays it’s eggs near aphids and their larvae prey on the aphids.B2W2DSC_6150c - Dioprosopa clavata

They are small (about 1/2 inch) and I needed to use manual focus to keep the camera from jumping to another subject.  Since they were moving, I’m quite happy to have gotten two shots that are halfway decent and this is the best of those two.

Unfortunately, I’m afraid there are going to be more aggressive mosquito control measures with the Zika Virus scare so we may be losing more of these beneficial insects.

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