Tag: Conejo Valley

Mushrooms in the Mud

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The other day, record-breaking rain.  Today and yesterday, a break from it; tomorrow more is due.  I went out to the local park, to survey the differences, and just get out of the house.  And these are what I found, barely 2 inches tall!  I rolled around here and there, on my side, upside down, on my stomach, and came home with a few good shots and very, very muddy clothes.

Edge

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In the last 24 hours we got 4 inches / 10 cm rain.  This was taken last Saturday.  I should get out today to see how the same creek is looking . . . we actually had to pump out the back yard with a submersible pump and hose as the water was creeping over the patio.  Terra Firma in our neck of the world has a lot of clay, and the result is poor drainage, made even poorer, in our case, by too many impervious walls.  Overall, we are fine, but when a storm like the ones we are having hits, flooding and catastrophe follow.

Creek, ii

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This is a view of the little creek that runs through our neighborhood park.  It’s a pleasant place to wander.  When I went there this weekend, a border collie was doing what they do best – running and plopping in the water, staying submerged, and then shaking it all out.  A family was there, exploring and showing their toddlers the crayfish.  (I think the dad was the funniest – a big little boy!)  I was enjoying myself, being an audience to it all, while finding new growth, leaves, and viewing a magnificent sky filled with clouds.

I did post in LR and OnOne, using a VSCO preset for Fuji Astia in the final rinse (so to speak.)

Yet Another One

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Here is another of the four “good” bird pics I got over the weekend . . . having never been a bird watcher, once I began looking a little more closely, I really got into it.  New hobby?  Certainly a pleasant way to spend some time.

Don’t know what this fella is, so the word is out . . .

Note:  This is a young White-Crowned Sparrow, as opposed to the old ones from a few days ago.

Camouflage

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Today I went up to the Botanical Gardens, one thought on my mind:  to take images of birds with my 70-300mm lens on the Nikon V3.  As the V3 has a 2.7 crop factor, this makes the 70-300 the equivalent of 189-810mm.

I’ve never used this lens to specifically capture birds, but it did a pretty good job.  My technique was shutter priority, with the shutter set to 1/1000 to keep blur to the least possible amount; I also set the iso to 3200 down (priority based) and the f/stop to about 5.6 to 8.

I have absolutely no idea what these birds are, nor was I really aware of birds until I was determined to find them.  I had hoped to see a road runner – they are up there! – but I did see four distinctively different ones, which I caught.  Looking in Peterson’s Field Guide to Birds of Western North America, this looks like a wren, but what kind???

The 1 Nikon 70-300mm lens does a pretty good job overall.  It has the advantage of being lightweight with image stabilization.  Coupled with the V3, I could catch multiple images in a row, clicking away as the birds moved around, and then choosing the best of what I got.

More to follow!

Note:  A fellow on flickr says these little guys are White Crowned Sparrows!