Jun 162013

grass 1735

You can’t imagine how great this feels to us desert rats!  Carl and I took a drive up to Lake Havasu City today and ate our to-go lunch from Panda Express  at Rotary Park… and walked both in the water and on the grass after lunch.  What a treat!



Jun 302010

ISO 80; f/8; 1/200; 100mm (Tripod; Cropped for focal point)

You have to see this one enlarged to really appreciate it.  I took this yesterday morning… when I noticed the moths fluttering around this Velvet Mequite tree … little did I know just how many had joined the party!

I’ve been working on using my tripod… getting comfortable moving the camera on it and finding my shot.  Quite a bit different than trying for the macro and supermacro shots in which it is very easy to find the subject matter, just have to get close enough.  What I have discovered is that with the zoom lens, it  is just another way to get a macro shot… but with a some safe distance between me and the subject. Also, easier to take a photo with sun against my back without causing a shadow to fall in the wrong place.  Or as I learned it this photo… getting stung by a wasp.  I’m fairly positive that if I didn’t have the telephoto lens, I’d never have been close enough to take this one.

Jun 292010

ISO 80; f/5.7; 1/250; 100mm; 7:00am (some dodging)
Bird in a Foothills Palo Verde

It would be a shame if I let the whole month of June go by and not once include a photo of my favorite green tree, the Palo Verde.  Translated it means just that, “green tree or stick.”  They are a native plant to the Sonoran Desert.

If you want to learn more about the Palo Verde tree.. I put together this little blog entry (with photos, of course)…
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Jun 252010

ISO 80; f/5.7; 1/160; 100mm; 8:55am

I took this photo in the second week of June and then forgot about it!  Found it while reorganizing and cleaning my files.  I cropped it and did some tweaking in Aperture.

If I seem to be overdoing some themes and avoiding others… uh, you’re right.

Jun 242010

ISO  80; f/4; 1/160; 14.2; 7:33 PM

ISO  80; f/4; 1/30; 14.2; 7:34 PM

Since I last visited Debbie’s Pomegranate Tree, she’s had several more fruit appear. This one is looking more like what you’d  expect.

Jun 222010

ISO 80; f/4.5; 1/800 5mm (Super Macro mode); 10:13 am (adjusted in Aperture with brushes, cropped)

Seems like once you see one ball, you see them everywhere.  This is defective orange was found on a tree within a short walk from our site.  I started off with the goal of taking a photo of the “green” “ball” — but found this one orange to be so intriguing – and photogenic.