Beautiful Heron

On my last photo tour, I spotted this 'guy', whom I think is a Heron. But, I could be wrong. If so, please do let me know. I will update my post and e-bow to you, as a show of my gratitude.

And, I have another question for my dear readers: Will a 400mm VR Nikon lens make that big a difference? I currently have a non-VR Nikon 300mm lens. I wish I could zoom in some more and avoid the shake. Hence the question.

So, here is the sequence of the photographs. I spot the guy in the distance. It is raining and I take a quick shot with the kit lens.
Next, I park my cycle under a rather large tree; mount the telephoto and start taking more photos. All the photos below have been cropped.
The preening begins.
Dang - I thought I cleaned myself very nicely earlier today. All this muck...
What's that?
I need a breather...
Ha-ha! I found you, little buggers.
Now, let me see who else is hiding under there...
Cleaning; head to wing-tip.

By the way, my friend Steve, of DFWPTP, wondered if I will ever give out information on what cameras I use.

Sure, I will be glad to:
1. Nikon D7000 DSLR: This replaces my old D70. For those of you, who are nerdish, the efficiency/gain is calculated as follows: D7000/D70=100 :)
2. I use different lenses on the DSLRs:

  • A Nikon Macro - 105mm, 1:2.8 D 
  • A Nikon telephoto - 70-300mm AF Nikkor1:4-5.6 G
  • Nikon kit lens - 18-70mm AF-S Nikkor 1:3.5-4.5 G 
  • A Sigma wide-angle lens (10-20mm, f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Nikon AF). None of my lenses are VR. My hands ain't either, which may be evident in some of the photos. No big deal!

3. My box cameras (with only an electronic zoom) are; Pentax Optio W-90 (a shock-proof, water-proof and mud-proof and Chandra-proof camera; has been dropped from 5-6 ft height, several times, accidentally and yet works like a charm) and the camera on my iPhone 5s.
4. I do have a GoPro Hero 2 HD, which I don't use often. One of those things that I keep in my arsenal, for who knows when I would need it. The application of this camera; was to find out where there were holes in my neighbor's roof.

I am not sure what I am going to do with my D70, yet. But, it doesn't take up as much room as my old cycling magazines, so I might just keep it, for a rainy day, perhaps.

Lastly, I am not an Optics expert. If you have any difficult questions, please check online/Nikon's website :)

Peace :)

Will you please name this flower?

Guilty as charged. I have no clue what flower this is. I need your help :)
But, not knowing the name is no reason to meet this flower and admire its beauty.
Photo taken during my recent photo tour on the Thorn Nomad bicycle.
Location: Lake path near my home; in Roswell, Georgia.

Peace :)

Message from The Universe

Beautiful quote from TUT


Whenever your perspective on something creates emotional pain, Chandra, it's always because your perspective is still so narrow that you've yet to see all the good it will make possible.

Because it will.

Always,

    The Universe

Removal of 1838

I came across this plaque when riding the Roswell Riverwalk on Sunday. It is about the Removal of 1838. It is particularly pertinent to Georgia.
The uniqueness of this particular plaque caught my eye and was curious and did some research. I won't go through all the details, as many of you are probably already aware of it. But, it suffices to say, it is worth a read, for those who may not know.

Peace :)

Spiritual Guide

"Even if someone I have helped
And of whom I had great hopes
Nevertheless harms me intentionally,
May I see him or or her as my holy Spiritual Guide."

From Prayers for World Peace, Tharpa