Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I apologize for more of these boring mushroom pictures but last few times I've been out for a hike the weather has either been dark, drab and overcast or socked right in solid with fog! Not the best conditions for scenery shots. Nothing left to take pictures of but some of the many and varied mushrooms that appear this time of year.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
I finally did it... After much research and reading many reviews for this splitter and many others I bit the bullet and bought myself a Champion brand log splitter on sale at Canada Tire. In Canada they call this a 20 ton splitter but in the US it's a 22 ton. Must be metric vs. standard tones.
It came in a big cardboard box with a plywood bottom about the size of a coffin and weighed just over 400 lbs. I had to use the tractor to lift it out of the back of the truck!
The splitter was well packed and even though the box was a little beat up on the outside everything inside was in perfect condition.
The instructions that came with the unit were well written and easy to follow and I had it all bolted together after about 2 1/2 hours. When assembly was finished I added fuel and oil to the 7 hp 208cc Honda clone engine and a little over one pail of hydraulic oil to fill the oil reservoir. It started first pull!
For several years I have been stacking the nastiest, gnarly unsplittable wood to one side thinking I would use the chainsaw to cut it into firewood size pieces. Perfect test for the new machine! Long story short it was no contest, the splitter walked through the pile of ugly wood in just a few minutes. I went on to split another cord of wood and finished up in just over an hour without even breaking a sweat!
I'm giving this well built log splitter 5 out of 5 stars!
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Well, at least one of them is. I don't think the mate has arrived yet.
This eagle is being very skittish and only showing itself for about 30 seconds every morning. I spent about an hour and a half yesterday hiding in the bushes waiting for the eagle to show itself and I saw nothing. Once I started back to the car though, here comes the eagle taunting me.
Luckily I am getting better at moving around with the bazooka lens so it only took me a couple of seconds to set and start taking photos. These were taken with the Nikon D700 and the Nikon 600mm f4 lens with the TC-14 E teleconverter on.
Aaron has got me convinced that I need a 2X teleconverter for shooting whales in Hawai'i. After a little research on his part it seems the Nikon D800 will still autofocus with a teleconverter up to f8 which is where the 2X would put me using the 600mm lens. Not to mention I would be shooting at 1200mm! The other camera bodies Nikon makes, except for the D4, will only autofocus to f5.6 with teleconverters.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
A little fish could have been nibbling on this mallards leg to cause this stir. Such a thing causes most humans to act in a similar way while swimming in a pond!
The real story is it was just taking an early morning bath. I liked this pic but was not quite sure what to name it. Thanks Ron. Your last post, Duck, Duck, Shark, gave me the idea for a humorous slant!
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Still digging through the old photos.
I was taking some underwater shots in Maui this year and happened to stick my head above water to see a rain storm coming in. I didn't see any lightning so I just stayed in the water and took photos. You can barely see the island of Moloka'i through the rain.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Move Along Girls!
Walking from the wooded area along the creek, Mulvey's Pond comes into view. The five acre spring fed lake plays host to a variety of waterfowl; migratory and domestic both. One never knows which he will surprise when first coming upon the scene!
Monday, October 21, 2013
Everything is so wonderful and interesting and new when you're almost 3 years old!
This is one of my three Grandchildren taken a few days ago by her Mom with her cell phone. She definitely has a good eye for composition, now if she would only start using a proper camera to take pictures with.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Leaves of Three, let it Be!
Leaves of Five, let it Thrive!
Often confused with the poison ivy, which often grows alongside, is the Virginia Creeper. Only the most sensitive have a reaction to this plant. The berries are poisonous to humans; but the birds, squirrels, and deer, delight in the bounty!
A Blush of Fall
Unlike the dreadful poison ivy which only has three leaves; it is easily identified by it's five leaves.
Saturday, which was yesterday, we woke up to a hard frost. The first this fall. A signal to the sensitive!
Pick Your Color
Seemingly overnight the colors chose to take on the wardrobe of fall. Pleasing to the eye I think!
Exposed to the elements more than some, the leaves growing on the outermost confines of the woods, changed to a pleasing red hue overnight!
Not giving up easily, the five leaved creeper mustered up it's best example of red. The final celebration of a successful and abundant growing season!
Thirteen I Think?