Sunday, April 22, 2007

Remember early on in my blogging when I used to complain about "missed shots" because I didn't have a camera? Well, guess what? I have a camera now and I still miss the great shots. The problem, it seems, is me.

Take today for instance - a huge flock of geese was circling out in the marsh and I snapped a few pics. "Wow" I thought. "Cool". Then all of a sudden the entire flock of about eight million geese flew directly over my head. I'm not talking way up in the sky, they were about ten feet up and went RIGHT overhead and I actually felt like ducking at one point. It was spectacular and the people beside me went "WOW, did you get that?". Nope. As I clicked the "beep beep beep" told me I'd used all the space on my memory card. Happens every god damned time.

So I stood and deleted some pics, just in case they did it again. And I stood and I waited. And they settled back into the marsh in the distance. I think one stuck it's tongue out at me. Do they have tongues? It was a blown one time photo op and, against the brilliant blue sky, it would've been a fantastic award winning photograph, I know it - probably worthy of inclusion in National Geographic or something. I suck.

Anyhow, here are the other shots as I enjoyed the beauty of this earth today.....


Blogger Ocean Renderings said...

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10:09 PM  
Blogger Toccata said...

Sorry, that was me.

Oh, the blue heron, my favourite. Reminds me I got some good shots of them last weekend. I'm going to go post them now.

I'm having camera issues of mine own. I think it's on the fritz. Grrr! Yesterday and today I had real problems getting it to "fire".

10:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm only snickering a bit

11:10 PM  
Anonymous kelly said...

oops that was me

11:10 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

tc...I can't even blame things on my camera. Hope you get it worked out...frustrating, huh?

you and the goose kel.

12:13 AM  
Blogger tkkerouac said...

Beautiful shots Deb.
I miss great shots all the time and I use a borrowed camera.
What type did you purchase and would you recommend it?

8:05 AM  
Blogger Women on the Verge said...

I was reading recent posts and saw that your mom passed... please accept my sincerest condolences. I hope things will start picking back up soon...


8:07 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

tk...because I was just starting out, I bought a very inexpensive camera that just had the basics. It's a Canon PowershotA430 and was around $200 on sale. I'd highly recommend it.

E...thank you for the support. In all honesty, it's easier now than it was to watch her suffer - that was unbearable. I miss her like crazy though.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Gledwood said...

Do you know we even get geese here in London (he says, going off on a tangent, as per usual..!) they are the ones that fly pretty low over my house in small grouped V honking honk-honk-honk with every wingbeat ... I think they're really cute. They're not swans are they? Or ducks? Ducks surely don't make a noise. I always think they're faintly entertaining those waterbirds, how they look so slightly ungainly flying with their necks stuck out ... but how clever they are. If I could fly and land in water I'd be quite happy. I've always wanted to be a seagull ...

12:25 PM  
Blogger Gledwood said...

... o & re the heron: we used to see one of those, out "fishing" ... (well I don't know why I use "inverted commas" as he WAS fishing) every morning.

Gotta be careful of those birds if you keep a fishpond ..!

12:27 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bruederlin said...

Did you take that first photo, Deb? Because it's pretty amazing, veen if you can't see their tongues.

1:07 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

gled...they're geese alright. If you ever want to see a really great movie, go find "Fly Away Home". I love it.

This heron was fishing and I almost got a shot of him in action!

I did Barb...that's right before they did a circle and flew over was weird/kinda almost scary.

1:27 PM  
Blogger junky said...

blue heron's are my township's mascot but we have white ones stickered to our trucks?
This time of year we have to fire a whistle gun at them because the poop all over the soccer fields, they mostly just look at us and stick their tongues out, yup they got tongues.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Gledwood said...


What are they about? What are they doing there? I don't get it ... are they wild ... or someone's pets ...

Beautiful animals whatever they are ...

2:23 PM  
Blogger Gledwood said...

sorry i AM in a dreamy mood 2nite... are those freshwater terrapins? my step-brother used to have one of those, it looked just like those in the picture... surely they are not baby giant sea turtles? and if they were tortoises they would not be right on the jetty ... what are they??

3:07 PM  
Blogger aka k said...

Enjoyed the post. At least you had the camera with you. I see the best shot when mine is at home. How about a memory card upgrade? 2gig SD cards are less than £20 over here (on the net) now.

It was a beautiful weekend here too and I took some shots in the garden. Must post some soon.

4:26 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

when the geese flew right over me they were poopin' everywhere and I was dodging it!

gled...I'm not sure what kind. They're in a big ditch that runs along the dyke, so they're wild.

aka...great idea. I definitely need another one - I've run out of room more than once.

6:58 PM  
Blogger Gledwood said...

I keep coming back to those pictures ... saw a travel feature in last week's Sunday papers: Seattle vs Vancouver. What a beautiful place you live in ...

Another thing I've noticed: every animal we have in Europe you have it in North America (or something real similar) ... e.g. herons, starlings, foxes ... but a lot of other stuff e.g. bears, coyotes, terrapins, skunks ... we do not have at all.

You seem to have double the variety of wildlife ... You're v lucky in that regard..

10:42 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

Gled, it was summed up by Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam when he was here in concert:

"I was looking out the window of the hotel this morning, thinking of how much this place looks like home/Seattle. Then the sun came out and shattered the illusion. You live in a beautiful place."

I never take it for granted and "soak up" as much of it as I can. I'm in awe of it Gled, always have been. And you're right about the wildlife...there's so much to see.

I'm glad you enjoyed the pics. Many more to come!

12:51 PM  

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