Ocotillo on a Stormy Evening

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The photo below is another experiment with flash photography.  We had gotten some heavy rain perhaps an hour earlier.  I went out with two Sony flash units (HVL-58AM), aimed them at an ocotillo in our backyard, and took a number … Continued

Tiger, Very Relaxed

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Marie noticed Tiger lying on his back earlier tonight: He was so relaxed that he allowed his belly to be rubbed by both Marie… …and Joe: Meanwhile, Tiger’s sister, Freckles, was perched by the fireplace looking inscrutable.

Friday Fitness Hike

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Friday’s hike started at the Dixie Mine Trailhead at the end of Golden Eagle Blvd.  We hiked out to the mine where we looked down the mine shaft.  We then hiked up the wash past the petroglyphs, meeting up with … Continued

McGonagall Close-Up (aka McGonagall’s Mug Shot)

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I was playing around with the Sigma 50-500mm lens last night at 500mm in manual focus mode.  I was unhappy with the focus that I had gotten yesterday on the kitten, so I decided that I had better learn how … Continued

Tortoiseshell Kitten

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Below is one of Minstrel’s kittens, from her most recent litter.  This was shot from inside the house, through the (not very clean) glass of the patio window at 500mm, f/6.3, ISO 3200, 1/640 sec.  I went with a higher … Continued

Fountain Lake Waterfowl

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I saw this duck and two of its friends close to where I had parked.  Amy tells me that the ducks are all Mallards except for the white ones.  She says that those are barnyard ducks / Mallard hybrids. I … Continued


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We saw some helicopters while hiking a week ago, Friday.  Bob asked me about how the photos turned out yesterday.  I told him I wasn’t happy with the way they turned out, but that I’d work on one of them … Continued

Friday Fitness Hike

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Linda, Janet, Bob, Bill, and I met at the Horse Staging Area (in McDowell Mountain Park) for Friday’s hike.  We hiked a 7.25 mile loop. The sun had not quite risen yet when I arrived.  Linda took this photo of … Continued

Meteor Shower

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I went out to the top of the Hilltop Trail at McDowell Mountain Park last night to observe the Perseids meteor shower.  I set up two cameras using a 30 second exposure on each one. The cameras were set to … Continued

Sunday Bike Ride Photos

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Clayton, Mary, Marilyn, and I went for a bike ride today.  We rode out Pemberton, up Tonto Tank, over on Pemberton (again), and then up Coachwhip to the Windmill Trail.  Mary, Clayton, and I rode out to the actual windmill … Continued

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