Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sunday, June 28, 2009

decisions, decisions

Any better title suggestions?

Saturday, June 27, 2009

random photos from around Blue Cloud Abbey, Marvin, SD

This bird house was "tipped" by a very strong wind storm.
The Tree Swallow is not happy!

Friday, June 26, 2009

more from Watertown, SD


Sibley Guide to Birds

The Sibley Guide to Birds is now available on line.
Thanks burdr.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Monday, June 22, 2009


The aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things,
but their inward significance.
-- Aristotle

scenes by Hwy.75 dam SE of Ortonville, MN



Sunday, June 21, 2009

new Olympic event

"Remember, we have to do this in unison."

"Let's try again on the count of three!"

"That's better! But let's keep the line straight!"

Saturday, June 20, 2009


As you can tell from my posts, I'm still editing shots from my last Blue Cloud trip.
I'm trying to do them chronologically, but here are a few that I like better than the ones posted earlier. I'll let you be the judge.
Presented for your consideration are a couple of more ugly fish (I'm told, carp), a Ring-necked Pheasant rooster, and a Cliff Swallow.

Friday, June 19, 2009

another flying pelican




new iPhone

Well, I did it! Picked up a new iPhone this morning.
A couple of days ago I posted a link to a NY Times article reviewing some of the new features.
I haven't had a chance to try most of them -- I'm especially eager to test the new video capture.
I have posted a couple of pictures I took earlier this evening on my other blog. Take a look and judge for yourself. Remember, this is from a 2.5"x4.5", less than 1/2" inch thick cell phone.

Thursday, June 18, 2009


These fish were trying to swim up the dam located south of Mud Lake near Wheaton, MN.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

nesting Cliff Swallows

"Wait, which one is mine?"

iPhone 3G S

Since I post many photos taken with my iPhone on blogs and Twitter, I was happy to see that I should be eligible to upgrade to the new phone at new buyer rates. The new features on the 3G S will make the change worthwhile. The camera is upgraded to 3 megapixels with exposure, white balance, and focusing adjustments. Read more here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Cliff Swallows

Cliff Swallows nesting & feeding on a bridge & dam south of Mud Lake near Wheaton, MN


If you have wanted to try digiscoping but do not have a top-notch scope, you may want to take a look at digibinning, taking photos through your binoculars. For a description of the method take a look at this post at Discovering Alpine Birds .

Monday, June 15, 2009

Canon 800mm lens test

For a short test of this new lens,
take a look at the review by Bob Peltz.

more pelicans



Sunday, June 14, 2009

American White Pelicans


Mud Lake near Wheaton, MN