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Birds on a windy wire …

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Sitting outside and in the FAR distance I spot pigeons perched on a swinging wire.  Huddled down – swinging like a bird festoon adorning the background of the mountains.

It was tough – but I managed to weather (no pun intended) the wind and even though my camera was shaky – capture these.  Please know HOW far away they were.  “Like, really far away.” (She says like the Valley Girl she’s not.)

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Nature vs Aperture

Meep Meep!

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I’ve been taking my camera with me to work lately to avoid that ‘Arg! I wish I had my camera!’ moment at all times.

I’m STILL kicking myself about the vultures I missed shooting with a decent lens months and months ago.

It paid off.

We have a few roadrunners that visit our office daily.  It started out innocently – and let me say, trying to get a good/non-blurry shot of an antsy bird is not the easiest thing to do.  I share now some unedited shots of one of our visitors.

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The Murder

As you can see, we gave it (and a roadrunner friend who I didn’t capture) offerings of cheese.  Which, they ate – but I guess one was still hungry.

I heard a thump a while later, and turned to see a small bird hitting the glass door while one of our visitors deftly snatched it out of the air.

I jumped up and grabbed my camera and prayed for a National Geographic moment.

I’ll warn you now – if you’re tender-hearted when it comes to creatures, (which I am, but was fascinated for some reason behind the camera watching nature at work) then don’t keep scrolling.

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It all happened so fast – there wasn’t much of a struggle, and after reviewing the shot I got of its talons above, you can see why that might be.

I went out later to see what was left – nothing.   Nothing but a few feathers.  That gave me some measure of comfort … that none of the prey was wasted.

 

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Desert Dandelions and random shots

Once over the river – at my destination, my camera still wanted to play.

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Photos for four four 13

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Here’s some photos I’ve taken within the last week.  The second to last pic is in my yard, I’m really hoping it isn’t a tarantula hole! :-O

Gearing up for a great interview post  so watch this space. 🙂  Amanda.

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The Aurorae are coming! The Aurorae are coming!

“Amanda Revere here, reporting on something I know very little about.”

Rather than mount a trusty stud steed and yell at perfect strangers (what does that mean?  What is a ‘perfect’ stranger?) thought I’d blog it.

The sun is sending us a present.

The irony in this is that I watched a B movie with some similarity last weekend.

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Pretty sure the ‘end’ isn’t actually here (although, I have heard a few helicopters this morning … hmmmm)  And if it IS here, I’m a little ticked that I didn’t toss some desserts into my shopping cart last night.  Wouldn’t say no to some key lime pie for breakfast.

But I digress.

A coronal mass ejection (CME) has actually occurred.  (let’s hope for the suns sake it wasn’t prematurely.)

For realsies.  

Weather forecast?  Partly magnetic with a chance of green skies.

‘They’ are also saying there could be some satellite and electrical interruptions.  (Better not be interrupting my Candy Crush game!  Or the coffee maker.)

A sun spot that is estimated to be bigger than about 6 Earths, has erupted and is sending a massive solar flare our way.  (Definitely puts the new ‘freckle’ okay, ‘sun spot’ I have on my hand in perspective.)

Anyway, what that means for us, is that charged particles are headed our way at over 1,000,000 miles per hour. 

I’m not going to pretend I know what that means.  I just know I’m not going to panic. I’m going to keep my camera close and my eyes on the sky. 

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