"On the plains of Oklahoma, with a windshield sunset in your eyes like a watercolor painted sky, you'd think heavens doors have opened."
Fly Over States

Monday, January 18, 2010

Birds in Flight, Poison Ivy and Posies

When I checked the birdcam, this morning, I'd gotten a lot of pictures that were whited out with too much exposure.  I'm not sure what is going on with that.  I thought, at first, I had a low battery but that doesn't appear to be it.  Perhaps the morning sun was doing some screwy things to the cam but that doesn't make a lot of sense, either, because I'd get good pictures, dark pictures, then white pictures all within a 2 - 3 minute period.  At nearly noon.   So I hope it is just a temporary glitch.  I reset some of the settings.  Perhaps all the foggy weather we've had made the camera damp and that impacted it.  I'll probably check the cam, tomorrow, to see if the problem continues.

I decided it was better to trim some of the shots to show what I thought was interesting rather than have visitors have to peer at the screen and wonder what I was talking about.  One thing I am enjoying with the birdcam - besides the fun of not knowing what might show up - is seeing shots of birds in flight.  Evil Mockingbird is quite the acrobat and gives great shows. 

Here are a few photos.

Evil Mockingbird:

Fighting Finches:

Just showing the heavy fog:

Flying Finches:

Flying Finch in the Fog:

Chickadee at rest.  I see him a lot but didn't mention him, before, because he is so tiny you couldn't see him.  So I blew up the picture.  Duh.

Not sure who this is.  The exposure caught and ran.   I thought it was cool.  When I first looked at the picture, it about freaked me out:

Landing Sparrow:  And see the Purple Finch over on the right?  He is giving Evil Mockingbird a run for his money on being aggressive:

Evil Mockingbird is quite the vaptor:

Another fluttering sparrow:

Purple Finch with an attitude:

A BlueJay showed up, then left. 

Closeup of fighting finches (from previous photo):

Although now that I look at them, they might be sparrows.

Evil Mockingbird:

These guys look like thugs:

I was surprised (but not sorry) that Dastardly Squirrel hasn't come back for the last couple of days.   Bird seed be expensive.

We had lunch with a friend, today, and left the girls alone for the first time.  They stayed inside with a kong full of frozen peanut butter.  They did fine. 

I am working on a Sylvia's Bridal Sampler block - an applique.  It is kicking my butt.  Honestly, I am starting to think I won't be able to finish it.  That is not typical.  Generally, I can soldier through these blocks and even if they end up looking like crap, it never crosses my mind that I can't DO it.  This  time, I am honestly not sure how to do the *&$%@ thing.  For anyone with any suggestions, it is A-4 from the book - the name of the block is Posies.  I hate the thing.  And it is making me hate applique.  It has not been fun. 

I guess the Oklahoma honeymoon is over?  I am black to complaining!

I am also struggling with my annual bout of poison ivy.  I got lost in the woods on Saturday and must have stumbled into a patch.  That may be contributing to my crankiness.

It is late and I am closing up shop.  I plan to have lunch with my friend, Kim, tomorrow.  Someone asked how she is doing.  I think "as well as can be expected" covers it so long as you understand that her grief is so heavy she can barely breathe.  My words and thoughts - she didn't say that.  I can only imagine that the letdown after the busy holidays must be nearly more than she can bear.  Pray for her healing.  No mother should lose a young son, and it makes me wonder what God is thinking to allow her to be afflicted by cancer in the midst of it.  But she has a great attitude and I think her head could fall off before she'd complain.  And then she'd probably make a joke about it. 

Happy Quilting,

Penny, Evelyn and Pearl


BilboWaggins said...

hope you had a wonderful time with your friend.

Miriam said...

Sorry I can't help with the SBS block. I hope your poison ivy bout resolves itself quickly.
Please let Kim know I am thinking of her.

Shogun said...

I like the mockingbird photo with the two wings seemingly going in different drections.

Stephanie D. said...

Some really fascinating photos. Does the camera sense movement and is that what triggers a picture? Or is it set to go off at intervals? I'd never heard of one before you got it.

Sorry about the poison ivy--it must be miserable. At least it's not summertime.

I cannot imagine what Kim and her family are going through. So much to bear.

ranette said...

Have a great lunch with Kim...I pray for her when she comes to my mind, which on some days is often.

If you have a little extra time tomorrow bring your applique block and I will help you with it. It is just a matter of learning new techniques I promise.

LindaWI said...

I'm enjoying your bird cam too, about the poison ivy I had an encounter last summer that lasted 3 weeks, the best method for relief was the hair dryer method. If your interested here is a link:


Sherry said...

LOL Welcome home!

Brent Darnell said...

What a great blog! We have a bird cam, too, and the photos are really great. What settings did you use to get the birds in flight? We caught a couple, but most are blurred, and we can't seem to recreate it. Any help would be appreciated! All the Best, Andrea and Brent

Penny said...

Happy New Year, Brent - wish I could help you more on the settings but the way the birdcam is set, you just have high, medium and low resolution, likewise on the sensitivity. You an set it for <18 inches, 18 - 24 inches, etc. This was set on medium resolution, high sensitivity and greater than 8 feet!

I love my birdcam.