Tuesday, July 24, 2012

no blogger for now

I have had this blog since December 2007. Now Blogger has decided I have used all of my available space and is not allowing me to post photos. Oh, sure I can buy more space. For now you can find me over at http://tmoorephotography.wordpress.com/

Sunday, July 22, 2012

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Blogger is not playing nice ~ so until I figure out what going on . . . :(

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Friday, July 20, 2012

Thursday, July 19, 2012

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Last week a phriend and I made plans to meet up at “my” Osprey nest. Sunrise came early on this hot summer morning. Barely taking the time to brush my teeth, I grabbed my camera and ran out the door.

Upon arrival Papa could be seen flying over head with a fish in his talons. He flew to the nest and would land for only a moment before taking off again. This was the first time I had seen this behavior. We realized he was taunting his offspring to come chase him for their meal. They met his challenge and with all the awkwardness of a toddler learning to walk, they took off for the skies.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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Beside the biweekly meetings, our puppy club has a monthly fun outing. This evening was our annual boardwalk and ice cream palor trip. This is the newest "kid" on the block. Isn't she the cutest!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

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At my last visit to the Osprey nest, babies were testing their wings and almost ready to fledge. I am hoping to catch one of their first flights. This evening I made a quick visit. Upon getting out of the car into the thick humid air, I was swarmed by black biting and greenhead flies. I decided to brave it out and walked to the nest. Babies were busy testing their wings and getting some lift. I shot off rapid fire and captured a bunch of what I thought would be great photographs, only to come home, upload and realize I had the totally wrong settings and all of the photos were black! Yes, after all this time I still have days like this.

I did get this shot of a dragonfly and was able to play around with it.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

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I don’t know if Papa is getting use to me, if it is the distractions of the boats on the busy bay, or just pure luck but as he sat resting on his chair, I was able to get about 20 feet from him. This allowed for some excellent up close shots.

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

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My quest to capture new and interesting subjects, while participating in Project 365, has brought me to many of the local area which have long been on my must see list. B and I have traveled all round our state and are being to know the ins and outs of very town, large and small. We have visited all of the NJ lighthouses, battle fields, wineries J, and now I can check off all of our great boardwalks.

I had been to Asbury Park, Point Pleasant, Seaside, Atlantic City and Wildwood but had forgotten about Ocean City. How, I don’t know. Last week on our way home from Wildwood/Cape May, I took notice of exit 30, Ocean City and last evening B and I took a walk along their boards.

While each of the boardwalks have amusement rides and food, lots of food each has it’s own feel. Ocean City is a “dry” town (meaning no liqueur) making it a wonderful place for families and children. The boardwalk was full of fun; a freckle contest was taking place, several bands were playing, a hula hoop demo could been seen and of course, the usual magic man was performing.

It was the perfect evening to take in all the excitement of the youngsters, have an ice cream cone and to watch a yellow/orange sunset.

Friday, July 13, 2012

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Babies are about to fledge. Yesterday during my visit, I watched as they flapped and lifted a foot or so above the nest. At each of my visits Mama has always been perched keeping a watchful eye on her young and Papa is generally off fishing or sitting comfortable on his chair.

Yesterday I noticed two Osprey flying close together, I wondered if, now that the babies are larger, did mom and dad go to dinner together. But I observed the larger bird flying under and seemingly pushing the smaller one up into the currents. I wondered if I was watching a flying lesson??

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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This afternoon I met up with a phriend by the osprey nest. I was disappointed for her as Papa was not on his chair however, shortly after we arrived he flew in, checked on with his family and went off fishing. He circled the water from high above, swooped down and skimming along the top of the water, dragging his talons along. We did not see him catch a fish, but moments later he appeared at the nest with one in talons. After the, now large babies, had a meal, they began testing out their wings. Each taking a turn at flapping until they lifted up several feet above the nest. I imagine it will not be long before they take their first flight.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Monday, July 9, 2012

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Early day at work today which lead to an early dinner. I checked the tide chart and perfect . . . low tide 5:30pm. Packed up Yellow Girl and her tennis ball. During our long walk in the sand we meet several new doggie friends and had a blast playing in the waves. On the way back to the mainland, we came across this fellow looking for a dinner time snack.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

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At the moment mama sees me, she sounds the alarm and her babies duck low into the nest. It was no different yesterday, only now they are gaining the courage to peek over the branches and see what the danger is.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

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Good Gravy! Was it hot today. I think we topped out at 103 (F) degrees. It was one of those days you didn’t mind being at work, only because it was air conditioned and you just knew you weren’t going anywhere or doing anything.

When my work day was over, I had planned on taking the puppies to beach for a swim but it wasn’t fit for man or beast. So I left the beasties at home and I went to check on the Osprey nest. Although the nest is on the water’s edge and generally has a very cooling breeze, today it was ungodly. It was not only hot but the humidity was so high my lens kept fogging over.

Just as my lens was becoming acclimated, a wicked storm rolled in. And as much as I want to watch this raptor family, I am not fond of being out in a lighting storm.

Friday, July 6, 2012

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on the boardwalk, down my the sea

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

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Oh deer! Look what we found hiding deep in the woods.

Monday, July 2, 2012

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Bushkill Falls Day 2 ~

With this shot I have made the decision to purchase a ND x400 filter. I like the shot but not happy with the blown out white spots.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

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Bushkill Falls ~

We looked over the map of trails prior to starting our hike: green - easy, view only one of the falls, yellow - a bit more difficult and view several of the falls, red - recommended for the avid hiker, view all eight of the falls, 2 miles. Only 2 miles! Heck, we walk the 3 mile boardwalk at least once a week. We walk the beach, in sugar-soft sand, several times a week and both work at physical jobs. We’re going RED!

After the first flight of stairs, I break my “you want it, you carry it” rule and beg B to carry my camera case. By the second flight, I am certain I need bypass surgery; and by the third flight, I am reminding B I have several family members who have died of a heart attack.

What they neglected to say is that 2 miles includes 1267 stair steps. I thought I was in fairly good shape for a women my age, but with each time I raised my legs to make the move upward, I am feeling each and every one of my 53 years.

My legs feel like rubber this evening, but the awesome view was worth each step. I survived the Red Trail and B brought me a t-shirt stating as much.