What a colorful world

We just returned from a vacation – a cruise through the Panama Canal (LA->Ft. Lauderdale) and it was, as you might expect, quite incredible. We had stops in Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Columbia and Aruba.

While in Costa Rica, we visited the Natuwa Macaw Sanctuary where they work with injured and otherwise vulnerable birds. Its good work these guys do and you can find out more on their website.

In addition to having Macaws recovering in huge aviaries, many are rehabilitated and released back into the wild. There are a bunch that hang around the sanctuary – perhaps it’s the presence of so many of their brethren that makes them comfortable with staying. Either way, they’re beautiful birds.

These two scarlet macaws were keeping an eye on our group as we toured the grounds.

The details: FujiFilm X-E2/Fuji XF 55-200 @120mm 1/40th @f4.2, ISO 400 (This baffles me a little bit – I thought I had set the camera to increase the ISO if the shutter speed dropped below 200. So that wasn’t working or I had it set wrong. Aside from that, I have no idea how this is a clear shot. I simply shouldn’t have been able to hand hold 120mm @1/40th of a second exposure. Oh well – I’ll take it)

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June 2017

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A weed shines brighter

There’s a lot in the neighborhood that every spring sprouts up these clusters of lovely purple flowers (Grape Hyacinth I believe), but every time I get around to going and taking a photo of them, they’ve been mowed down. Not this year!

So I went and shot some frames and was pleased with the color and the detail and was getting ready to head home. On a whim, I shot this one frame of a dandelion and I ended up liking it better than the flowers. Go figure.

The details: FujiFilm X-E2/Nikon Micro-NIKKOR 55mm f2.8 macro, 1/250th at f /2.8, ISO 2002017_March

May 2017

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Squeaky-Scratchy

Found myself in Edmonds the other day and thought I’d go look for herons at a marsh near the beach. Found the Herons, they were all huddling against the cold wind, trying to stay warm. Kinda boring, actually. Walking along the path, I kept hearing the squeaky-scratchy song of a hummingbird. Eventually found this guy up in the top of a nearby tree.

I did later find out that of the four species of hummingbird in Washington, only one of them actually sings. Narrows it down some. The Anna’s Hummingbird is also the only one that winters in Washington. Apparently, they do migrate in the winter, heading for lower elevations, they just don’t go south like the others.

FujiFilm X-E2/XF 55-200 @ 200mm, 1/2900th at f / 4.8, ISO 200

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March 2017

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Playing in Traffic

Spent part of a day hanging out in Seattle looking for a scene that was inspiring photographically, and I have to admit, I just wasn’t finding anything that worked for me. Having had enough, we headed back to the bus stop for the ride home and while waiting, I wandered out into the street to take this shot. I particularly like the closed in feeling the tall buildings give.

FujiFilm X-E2/XF 55-200 @ 200mm, 1/200th at f / 5.6, ISO 200

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February 2017

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The Business End

A couple of months ago, I started seeing posts on Instagram of these beautiful warbirds. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) has squadrons all over the US dedicated to the restoration and demonstration of these aircraft. Only after we loaded up and hit the open road to visit family for Christmas, did I realize that this particular squadron lived just a short distance from my in-laws, and that meant hangar tour!

This particular aircraft is a North American SNJ-5 “Texan” carrying the markings of a training squadron. You can read more about this particular aircraft on the CAF’s website, and be sure to follow @cafsocal on Instagram.

Shot with a Fujifilm X-E2 and a Fuji 18-55mm lens. 1/180th sec @ F5, ISO 5000. (I think it holds up pretty good at ISO 5000)

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January 2017

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Again with the Mushrooms?

I was lazy this month, didn’t get out to shoot at all, so here’s another shot from last’s month’s safari.

Shot with a Fujifilm X-E2 and a Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm lens. Exposure 1/8th @f2.8, ISO 200.

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December 2016

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