Bush and Bird

Pictures: Here is a shot of the bushes that were blooming and a Black-throated Sparrow.

Bush blooming, these are about done booming.

Black-throated Sparrow that would not let me get too close, so this is a pretty heavy crop.

Exercise: I walked two miles yesterday and took today off, the knee is fussing a bit.

Night Folks

Time of Year

Internet break: I kind of get a little burned out this time of year and have a tendency to fade away for a spell. Just one day I don’t post and then I just don’t get back to posting for a while.

I have not been doing much, just kind of hanging out. I did get a new Cell Phone, a Moto G4. I had the Home Connect device from Verizon for about 3 or 4 years and finally decided I wanted a cell phone again, something I could carry in my pocket. Not that I am all that crazy about having a phone with me but I do like my data with me. Many times over the last few years I would just grab my tablet and Verizon MiFi device and take all that with me when I wanted that data and now I can just put my data in my pocket(the phone that is). I am doing the prepaid with Straight Talk and I ported my number over, so I hope all goes well with that. It took a day or two for everything to get to working right on the Moto G4/Straight Talk but it seems to be doing good now. I made sure that I got the CDMA (Verizon Towers) version of things.

The Moto G4 is a budget phone in the smart phone lineup, but I am really liking it so far 🙂

Pictures: I have not taken any pictures for a week now. But here are a couple of shots I got of a Black-throated Sparrow while I was in my last spot, near Kingman, AZ.



Exercise: I have been hit and miss on my exercise of late but today I loaded my bike into the truck before going into the city and did about 10 miles on the bike once I got there.

Night folks

Black-throated Sparrow

Pictures: Took these yesterday just after getting here. Black-throated Sparrow.

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Weather : It has been a fine day, I am glad I moved down south a little.

Exercise: Today I did a 10 mile ride on the bike and 5 of that counts double because it was up a very big hill ….of course the other 5 don’t count because it was down a very big hill so all I had to do was hold on and hope the brakes didn’t give out 🙂 It was a great ride but I’m not sure if I’ll do that again, it was hard on the old dude o_O

Night folks

Test Shots

Pictures: Test shot with the 7D II. It is kind of hard to find good bird shots around where my RV is parked now. I see no focus problems with my 7D II 🙂 The camera is going to take me some time to learn.

Black-throated Sparrow.
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This image has a the full image resized to fit in my crop image so you could see what I am working with. I think it is a good shot for the amount of cropping, and re-sizing.
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Canon 7D II : Having a few growing pains. I use Windows photo Viewer to view and organize my images ( I find it much easier to use than any of the others because I can view thumbnails or larger views of my camera raw files) but the 7D II CR2 file broke the viewer. So after a good bit of searching around I found a Codec Pack that would make it work again (Microsucks (OK, OK, Microsoft) don’t have one yet for Windows 10 and the new cameras). I had to buy one from Fast Picture Viewer, I didn’t buy their software just the Codec pack so my Windows 10 Photo Viewer would work. That cost me $10.00 but now I can stay with my work flow when doing my images from the 7D II.

Night folks

McDonald’s Internet

Weather: The weather is much better today with lots of sunshine for solar and my batteries are very happy about that.

Pictures: Black-throated Sparrow
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Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
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Exercise: Walked a little today. I walked with MapMyWalk+! Distance: 3.00mi, time: 01:01:36, pace: 20:33min/mi, speed: 2.92mi/h.

Internet at McD’s: They must be onto me ….. I have not been able to enjoy the fast Internet speeds at McD’s again 😯 I find that most McDonald’s have very slow to near unusable Internet speeds but the one in Lake Havasu City and the one in Blythe(for a while) where very fast. It was nice for a while 😈

Hope everyone is having a great holiday season.

Night folks.

This is _______ Day

Chores: Yep, time to do the laundry 🙂 and a couple of other things, like getting fresh water and doing a little shopping.

Canon Gear: There is new Canon Camera gear out, A new camera Canon EOS 7D Mark II and a new lens Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM , neither of which I will be running out to buy, but they are both on my long very long list 😦 Maybe over the next 2 years if things go well.

Pictures: Here is a Black-throated Sparrow.
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And a Gambel’s Quails.
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Night folks