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Took this yesterday while looking at a job to bid. It's rare I see such an intact skeleton

So rare I can't see it at all!
 

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The clouds have been very cool around here lately. Today I experimented with taking camera phone pictures through my polarized sunglasses. I asked a friend of mine which image he liked better and he said the polarized one was warmer and I told him that's probably why I wear my sunglasses all the time. :) So of the first two pictures which one do you like better?

It's been hot but it's also been absolutely beautiful.

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I favor #1 and #4. I was into photography a few decades ago * and I played with sepia and some other stinky finish, but I did not really like them much. My very short (2 years at most) experience with color film and paper made me just want color accuracy. I did some posterization, and that was fun, but to me, the essence of photography is selecting the scene.

* I started with Kodak films and papers, but when they reduced their silver, they went on my shit list. Agfa, Ilford, and Fuji from then on...
 

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The clouds have been very cool around here lately. Today I experimented with taking camera phone pictures through my polarized sunglasses. I asked a friend of mine which image he liked better and he said the polarized one was warmer and I told him that's probably why I wear my sunglasses all the time. :) So of the first two pictures which one do you like better?

It's been hot but it's also been absolutely beautiful.

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I think I like the white balance better on the natural but the contrast better on the ones I suspect are through the sunglasses.

I'm a stickler for wearing sunglasses outdoors. I got sick of how cheaply made most are until a breakthrough happened. I learned to get my sunglasses from hardware stores. Not from their sunglasses section, but where they have safety glasses they usually have decent UV blocking sunglass versions of safety glasses. Way better made than just about any standard sunglasses. *the more you know...* :)
 

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Yeah, my "sunglasses" are tinted safety glasses. On sale, I probably spent a buck and a half each.
 

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Yikes, it's like the carp here sometimes when out on the water but that would be unsettling. I bumped a big snapping turtle once, no big deal.
Yeah, I never seen any turtle explode anything like those alligators. A 'gator jumps in your boat YOU GOT PROBLEMS !!
 

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I think I like the white balance better on the natural but the contrast better on the ones I suspect are through the sunglasses.

I'm a stickler for wearing sunglasses outdoors. I got sick of how cheaply made most are until a breakthrough happened. I learned to get my sunglasses from hardware stores. Not from their sunglasses section, but where they have safety glasses they usually have decent UV blocking sunglass versions of safety glasses. Way better made than just about any standard sunglasses. *the more you know...* :)
Yep,I wear the sub $10 shaded safety glasses as well.
 

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OK, w all know I'm no Eric the cat or TomD, but I finally managed to have my camera nearby when the hummingbird was around and captured a couple pics. Now to just get closer. I've actually been talking to him through the window when I see him around and he'll come over to the window to investigate or fly to a nearby branch and peer inquisitively at the mysterious sweet talking voice.

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Hummingbirds are fun. Sometimes I scare one away and I will say "Come back!" and oddly enough, often times they come back and continue feeding.
 

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Hummingbirds are fun. Sometimes I scare one away and I will say "Come back!" and oddly enough, often times they come back and continue feeding.
Most animals are connected to the telepathic line.
 

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Thanks! I have been blessed to be seeing bluebirds so often. Many young ones. The other day I had 5 on one of my radio antennas at once.
I remember making bluebird houses back in Boy Scouts as they were needing all the help they could get. Still somewhat rare today around those parts.
 

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I remember making bluebird houses back in Boy Scouts as they were needing all the help they could get. Still somewhat rare today around those parts.
Nice. I made one back in cub scouts. Pretty sure it just sat in the basement and rotted away though while I went out and raised hell.

I think about putting houses out sometimes but find myself overly swamped in the spring doing other things. There are a few bluebird houses around here. Prairie country so I see them often. I do have a wren house my mom gave me a few years ago. Maybe next spring.
 

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Sure enough my little friend is back! What a precious little sweetheart.... I went into the bathroom and was looking out the window and sure enough here she came flying and I immediately got excited and started talking to her and she flew right over to the window! I got all nervous and fidgety trying to get my phone out in the camera going but she hung out there for a minute as I continued to talk and mumble all excited as I fumbled with my phone.
I'm pretty sure that this is a female ruby-throated hummingbird.

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TomD the master....
Think of all the stories in that photo.... enough to feed hollywood for a century with some left over.
 

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Ummmm... I think I'll just let y'all sort this one out...

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Personally, I think it's an EPA crew returning from collecting cow farts for one of their climate change studies. They never mentioned they prepped the cow's cud with helium...
 
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1/4 ton jeep in the background following... Guy in the very front of the balloon group has an army field jacket and leather gloves on, not the radiation protective clothing the balloon group has on. Maybe Nevada or New Mexico???
That's all I got Alton. Brain buster.
 

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What kind of flower is that?

The old Cemetery picture kinda hurts my eyes.
That is a Day Lilly, they come in all sorts of colors. My wife is nuts about them, has them all over the yard.
 

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Dude, those are beautiful! Has anyone told you your a good photographer?
Thanks! It has been said, and I appreciate it. I mostly just like to share the beauty I am lucky enough to capture. In this case, the butterfly gets all the credit. Somehow it did not mind me standing right next to it as it went from flower to flower. So I went inside and got my camera, came back out and got these pics.