May Flowers!

At long last, spring is here!

[Even though it's relatively chilly and rainy right now. I'm writing this post from the future! Oooo~~]

An afternoon stroll around the neighborhood produced some lovely flower shots. And who doesn’t love flower photographs? A neighbor always has an amazing garden and this year, I gathered up the courage to ask if I could take pictures. He happily obliged and I dove into his tulip- and daffodil-filled garden with glee.

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Daffodils!

White daffodils! These guys are pretty awesome with their double petals.

White daffodils! These guys are pretty awesome with their double petals.

On top of a great garden, the neighbor also sports some charming birdhouses.

On top of a great garden, the neighbor also sports some charming birdhouses.

Enjoy some hi-res tulip action!

 

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These ones are from Zion Lutheran's little gardens.

These ones are from Zion Lutheran’s little gardens.

Some AMAZING grape hyacinth also from Zion.

Some AMAZING grape hyacinth also from Zion.

White violets in the front yard.

White violets in the front yard.

The trees blossom!

The trees blossom!

There isn't much to say - I simply adore this photograph.

There isn’t much to say – I simply adore this photograph.

Some greenery from work.

Some greenery from work.

I tried to be... something... here. I'm not sure. The toy-strewn yard was just interesting. What do you think?

I tried to be… something… here. I’m not sure. The toy-strewn yard was just interesting. What do you think?

Ma's favorite. Just an old fisherman tending his ship at the foot of a huge factory.

Ma’s favorite. Just an old fisherman tending his ship at the foot of a huge factory.

So the blog is increasingly becoming a photoblog for just Birdy. Nick is committed to writing something here but hasn’t yet. We should all harass him into writing! Who’s with me??

The year’s first goslings!

Yay! There’s nothing quite like the first clutch of fluffy, yellow, peeping goslings to make your day better. It was a poopy Friday so coming home to these little guys was a major-pick me up.

Goose parent.

Goose parent.

Can I eat this?

Can I eat this?

Can I eat this?

Can I eat this?

Maybe if I pull harder...?

Maybe if I pull harder…?

DISCLAIMER: I know geese aren't supposed to eat bread, I didn't feed them. My neighbors did and I just took advantage of the opportunity.

THIS! I can eat this!

My brothers and sisters ate it all...

My brothers and sisters ate it all…

SO FLUFFY

SO FLUFFY

Peep!

Peep!

Uncle Mallard

Uncle Mallard

Detroit May, 2014

Yesterday, Nick and I went to Detroit with the intention of going to the Michigan Science Center however we got there too late. :( It’s a bit of a bitchy story so I won’t go into it.

Since we were in Detroit, Nick made the decision to drive around some so I could take pictures. It was very windy and cold so I stayed in the car and shot photographs out of the window, usually while the car was moving. That being, said I am pretty damn proud of a how some of these turned out!

It’s difficult to take photos from a moving car, mostly because a lot of opportunities are missed. There’s a few things I want to return to photograph during a holiday afternoon when there is next to no traffic. I also have the intention of going to Maritime Park because it’s pretty and to hunt down the Mariner’s Cathedral. Brutalist buildings are on my list, too! My father suggested we hit up Greek Town for food.

Have some photos.

MGM Grand Detroit

MGM Grand Detroit

Classic buildings next to graffiti are interesting and sad. The impression of time passing is extremely apparent.

Sometimes the comparison is extreme, where the old is enveloped by the new. I do wonder how the graffiti painters managed to get up there and stay up there.

Sometimes the comparison is extreme, where the old is enveloped by the new. I do wonder how the graffiti painters managed to get up there and stay up there.

Sometimes the new isn't vulgar at all.

Sometimes the new isn’t vulgar at all.

And sometimes thew new escapes a decaying fate.

And sometimes thew new escapes a decaying fate.

Have some perspective.

Have some perspective.

Neva be forgotten <3 :P

Neva be forgotten <3 :P

Remnants of an industrial past make a good canvas for graffiti!

Remnants of an industrial past make a good canvas for graffiti!

Boob dog.

Boob dog.

Just a dude on a hand.

Just a dude on a hand.

A few stragglers from the storm earlier this week.

A few stragglers from the storm earlier this week.

On the way home I spotted a heron! He was in someone's backyard.

On the way home I spotted a heron! He was in someone’s backyard.

I tried hard not to startle him but I think my bright pink shirt was too much. He started and flew off to the safety of a fenced-in yard.

I tried hard not to startle him but I think my bright pink shirt was too much. He started and flew off to the safety of a fenced-in yard.

Now, before you go off on and say, “Yeah, Detroit is bad. They’re bankrupt,” take a moment to consider:

I’ve lived in Michigan pretty much my whole life. Detroit was bad when I was a small child. Flint was bad. Saginaw was bad. Bay City was bad. Everywhere was bad. It is just as bad or worse now. I’ve watched it become that way from the inside and I love it even as it rots. It is more than likely that the current condition of Detroit is as apparent or more so to me as it is to you. Unless you are literally living in Detroit and have lived in Detroit, hush.

This may seem bitchy and it may not even apply to you, but so far most of the people that I have mentioned this to didn’t grow up in Michigan and have minor experience with Detroit compared to mine. So, if you feel like saying, “Yeah, that’s Detroit,” just don’t. Close your mouth and don’t say anything.

I’m aware. Being aware doesn’t make it unremarkable. To me, life isn’t an ambivalent pissing contest spent trying to out-uncare each other. I like to have wonder. I like to be amazed. I don’t mind seeing something and weeping, mouth agape and heart fluttering at how it moves me. All your impassive reaction does is make you seem like an insensitive know-it-all. /end rant

Some kind of stormy sky/April showers

Here’s a bit of a photo dump of mostly stormy skies.

There’s also a shot of Saginaw Bay during my very last trip to Kathy’s house, by the bay. She’s moving to Colorado. It’s a pretty strange thing – a huge collection of chapters of my life closing. I’m going to miss her horribly.

Blue water, blue sky. I'm going to miss my friend so much! I grew up by these waters at her house. They will never be the same but always remind me of her.

Blue water, blue sky. I’m going to miss my friend so much! I grew up by these waters at her house. They will never be the same but always remind me of her.

My mom has also decided to remove the big old tree in the front yard. Another part of my life to end there. I grew up with that tree. It was devastating to lose the tree in 1995 that was directly in front of the house, but this big one that she wants to get rid of had my tire swing on it. It’s also the tree we had picnics under. The tree the laundry line ran to.

I played at its roots like a child plays at their father’s feet…

Some chickadees are nesting in a hollowed out broken end of a branch. She’s promised not to take it down until their babies are all fletched and gone. Here’s Pa Chickadee keeping watch. I don’t think there are eggs yet, though.

Pa Chickadee

Pa Chickadee

As promised, here’s the storm photo dump. I hadn’t yet taken any cloud photos so I’m pretty happy with they turned out. They are all angsty and dramatic. Drip, drip, drop little April showers!

One day I’ll be able to photograph lightning, but for now I’ll stick to clouds. They don’t move as fast.

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Lilley Park – April 16, 2014

After work I decided to take a little excursion to the nearby park to see if I could spot any herons. Sadly I didn’t get to site any great blues but I did get a few nice shots. It was very chilly but several birds came out to sing for me. The moss was very happy and I sat for quite a while on a sandy trail enjoying the birdsong and solitude. This is going to happen again. It was so soothing.

Here are a choice few shots I got. I saw some bunnies but I scared them before I could get any photos. I also saw a little mouse but she was too elusive in the leaf litter. Maybe next time?

Mister Cardinal

Mister Cardinal

Redwing Blackbird

Redwing Blackbird

Moss Sprouts

Moss Sprouts

Curly Tiwg

Curly Tiwg

Baby Ferns

Baby Ferns

Robin

Robin

Shavaun’s Baby Shower

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So I turned 30…

.. but I’m in the doldrums of feeling like I’m not aging, which is a good thing!

I had a rather elongated birthday celebration. It started in the middle of March when I got Cherno Alpha.

… I haven’t introduced you to Cherno yet! She will need her own post soon. She is amazing!! And sooo cute! <3 Cherno best jaeger

I also got Frozen DVD/Blu Ray and the soundtrack. I didn’t really want to see Frozen at first and then I started learning more about it. Nick took me to see it in the theaters on one of the very last days it was showing and I was smitten. It is a really great movie and deserves the praise it is getting. It is funny and moving and beautiful. Olaf isn’t as bad as I thought he was but he does have some pretty useless lines. Olaf, no one cares if you have bones.

Then came my Minnetonka moccasins. Thunderbird II in grey. Probably some of the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn! I am so hooked. :3

Of course, I got the camera.

I also got some lovely cooking accessories from Shelly and Sue: a mixing bowl with a handle for my Kitchen Aid, sifters that sit on top of bowls including said mixing bowl, reusable piping bags, and lids for my mixing bowls.

I got a precious ring from Kat which I have been wearing every day.

I got fences for my garden, an amazing day lily that I can’t wait to bloom, and lots of other goodies from Mom and Dad. And gyros for dinner.

And of course a DELICIOUS cake from Mary’s – strawberry with chocolate frosting and hyacinths.

 

I like lichen!

I like lichen!

Cake

Cake

Colored Candles!

Colored Candles!

Bay City State Park and an Orchid For Mom

Not much to say – some photos from the State Park in Bay City and a pretty cymbidium orchid I bought mom as an early mother’s day present.

I am pretty dang happy I got the photos of the eagle! He was so far away and I had to manually focus on him; the autofocus was too distracted with the trees. I’m sure there is a way to reduce the noise but I’m still learning…

Cymbidium Orchid

Cymbidium Orchid

Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron

Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron

Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron

Deer

Deer

:P

:P

“The photographer is here.”

So, I have some photos to post from last weekend’s excursion into the wild to photograph things that are of the wilderness but I don’t have much time. I have to be at work in 30 minutes and I kind of have to process these wedding photos I just took.

… wedding photos? That I took? Well, hot damn.

Someone called me “the photographer.”

That’s a first!

Photos to come later, after work and whatnot.

The photographer. :)

Devil’s Lake and More

Nick took me on a photography adventure to the west around the Devil’s Lake area. We wandered back roads all afternoon and enjoyed each other’s company while I got to hone my photography skills.

I am getting quite good at manual focus and learning a lot about my camera. There’s a highly recommended book I want to check out of the library soon called Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson.

There is still so much to learn…

Here are the choice bits from the Devil’s Lake excursion!

Birch Trees

Birch Trees

Hidden Pond

Hidden Pond

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Wooded Pond

Wooded Pond

Fishing Tackle

Fishing Tackle

 

Distant Lake - Depth of Field Experiment

Distant Lake – Depth of Field Experiment

"Redstick Bushes"

“Redstick Bushes”

Hovercraft!

Hovercraft!