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Mike Carraher
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I'm retired ... Having fun IS my job! (If I'm NOT having fun, then I'm probably not doing it right!)
I'm retired ... Having fun IS my job! (If I'm NOT having fun, then I'm probably not doing it right!)

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Summer Storm

This is a shot from last night looking northeast over my neighbor's house.  There was a nasty thunderstorm passing by to my north and a tornado watch had just been issued for the Minot ND area.  Suddenly, the sun broke through and just bathed my neighbor's house in sunlight ... I KNEW I had to grab my camera!

While there were no tornados (locally) the sky was just stunning against my neighbor's brightly spotlighted house.  I started processing the images in Lightroom CC and said "aw CRAP ..."  (I trust you know what I REALLY said!)  I thought my lens was dirty or worse, my sensor had hundreds of dust particles on it.

I examined the images taken on either side of this one and found, to my delight, the white spots were NOT in the same place on each image.  Apparently what happened was with the sun shinning so brightly under the clouds it reflected off the hail falling in the distance.  If only I had known that at the time ... I might have slowed the shutter speed considerably to try and get them to streak for more effect!  But, dinner was almost ready so I went in to eat!!!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +AJ Lim +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Jani Westman +Dorma Wiggin +Ranco Sevla Sevla

#FarmFriday +Farm Friday curated by +Ellie Kennard , +Steven Kennard and +Susanne Stelle
(Though perhaps technically not a true "Farm" scene, I DO live in farming country and this storm was passing over LOTS of farms and ranches in the distance behind the subject house ... Mike)
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Summer Storm

This is a shot from last night looking northeast over my neighbor's house.  There was a nasty thunderstorm passing by to my north and a tornado watch had just been issued for the Minot ND area.  Suddenly, the sun broke through and just bathed my neighbor's house in sunlight ... I KNEW I had to grab my camera!

While there were no tornados (locally) the sky was just stunning against my neighbor's brightly spotlighted house.  I started processing the images in Lightroom CC and said "aw CRAP ..."  (I trust you know what I REALLY said!)  I thought my lens was dirty or worse, my sensor had hundreds of dust particles on it.

I examined the images taken on either side of this one and found, to my delight, the white spots were NOT in the same place on each image.  Apparently what happened was with the sun shinning so brightly under the clouds it reflected off the hail falling in the distance.  If only I had known that at the time ... I might have slowed the shutter speed considerably to try and get them to streak for more effect!  But, dinner was almost ready so I went in to eat!!!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +AJ Lim +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Jani Westman +Dorma Wiggin +Ranco Sevla Sevla

#FarmFriday +Farm Friday curated by +Ellie Kennard , +Steven Kennard and +Susanne Stelle
(Though perhaps technically not a true "Farm" scene, I DO live in farming country and this storm was passing over LOTS of farms and ranches in the distance behind the subject house ... Mike)
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The Long Neck of the Egret

It's hard to imagine the "long arm of the law" having further reach than the "long neck of the Egret."

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida ... September 2015

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins  +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting 

#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday: Curators +Margaret Tompkins
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The Long Neck of the Egret

It's hard to imagine the "long arm of the law" having further reach than the "long neck of the Egret."

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida ... September 2015

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins  +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting 

#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday: Curators +Margaret Tompkins
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The Long Neck of the Egret

It's hard to imagine the "long arm of the law" having further reach than the "long neck of the Egret."

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida ... September 2015

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins  +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting 

#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday: Curators +Margaret Tompkins
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Through the Ages

I took this shot on a working ranch last summer near Missoula, MT.  I look at it and I can't help but consider the evolution of the structure.

As I conjure it:

The original barn is almost certainly the large center part of the structure.  Next, and I think shortly after the main barn, came the add-on closest to us in the image.  I think it was shortly after as It does not quite look to me like it was built at the same time ... Notice the way it adjoins the main barn - Like an add-on, not like it was built at the same time.  I think it was close in time though as the construction and materials are the same and the wood appears to be aged pretty much the same.

I imagine the far add-on came somewhat later.  I see totally different materials and technique in the way it was put together.

I doubt the roof materials were original.  The close side has a well-worn but not rusted corrugated metal roof.  The roof over the main barn is relatively recent ... Very new looking and probably a modern steel roof.  I suspect the original roofs were likely wood.

Forgive my musing ... It's late and I'm about to miss farm Friday!  I just couldn't help trying to imagine this barn's history based on just what I could see from the outside.

Happy New Year!

#FarmFriday +Farm Friday curated by +Ellie Kennard , +Steven Kennard and +Susanne Stelle
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Final Approach

"Egret niner-two-three, this is tower.  You are cleared for landing on runway one-five south ..."

I got several shots of this smallish Egret in the Merritt Island NWR, Florida back in September.  I'm at a bit of a loss, though.  I haven't been able to identify the specific sub-species of Egret as yet.  He's roughly 20-24 inches from head to tail.  Any TRUE birders out there who can identify this for me?

#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday: Curators +Margaret Tompkins

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins  +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting 
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Final Approach

"Egret niner-two-three, this is tower.  You are cleared for landing on runway one-five south ..."

I got several shots of this smallish Egret in the Merritt Island NWR, Florida back in September.  I'm at a bit of a loss, though.  I haven't been able to identify the specific sub-species of Egret as yet.  He's roughly 20-24 inches from head to tail.  Any TRUE birders out there who can identify this for me?

#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday: Curators +Margaret Tompkins

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins  +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting 
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Final Approach

"Egret niner-two-three, this is tower.  You are cleared for landing on runway one-five south ..."

I got several shots of this smallish Egret in the Merritt Island NWR, Florida back in September.  I'm at a bit of a loss, though.  I haven't been able to identify the specific sub-species of Egret as yet.  He's roughly 20-24 inches from head to tail.  Any TRUE birders out there who can identify this for me?

#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday: Curators +Margaret Tompkins

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins  +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting 
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Christmas (Full) Moon

They say this hasn't happened in about 40 years, and won't happen again until 2034.  And I almost missed it!

It was pretty cloudy here all day so I had basically written off any chance of getting a shot of the "Christmas Moon."  Then, about supper time, I looked outside and the clouds were parting - yielding a most interesting view of an unusual occurrence.

I told my wife to STALL dinner while I grabbed my camera, tripod, proper lens, etc. and configured everything as quickly as I could.  (My wife saw what I was looking at and, being the understanding sort, had no objections!)  I then went outside (where is was 5 degrees F, -15 C not including the wind chill), set everything up, focused in live view and set the exposure.  I took two quick shots, both were reasonable, but I liked this one best.

Some quick, simple processing in Lightroom, and, here it is:

Merry Christmas - See you again in 2034, Christmas "Full" Moon!

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins  +Dave Gaylord +Eric Drumm +Jeff Beddow +David D +Bill Wood +Tim Newton +Chandler L. Walker +Ronald Varley +Hamid Dastmalchi +Sylvia Ting 
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