Archive | November 2012

Opossum Dog

This is  ‘Lewis’. One day someone called him “Opossum Dog” and the nickname has stuck ever since. He is the only opossum that I can play fetch with!

Opossum Dog

Opossum Dog

Opossum Dog

Opossum Dog

Opossum Dog

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

Renewal –

Every fall, even though plants are dying… you can always find a little green to remind you that there is still life all around.

Bridges Football

My little brothers just finished a flag football season with a local christian sports group called Bridges. One of the administrators had asked me to be their photographer, to which I eagerly agreed, and so now I have a few thousand pictures that I still haven’t sorted through. I have a trigger happy finger, and I love continuous shooting, so I have a ton of pictures. Here are a few that were actually OK.

Players lining up for the first hike of the game during the little league championship.

The Bills making a nice run in the semi-final game.

The Chiefs with a nice catch in the semi-final game.

The Bills with a nice run in the semi-final game.

A lucky catch by the Jets in the semi-final game.

An amazing catch by the Chiefs in their final game of the season.

A jumping catch for the Steelers in the Oldest League Championship Game.

My brother with a falling dive after a catch.

Old Toys

Some old toys never seem to lose their appeal. Toy cars and boats have always been, and still are, one of a young boys favorite toys.

I remember that I loved when right after (and sometimes during) a good, hard rain,  my brother and I would make  boats out of Legos or tin foil to float down the now rushing stream. And when Legos or foil weren’t available we found that a stick or big leaf worked just as well.

An old sailboat

And I don’t know if I need to say anything about little boys loving to play with cars. There are just some things that naturally go together; women & shopping, milk & cookies, USA & apple pie, coffee & me…. and I think that boys and cars should be in this list as well.

A Boys Best Friend

What was your favorite toy as a child?

Fire

Fire is quite mesmerizing to watch, and extremely beautiful. You can sit and stare into the fire, and just be lost in a  world of thought.

These are a couple of pictures I got in our fireplace a couple weeks ago.

Fire Dancing on a Log

Fire is beautiful…

These next two pictures were my experiment to see what fire looked like with a long exposure.

#1 – f/4.5, 1/320 sec., ISO – 1600

#1

#2 – f/14, 1/6 sec., ISO – 100

#2

While the second picture is quite unique, I like the first picture better. I am prone to like sharp detail in my pictures. Do you prefer a sharp “frozen in time” type picture, or a “slightly blurry – but conveying an action” photo?

Spider

As much as I dislike spiders, they are cool little animals.

Eastern Chipmunk

I saw this Eastern Chipmunk at Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa. I was standing on a bridge across a creek, when this little guy caught my eye. I moved to take a picture of him, and he quickly shot down his burrow. I waited for a couple minutes, and sure enough, he popped out, and ran over to get some leaves, then ran back down his hole. He continued this for about 10 minutes. I was about to leave when he stopped running, and crawled up on this ledge, and seemed to pose for me.

Eastern Chipmunk on the lookout!

Eastern Chipmunk

Eastern Chipmunk getting leaves to line his burrow with.

Some people call chipmunks pests, but personally I think their too cute to be classified as pests.

Autumn Acorn

“Faith sees a beautiful blossom in a bulb, a lovely garden in a seed, and a giant oak in an acorn.” ~ William Arthur Ward

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