Image of Christmas Lights on palm trees at Scottsdale Quarter taken on a Nikon D3300 with 18-55mm VR2 Kit Lens at 55mm, f5.6, ISO 100, 1/30th sec. Hand Held using VR.
While it was cool on the 4th, Heloise and I got out and went for a hike. Well hike wasn’t intentionally done. We decided to go to Papago Park which borders Phoenix, Tempe, and Scottsdale. The entrance I used to go into was a guarded gate so we parked on McDowell near the amphitheater and walked to see if there was a better place to park.
While *hiking* we shot pictures, and I grabbed this one which is of the rocks on the north side of McDowell Rd. at the Army Reserves using the Nikon D7200 with a Tamron 150-600mm G1 at 600mm 1/100th, ISO 100, f6.3. The Tamron lens VC (stabilization) is really good for most of the shooting I do. Normally a picture like below would need to be at 1/600th or even 1/1200th or above to get a clean shot like this. I like the contrast of the shaded rock close and sunny Camelback Mountain in the distance.
Our unintentional hike ended up taking us all the way around the perimeter of the park and it is now closed down around the whole park. Years ago one could drive all the way to the picnic table and enjoy a moment of zen. Now you will need to plan a hike to get there. They improved a few trails so disabled people in chairs will be able to enjoy the view a bit. But while that is an improvement it reduces accessibility a bunch, since people like me just have trouble walking and don’t have a chair.
The hike took a lot out of me, and there is no doubt that the Lord helped carry me since I made it all the way around. Thank God for his Grace and Love!
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Morning started around 6 AM today. The sun will only sleep so long and I had to go rouse the morning out of it’s slumber. Not really but it makes me feel better about getting up so early.
The sunrise was beautiful, in the middle of the sun rise I noticed the moon was still overhead and took a hand held shot of it at 600mm with the Tamron 150-600 at 1/800th of a second. Handheld it was a bit of camera shake but at this resolution it doesn’t show.
Red Beard, Ruby and a friend was zipping across the sky like great fighter jets battling for the freedom of mankind. I think I was only able to catch Ruby at the feeder. He landed on the Oleander and posed but is was so dark I had to go to monochrome.
The Doves rushed to get the rice I put out for them, but then left after they realized I was snapping pictures. As soon as I was inside I went to the window that looks out over where I put the food and they were fighting over who gets to be king, while the peasants didn’t care and were scarfing it down hoping to finish before a king was announced.
Sat down with some coffee and spent another hour at bible study. Now I am off to fry some bacon, make a quiche and start a pot of vegetable beef soup.
A few pictures from Hangzhou back in April of this year. The white doves were so peaceful even a rat came out of it’s hole. I bet it stayed hid during G20 afraid. The place was so busy with building. I would have love to have made it there for G20 to see how everything turned out.
It’s cloudy here today, and I have had to let the hummingbird feeder go dry because of the bees. So poor Red Beard and Ruby zipped up to ask me to make them some more, so I will get them some out this afternoon. I wish there was a way to give the bees something they prefer instead of hummingbird food. I doubt the bee keepers want their hives full of sugar water. The hummingbirds keep my yard nearly mosquito free as long as mom doesn’t stop by. When she is here those mosquitoes are like rockets. In fact I bet they all followed her out to OK. Back to Bible Study then on to hummingbird food.
Good Morning September 19th, 2016
The Lord rose me out of bed before the sun rise took some flash pics of the doves. Caught Tom hanging out in the Mesquite Tree. He took off afraid I was going to flashy thing him too. The moon was still hanging in the sky so while waiting for the sunrise snapped a shot of it. The sunrise was glorious. Snapped the last shot of my 35mm Film with it and then took the camera inside and gave it a through cleaning.
Remember God Loves You!
A prayer for all those who are lost to find peace through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Psalm 32 (KJV)
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.
Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
Take a moment to enjoy the beauty God provides all around us. An Image I titled Bee in Bokeh. Taken on Nikon D7200 with Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary Lens at 500mm.