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Need more Bug Spray…

So on Thursday I took my camera into work as we had a robins nest in the rafters of one of our shops awnings. There are 4 of the little ones in that little nest. Mom and Pop have been keeping busy feeding them and keeping watch. Might try drawing this one later, but I will change the rafters into a tree trunk or something…

Four young-lings in that nest

Four young-lings in that nest

That adult robin was just sitting there eyes closed now and then rocking back and forth, wonder what it was thinking… We got four, maybe the noisy one fell out of the nest, ya that’s it… sleep, need sleep…

Feed Me!

Feed Me!

I have to say my work phone’s camera does a pretty good job on the macro front… Found out it is a Sculptured Pine Borer

Taken with HTC One phone...

Taken with a HTC One phone…

Headed out to one of the local lakes for a bit of a tour and got a few pictures in, had some loons on the lake but they were staying out of camera range for me. One day I will get a good loon photo, one day… I had doused myself in Off Bug spray but I must have an old can, because I had to re-spray 2 other times, the mosquitoes are bad this year with all the rain as of late, lots of pools of water for breeding grounds. I was trying for some pictures of some warblers but had to get out of the area as the pictures were being wrecked by the swarm in front of the lens.

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Columbia Spotted Frog

Columbia Spotted Frog

Female Blue Bird

Female Blue Bird…from Thursday

Spring Azure

Spring Azure

Spring Azure #2

Spring Azure #2

See the fish?

See the fish?

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Lakeside Tilt Shift

Lakeside Tilt Shift

The next photo was about the half way point around the lake, which is when I checked my time remaining from the kids normal nap time period. And dang was I running late, so I packed up the camera, cinched everything tight and did the rest of the trail at a fast jog. Missed a few picture ops, but them are the breaks. Made it back home soon after they all got up from their nap.

Lakeside Path

Lakeside Path

Kids got me an early Fathers Day gift, works quite well, but a touch finicky with the throttle control, it is kind of all or nothing, and my ceiling can’t take anymore all’s… might have to find some time to try this outside… I get about 10 minutes of flying time, might be a bit longer if it didn’t have all the lights on it, not like I would fly this thing at night.

New Toy

New Toy

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

A farewell to fishes…

November 12, 2012 Leave a comment

So as I sat in front of the keyboard surfing the web as I am wont to do when given a chance; idly catching up on news or killing a few things here and there on the odd free MMORPG site I heard an odd noise coming from the general area of the fish tank. Now I have had this particular fish tank for many years and it has made a few moves with me in that time. It has been in place in it’s current location for close to 5 years now. I have not been adding any new fish to the tank over the years as I was planing on shutting it down as soon as all the little fish had run the natural course of their lives. I had 5 fish remaining as of this morning.

As I began my investigation of the noise I came across a rather large puddle of water on the top of my tank maintenance kit that was poking out the back of the cabinet that the tank was sitting on. This in turn lead me to find that water was dripping onto the power bar below and causing the unit to arc. The scary part was that the surge protector did not trigger on the power bar some of the cords and the power bar was showing burn and melt points. So faced with a leaking tank and a possible fire hazard the fish had to make the ultimate sacrifice for home and country and were dually honored with a burial at sea for their years of service.

Yes I am a cruel and mean person to sacrifice the fish. But when it comes to the chance of an electrical fire sparked by a malfunctioning power bar while my kids are sleeping in the next room; and water damage from a leaking fish tank the guppies had to go.

So I unplugged the power bar and began dismantling the tank. It is hard to drain a fish tank, with multiple buckets of water to the tub and do everything else required in the clean up while being quite so that everyone else can keep sleeping during nap time. I got it done, though I still need to clean the tub…

I am also amazed as my wife and kids are now awake that no one has noticed that the fish tank is no longer there…will see how long this will go unnoticed. Okay that only lasted about 10 minutes for my wife but the kids still have not figured it out, kind of funny.

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

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