One of the first things we did after moving to the Atlanta area and being confronted with the possibility of tornados was to buy a weather radio.
It served us loyally for many years but a couple of months ago it started to lose its voice. At the end it was whispering the watches and warnings, as if they were state secrets.
We realized that it was time for a change. We went out and bought a new one. Shiny, bright, full of commands and lights, and with a vibrant voice capable of waking up even our neighbors across the street.
The problem is that it’s a little hysterical. It keeps losing the signal and it likes to share that information with us, with beeps and flashes, preferably at 2:00 in the morning.
It’s in those moments when we miss the old radio, with its soft and secretive voice.
This is the first in a series of flower close-ups experimenting with different lenses and stacking techniques. This picture was taken with a Nikon D90 and the Nikon 18-200mm telephoto zoom lens. The next step will be to get a macro lens and see if I can get more details, especially when photographing red flowers.
Right now the decision is between Nikon and Sigma lenses, price is a major consideration. I'll keep you posted.
The 2011 Great Backyard Bird Count — an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent — will take place Friday, February 18, through Monday, February 21.
Anyone can participate and it's free, easy and fun.
For more information visit their website.
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Last year this orchid's blooming was spectacular, but this year promises to surpass it. It has two large stems, each one with additional shorter stems and yesterday, very appropriately for Valentine's Day, it opened its first bloom. Today, the second one is peeking behind.
Waxwings get their name from the red tips on their wing feathers. They came in large numbers to eat berries in our backyard and to drink water in the bird bath.