Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #915 – In for a closer look.

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I have been having some lower intestinal issues now for a few weeks. Several tests looking for the problem. I am beginning to feel like a car going to a mechanic for diagnosis. You go in and the doc plugs into your circuitry and runs a machine to diagnose the problem. Only problem is, it doesn’t show up on the computer, so the doc shakes his head and sends you to another doc who repeats the process with a different apparatus only to have the same “can’t find anything” answer

So today it is off for another “procedure” for a closer look into my lower GI system. I can’t help but always be reminded of Billy Crystal in City Slickers delivering his monologue to a class of elementary age kids about how as we get older we have a lot procedures.

Anyhow, I have also been “irregular” on posting and will probably continue with that trend until we get to the “bottom” of it all.

Peace out & monos en theos ††† jas L

Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #360

Taking time for a little stretch.I guess when you beat your wings at a 100 time a second and your heart rate races up to 1000 pulses per minute, that you also earn a break every now and then.With the exception of insects, hummingbirds while in flight have the highest metabolism of all animals, a necessity in order to support the rapid beating of their wings. Their heart rate can reach as high as 1,260 beats per minute, a rate once measured in a Blue-throated Hummingbird. They also consume more than their own weight in nectar each day, and to do so they must visit hundreds of flowers daily. Hummingbirds are continuously hours away from starving to death, and are able to store just enough energy to survive overnight.Hummingbirds are capable of slowing down their metabolism at night, or any other time food is not readily available. They enter a hibernation-like state known as torpor. During torpor, the heart rate and rate of breathing are both slowed dramatically (the heart rate to roughly 50 to 180 beats per minute), reducing the need for food.So, how fast are you moving on your journey††††††††nada te turbe†††††††jim

via Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #360.

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #273

So what can you learn from a small hummingbird?

Well, I got to learn quite a bit! A little back story, we (my dogs Clovis & Grace & my wife/muse Susan, and my camera) try to go for 1 or 2 daily walks. We have a routine route we follow. Last week, I had a neighbor, whose house we pass by, who has 2 fantastic ponds on his property. Anyhow, this kind gentleman stopped me on our walk and invited me to come on his land and photograph birds and such around his ponds.

To me, this was a huge honor and I was very excited for the opportunity. I stopped by one evening to scoop it out. It was exciting. There were bunches of hummingbirds flitting back and forth. Swallows and other fly catchers that were diving into the water feeding. I decided to go early the next morning with my 500mm and gather all these preconceived images.

I got there shortly after sunrise set up my portable blind and went to work. There were all the aforementioned birds flying about. I was like a little kid in a candy shop. My problem was, I had no plan of attack. My focus would quickly shift from trying to get the diving birds (I got a lot of images of ripples from the splashes). I would then get literally buzzed by a hummingbird and my attention would shift to trying to get one of these little gems in focus.

My frustration grew at my inability to capture anything. This one lackluster image is the result of 3 hours of sitting in busy stillness and frustration. So, what did I learn? To have a true idea and focus as to what you are going to photograph. Try to stick to your plan and not go chasing everything that comes into your vision. I have always been proud with my to desire to “not chase the light”, to take what you are given. Just because it is an all you can eat buffet, you don’t have to eat more than you need to fill full.

Try, try and try to stay focused on your journey††††nada te turbe††††jim