The Woes of Photography!
So this happened last week as I was manually focusing with the lens that is not even a year old. No....didn't buy the extended warranty. The top half (focus grip? Whatever you call it), had very gently separated from the bottom half. It actually was all the way off all around yet, connected by some inner structure. I gently tried to get it back on without forcing it, but this was as best as I could do and it locked in this position. Rather that put force on it, I'm taking it to a repair place.
Wondering if anyone else has had this issue. And if this becomes a POTD, I'll laugh until the cows come home! :D Stranger things have happened!!!
A late spring view of the beautiful, peaceful, and serene Japanese Garden at Fabyan Forest Preserve in Kane County.
Camera: Nikon D750, 48mm on a Nikkor 24-120mm lens, 1/2000 sec, f/18, ISO 10000
After checking these settings on the metadata, I'm rather amused this worked! We had been under some trees photographing the owlets and it was rather dark, hence the high ISO (did not want to use a flash and startle them). I'm thinking I forgot to readjust my settings as these are unusual for my landscape-like shooting. But hey...it worked!
Monster of the Forest
All I could think of when I first saw this was, "I'll get you, my Pretty! And your little dog, too!" (from, "The Wizard of Oz"). This is one of six wooden trolls being constructed from Danish artist, Thomas Dambo. The trolls are being constructed from reclaimed wood. They will become permanent structures of the arboretum. Currently, visitors can observe their construction which is set to be completed by June 22, 2018.
Camera: Nikon D5100, 300mm on a Nikkor 55-300mm lens, 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 250
These young "teenager" horses are "horsing around". It may look like they are fighting, but this is how they play. Stallions between the age of 1 and 2. Almost grown, still a lot of foal in their personality.
Amazing that I not only noticed this bird, but had my camera in hand with the proper lens on. One of those amazing photographic moments!
Notice the bluebird is banded.
More tulips amidst other spring flowers on the Flowers On Fargo display in Geneva.
Camera: Nikon D750 1/2500, f/4.0, ISO 320, 105m Lens: Nikkor 24-120 mm f/4.0
Technology VS Nature
Technology wins the attention of this young lady as she sits under the infamous "Freeman Tree" on Lake Marrmo at Morton Arboretum.
Camera: Nikon D750, 82mm (Nikkor 24-120mm f/4.0), 1/200, f/10 ISO 200
Falls in Spring
These are the falls at Waterglen Falls Forest Preserve in the springtime. Such a difference a little green makes. It was a DARING shot, to say the least. For this photog, at least. Not so sturdy stepping stones out into the middle of the creek. Shallow, but still......it's water and it's rocky. I was not sure what or who I was more worried about. My camera equipment or me! This time....it was worth it. Not so sure I will have any more daring adventures at my age. :D
Holland in the U.S.A., Etc!
Over 40,000 bulbs have been planted by these homeowners in Geneva. FlowersOnFargo is their hashtag, Instagram, and Facebook name. One would expect to see a windmill in the midst of such bulb beauty. Although one is not RIGHT here amid the tulips, there is one across the street at Fabyan Forest Preserve! Take a drive to Hwy 31 at Fargo for the flowers. Then head over to Fabyan Forest preserve for some great shots of a windmill and many other interesting structures and wildlife. Be sure to check out the owl with her owlets at the north end of the park near the pavilion.
Stairway to Flower Heaven
Beautiful tulips planted by some generous folk in Geneva. They plant about 40,000 bulbs every year for others to enjoy!!! Hats off to these homeowners for their generosity in providing joy for all to see every spring.