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Posted 05 January 2018 - 01:18 AM

Going through my summer shots, and I liked these.

 

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 05:58 AM

I like these too Jonny, first one works best for me, though I do like the berry in the beak of the second, less so the backdrop.



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Posted 05 January 2018 - 06:09 AM

Thanks Gedee!  Good news for you... that backdrop of the second shot done dropped with the big windstorm we had in November.  That was a pretty good-sized spruce.  I am not sure about the berry bushes; whether they got smashed or not.  I'll have to take a look in the spring. 

 

I'm thinking my girl (AKA Stinky) and I are going to be busy with that. She's a lot like me; somewhere's about 50, not so pretty, leaks a bit but gets the job done B)

 

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 10:11 AM

Gotta admit to being impressed with Stinky, I suspect her "style" of technology is about as far advanced as I managed to get really comfortable with, though I would perhaps be even more at home with the late 50`s early sixties  petrol engine MF`s, perhaps a little less so the petrol/paraffin types...though I suspect you may not have had them your side of the pond..

 

I suspect she deserves a bit of a PP make-over to make her best features POP...(-:  


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Posted 05 January 2018 - 10:36 AM

Gedee, I like her just fine the way she is - I think she's late 60's or early70's.  She's got the Perkins 4 cylinder diesel, a newer clutch, working PTO, locking differential and the hydraulics were revamped a couple of years ago due to the prior owner's handy work.  I get a kick out of the people that look at her, kind of chuckle and when the key turns, their heads all jerk and cock to the side - she starts instantly.  Those head jerks are coming from mechanics, so they're impressed with that Perkins.  I use her for dirty work managing the property.  I currently am not in the market for a new tractor.  There's a nice repair joint close to the camp, and I am hoping to get a few more years out of her.  I didn't want a new tractor because I never owned one; I figured I break a new one.  She's been good to me so far, and I hope that well continue to be buds for a long time!  We just accepted a bid for our timber harvest, and I hope they'll be cutting this winter.  That way we can be blazing trails next year!  I figured you'd appreciate her - Thanks!


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Posted 05 January 2018 - 02:29 PM

Beautiful Jonny.

It won't be long 'till summer comes,

Now that the boys are back...



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Posted 05 January 2018 - 03:56 PM

I really like the first one Jonny. They are beautiful birds. Sharp with fine feather detail. The red berry's add to the composition.



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Posted 05 January 2018 - 05:31 PM

Nice pair of shots there.  I haven't had any luck getting the Waxwings around here, they are never around when I have my camera out.



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Posted 05 January 2018 - 07:19 PM

Thanks fellas!  John - they're beautiful little birds.  It was a low-light evening, and I was lucky to get the detail I got.  I hope the berry bushes are still alive.  I have to rip that darn spruce out of them to see what's what.  David - I am lucky to have the camp.  Since we moved closer, I hope to be there more.  I was just walking through the main field by the camp, and these guys were munching on berries.  I only saw them that one evening.  I think there were maybe 4 or 6 of them hanging out together.  They generally perch high on the tops of the spruces, and you cant get a decent image.

 

Rod - Living downtown, it's up in the air how often I'll get back to the camp.  I see those wild-eyed boys dressed to kill, down at Dino's bar and grill; and I try to avoid getting involved.  If they want to fight - you'd better let them.  Oh - and Stinky aint tin - she's heavy.  I had to haul her up and down that state a few too many times for my liking.  A bit heavy to trailer and haul.....   I like to drive really early in the morning, and the goofball at the shop down south put her too far forward on the trailer once.  Man did I see a lot of "bright lights" being flashed at me.  I felt bad, but there was nothing I could do. 

 

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 08:52 AM

I can dig it B)

Your classic tractor is causing a stir, alright.

Does this mean you're back state-side permanently - I'm a bit behind on the posts.

Glad your farm (?) is on the up - envy your wide open spaces (gettit ?)

roll me over and let me go, runnin' free with the buffalo... ;)



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Posted 06 January 2018 - 10:19 AM

Get the Cowboy Song, but the other is beyond me.  I am in China now, but will be going back earlier and possibly staying longer.  Now that the "individual mandate" for health insurance is gone, I don't need to be a bona fide resident of China any longer.   I haven't solidified the 2018 schedule yet; it's kind of dependent on when the county tree sale is and if they harvest our timber.  Gotta get those fruit trees! 


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Posted 06 January 2018 - 11:28 AM

Among the prettiest of birds!  Nice work.

 

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 04:52 PM

Interesting times we live in, as the Chinese say.

And the Wide open spaces is a very stretched reference to birds, which takes us to.....

The Dixie Chicks.

There's your trouble...

B)


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Posted 07 January 2018 - 06:26 AM

I love waxwing pictures and yours are no exceptions.. beautiful shots!! 


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Posted 07 January 2018 - 08:45 AM

Thanks David & Edward!  Rod - I loved the Chix - Praise the lord and pass the ammunition....a little mattress dancin B).  It's a cruel world.....


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Posted 07 January 2018 - 11:53 AM

interesting birds, only very occasionally do they pass through here and are gone on their way before you can get set up to shoot them.


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Posted 07 January 2018 - 06:42 PM

Peter - the camp is in central upper Michigan, and they are there occasionally.  A couple of years back, I posted the one on the buck pole playing with string.  I found their nest but left it alone.  These guys were eating the berries, but that's the only time I saw them in a flock close to the ground.  As I mentioned, it's not uncommon to see them on the top, vertical branch on the spruce trees.  That's a bad-angle shot and generally a pretty long shot.  Hopefully this summer I'll get to spend more time there.


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 11:09 AM

Beautiful pics, I love the first one as well!






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