A short walk along Route 9 in Dobbs Ferry – Bird in a bush

I’d like to take pictures of birds, but so far I’ve been unsuccessful. It’s not that I don’t have the right gear. I’ve invested in gear for this particular purpose. It’s that I have difficulty finding birds. I know that this is my problem rather than a problem with equipment. I can’t get up in the early hours of the morning when the birds are the most active. I don’t have the patience to wait around until the birds appear. I knew this when I bought the gear, but decided to give it a try anyway. Maybe I should just give up and sell the equipment I purchased, but I’m not willing to give up yet.

So whenever I see a bird I take a picture of it even if, as in this case I didn’t have any of my fancy bird photography equipment with me. It’s not a great picture: busy background, heavily cropped etc., but it is at least a bird that isn’t a Canada Goose or a Mallard (the birds I see most often).

Taken with a Fuji X-E3 and Fuji XC 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OSS II

Some of my favorite pictures of 2022 – Color


Elena Jumping. June 24.


Wasps fighting. May 27.


Pocantico River passing under the Old Croton Aqueduct. October 23.


Hardscrabble Wilderness Area. September 21


Fish in Law Park. August 26


I don’t think he/she appreciated me taking a picture. February 22.


Hoverfly Macro. September 2.


MOMA Red. September 13.


A Lightshade. September 2.


Lucas relaxing. November 24

A mallard

After investing quite a lot of money in camera gear suitable for taking pictures of birds, I’ve been singularly unsuccessful in finding birds to take pictures of. So when I come across a bird, no matter how ordinary, I can’t resist taking a picture of it. Hence this very ordinary picture of a mallard (a common bird around where I live) swimming in the Rondout Creek in Kingston, NY.

Taken with a Sony A7IV and Rokinon/Samyang AF 24-70 f2.8 FE

Thanksgiving 2022

My friends/neighbors kindly invited me to spend time with them and their family for Thanksgiving. The festivities were to take place at their son’s house, which is only a short drive away from where they (and I live). Above: a view of the Hudson River from their house.

I’d recently had some quite severe dental problems including a broken tooth, two root canals and an infections. I was in quite a bit of pain and generally felt down. I debated whether I should go to the celebrations, but eventually decided that if I was going to feel miserable I might as well do it with friends than stay at home an suffer by myself. So off I went.

After taking some Tylenol I was OK at first, but after eating the usual huge and delicious Thanksgiving feast the pain came back and eventually I had to leave early.

However, while I was there I managed to take a few pictures, some of which I quite like.


Thanksgiving flowers.


A colorful light fixture.


Elena and Clayton – sister and brother.


Reina.


A festive scene.


Lucas at rest.


The host, Ray.


Elena laughing.


Reina at rest.


The Thanksgiving meal.

Taken with a Sony A7IV and Rokinon/Samyang AF 24-70 f2.8 FE