Ok, technically, it is still Spring but the old habit of calling anything after Memorial Day,  Summer still is in effect here. We have plans for day trips, week-long trips and also tending the raised bed gardens. Trips to St Louis, Collinsville, IL, various covered bridges, photo safaris with the Jefferson County Camera club (http://www.jeffcophoto.com/index.html) are on the ‘schedule’. Add a trip to Gaston’s on the White River (https://www.gastons.com/) and then to see family in Oklahoma. Our nephew,Zachary, is attending a cross-country running camp near New Haven in late June, so he will end up staying here for an extended time and I will attempt to help him learn to drive (Lord…help me LOL).

We had business out-of-town and took the cameras with us. Here are some photos from Molly’s 40D and the 500 with 1.4 extender.

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Mystery Bird

After each fledging class of blue birds, I remove the old nest to try and keep the box clean and parasite free. This bird has tried to take advantage of the clean box and set up house keeping. We are not sure what bird this is.

Our best guess at this point in time is Bell’s Vireo but since we have never seen a Bell’s Vireo and the Cornell Bird site pictures show a bird that has more yellow in the belly, we can not be sure.

Any help is appreciated.

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(click lower right link to get to the 1000 px by 800 px image ( largish crop images))

Sometimes the magic works,sometimes it doesn’t and sometimes you just don’t know

This one of those ‘just don’t know moments’.

I have ideas on working these but I’m not sure it is worth the time to refine them.

Might have to look into trying Corel’s software?

End of a busy week

The garage sale  yesterday was a resounding success. Maybe not Easy Street success but we had fun, met a lot of folks from the New Haven area and made some vacation money.

Today,photographed our blue birds and the red shoulder hawk, made a good dent in the chore list and we are taking the afternoon off to grill and watch Cardinal baseball.

The following image is one of my new favorites. Last week Renee’s picture made it to the head of the favorite list and this week Scott Villmer has sent an  image and it joins Renee’s as one of the fave of favorite images.

These Jefferson County Photography Club photographers have it going on!!!

Location: McCallie’s Wildflower Farm, JeffCo Photography Club get together and photoshoot.

31 years,1 month and 3 days as of this posting– seems like yesterday and yes, we always hold hands LOL.

Photo by Scott Villmer and used with his permission


A Busy Week That Is Not Over Yet

We started our week last Saturday at the McCallie Wildflower Farm. The JeffCo Photography Club held a lunch and photography session at what is one of the most charming places in this part of the country. The farmhouse is straight out of Hollywood for what a farmhouse should look like. The animals at the farm ranged from Shetland Sheep, to an Emu, an Alpaca, to Llamas, a Donkey and Highland Cattle. Highland Cattle are the ones with bangs and the ‘bad bowl haircuts’.

Throw in some photogenic chickens and watch Molly go crazy.

Molly working the shot on the ‘Boss of the Barnyard’
Photo taken and used with permission of Renee Townsend

A great time was had by all.

Easter was in Farmington. Molly’s mom was cleared to come home from the re-hab center. It also was an opportunity to get some more baby pix of Olivia Page, Brandi and Johnathon’s little girl. Zachary came home with us so he could get a javelin for track (no one in Farmington will ever be safe again LOL) and fitted for cross country racing shoes. Back to Farmington on Monday and then home to New Haven.

Lettuce and Radishes are now planted and coming up in the raised beds.

JeffCo camera club meeting last night. Kathy O Donnell aka Kathy O, put on an excellent presentation on low light/night photography.

All through the week, we were working on pricing items for the New Haven City Wide Garage Sale which takes place tomorrow. We priced stuff to sell—-the object being to get the stuff out of the house/garage so low ball pricing rules.

I’m sure we will be on Easy Street after the sale LOL.

Getting in gear

We have opened the house to air out,topped off the raised beds and have lettuce and radishes in the ground. I gave a presentation on bird photography to the O’Fallon,MO Camera Club on Wednesday and then there is the usual drama and trauma of the extended family.

Highlight of the week was meeting up with award-winning photographer,Scott Villmer last Sunday to photograph at an eagle nest. The day started with me meeting Scott at the Junie Moon Cafe in Union. Great breakfast…for my friend Sam on the West Coast– it is better than anything Bliss Restaurant turned out. Really good stuff and if you are in Union and looking for good food– go there.
After fueling up, we went to the site of the nest on some of Scott’s family’s property. Had a ball shooting the site. Met several of Scott’s family members and ‘might as well be family’ members. Saw an ongoing log cabin restoration,several log cabins that have been restored and talked with some very nice people. Also, Scott got some fresh eggs at his sister’s– can’t beat that.

Scott’s website link https://www.thewildcat1.com/……. and he is literally telling the truth when he says he carries a camera with him all the time.

Here is one of Scott’s images from our outing– this is the only frame either of us has of both chicks with their heads up– great timing eh?

Molly does it again!

Manchester Arts, part of Manchester,MO city government, sponsors a juried photography contest for area photographers. We were encouraged to enter by Renee Townsend, President of the Jefferson County  Photography Club. This year they had 237 entries. The entry categories are based on age. Sub teen,Teen,21-49 and 50+. We were told this is a very competitive event and to make the show is quite an achievement.

All of our images made the show.


Molly received THE BEST IN SHOW AWARD and a cash prize. Her winning entry is titled: “Bison Feeding”.

Photo by Renee Townsend

The Camera Sherpa (me) came home with 2nd place  in the 50+ age group and a nice cash prize as well. The entry is titled:  “Tatanka”.

Photo by Renee Townsend

I am very happy for Molly and very proud as well….you go girl!
Keep bringin home that ‘bacon’ LOL

Week In Review


It has been a fun week.

The daily mail delivery brought a document proclaiming that I had been inducted into The Order of Nimrod ( a biblical hunter). The document had a California address and came from Sam Hampton aka The Marshmaster . Sam is a talented story teller, artist and artisan. A high honor indeed. Thanks Sam.

I had an impromptu photo shoot with the folks that run Astral Glass here in New Haven. Joining me was the talented Holly Ross. It allowed me a chance to try my hand at no flash ‘high’ ISO photography. Lighting was tricky but the results are below. If you come to our house and depending on your schedule, you can be assured of two things. You are going to go to Astral Glass to see the beautiful work they do and get fed with a Lancito’s pizza. If they are not open, then you will have to settle for us and whatever we grill LOL.

The Jefferson County Photography Club had their first intra-club projected photo competition Thursday. Molly received a 3rd place trophy for her image ( see below). Her Camera Sherpa ( me) got a HM ribbon. It reminded me of Molly’s answer to Kathy O’s asking her why she was taking Kathy’s beginning photography course.

” So, I can beat Bill”

Don’t worry….I’m used to it  LOL


A year ago today—

We moved to New Haven

Had unloaded everything and set up the bare necessities

Come to think about it– around this time we were having Lancito’s pizza with Lori and Dan Biehl

Hope all of you are warm and enjoying the weekend


and since it is a photo blog– here is a quick down and dirty 1DX file