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



When it comes to ducks?? Yeah,I can see why people would say that. If there is anyone to blame it would be my old friend Sam Hampton. He was the person that got me into all the duck stuff. That led to me chasing them from Canada to The Gulf of Mexico in two flyways.

These days, I ‘shoot’ more of them with a camera than a shotgun, but you could say that either way– yeah….I’m obsessive.

Trying to learn how all the auto focus and other features work on the new 1DX.

Image is a major crop and except for a kiss with the sharpening brush at 50%-is straight out of the camera. I think I am going to like this camera. Settings in text in image for those that are interested.

Jumping in with both feet

As many of you know, I have been looking to replace my old Canon 1DMKIIN that finally died after 545,000 clicks and two replaced shutters. I’ve been using Molly’s back-up 40D which sometimes drives me crazy.

The candidates were the Canon 7DII, the 5DsR and the latest 5DIV.  I had pretty much decided on looking for a 7DII on sale or a good used copy. For grins, I looked at the Canon 1DX.

Yep…….I bought the 1DX.

The one I bought had 22k clicks (rated for 400,000) and I am blown away by it. It will run 12 frames/sec,blazing fast auto focus and 18 mega-pixels ( the conversion software says 22.6 but that probably includes metadata and embedded jpg). The frame rate,auto focus and buffer blows a 7DII out of the water and the 7DII is no slouch ( see Lee’s elk photos  http://forirphotos.com/wordpress/?p=2267 ).

So now I have to learn to use it and after reading the manual, I have come to the conclusion that the camera is smarter than I am LOL.

Yes, it is a photo blog– 2 pix of the camera and quick test shot on a bluebird that we hope will get a mate and nest in our bluebird nesting box.

click for larger version

You Gotta Love Our Backyard

Kind of cool to look out the patio door and see these two in the tree behind the house. Haven’t looked to see if there is a nest being built in the woods near our property line. Turkeys are doing their ‘ghost’ thing—now you see them–now you don’t. Add the deer that cruised by while we were straightening up after the storm last night and it might be an interesting spring here.


Hope you all are staying warm. Hard to get around going from Mid 70’s to Mid 30’s. Winter obviously isn’t over yet.

Latest “Adventure”–

During a casual conversation one of our friends here in New Haven mentioned  that her daughter had some award-winning sheep.

Molly looked at me–I looked at her and the next thing we knew we had arranged to have a photo shoot. Had high overcast sky and balmy temperatures and friendly folks….and the the new lambs were a hoot.

Still doing some editing but here is a picture Molly took.

Ignore the chubby guy that wasn’t smart enough to get out of her background LOL