COVID-19 Hunker-down Log. Stardate 44046.50

Combating boredom.

Going through the bee photos today. There are a bunch from yesterday and this morning. Today’s is a little gem of a paper wasp capture. Getting a good focus is problematic. Macro lenses work best up close and depth of field is always minimal. The trick is to focus on an insect while it is on the flower and then leave the focus set to that point. Lots of shots will be out of focus as the wind blows the flower around, but every so often, everything falls into place. Bug on a perfectly centered and non moving flower and the bug is at the critical focus point.

A good way to kill a warm summer day with two pooches and a camera.

Happy thought inventory.

Listening to the internet radio while I edit photos. Seems like every song I hear takes my mind to a different time in my life. Music is good for helping you to remember good times if the right song is on. Right now I’m sorta in an early 80’s frame of mind. Don’t know why. Must be the music.

Van Morrison was the man.

Slacker status.

No slackers encountered since my last report.

No first-responder activity to report.

The hunkering down continues.

Still alive and well here in Denver.

COVID-19 Hunker-down Log. Stardate 44045.51

Combating boredom.

A quiet morning here in “Hunker-down Town.” I’m working with the Nikon D750 and a 105mm f/2.8 macro lens in an attempt to get some photos of the honey bees on the bee weed. I’m not sure of the more scientific name for the plant, though I have looked it up. My memory isn’t as good as it used to be. Back in the day, if I read something, I remembered it. Today, I can’t remember what I’ve read, much less what I’ve forgotten.

I’ve configured the camera on a tripod with an interval timer set to repeatedly fire the shutter at 10 second intervals. I download a thousand photos, go through them quickly and toss out anything that doesn’t have a bee in it. I then go through what’s left and see which shots have good bees and then delete the ones that don’t. I then go through them again and find the very best shots. It takes forever but what else do I have to do? Plus it keeps my skills polished having to reconfigure the camera to shoot in a way I don’t normally shoot and then, well, you may already know the routine.

Today’s photo is one from my first sample batch early this morning before sunrise. Very high ISO, but it’s perfectly good for internet display. The concept works.

Happy thought inventory.

Being alone here with the dogs for a few days has improved the warmth of my toes. Any time I sit at the computer, they both crawl under my desk and lay on my feet.

I have chocolate donuts in the kitchen. I know I can resist.

Slacker status.

No slackers encountered since my last report.

No first-responder activity to report.

The hunkering down continues.

Still alive and well here in Denver.

COVID-19 Hunker-down Log. Stardate 44044.38

Combating boredom.

After having limped back to town with the bad transmission in my Ford Explorer, I’ve spent the last couple of days dealing with the after effects. We took the vehicle to the service department at our local dealer, where it appeared that they wouldn’t even be looking at it for a few days and God only knows how much longer and at what expense we’d incur getting it back. Not good. I picked it up at the dealer and took it to another shop, where they’ll be on the case Monday morning. The word is I’ll have it back a week from Monday, with a remanufactured (rebuilt) tranny. The report from the shop is that the gears were torn to shreds. I can’t really complain, the vehicle has 113,000 miles on it and a lot of those miles have been along dirt mountain roads. It’s been a good vehicle and has never left me on the side of the road, despite some close calls.

The wife is heading to the cabin today with her mother. We rented a midsized car for the week so she wouldn’t have to cancel her trip. The rental agency near the house gave us a Ford Focus that looked and ran like it had been seriously abused, and we asked to swap it out with something else. Problem solved. The Chevy Impala she now has is quite suitable for her needs. Can’t have a rental car breaking down on the highway while transporting Trudy’s 93 year old mother.

Thus the adventures in Auto-World this week. We should be back to normal in a week or so and I can get back to Northern Colorado to finish off the moose photography season.

Happy thought inventory.

A bachelor week coming up. Just me and the dogs.

Chemicals in the hot-tub have been checked and it’s ready for me to spend a few nights soaking beneath the stars.

Liking the new Lexus, glad we have a new car in the garage. That should cut down on the repair bills for a while.

Slacker status.

No slackers encountered today. I’m seeing a bit of a shift in public attitude about the severity and reality of the Pandemic. Can’t wish it away and delusional thinking doesn’t solve any problems.

No first-responder activity to report.

The hunkering down continues.

Still alive and well here in Denver.

COVID-19 Hunker-down Log. Stardate 44040.25

Combating boredom.

It has been a busy week here in Colorado. I’m heading back to Northern Colorado for another few days of moose photography. It’s prime-time now for the moose. I’ve made three trips into the wilderness so far this summer and the escape from hunkering down has been a life saver. Not knowing how long this pandemic is going to keep a lid on activity, I’ve got to take advantage of my opportunities while they last.

I did manage to get a photograph of the Neowise comet that’s been in our night skies for the past month or so. Clouds have kept it obscured but I’ve persevered and managed a pleasant evening together with the wife sitting by one of the local lakes on Sunday evening. Success, finally!

Happy thought inventory.

A few days at the cabin, sitting on the deck, spending quiet time with my girl, exploring the wilderness with the camera. My favorite time of year.

Slacker status.

No slackers encountered today.

No first-responder activity to report.

The hunkering down continues.

Still alive and well here in Denver.