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Osprey At Buckeye Lake And More Changes for 2017

Osprey At Buckeye Lake, Coffee On Motorcycles, And Spring

Osprey At Buckeye Lake In Ohio.

This past weekend was my first encounter with Osprey. They were at Fairfield Beach in Buckeye Lake, Ohio. They were so beautiful to watch as they circled the air and fished out of the lake. I had to look them up online to find out what type of bird they were.
I’m not sure if they are rare or if I just never seen them before. I found this information at the ODNR that tells more about the Ohio Osprey reintroduction program started in 1996.

Spring Feels Like It’s Here

Purple flowers.
Spring flowers at Buckeye Lake, Ohio.

April 8th was the first day I could say it really felt like Spring in Ohio. That’s not bad for timing. A little early actually. Some warmth, sunshine, and plants starting to come to life are my ideas of when Spring actually starts.

Coffee On Motorcycles Project

Coffee At Buckeye Lake, Ohio
Coffee At Buckeye Lake, Ohio.

For 2017 I have a new project in mind. It’s called Coffee On Motorcycles. I’ll be taking a thermos full of hot coffee or cold tea with me and stopping to photograph wherever I think a good place to stop and have a coffee break is.

I got the idea from stopping smoking. I used to love to stop and just take in the scenery while I had a smoke. Obviously, that’s bad for you so I quit in Spring of last year. Great, right? Well, not completely. I gained weight. I knew I would and while quitting, I didn’t care.

While stopping smoking has been great, it could be better. I won’t consider it in the green until the weight I gained is gone, and then some. To make that weight loss a reality, I can’t stop in bars for a beer very often while I’m out on the bike.

Now before all you nervous nellies e-mail me about the dangers of drinking on a bike, I say bullshit. You can have an occasional beer while out riding. One doesn’t make you drunk. It does make you fatter though, but that’s a long story to tell you about that science. You can have coffee at a bar too though!

This project should be a fun way to fill that void left by losing the smokes and bars. In this case, with the Osprey and the beach, it was great.

Pear Blossom

Pear Blossoms

Early April pear blossom.
Pear blossom in April.

The pear blossoms appeared, beautiful as ever. I wonder every year because the tree is in such bad shape.

My dogs will be happy to see them come again this year. They love to eat them.

Spring Calves Grazing

Calves grazing in the Spring
Calves grazing in the Spring.

It was getting read to rain on a late Spring evening. I came across these calves grazing as I was riding down an old gravel road. This was in the northwest part of Licking County, Ohio.

They get so curious. I suppose any approaching human at all means a high possibility of food to them, so it doesn’t take much to spark interest.

Spring On An Ohio Farm

Ohio farm on a rainy Spring evening
Spring evening with rain on Ohio farm.

One of my favorite pastimes is riding in the car or on the bike on the backroads of Ohio. I’m always on the lookout for different rural scenes.

This one is a farm just south of Utica, Ohio after an evening rainstorm. That field will be loaded with corn in a few months. There are some dairy and hog operations in this section of the county.

Spring Weather

It’s not uncommon for the Spring weather in Ohio to slow down motorcycling just a little. It’s working out ok for me though as the motorcycles are down with problems that need money and time to work out.

This shot was taken returning from a motorcycle parts run to Columbus, Ohio.

Spring rain clouds over Ohio farm fields.
Rain clouds over farm fields in Ohio.

Day 96 365 Project

Truck on the road in the rain at night.
Semi in the rain at night.

I’m happy with this photo, but it’s not what I want. The idea in my head is a truck coming down the road with the lights hitting the rain. This photo does get me one step closer to that idea though.

I now know I need better positioning closer to the road. I need to switch to the 40mm or 50mm. Bumping up the ISO from 3200 to 6400 will probably work, especially with the 50mm that can open up one more stop than the 40mm.

Of course, safety is a concern so I’ll be scouting out a better spot.

This was a fun shoot with the challenges presented. An umbrella is new mandatory photo gear. The rain changes everything and all that’s required for the effect is a bad day and an umbrella to keep the camera from getting rain on the lens.

Spring Is Almost Here

It finally was warm enough for a comfortable long hike so I went to Dawes Arboretum this morning to check it out. ¬†The pond is still frozen over and the trails were muddy, but the birds were out. –

Pond at Dawes Arboretum In March
Bench overlooking the pond and island at Dawes Arboretum in early March.

 

Blue Jay On A Branch
A Blue Jay
Cardinal peeking out from cover.
Cardinal peeking From Cover