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Backyard Birds After A Rain Shower

A Sparrow And A Robin After Rain

Robin bathes in mud puddle.
A robin bathing in a mud puddle.

I like the sound, light, and cooler weather after a rainstorm. The activity of the birds always increases just a little to as they come out from cover. After this Spring rain shower, this robin took to bathing immediately in a newly formed puddle.

Sparrow on a post.
Sparrow on a post.

This sparrow was just chirping away after the rain passed. An interesting theory I read about sparrows; Sparrows are often around man because man scares away many of their predators. I’m not sure if it’s true, but in Ohio, they always seem to be near.

There are certain more exciting and unique subjects to be photographed, but these photos are relaxing and fun. The gear was just a cheap Canon Rebel with the 250mm lens that I’ve discussed about using for nature photography previously.

Shots like these are good training for other photography too. They train your eye and muscles to react quickly to photo opportunities. If you miss a shot of a common bird, no big deal. The bird will return. That readies you for the important shots.

The Rain, Cheap Gear, And Deer

Wildlife Photography Minus The Gear

Deer In The Rain
Deer In The Rain

Wildlife photography is something I always wanted to do. The problem is that the world only needs so many wildlife photos and I cannot justify the cost of the gear. It is one genre of photography where the gear actually does matter.

I cannot compete with photographers that spend over $10k for a lens. I don’t even want to spend $5k for substandard lenses. With that being the case, knowing where herds tend to gather and waiting until a gentle rain to subdue your sound and smell is a good idea. It worked for this shot. It got me close enough for this shot with a cheap Canon 250mm STM lens.

The Forsythia Bloomed Earlier This Week

Forsythia blooming.
Forsythia bloomed March 1st this year.

The Forsythia Bloomed This Week

The wives tale I’ve heard is that there are 3 more snows after the forsythia blooms and a signal to the end of winter. It’s usually close to correct.

No matter the accuracy, it’s always a welcome alarm that it will not be long until we can get the motorcycles out.

If you don’t have a forsythia bush, I suggest getting one. Just find a neighbor and ask for some clippings. Dip them in root starter and stick them in the ground. It’s that simple and cheap.

 

Licking River After A Hard Rain

The Licking River After A Hard Rain

The Rain

The rain fell hard on the night of 1 March, 2017 around Newark, Ohio. The number of inches would have told some of the story, but I prefer to just go look at the rivers and streams. They will tell if the ground is distributing the water to much or soaking it up.

As the video shows, nothing to dramatic was happening. It’s hypnotizing to watch the power of the water, even on a little river like the Licking River.

The Video

I sincerely want decent videos, but much like photography, I don’t want to dive into expensive equipment and complex methods. I just want to be able to tell a bit of a story with and share some of the scenes I come across.

The advice from some YouTube producers I watch is to just do it. Just start working with video and improving the work as you go. Disregard the trolls and naysayers and just produce to the best of your abilities. That’s the plan.

Showing my work is a method of motivation for me. I know they’re not the best quality yet. I still hope you enjoy them.

The Weird News For The Day

I just wanted to know how many inches of rain fell. I check the local “news” website. I could not find it. What I did find an article about a random toe sucker at the mall. The only thing weirder about a toe sucker is a large media conglomerate pushing a story like this.

I found this weird article in multiple news sites later in the day. Why the major push? What in the fuck is so important about this man’s mental illness that it just had to be seen? It’s clickbait. It’s just an article of little value with a shocking title to get clicks. Pure garbage. Journalism is dead.

The value of clickbait is that it will get viewers clicking around the site and that will place ads on their screens. That’s how they make money. This is all fine and good, nothing is free. The problem is that they do this in such an abhorrent way, but still want to retain their status as “real news”. Their legitimacy is to be called to question.

On the conspiracy minded side of this, I’m curious to know if there is more to gain than just ad money. Could their be a further agenda? Could it just make them happy to boost deviant stories higher and higher in their listings?

I never clicked on the story. I can’t say I’ll never visit the local news site again. I will, but I’ll never take it serious again.

Conclusion

Real news, like a flood level report after a torrential downpour – not important to major media sources. Toe sucking – the devious little bastards at major media sources really want you reading about that.

Get out there. See the truth of what’s going on in your world and enjoy it. Don’t sit and read what they want you to believe your world is like. You’ll start fearing toe suckers around every corner.

Ohio’s Weather Is An Exercise In Being Prepared

Wild Winter Weather Variations In Newark, Ohio

The warm temps went into the 70’s this week. I’m not a perfectionists and reports varied, but I seen thermometers hit into the 70’s. That’s incredibly warm for Central Ohio in February.

The motorcycles came out of my garage. The warm weather made for comfortable walks. It was such a nice reprieve from our usual brutal February weather.

Global warming/cooling/changing alarmists went into panic mode and forgot to look up previous record temps. Research quickly revealed 6o degree temps in Cleveland in 1981. It is rare, but not as rare as we are led to believe.

Advertising pointing to a barbershop.
Incredibly simple advertising for a back alley barbershop.

This photo is from  a warm February night stroll in Newark, Ohio.  The painted ad on a wall is as simple as it gets. The barbershop it points to has been back there for a long time according to my memory. Simplicity works.

When it comes to Ohio weather the most simplistic answer to, “What should I wear?”, is to use layers and be ready for anything. Some my find the constant changes discouraging, but it’s undeniably interesting.

 

Chemtrail Or Contrail?

Chemtrail Or Contrail? Irrelevant.

Forgive me if you landed here looking for information on chemtrails or contrails. I don’t know much about the subject. I only know enough to understand how little I know. There are numerous websites to help you learn more about this debate.

Chemtrails or contrails over Newark, Ohio.
Typical skies with contrails over Newark, Ohio.

When I went to learn more about this debate, I discovered information about weather and aeronautics that I never would have learned without my curiosity.

Alarming Discovery

I poured over material covering both sides of the debate. There was evidence beyond my comprehension on the subject. A person would have to be an expert in atmospheric science, aircraft propulsion technologies, weather, and science to make a validated conclusion. My education and experience limits me to parroting whatever side appeals most to me. That’s not worth reading.

My discovery was something completely unrelated. It is forbidden in most social circles to question matters like this. Blue skies can be greyed out quickly simply by overflying aircraft exhaust and that is not a matter to be questioned. It can look like a game of tic-tac-toe is being played in the sky, but you’re a heretic if you notice.

People become very agitated when any evidence that falls outside of their selected realm of inputs is offered. In the case of chemtrails, anything outside of airplanes creating ice crystals in their exhaust is completely unacceptable.

My Conclusion. Chemtrails Are Minor In Relation To Intolerance Of Curiosity

Whatever is going on in our skies, my opinions and scope of knowledge would prove inconclusive. My opinion/guess is that it’s simply pollution from aircraft that are being given navigational coordinates based on grids. My opinion of chemtrails isn’t that important though.

The fact that I’ve found is that there is a growing intolerance to curiosity. If you’re a curious type, ignore it! Question everything even more.

Ohio Winters. You Never Know What Will Happen.

Ohio’s Changing Winter Weather

Back road home in snow.
The backroad home in snow.

This photo was taken last week. The temperatures rose to over 50 since this photo. It’s been a fun winter to find photos. You never know what you’re going to be looking for.

I found this scene with the huge tree and blowing snow perfect for the mood last week. With mid-February approaching, I expect some more harsh cold.