Monday, December 4, 2017

Annual Family Christmas Portraits

I've been forcing David and the cats to do an annual portrait since Nummy and Pita were babies. You can gradually see the cats become less tolerant of it through the years. Bart, Lisa and Maggie all went into hiding and totally refused to pose this year. They are still hiding as I type this in fact. Here is the whole collection of portraits for your enjoyment, or horror, depending on how you feel about making cats pose for pictures:

December 4, 2017 - David, Pita, and me. Pita was not a happy camper. He is our grumpy old man now.

December 4, 2017 - David, NummyMuffinCoocolButter, and me. Nummy posed nice, but he sure didn't want to.

December, 2016 - Maggie, David, Me and NummyMuffinCoocolButter. We rejected this one from being on our card because David's hat was in front of my face. But I do like the way Nummy looks somewhat angelic here. But we all know better.
December, 2016 - Maggie, David, Bart and me. We rejected this one because David's hat was covering my face again and the back drop was crooked. But Maggie and Barty posed pretty well.
December, 2016 - Maggie, David, Me and NummyMuffinCoocolButter. Third time's a charm - this is the version we put on our holiday card.

December, 2015 Pita. Little twit can't pose this nice when it's a group shot!

December, 2015 with Nummy and Pita.

December, 2014 with Pita and Nummy.

December, 2013 with Pita. No one else would pose this year, what a bunch of party pooper kitties we have. This year, Barty refused to pose at all, even after being offered salmon treats. Pita was surprisingly tolerant this year.

December, 2012 with Nummy looking particularly psycho.
December, 2012 with Pita looking quite photogenic, but I forgot to take off my glasses
December, 2012 with Pita.
 December, 2011 - Test shot with me and Pita
December, 2011 - with Barty and Nummy with an evil eye
December, 2011 - With Nummy and Barty, but I forgot to take off my glasses.
December, 2011 - with Barty and Nummy
December, 2010 -  with Pita and Barty
December, 2010 -  Rare shot of Lisa and Barty
December, 2009 - with Pita looking psycho and Nummy. In fact, you can see that my forehead is bleeding. I think it was Pita who whacked me right before we took the picture.
December, 2009 with Barty
December, 2008 with Barty
December, 2008 with Pita and Nummy
December, 2007 with Pita and Nummy
December, 2006 with Pita and Nummy

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The kids

I realized that the cat's page got deleted years ago when I had to change to Blogger from Mac. Here are their latest photos.

Me and Pita, Halloween 2017
NummyMuffin in his sushi costume, Halloween, 2017


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Indian River Birding Festival

We had an amazing time at the Indian River Birding Festival and Art Show this weekend. Thanks to the hard work and incredible organizational skills of Deb Avery, we got to meet a bunch of super awesome people while sharing our love of birding. Thanks so much also to everyone who came out and joined our classes and tours.

Here are a few of the pictures I took this weekend:

Mary, Jason, David and Bonnie on our Pokemon Birding class. Mary participated in her first raid, Jason took over his first gym, David leveled up to 6 and is hatching eggs, and Bonnie submitted her very first Ebird checklist of 10 new life birds. Awesomely successful class!

A Barn Swallow nest at Goodwin WMA.

An immature Black Vulture. You can tell he's immature because he still has some white feathers on his face.

A Little Blue Heron.

Boat-tailed Grackle looking particularly splendid.

Boat-tailed Grackle looking a little grumpy here. 

Another immature Black Vulture. 

An immature White Ibis and a Wood Stork. They are in the same family, intact the Wood Stork used to be known as a Wood Ibis.

It struck me funny that they seemed to be in synch. 

David, Jason and Mary birding at Sebastian Inlet. This wasn't an official festival trip, but fun all the same.

A Snowy Egret, posing nicely.

A Wood Stork, testing the water.

If I was shooting film, I would think this was a double exposure.

A Reddish Egret, posing nicely.

This is kind of cool. At first I thought it was just a picture of a Wood Stork mooning me. But take a look at his beak. It looks like there is a triangle at the base where it is hollow. I have no idea if they are all like this. Need to research more, I guess I've never seen one from this angle before. 

Two Skimmers, looking silly.

I don't know why, but this picture reminds me of that old hair product commercial, "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful."


Osprey in a tree.

The Wood Storks were super obliging posers today.

We had either rain or bright perfect weather all 3 days. And it changed every 20 minutes or so. 

Reddish Egret

Skimmers are so adorable when they play.

I think these guys are a band, "Snowies and the Skimmers". Unfortunately, I think one of them was all hepped up on goofballs. 

Another Wood Stork posing handsomely.

This White Ibis just looks so happy to have this fish.

"My fish! You no can has!"

This is a white-morph Reddish Egret. If you look at the pictures above, you can tell by the beak, legs and eyes they are the same species. 

A Great Blue Heron hanging out on the south side of Sebastian Inlet.

We saw so many rainbows this weekend. 

Sometimes larger birds will stand around with their hands on their hips and ask, "Now what do you have to say for yourself?" (Actually, they do this to get mites off their wings, but I like my story better.)

Last, but not least, a Magnifieant Frigatebird looking all dramatic. I thought at first it was a female as I couldn't see the red bulby thing on his neck, but it was there, it was just bad lighting.