Alley Oops #46: “Ass-kew”

My Fujifilm X-T2 mirrorless camera got so confused taking this picture that it malfunctioned, and now I have to send it to a service center in New Jersey for repair.

Note segments of the donkey sign and the telephone pole splayed across the image like a cubist painting.

Bummer, but at least it’s still under warranty.

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[a Monday sampling of signs, murals, graffiti]

Osprey, Pelican, Two Eagles & a Dog

A 500mm lens is a must-have for wildlife photography, but I have long resisted because such a heavy piece of equipment requires a bulky tripod and I haven’t the patience to fiddle with such things.

Until now. Nikon has recently come out with a quality 500mm lens specifically designed to be hand-held. It’s not for the frail, weighing in at 5 lbs., but manageable.

Two things I am looking for as I test out a new lens = (1) how fast it picks up and focuses on subjects speeding across the sky, and (2) how sharp the images are.

I couldn’t believe my luck when I saw two juvenile eagles sitting on rocks about 200 yards from shore this morning.


One of them hopped around a bit, after a fish the other had dropped in a crevice.


I alternately stood and sat for 45 minutes with camera and lens held up to my eye waiting for the eagles to fly. Liftoff would be a perfect picture. The camera got heavy, my arms got tired, and my fingers began to cramp.

An osprey took a dip nearby in the water and I interrupted my vigil to fire off some quick shots.



A pelican dropped in fairly close to the eagles.


Then a damn helicopter buzzed overhead and spooked the eagles as I was looking in the wrong direction! All my patience was for naught.


Tzuri, fortunately, was a more willing subject.


All in all, I’m thinkin’ this new lens is a keeper.

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The School Bus Kids

What’s your first thought when you see a converted school bus like this? Drugs, hippies, artists?


Curious as to what it looks like inside?


Five people and two maybe three dogs sleep in that bed. And I can tell you from standing close to them that they do not bathe regularly.


She’s cooking a pot of beans on the gas stove on the right. That’s an old wood burning stove on the left.

The guys were very talkative. Told me they were traveling glass blowers from Montana. The girls never said a word and did not look happy.



There’s more than meets the eye here; your guess is as good as mine.

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