Saturday, July 30, 2011

VERY CLOSE CALL FOR MY NIKON D90 TODAY!!

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Our morning sky was as blue as blue as blue can be with not a cloud to be seen.  I was a bit concerned about my Uncle Harry so threw my cameras into the Jeep & figured I would do a little photo Safari in the Mitchell area & drop in to see him.  He seemed a tad better than just a couple days ago but he is on morphine injections now & that is making him a bit groggy & very tired.

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ACRES & ACRES OF CORN AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE  (NIKON D90 AT 18mm) 

Our Jeepster doesn't have A/C & by the time I left the Nursing Home the air & humidity had really heated up.  Doddled along some country roads on the way home gathering together a few photos here & there. 

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LOOKS LIKE THESE GREAT BLUE HERONS HAVE FOUND THEMSELVES A FAVORITE FISHING HOLE  (NIKON D40 at 300mm) 

I was startled by a very low flying helicopter that seemed to pop right out of a corn field beside me.  I quickly made a U turn & pulled off to the side of the road & jumped out with both cameras in hand to see where the Chopper had gone. 

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CROP DUSTING A CORN FIELD  (ALL HELICOPTER SHOTS WITH NIKON D40)  

Spotted it approaching quickly from my left skimming a corn field.  Decided to crack off a few shots with my 70-300mm telephoto lens on my D40 first & it was here where I made one of my classic stupid mistakes. 

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ANY LOW FLYER'S WORST NIGHTMARE..............POWER LINES!!!!

In my hurry to catch the fast approaching Chopper I set my Nikon D90 on the hood of the Jeep & proceeded to get a few shots off with the D40 as the Helicopter swooped up out of the cornfield right in front of me.  It was then that I saw it was a 'crop duster.'

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Watched him make a tight banking U turn about a 100 feet off the deck & head back down on top of the corn field heading the other way.  I quickly decided to re-park the Jeep off the road better & wait for the Chopper to come back.  There was a cross road about an eighth of a mile ahead so drove down there, made a U turn & came back up to where I had been before & pulled off the road completely.  I reached over to the passenger seat to grab my D90.....but it wasn't there.  Of course it wasn't there AL because you had left it sitting on the hood of the Jeep!!!!!!! 

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Would you believe the camera was still sitting in the exact same spot close up to the windshield right where I had left it.  I couldn't believe my luck & I couldn't believe I had not seen it on the hood!!  I said a very grateful 'thank you' to the great camera God in the sky & went about taking a few more picks of the Chopper.  I totally know enough not to make a stupid mistake like that but in the excitement & haste of the moment I went ahead & made the mistake anyway.  So, photo tip of the day.....never ever set your camera on your vehicle!!!!

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Today we welcome Wasim as the Bayfield Bunch's 308th Blog Follower.  Welcome aboard Wasim & with a little bit of luck we'll have the big wheels rolling Westward by mid October.

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BROWN EYED SUSAN'S ALONGSIDE THE ROAD  (NIKON D40 at 300mm)   

I particularly enjoyed JERRY'S walk down music's memory lane in his Friday post.  Remember the days when music just had a nice way of making you feel better no matter what was bothering you.  And Kelly just brought it to my attention that Donna over at TRAVELS IN THERAPY posted a blog on music as well tonight.  Donna...you go girl:))  You will not only find both these post's interesting but you may find the comments interesting as well.  

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NIKON D90 

I had begun several times to write an explanation about Friday night's 'Last Paragraph' segment & then just gave up in frustration.  What's the point.  People are going to believe what they want to believe & that's all there is to it.   A commenter left this following comment & I will just let it speak for what I thought I clearly said......

"It seems that Gypsy and others have taken your statement to mean that you are not going back to the Southwest. I think I understand you have given up on the idea of BUYING a place in the Southwest.  I tend to support that decision. Leaving property vacant in that area for six months would be inviting big problems. My parents sold out and moved after 3-4 break-ins and that was back in the 1970s. It is far worse now. When I last visited my cousins, near the Ranch that you house sit, they advised me not to go walking in the early morning hours. To much danger of crossing paths with drug smugglers that will shoot first and talk later. This is not media hype but rather a warning from people that have lived there 24/7/365 since the 1940s."  (Thanks Ed)

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THE LAST PARAGRAPH: Yes, we will be returning to the great American Southwest this winter & for as many winters as we possible can.  We love dat place:))

GROANER'S CORNER:))    A farmer was milking his cow. He was just starting to get a good rhythm going when a bug flew into the barn and started circling his head. Suddenly, the bug flew into the cow's ear. The farmer didn't think much about it, until the bug squirted out into his bucket. It went in one ear and out the udder.

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18 comments:

  1. That bug was udderly ridiculous.
    You must be living right to have the camera not fall off the jeep...great luck...not my usual luck.
    Great pics today.

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  2. Close call on the camera!

    That groaner was the tits...I mean pits! :)

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  3. Nice shots, glad they did not cost you your camera!

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  4. WOW- nice that the camera gods were smiling on you! Would hate to see something happen to the D90. Great shots of the helicopter - hope you didn't get "dusted".

    Don't know what's funnier - your groaner or Judy's comment. I'm SHOCKED LOL!!

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  5. Ah yes ... the haste to catch an image sometimes makes us do things we would otherwise know better not to do. The camera Gods were looking out for you.

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  6. Love it all. Great pics. Great groaner. Great comments. So glad you didn't have a mishap with the D90. We have a D80 and love it. I gave hubby a Canon G10 a few years ago and it took a faceplant off a tripod onto concrete within 6months. Few scuffs on the camera only. Few months later it got dragged out of the van by the passenger who didn't know it was there resulting in cracked viewing screen. Still fine. Love it so much I got one too. Keep on blogging - you are now the first place I look instead of the weather - no insult intended.
    Bev in Halifax

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  7. Boy, that was close with your Nikon, don't know how many police walkie talkies I saw bite the dust in my 30 years as officers would leave them on top of their cars and drive off. They usually got crushed by a following car.Be safe out there. Sam & Donna...

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  8. Wow ∞ what great shots of the helicopter... You were so lucky not to lose or damage your camera. Funny Groaners corner!!!
    Have fun
    Donna

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  9. The Groaner was a real groaner today, Al. You find the good ones!

    Yes, very fortunate about the D90. You must have had one of our angels sitting on the hood holding that baby in place!

    And thanks for the mention about our blog and the comments!

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  10. Great pictures and such good luck to not lose your camera!!

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  11. I once set a gallon of milk on the roof of our truck to put the rest of the groceries in...OOPS..It didn't turn out so good for the milk..and how embarrasing! At least it wasn't wine!,,I totally agree with the love affair with the Southwest...but as any love affair, there can be some danger...just be careful, you two.

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  12. Now the camera trick is something that I would do. Getting so wrapped up in the moment and forgetting what I was doing. But the pics of the helicopter are just so neat. Love Judy's comment.

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  13. Glad you didn't lose the camera,,,Luck was in your favor. You should be well sprayed and no weeds should grow behing your ears.. I hope you didn't breath!!

    I always stay clear of those sprayers,,,,some mighty potent stuff comes out of them.

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  14. Your stoy reminds me of the time my husband put his best knife on the back bumper of the car. After traveling all over Norman and a trip up to Oklahoma Ciy and back he found it right where he left it.
    Talk about a smooth ride! Someone up there is looking out for us, at least I like to think so.

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  15. glad you didn't lose you camera!!..all in the name of a great photo!!!

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