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I hadn’t had the time to check back at the pond and see how the battle of the swan and geese had gone. But I did get there today, at least briefly and the whole swan family was out. Six cygnets this year … last year only five and there may be more. There were also some ducklings in evidence. Didn’t see any of the geese, but I think they’ve established themselves in a different part of the pond.
It is a very large pond and as I said in the beginning, there’s more than enough room for everyone … but geese and swans are both highly territorial and don’t share space well. Apparently the ducks aren’t considered a threat by any of the other feathered friends. There was also a diver standing around, related to the ducklings? I was too far away to tell.
This was my first trial of my Panasonic DMC ZS 19. It’s got a Leica lens on it and it’s a nice 20X telephoto and this is exactly the kind of shooting situation where I need a long — sharp — lens. So far, I’m a bit underwhelmed. On the plus side, it focuses quickly, even at full extension, unlike my superzoom Olympus which takes great pictures if you don’t lose the shot while the camera is trying to find its focus.
It’s also much faster focusing than the Canon Powershot 260 (gave that one to my son when his older Canon Powershot passed away). In fact, it’s very fast focusing, but the pictures seem soft at full or nearly full extension … and I bought it for the superzoom. But you can judge.
I’m not sure the camera I want exists. I want fast, long, high quality and small enough to pack in my purse. As far as I can tell, if I get the quality, I can’t get the superzoom and vice versa. Any suggestions? I think I’m ready to give up!
I think the problem is the autofocus. If I was still able to focus manually, I would … but my eyes are not that sharp anymore. I have to rely on autofocus. More than I wish. That, alas, is part of aging.
This is my home. A sequence of pictures taken in the first hour of sunlight a few days ago. The final picture was taken from the road. Look for the sign that displays our house number. We put it up because no one, including us, could find our house from the road in the summer without something to mark the driveway. Sun comes at this angle in July for about 40 minutes starting just before 6:00 am. Then it quickly rises and is blocked by the canopy of the oaks.
You can barely see our pond hidden deep in the woods. I used a very long lens to get those two pictures. It is nearly impossible to physically walk to the pond. The ground is rocky and uneven. There is no path. The ground is choked with blackberry brambles and poison ivy (which I am trying very hard to not scratch). The creatures who live in the woods go there to drink and happily consume the blackberries along the way. I’m sure the berries are yummy. I wouldn’t know since I’ve never gotten any before the birds and other fruit-loving critters consumed them all.
Finally, we breed world-class mosquitoes in the pond and are their lifeblood. Add that to the poison ivy. Serious itching. Very serious. My doctor suggested I stay clear of the woods. (Scratch, scratch, scratch …) How would I do that? Just asking.
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