Mon, June 24

A leap of faith

A leap of faith... so it seems as this Western Scrub Jay launches from his perch towards a cage filled with homemade suet and left his wings tucked tightly in ... for the moment at least. He did eventually un-fold them and take a few beats before settling in on a new perch with a beak filled with suet. Anyhow, it was a very fun shot. I only had about a two and a half inch depth of field on the shot shooting with a 560mm lens (400mm plus 1.4 extender) and think that was likely the cause of the feet being slightly out of focus ... should have deleted the shot, but it was so unique I decided to keep it and send it out ... oh well.

More time with lessons, gem cutting, visits with friends a few walks and some time on the deck late afternoon; first time in quite a while I sat out on the deck and it was nice being out there again. Working on a couple of neat Blue Chalcedony pieces and should have them done by the weekend. They have a very special translucent blue color and am cutting them more as carvings than cabochons. I'll take some photos when I finish them and send one out. I've been doing gem cutting and custom jewelry design for nearly forty years and am enjoying spending a few hours every day on it again too. Life continues to morph and it is all good.

Have a nice day today ... I'm closing this one out before midnight with "Fallen" performed by Imagine Dragons ... love their music.

So share a smile or three ... watch out for 20 foot winds



Give me a few friends who will love me for what I am;

and keep ever burning before my vagrant steps the kindly light of hope.

And though age and infirmity overtake me, and I come not within

sight of the castle of my dreams, teach me still to be thankful for life;

and for time's olden memories that are good and sweet; and may

the evenings twilight find me gentle still.

Max Ehrmann