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A day to celebrate if you are an American…

…or a peace and freedom loving person on the Third Rock from the Sun.

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

Another four years, another peaceful transition of power!

Welcome, President Trump.

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Day 20

The previous snowmen photos were taken on Wednesday and Thursday.  This one was Friday…with the new lens…

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Day 19

The first photo is Toots on Wednesday making snowmen.  She still has some to do on the second one.  Note the hair on the tall one!

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Less than 24 hours later…

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Such is the life of snow people.

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Day 18

As I arrived back at the house after taking the photos of the deer, I saw the UPS truck going around the corner down the street.  My new 12mm F2.0 Rokinon lens was here at last!  I got it for Christmas from the Dailylife Wife, but it turns out Adorama sent one in the wrong mount.  So it has taken a couple of weeks, but it is here at last!

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This is a totally manual lens, so I even have to focus it, just like we used to do!  Here it is on my Canon M2, without the lens hood.  On my crop sensor M2, this 12mm is like a 19.2mm lens on a 35mm film camera: pretty wide!  And f2 is really fast, too!

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I took several photos with it while I was looking it over.  Effectively at f8 pretty much everything from five feet to infinity seems to be in focus, so this looks to be just as fun as everyone in the reviews said it would be!

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A nice close view of may MacBook Pro.

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Since I mainly wanted this lens to photograph the stars at night, I wandered into the backyard about 10pm.  It was mostly clear.  This first photo is at f2 and 10 seconds.

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Here is a full sized crop of the stars and part of a power line above.  I had to adjust the focus just a little bit after this photo.  Click on it to enlarge it; BACK to return!

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This is again f2, but at 8 seconds.  The stars are nice and sharp points of light.  I have done nothing to these photos other than resizing and making the 100% crop details.

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100% crop.

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And f2 and 6 seconds.

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100% crop.

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I think I will be staying up and out late a lot this year.

After it warms up some more.

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Day 17

I was down by the River today after dropping Toots at home after her school got out, and while there wasn’t much in the way of waterfowl, I did find this herd of deer on the new industrial spur, a couple hundred feet north of the railroad crossing signals.

This is a three photo panorama, all taken on my Canon 400mm L lens.  Other than stitching them together and a bit of cropping and resizing, I have not done anything to them.  Click on the photo to see it larger; BACK to return!

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Day 16

A Golden Eagle with a Bald Eagle in the background.

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And two versions…

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…of the same photo.

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Day 15

More along the river!

The last leaves.

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Soarin’!

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Mallard and a Lesser Scaup (third from the right) among the Redheads.

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Mallards.

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From Left to Right: Common Goldeneye, two Barrow’s Goldeneyes (rare around here!), a female Mallard, three Common Goldeneyes, another  Barrow’s Goldeneye, another Common Goldeneye, and two female Hooded Mergansers.

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More to come!

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~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

Day 14

Mallards!

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A Magpie at lunch.  “Where’s Bettie?  Bettie?”

“I haven’t”…munch…”seen her.”

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Day 13

A fog-rising day down on the River, as we head way above zero…

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