Enlightenment and a dead possum.

Suddenly while riding my bicycle I had an enlightened moment. I had finally figured out what life was about. So i thought.

Life is such a brief stay here on planet earth, that I felt my stay here was just a test, before transitioning to the next phase. Leaving this planet through the door of death. Then the next phase of our soul begins.

The dead possum appeared at that moment lying on the road in front of me. Buddha was trying to explain life to me. Not that I really believe in Buddha or some deity. Some days I do and others days I don’t.

These pictures below having nothing to do with that moment.

Interesting how the material for bird nests has changed through my lifetime.  A mix of plastic and natural material.

This ant is enjoying the day in the sun under a giant palm tree.

This humming bird lives nearby.

When I ride my bicycle I spray the mean dogs with bear spray.

The summer is almost over.

The block editor for WordPress is a pain.

Paradise is in your head.

Today the birds are singing and the sun is shining somewhere. Perhaps you are happy or perhaps you are sad. Someone is being born and someone is dying. 

The flow of life continues.

If we turn off our desires, suddenly we have everything.

Chattanooga, Tennessee lockdown 2020. Time to open!

Wandering around during the Covid 19 lockdown in Chattanooga, TN. Slowly the city is dying or going broke. Small businesses are closing their doors for good. People are out of work and one guy told me he is seeing more business burglaries. The kind of smash the windows and grab the loot burglaries. But there are signs of life.

You can ride the bus for free during the lockdown!

Sometimes you just have to take a nap in the sun.

No mask and no bra! Finally women are free?

Chattanooga is a cool city when it’s open and even when it’s closed. You can rent these bikes.

If you are in construction you can still work, because construction workers are apparently immune from the virus.

The coolest bike in Chattanooga! 

Learning to shoot the Nikon D200 in 2019.

Recently I acquired a Nikon D200 after selling my Nikon D300. I have decided to shoot only ccd sensor cameras for the time being. Currently I’m discovering that shooting with the Nikon D200 is a little more difficult than the Nikon D300. White balance is giving me trouble and also shots of birds. I’ll share my trials and errors with you. These photos are unedited except for cropping.

The potential is there for really good photos with the Nikon 200.

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This photo is rather blueish for my taste of the rhododendron bud.

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Needing more light in this photo.

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A little blurry and dark of this shot of the woodpecker.

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The suet feeder was spinning and camera speed to slow.

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cardinal

wren

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Bread shot using incandesant setting. It’s sourdough!

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Overall I’m pretty pleased as I learn to shoot the Nikon D200.