Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Not very good, but.....

This is not a very good photo quality wise...but considering that it really was almost dark, that I had my ISO set as high as it would go which is 1600 in my case...and had my lens all the way out to 300 which is surely not enough...and only had my shutter speed at 1/125....I consider it a pretty lucky shot not to be any worse.

There were 3 or 4 of these short-eared owls flying around...the other two were pretty far away. I had seen them earlier...don't know where they were by the time I eased on down the road and came to this one. You can see more pictures of them I have taken at the strip pits here and here. Until I started seeing these short-eared owls out there, I can only remember seeing an owl two or three times in my life.
Spring seems to really have sprung around here...it has been so warm around here. I have been in short sleeves all day long. Still been busy with 'other stuff' and a phone call or two I had to make. Got some info I needed.

And I just opened another jar of home-canned tomato juice. There is just nothing like it. I really hope my tomatoes do good this year till I can can some more. I am thinking about putting out a few more plants on the south side of our house till I will for sure have enough. I guess I will wait till planting time comes before I make a final decision about that.

I know I want more Brandywines...my best friend/sister-in-law suggested them to me 4 or 5 years ago...I think one year I could not find any, the first year I raised them, I loved them...they have that good old tomato flavor and texture....then I raised them and either weather or heat or something, none of my tomatoes tasted so good that year, then I planted some again last year and oh, they are just heavenly. So it is worth the risk to plant them.

I also picked up 4 more Asiatic Lily bulbs and need to get those planted. I could go wild with flowers....and I am hoping I have a bunch of volunteer sunflowers sprout up around the bird feeder again this year. I will be able to take better care of them.

Well, I am just sitting here dreaming of spring...so I will leave you with another favorite song I happened across a few years ago..its called 'You Plant Your Fields.'


Gill - That British Woman said...

Yep, I am ready to get into the garden, but will wait until I get my cast off, only two more days now!!

I love your owl photo.

Gill in Canada

Unknown said...

What a great shot! You're so lucky to have captured him/it! I, too, am chomping at the bit for Spring!..:)JP

Ginny Hartzler said...

Wow, this is a great picture, considering it was just about dark. I can get a good look at him. He looks just a tiny bit like a Barn Owl!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Rose, Great picture of the short-eared Owl... I've never seen one...

Bet your home-made tomato juice is great... I drink V-8 all of the time --but have to buy mine in the store... Sigh!


Judy said...

I think it's a great one Rose. This year I'm going to try and make some tomato juice, we're still eating the sauce I canned.

Montanagirl said...

So fun for you to catch a shot of the Owl. I don't see them very often either. The wind has been insane this evening.

Sandra said...

i love home made tomato juice, mother canned tomatoes and cooked tomatoes and made juice. that owl make me so jealous... i want to SEE one,

Ellie said...

Well done capturing that owl, I think you did a good job.
Spring is definately making a show here - lots of lovely colours.
I bet all of that lovely tomato juice is good for you too.

EG CameraGirl said...

I was out in my gardens yesterday... cleaning up debris. It's not safe to plant anything here yet.

don said...

I think you did a fine job of shooting to get him at all.
I like the sound of your planting plans. Spring seems weeks away here.