Happy Easter!

We had a great day today at the Bunker House.! My brother, his girlfriend and their daughter came by for a light lunch and Zoe really enjoyed hunting for Easter eggs.  I hope everyone had a great day today, whether you celebrated Easter or just enjoyed a Sunday of being alive.  Because life is great, and we need to remember that.

Easter Rose Budgs

Easter Rose Budgs

Happy Easter from the Easter Bunny!

Happy Easter from the Easter Bunny!

The weather was perfect for today (dare I say "hot"?) in the 70s.

The weather was perfect for an egg hunt today (dare I say “hot”?) in the 70s.  I think it got up to 79, and although the air smelled strongly of it, most of us in town didn’t see more than a few drops of rain.

My Saturday!

I was in the cooking mood today!  Also, in the catching-up on Boss and starting Girls mood…  All of which made for a fun day!

For lunch, I sauteed a pound of ground beef with orange and red bell peppers, and – of course – onions (don’t worry, I didn’t eat it all!).  Delicious, and oh-so simple.  For dinner, I made my friend Laura’s Vegan Three-Bean Chili, but served it over broccoli slaw instead of corn chips – all the crunch with none of the guilt!

 

A few of our tulips have also started to bloom!  I wasn’t able to get great pictures, what with the sun beating down on them because I was too lazy to wait for the right light, but here’s a peek!  I’ve been seeing some of the trees around town start to bloom, so I might head over to the library tomorrow… redbuds and crabapples, oh my!

On Friday evening, before they really opened up...

On Friday evening, before they really opened up…

On Saturday, with mid-day brightness...  The tales of a lazy photographer continue...

On Saturday, with mid-day brightness… The tales of a lazy photographer continue…

Sandhill Cranes at Sunrise on the Platte

Sandhill Cranes at Sunrise on the Platte

My friend and I made an early morning trek on fresh snow to a bridge above the Platte River at the Fort Kearny State Historical Park (NE) a couple of weekends ago. It was nearly pitch black outside and you could see clusters of people on the bridge, wrapped tightly in blankets and gripping their cameras and binoculars. We heard the cranes begin their morning chatter before the sky began to illuminate and thousands joined the larger flock. I waited for more light and stabilized the camera on the bridge to get this shot. Thanks to an ignorant photographer who flashed (and, therefore, flushed) one group, we didn’t get the most dramatic flight scene, but it was still special to see this part of one of the world’s last great migrations.

Spring… I think it’s finally here!

I took this photo this afternoon after seeing little sprouts of green the last few days… After all the harsh weather we’ve had, this is a welcome change.

I have lots of exciting news to report as Spring is off to what appears to be a great start!  The weather has been warming after months of extreme, chilly cold and more-than-drafty winds, with the occasional snowstorm making an unwelcome appearance.  Well, unwelcome, at least, to me.  It is with this change to temps in the 60s and 70s that I am eager and hopeful for a season filled with healthy flowers to focus on and shoot, as well as a brighter scene to get out of the winter muck.  Green is my favorite color (but, you know this), so it’s nice to see it come back.

Luckily (on the same subject as “green”!), I was due a tax refund this year, and – perhaps more luckily – it was better than I had originally expected!  As such, I was able to purchase my Nikon D7100 just in time for my trip last weekend to Kearney, Nebraska, to meet my friend Laura to photograph the migration of Sandhill Cranes stopping by the area to feed and bulk up for their mating and breeding season.  I took just over a thousand photos, but due to the incredibly frenetic weather and not having the proper equipment and know-how, many did not turn out.  However, I think I have a few usable ones, but between hundreds of field and flight shots, I’m struggling to find the best few to share; when I do, I’ll post them here.

Another weight was lifted yesterday when I was able to make my final payment for my Europe trip this July a couple months ahead of time.  Normally for these group tours, I would make a couple of large payments and call it good.  This time around, however, I wanted to feel the pain of having monthly payments, as that’s kind of what life is – a series of payments, whether it is financially, emotionally or otherwise.  And, because of this method of paying off my trip, I realized just how expensive it was and how much I need to be present on the trip so I can make it worth my time and money.  With the company I’m expecting to have around, as well as the gorgeous scenery and historic sites in Athens, Rome, Barcelona and Morocco, I’m sure I will.

I wish you all a wonderful Spring season, as well as lots of wonderful things to observe, enjoy, write and photograph!

Luke

Washington, D.C. – Day Two – Capitol Hill (Part Two)

Let’s try for a shorter post, shall we?  I’ll just post two of my more favorite pictures from my afternoon on the Mall/Capitol Hill and not bore you with all of my deep thoughts on life as I trudged through the puddles of a busy metropolitan city…  Oh, wait, there I go!!

Without further ado…

United States Capitol Building

United States Capitol Building

Equal Justice Under Law • United States Supreme Court Building

Equal Justice Under Law • United States Supreme Court Building