Friday, June 20, 2008

Lawn Work


Doing lawn work today and teaching my daughter how to pull weeds (she didn't like it), she did a good job with it though. She doesn't like spiders, bugs, dirt, work, etc..., so needless to say there was a lot of griping while she did this. This will be here job for the rest of the summer. My goal is by the end of the summer to have her helping out mowing the lawn. Personally I enjoy mowing the lawn, but I think she needs to learn how to do it herself. I hate the thought of her being in a position where depending too much on a guy to do work for her. For those of you who don't know me, I was brought up by a single mother who did a hell of a job raising 4 boys, she was much more of a "man" than most men. From her I learned that my daughter needs to have ALL the life skills, not just those that society has decided to be gender specific (my daughter will also be learning to do her laundry some.

Baby Birds

Ran across some baby birds while mowing the lawn. When I was finished mowing I grabbed the camera and put on the telephoto lens, then went to my neighbors yard and took these pictures. These are Robins, I knew the nest was there and I saw the parent bird sitting on the eggs for several weeks, so it was fun to see babies. While taking the pics the parent bird came with a bunch of worms and got really pissed at me for taking pictures (even though I was about 30 feet away while taking the pictures). The Camera I used was a Canon EOS digital, the lens is a Canon EF 75-300mm. It's great for taking pics from a distance, it's not great for taking pics that are closer than 10-20 feet. If I had the money I would invest in a lens that had a stabilizer built in. These long distance shots are tricky if you have shaky hands (even if you don't they are tough, I would get either a better lens or carry a tripod with me).

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