I have been hearing these since we arrived, but never got a very good shot because they are usually very high in the trees. Well this morning I heard one and was determined to get some decent pictures. This one was about 60 ft up. The Pileated Woodpecker is the largest woodpecker in North America unless you happen upon a very rare Ivory Billed. Taken with a Tamron 70-300mm lense.
A few days ago I observed something I have never seen before. It is a rainbow effect in the clouds, I think it is called cloud iridescence. This happened just after we had a rain shower and before the sunset. Of course I had my camera, so I grabbed a few shots before it disappeared. See for yourself.
We are settling in our gate now. Started out having to use paper logs….yes pen and paper, can you believe that!! We finally have an ipad, which makes it so much easier and faster. Most days are pretty slow, but we have had others that are super busy and the day just flies by. On those slow days you have to find something to do. I brought my camera and found some great subjects to shoot. All photos are my own.
So there it is…. some of what I do while not actually working. Yes, we have a 12 hour shift, but you average just working just 2-3 hours at the most. So it allows some down time to pursue other interests. Not a bad gig, I like it.
We were off today and the weather was great so we headed out to Fort Davis to do a short hike. Madera Canyon Trail is part of the Nature Conservancy’s Davis Mountain Preserve. When we arrived it was clear skies and 68 degrees.
If you drive much in Far West Texas, you will encounter lots of Turkey Vultures. They keep the roads cleaned up from whatever animal met up with a vehicle the night before. I got up close to one this morning.