Episode 99: Satisfaction

Attempting to achieve ones goals can be a daunting task filled with victories and failures.

Proper planning and thought is key in success.

But what if your dreams or plans are negatively affected by others?

What if after achieving those goals you still aren’t satisfied?

When does enough actually become…enough?

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Free Falling

Most people I know detest these creatures, Turkey Vultures. They say they are nasty, disgusting creatures, while I, on the other hand, disagree greatly.

Why? Well, I get the opportunity to view them daily. There is a family of them who roost on a building not far from me, so I see their routines, their curiosity, their daily flybys to check me out.

Their gliding capabilities are astounding, one minute they are cruising by effortlessly, they hit a thermal or an updraft of some sort, and suddenly they are a thousand feet up, just a speck in the sky, which is one of the big reasons I wanted a zoom capable of photographing these and other raptors that fill the sky in this area of Pennsylvania.

This particular bird did just that, floated by my balcony, then suddenly in a minute or so, it was riding high up, and that’s where the show begins, spotting a family member below, this creature went straight into this freefall if you will, it’s speed picking up exponentially as it dropped towards its family member.

These birds are scavengers, and that is why I found this ‘attack mode’ drop interesting. I have never seen one try to take prey in the air, I don’t think they even do that? But, maybe they are capable of attacking another bird?

Regardless, this bird seems to love the speed at which it was capable of reaching, as it brushed by the other bird below and together they circled off, drifting once again.

Northern Shoveler

Had a nice flyby by this Northern Shoveler yesterday. Moving with afterburners kicked in.

Street Survivors

I used artistic filters on this particular photograph in order to keep the identity of these bikers masked, since they are purportedly ‘outlaw’ bikers, and I understand they would want their privacy and I respect that.

I also create photographs to my liking, and adding a little something on this photo is something I’m good with, may continue with, and I’m probably going to print this one out and hang it on my wall.

Have a great day. Very happy to be back taking photographs and sharing them.

Take care, stay safe!

Tony

Finding Subjects Podcast

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle: John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

Great encounter yesterday with this incredible creature. Overcast day at the refuge, not too many people, but a lot of migratory birds. Walking the exterior of the main pond, passers by asked if I saw the Eagles in the tree nearby, I hadn’t, and was thankful they pointed me back towards a trail I had bypassed.

I am always amazed at the size of these creature. And also the intimidation factor of those talons.

Nikon D5300/Sigma 150-500mm

Zoom

After wishing on this for a lifetime, I finally obtained a decent zoom lens for my Nikon D5300.

I purchased this a Sigma 150-500mm used lens from a camera shop in Indianapolis, Indiana called Roberts Camera Shop, through their eBay department.

After asking all of the pertinent questions: Any fungus? Joint movement? Ever been dropped? Damage? Dirt inside? I felt comfortable enough to buy this lens from them.

Today was day-one with the Sigma. Heavy, bulky, all of the things I thought it would be…but even on an overcast day like today, I have to say I am pretty happy with the results. It’s a keeper and for the first time in my life, I felt as if I had an equal chance to put out some presentable nature photography as I always have dreamed.

Today was heavy with the Canada Geese, so it was practice on each shot, nothing but fun.

Overcast, shooting towards the brightest part of the sky (sun behind the clouds), I was still satisfied with my results. Cannot wait to dive deep into this thing and really see what it can do.

This shot was taken at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Episode 98: Trust but varify

From deep within the concrete bunker we talk about recent event’s and the possibility at how disinformation could be lurking and luring us in, and the ‘what if’s’ of everything that is said in the news and on social media.

Finding Subjects Podcast: 98: Trust But Verify (libsyn.com)

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Early Morning Sorte

I don’t believe they hang out together, they were just sharing the same Lake and had a simultaneous departure time on separate runways.

Getting back into the photos. I feel lost without taking pictures.

Took over a very small space in the condo to act as a recording studio. I’m hoping it sounds good for you, next episode will be out Tuesday or Wednesday.

The news has really got me down, we’re at each others throats, everyone is hating each other…

I don’t know the answers. I do know photography makes me feel better though.

Have a great day!!

Tony

Finding Sleep…

Over the course of doing my podcast I’ve had a lot of different comments, suggestions, critiques etc… all of which I appreciate greatly.

There is one comment in particular that I find very interesting: People like to fall asleep listening to my show.

This used to kind of bother me, after all, I do this podcast thing to hopefully entertain, educate, help in some way, but to be told people like to fall asleep listening to me? I took it as a smackdown for the longest time…that is…until I understood what it was they meant by that.

Supposedly, my voice is soothing to a lot of people. It helps them relax, chill out, not that my wife and kids would agree since they hear me all day long, but more recently I am getting folks contacting me saying they really enjoy listening to my show before bed, they turn it on, and in no time, they find themselves relaxed and suddenly, asleep.

After researching this phenomenon with my podcasting peers, I’ve come to the conclusion that I am deeply honored, and this opinion, it’s not a bad thing, it’s a high compliment.

A few people even suggested that they often have trouble falling asleep, or if they awaken in the middle of the night and are unable to go back to sleep, they’ll put on Finding Subjects Podcast and go to sleep with me.

Look, however I can help people, that’s fantastic. I personally don’t seem to put myself to sleep, my wife sometimes seems to loose focus when I am speaking to her, same with my kids, but I am not certain they are tuning in anyways to what I have to say.

So…if you can’t get to sleep, or if you know someone who has trouble falling asleep, try sleeping with me. Ha!

Man, that sounds so wrong and inaccurate, but life is full of funny antidotes, right?

Sleep with me, people, turn your friends on to me as well, I’m easy apparently. Lol

Seriously though, if you know someone having problems falling asleep, share me with them?

Let’s try to see if it works for them. Maybe I’ll even create a special ‘very chill’ episode in the near future for the purpose of achieving relaxation and sleep.

Thank you very much for your time.

Have a great weekend.

Talk to you soon!

Tony

Finding Subjects Podcast

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