Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Moco grew an extra leg out of her head!

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5 comments:

Mary said...

Hahaha! And why in the world did you name that poor cat 'moco'? :)

Mary said...

I love this picture. How do you get the close-ups of birds? - like the she-cardinal bathing? I'm thinking about putting my camera on a tripod by the birdbath, since I don't own one of those expensive telephoto lenses. I do have a remote trigger; now, if I could only find the instructions...

Gardening Fool said...

I take it you know what moco means in Spanish ☺ I named her Moco because one evening, I was studying for my Series 7 exam to become a broker just outside my former house and had the door ajar. Moco came by, took a good look at me, looked at the house and just waltzed right in. And stayed. I used to be more of a dog person, still love dogs, but Moco converted me. Moco, because, just like a bugger, she stuck to me...gross, I know, but that is our love story.

As far as your question about close ups...I don't have a fancy camera with telephoto lenses or anything like that, just a regular digital standard camera. I am more old school (love the old manual cameras) so it is taking me a while to get used to all the buttons. Mostly I just go closer or farther away...and also sometimes I use a little button that has a tulip on it, which is for close ups...but truly, I don't feel using that feature has helped me much. User error I am sure.

The bird pics on the feeder and the bird bath are 99% taken from inside the house...from a distance of about 13 or so feet...and through an old and scratched sliding glass door.

One last thing, I use Picasa to store my photos, any other system that is available out there, just like Picasa, I am sure will give you the ability to crop and zoom...that is what I do sometimes that I guess makes it look like I am closer than I really am.

I just leave the camera sitting on the table by the couch (which has a view of the back garden) and anytime I walk by I look outside and if there's something I'd like to capture I just grab the camera.
You mentioned kids in your blog, so I guess, depending on how old they are it might not be a great idea to leave it where they can grab it...that's the reason I don't have kids.

Would not want them messing around with my camera. ☺

Long answer...too much coffee...

MFG said...

Yes, I do speak Spanish - parents from Spain, lived in Venezuela most of my childhood.
OK, I am going to have to take the screen off my window to shoot some pictures from the back room, where the action takes place - pond, birdbath, feeder...
My kids wouldn't dream of touching my camera. I'm an old-fashioned kind of mom who believes kids should respect their parents, go figure! :)
I haven't forgotten about your bromeliad! Too busy...

Gardening Fool said...

Chevere! ☺

Hope you get swell pics of the action on your back garden! Yeah, having the screen off helps tons...unfortunately, our home's former owners had dogs that scratched the heck out of our sliding door, so I have to be careful that the scratches don't show in the photos. I hope your situation is better in that respect.

Old fashion parenting. That's what this world needs more of! Hats off to you and your kids!

Lastly, no worries about the bromeliad...I have been planting stuff and, frankly, with that and a few plants I have coming in the mail my garden is absolutely full! So, maybe it is better for someone else to get them and enjoy yer generosity ☺ And, no worries about the wait! I will still be happy to share the seeds on the list I sent you, just send me an email and let me know which ones you'd like.

Enjoy the week end! ☺☺☺