Saturday, December 20, 2014
Friday, December 19, 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The gold finch do not leave Iowa during the winter time, they just change their colors. The male at the top of seed sock keeps some of his yellow but that mixed with brown almost makes him look green. I was whining because I couldn't get a shot of a female finch eating at my coneflowers last month so this takes away the pain. I took a shot of the female at first and then the male joined her a little later. I was glad that they found the sock feeder today as it has been out there for a couple of weeks and only the chickadees where eating from it. It is fun to see them work their beaks into the opening, stretching out the net to get a seed to come through for them to eat.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
I have told the story many times before about seeing my first bubble lights in a country school in 1953. I really liked the tingling sound that they made as the old sets had small pieces of metal or glass to bounce inside of the fluid. The new sets do not have that feature. The two sets that I have were purchased at a local store in Perry. I think the manager wanted them off the shelf at the end of the season and I obliged him or her. The price was very low as they were the last two sets. I have never seen them on sale at any store since that time 10 or more years ago. I still need to replace a couple of bulbs and someday it will happen. I don't think I am brave enough to own an original set that can be bought on ebay as I think the wiring was poor then and would be worst after all these years. They are hard to keep straight on a tree but the artificial tree is accommodating with its wire branches.
Monday, December 15, 2014
The village is up and the buildings are all lighted except for one. I guess those people are not at home. The village has snow but outside we do not have snow. It looks like we may not get snow for quite some time. I was pleased with the camera as it picked up mostly of what we see when the dining room light is not on and the glow from the windows of the house gave just enough lighting to catch a shot.
The painter on the balcony must be creating a night scene on his canvas. Actually he was placed there as the house was being move around to get it's light installed in the back.