Pictured here are:
Boston Lager Cheddar Cheese Fondue
Aged cheddar cheeses blended with Samuel Adams Boston Lager,®
Tabasco,® Worcestershire sauce and chopped chives.
Bread and apples for dipping.
Strawberry Basil Lemonade
Nothing like Mom used to make! Smirnoff Strawberry
Twist vodka, fresh strawberries, basil and lemonade.
[Click the title of this Blogger post to go directly to my Picasa Gallery and view these images (and more) in greater detail.]
I've been busy shooting but haven't had time to post much. I've been shooting for fun, but I've set random goals here and there to test myself. The Air Show set features attempts to convey the scale of one of the huge cargo planes on display. The City Life '08 night shoot wasn't very successful because I strongly resisted the urge to use the flash. Well, here are some of my latest sets:
7/16/08 - Wednesday Afternoon at demolition of "The Coop", Patterson Cooperative High School
7/18/08 - Friday Evening at Great American Ballpark for Cincinnati Reds versus New York Mets
7/20/08 - Sunday Afternoon at Dayton International Airport for Dayton Airshow
7/23/08 - Cicada Hatchlings
8/10/08 - Sunday Afternoon at Montgomery County Fairground for the German Picnic
8/17/08 - Sunday Morning at Fraze for Breakfast with The Beatles with VenusLoveCircus
8/18/08 - Monday Night at Riverscape with the City Life '08 statues
At the pool today, I spotted what I thought was a butterfly. Then I noticed it wasn't moving like a butterfly. Then I noticed it was a tiny bird! I thought hummingbirds were larger, so this tiny avian really took me by surprise. I went home to get my camera and tripod and probably got some strange looks from other folks at the pool while setting up... I was too concerned with getting my shots to actually notice. BTW, there were originally two hummingbirds, but I only saw one, or one at a time (who can be sure from 20 feet away) once I had the camera ready.
I had to keep my distance so I wouldn't scare it/them, so I used full zoom and tried to pre-set my focus on some of the floral clusters they were frequenting. Check out the slideshow below. The images aren't great, because of their size, my distance, and the fact that it was necessary to severely crop the images. Prior to cropping these photos were like a "Where's Waldo" picture, Waldo, in this case, being the hummingbird. I'm excited to have caught my first hummingbird photos. If you click to visit my Picasa gallery, you'll find my other recent collections from my first Reds game at Great American Ballpark, the 2008 Dayton Airshow, and some pretty cool new cicada images. Enjoy!