Love, Drowned and Broken

Walking along the edge of the lake at Sunset Park this morning, I saw something lighter in color than usual on the lake bottom. This is what is down there, and apparently, it’s been down there a good while looking at the marine growth on it. I have to wonder what happened to the couple? Was there a couple? Maybe a kid broke it and tossed the evidence?

Goose Gang

I arrived at Sunset Park around 9:45 today and got to work with the Nikon. I came upon this goose gang where there was a young couple sitting at a picnic table, apparently feeding the birds. Please, people, don’t feed them!

I am amazed at how very loud they all are when honking in unison, wow! You may notice that one goose has some terrible wing damage on both wings, the bird seemed to have a good appetite, but I doubt the poor bird can fly. So sad. I have more photos coming today.

Concrete Jungle

Some of you will recognise this spillway that I photographed sometime during 2019. Taking a joyride, hunting for photo opportunities this afternoon, I passed this place and decided to hop out for some photos. All of the graffiti has been painted over by the city which for me took away some of the grunge effects of the photos if you take my meaning. Thanks, Las Vegas!

Fading

This is cycle number two for the Lantana plants, earlier this summer, the Lantana went through this phase where the little yellow flowers faded, shriveled up and fell into the woodchips. At the same time, new flowers are beginning to form and grow. I keep watering the plants, they continue to cycle through their pretty little life unfettered by a pandemic.

Unboxing The Kenwood HT

Yesterday, the new HT (handy talkie) ham radio I ordered the day before arrived at my home. I chose two-day shipping, but the radio made it here the next day, thank you, FedEx! It took me all of about thirty minutes to program the radio after a quick review of the user manual. Each manufacturer does things differently when designing and manufacturing, but there are always a few similarities between these radios.

Once programmed, it just needed a couple or so hours to top off the battery. You always need to charge the battery on a new rig before you put it through its paces the first time. So far, really good. I’ve compared it directly to the very similar Yaesu hand-held radio I purchased a few weeks ago. They are almost identical in received-signal sensitivity, the Kenwood barely edging the Yaesu out in that department.

That said, there are several differences in the method used to program the rig, and the buttons on the front panel are arranged very differently and have different meanings than do the Yaesu rig. Are you lost yet? I’m not surprised as this is fairly technical stuff to learn, but I have forty years of experience with many types of radio equipment from CB’s to all kinds of ham, or Amateur radios. Why we use the term Ham is still a mystery to me!

Visit the Kenwood Amateur Radio site.

Visit the Yaesu Amateur Radio site.

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Nikon Z6 Body With The Nikkor 24-200mm Lens

Here are four photos taken yesterday on the dining room table with the iPhone Ten. I am considering a ride to Sunset Park tomorrow to try this new lens out on the many kinds of waterfowl around the small man-made lake there. Also, I want to try it on the few aircraft that will be landing nearby at our beautiful McCarran International Airport as well.

Some of you will remember my fairly recent trip down there using the 24/70mm lens. Maybe I can capture some great closeups of bird faces and flocks of geese and ducks. These photos may be a bit silly… But the difference between men and boys is the price of their toys!

Rising Behind The Palms

Here are two photos from very early this morning. I’m awake way too early, aye! I seriously love having palm trees in my front and back yards, it’s actually something I’ve wanted for many years since my Florida living days in a rental home. It’s so nice to wake up to beautiful palm trees outside my bedroom window!