Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital Camera Kit with Canon 5260B009 B&H


Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital Camera Kit with Canon 5260B009 B&H.

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Exposing the Ring of Fire/ Up Close and Personal with The Snapper


As I begin this post, I will first address my lack of posts in recent weeks. It’s real simple. My time is consumed right now with work and the need to provide for my family. I have entered into a conservative mode of photography, and only snap photos when I feel I can capture a quality composition. The economy and the direction has dictated these events, and one thing I know for certain, I have always been a fighter, and I refuse to give up because of the failures of some very ignorant political leaders whose failures are the cause of this mess we are in. The question is asked what shall we do? I answer with ENDURE, and never give up the fight.

On to the real reason this blog exists.
While on my way to work, I noted a car in the road, and a gentleman snapping some images with a cell phone… Stopping to speak with him, for a brief moment, I suggested that he lower himself to his subjects level for a more intimate composition. He looked at me, and told me “I was CRAZY”. That was enough to put me into action. I quickly jumped out of my jeep, with camera in hand, and placed my carcass right on the ground about 2 feet from the business end of a snapping turtle. Focused and mindful of the surroundings the gentleman looked at me like I was nuts. Inching closer, I began snapping a few shots. Upon completion, I grabbed the turtle by the tail and moved him from the road to the grass to prevent him from becoming road kill. While shooting we watched a young lady just simply manuever her truck over the turtle paying no regard to us and our activity. All I am going to say, stupid ass.

One interesting point of these photos is what I like to refer to as the ring of fire located in the eyes of turtle. I find this pattern a beautiful point within this creature, as it often goes overlooked because most will not look past the danger of a snapping turtle. Once again proving a the point, there is beauty in everything we just have to take the time to find it.

In summary, the reaction to my willingness to get right there in the face of this creature was amusing to me. I have done this so many times in the past and it has become second nature. Hearing your nuts, well I can live with that, especially when the composition is what I was going for.
The shots:
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SHOOT IT!!!!!!!

MY BEST

MIKE

Fox Update


My goal yesterday, was to spend so time afield observing osprey in the hopes that maybe I would see some strikes. Just before heading out I spotted a commotion coming from the fox den located near my home. I went into hunt mode and slowly approached the den to observe another milestone in their development. The kits were competing for rights to establish who was going to be the first to get their fill of a tasty rabbit. Assuming that their mother dropped this meal off, I watched as the kits scurried back and forth, chasing each other and involving themselves in a bit of wrestling. Here is a link to a little video shot during the event.

After about 20 minutes it would seem that this pup had won the right to feed first.

THE SPOILS OF WAR

THE SPOILS OF WAR

Having his fill, he looked at me as to say, hope you enjoyed the show, and enjoy it I did .

My Best,

Mike

Youthful Exploration/CRAZY AS A FOX


Spring is often times considered a time of rebirth or new life. It is the same in the animal kingdom, and the past couple of weeks has offered me the opportunity to get up close and personal with a liter of red fox kits. The antics of these little rascals has provided me with several moments of amusement as I continue to watch them quickly grow. My first image was born from the curious nature of this kit as he explored the clicking of my shutter. Well aware of each other at this point, this fox decided to come within just a couple of feet of my lens, before deciding he had his sense of curiosity satisfied.

Youthful Exploration

Youthful Exploration

 

I also watched these kits lick and do a little chewing on a fallen branch and wondered if they do so as a form of scent communication, or if this was simply foxes being foxes.

KITS (4 of 18)

After an hour of observation, and some hard play by these critters, it was nap time. They approached the opening of the den and proceeded to return to the safety of home.

KITS (17 of 18)

Over the next couple of weeks, I will continue to spend a little time with these kits, to ensure they are progressing to adulthood. I look forward to showing you any images captured during this time.

Thank you for reading,

My best,

Mike

 

 

CONTROVERSY / A TOUCHY SUBJECT


First off, my apologies for the lack of posts. Here’s why. I am writing about a subject that is hard for me to deal with. Race. It is truly a touchy subject and despite the numerous times I have written this post, I find myself re-writing and unsure if I wanted to cover the topic. My decision to go forth was made apparent to me by one little factor. People often just say things, with no regards to the reaction, and when the reaction is negative, they still just continue to say things that are offensive to so many.

Onwards. Racism. Is it alive and well? Oh hell yeah. But the roles are reversed. Blacks are hating the whites and using social media to spread the word. This screen snippet is just an example. No please don’t misinterpret what’s being written. Not all blacks feel this way. Only the stupid ones. How to tell the difference. just read the tweet and if you know anything about guns and violence. not to mention the actions of the so-called president it becomes pretty clear of stupid this young lady is.

Raceism

Here is my blast.

The fact of the matter is everything she has said here is false. All I will say is this. Exposing your ignorance to the world is never a good call, and although you are still entitled to your opinion, I suggest you look at facts. I could also give you facts right here on this post, but I am sure that based on the ignorance of your tweet, you would not be able to understand the error of your words based on the facts that are undisputable.

White people do not hate Obama. What they hate is the mere element that Obama has decided that he is not going to follow tradition, and run a government that is for the people by the people. Obama has shown time and time again that he will tax the people to death, to pay for his Liberal agenda and programs are put in place that go against what the people want. Now with the understandings coming forth of his programs, there is outrage and outrage is turning to hatred for this president. So if you want to tie the lack of performance with race, that is your option. But I will say that it is to bad that our first black president is also our worst.  With terror attacks happening in the US again and the attack on the civil rights of the American people you can open your eyes and clearly see that this has failure written all over it.

HERE ARE SOME FACTS… The following text is a news article that explains a few things, and although harsh these are some realities  that have to be faced .

In case you are unfamiliar with Juan Williams, he used to be on NPR, the liberal radio network and they fired him over a comment he made.  He is now on Fox News Network as the balanced side of liberal opinions.  There is a great deal of truth in this email.  Mr. Williams deserves credit for even mentioning it.

Blacks, Guns & Crime

Juan Williams, a black commentator, wrote an interesting article recently entitled “Race and the Gun Debate.” (Wall St. Journ, Mar 27, 2013)

Among the statistics he cites are that54% of all murders involve black victims, virtually all of whom were killed by black murderers, and yet blacks comprise only 13% of the population.

These are familiar numbers, but, as Williams points out, although more than half the “gun problem” can be laid at the feet of blacks, the gun debate never seems to mention this.

If it were mentioned, the obvious thought that might occur is maybe it’s blacks that need to be regulated and not guns.

Three years ago I wrote the following in the prologue to my book They Came For Our Guns, They came For Our Freedom:

The single most important factor that has caused the political left to demand an end to private firearms ownership is that the underclass has, over the last fifty years, expanded exponentially, bringing with it an exponential increase in crime. Many of these criminals come from the single-parent families encouraged by the welfare system, a dysfunctional government give-away favored by the far left. The absence of fathers has led large numbers of children to seek gangs as a substitute for parenting not available at home. Not content with having created an entire class of welfare-bred criminals, the political left now seeks to protect this underclass by rendering ordinary citizens defenseless against crime perpetrated by these criminals.”

In sum, both blacks and whites are part of this criminal underclass, but, as Juan Williams points out, blacks, a 13% minority, are doing 54% of the killing and dying. That needs to be said.

Why is this happening? According to Juan Williams, the out-of-wedlock birth rate for blacks is now 72%. This leads to more than 70% of black mothers being on welfare raising more than 70% of black children without fathers.

That’s part of the problem. Another part, Williams says, is:

“a dysfunctional gangster-rap culture that glorifies promiscuity, drug dealers and the power of the gun.”

So now we have black culture of violence financed by the welfare system producing what are – by any measure – distorted values. One might think this needs to be addressed.

Not so. The President of the United States recently invited the gangster rapper Jay-Z to his inauguration. Jay-Z is the black poster boy for the value system that Juan Williams says is destroying the black community. Inviting him to the presidential inauguration is, by implication, an endorsement of the mindlessness characteristic of Jay-Z and his supporters.

But Obama is not a moralist. He is a politician who panders himself to the black vote and avoids criticizing the criminal culture that has enslaved his people.

Obama made no move toward gun control until a white madman killed young children at Sandy Hook . In Obama’s mind, that single act instantly transformed the “gun problem” into a white (not black) problem. It is about white misconduct, not about blacks, black culture or black behavior.

Guess what. It’s still about blacks. They are victims and killers in disproportionate numbers. An occasional white maniac does not erase that. People who want to reduce homicide by guns need to focus on curbing a black culture that has caused the problem in the first place.

Banning guns to cure black murderousness, crime and cultural deficiencies is like banning popsicles to deal with an outbreak of the Ebola virus.

My shot of the week, is an age old source of tension, that often offends people of race.

I can understand why.

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For the record, I am not a person who plays the race card. It comes down to one thing. I either like you or I don’t. Don’t confuse my dislike of a person or their actions as a race thing. I have had the card played on me, and simply put, when I play a game, I always have an ace in the whole.

We can all get along. But we wont.

My best to you all and may you find your lives blessed.

Mike