Software experimentation

I’ve been wanted to purchase software to create slideshows with music…did some research and found ProShow Gold. It was rated very high so I downloaded a trial…if you don’t like classical music or photos of birds then you’ll probably not like this HOWEVER, if you do like either one, grab a glass of wine and sit back and enjoy Vilaldi’s

Four Seasons and some photos

Colleyville Nature Area

Went on-line last night to find a new place to explore for my Saturday morning outing, read about a great little spot hidden away at the end of a residential road. I got there very early and so enjoyed my walk under the large trees….I miss trees. There really aren’t many to speak of in the DFW area, not the big old ones anyway.
I guess it’s dragonfly time of the year, there were hundreds of them flittering about.

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

I came upon a juvenile Wood Duck. Talk about ugly duckling, this guy is definitely in the awkward pre-teen years…but I think he is still cute :)
Wood Duck Juvenile

And speaking of ducks, I think the female mallard is so overlooked, she is not terribly colorful as her husband but look at that pretty face…
Mallard female
I’ve saved the best for last….
I this what I have renamed as “the Darth Vader raptor”!!!

Mississippi Kite screen testing for Darth Vader

Mississippi Kite screen testing for Darth Vader

Sunday Morning Escape

My plan for today, well on Friday the plan was, to work. It’s end of fiscal year and not enough hours in the work week to get it all done. HOWEVER, I was having my early morning coffee on the patio when the weather and the birds convinced me to enjoy the day and just work later at night during the week :) Honestly it didn’t take much to convince me :) Packed up the 400mm and headed over to LLELA (Lake Lewisville Environmental learning….something ) Not a soul was there when I arrived and rather than making stops along the trail as I usually do, I headed straight to the blind that sits out on the water. It was wonderfully peaceful, except for the tree frogs, assorted birds, bending boughs of the trees, and rustling of the leaves. MAGICAL! I quickly recognized the loud chipper of the kingfisher, the elusive photo subject. Not that I haven’t seen them, but they are never really close enough to get a good clear shot. Not today, they were busy fishing and I would guess that some of them may be
youngings” as there were 5 of them together and I usually only see them fishing alone? One landed on a limb close to the blind, closest I’ve ever been :)

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

Now had someone told me a year ago that I would TOTALLY enjoy watching and photographing birds I probably would have smiled and said “not likely”. Well I haven’t used anything on my camera but the 400mm since I got it and with the exception of flowers, haven’t really shot anything but birds for the past few months!…and this is how bad (or good) I’ve become. As I stood in the blind totally enjoying the view and sounds I heard human voices!! Now this is a public place, so who am I to complain about other folks interrupting my tranqility….BUT really it’s a bind meaning you “hide” from birds in there. WHY would two folks be walking up to the blind chasing MY BIRDS away :)…They said good morning, as any respectable southern would do…but in a LOUD voice..I replied in a whisper “morning, there are kingfishers fishing out there see…..” They didn’t get the hint. OK so I won’t go into all the thoughts that were running thru my head. I picked up the tripod and left…yes my NY attitude probably showed a bit :)
So as not to make this a novel…I continued down the trail to the smaller blind and found a Great Egret imitating the Karate Kid….
a diamond backed water snake, (I looked it up, it’s not a venomous)
the cutest little Eastern Phoebe and a Blue Damselfly.
I had a wonderful 2 hour vacation from the real world. Hope you enjoy :)

Great Egret posing as the Karate Kid

Great Egret posing as the Karate Kid

Diamond Back Watersnake

Diamond Back Watersnake

Blue Damsefly

Blue Damsefly

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered. The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service
Bald eagle

James V. Antizzo, Part III

Jim Antizzo was born to immigrant parents and grew up in Brooklyn NY. He had two brothers, Jack and Joseph and one sister Annette. He spent his Army career as a sergeant in Camp Patrick Henry, Virginia. He was the camps official photographer. FullSize-19
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He worked in a studio in NYC where he provided models with portfolio shots. I do not know how he ended up working as a staff photographer at Idlewild Airport for TWA?? He loved to pose shots…straight on stagnant stuff was not his style (as you may have noticed in Part II of this series) He always had a story to tell about the celeb’s and dignitaries he’d met, he didn’t like most of them! His favorite was Lucille Ball, he said she was full of life and would always go along with whatever crazy idea he had for a shot!

 

Charlston Heston

 

Charlton Heston

This is Walter Cronkite and Robert Moses overlooking a model of what appears to be Queens NY.

Robert Moses and Walter Cronkite overlooking plans for Queens

Casey Stengel

Casey Stangel

Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren

Queen Elizabeth’s visit to NY in 1957

Queen Elizabeth visit to NY in 1957

A rare color photo from Pope Paul VI visit to NY in 1965

Pope Paul VI

And this is one of my favorites from one of our vacations in Maine. He even took this one…timer on the camera :)
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I’ve so enjoyed sharing a small glimpse into Jim’s life with you. I’m actually hoping others that knew him may find this blog and perhaps I can learn more :) If nothing else, I can now find him on google.