Singing In The Rain…And Sleet…And Snow

This little sparrow didn’t let the terrible April weather bring him down. He was busying singing outside our dining room window despite the rain/sleet/snow that kept falling on his head.  The weather even caused schools to be closed which made for two very happy kids.

The wintry weather brought a constant stream of birds to the feeder.  Even the elusive cardinal that I’ve been trying to get a decent photo of waited on the grapevine for his turn to have some lunch.

I’m still waiting for the opportunity to capture the female cardinal.  We have seen her several times, but she doesn’t stay long enough to pose for a picture.

Spring Aurora Borealis

The Northern Lights were out last night.  With very little preparation, I grabbed my camera bag, tripod, flashlight and pepper spray and ventured out to see if I could capture the elusive lights.  The location I was hoping to watch them from had too many houses and cars passing by with lights that would not allow me to see the aurora.  I kept driving and found myself on a dead-end dirt road.  An open hayfield with a great north view was found by chance.  Despite fumbling around in the dark with my new tripod and some very uneven ground with mud and snow, I did manage to get a few images of the aurora.  I’m still working on my technique and need to be better prepared next time, but overall I think it was a good night.  I didn’t get eaten by coyotes and the farmer who owned the field didn’t come out of his house with a shotgun.  Definitely a good night.