Phoenix Farewell, for now … And Life Goes On. « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Phoenix Farewell, for now ... And Life Goes On.

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I woke just before the alarm on Saturday morning at 2:50am. I showered, finished packing my bags, filled the tank, made a quick stop at Southwest curbside check-in, returned my rental car, took the shuttle to Terminal 4, enjoyed TSA pre-check, and was at the gate early. The nonstop flight to Orlando was fast and uneventful but very bumpy. My bags came out quickly and I was home at 2:06pm eastern time.

Life Goes On …

They say that for a plane to crash, about a dozen things have to go wrong in just the right order. When I got home I took a nice nap. I decided to take a swim despite the fact that the pool temps had dropped eight degrees during the two weeks that I was gone. I got in the pool at 5pm. My rehab had gone great and I was feeling better overall physically than I had in probably four or five decades, maybe more. I swam my 50 lengths, a bit more than half a mile. I forgot to bring my bathrobe and a big towel out to the deck so instead of getting in my robe on the pool deck and drying off a bit, I was anxious to get to my bedroom for my robe. I stripped in the hallway outside of my bedroom and left my suit and my snorkeling caps and my booties and my snorkeling vest and my shirt in a big wet pile on the tile in the hall. I got into my robe and dried off a bit, grabbed the wet pile, and took it to the dryer where I grabbed my favorite large green towel. I never turned on the hallway light. I was getting ready to do my physical therapy exercises, still feeling great. I head to my bedroom to get dressed. As I turned, I slipped on the wet puddle left by the swim stuff. I crashed hard on my left arm and heard a large crack. At best, I knew that I had messed up my left shoulder pretty badly. But I did not have any sharp pain and was able to lift my arm directly overhead so I knew that I had not dislocated my shoulder or broken my collar bone.

I called Amy Novotny, the physiotherapist who had helped me so much over the past ten weeks, and was lucky to get her. She advised 20 minutes of ice alternating with an hour off and urged me to keep the shoulder joint moving while blowing up my balloons. I did that but the shoulder has tightened up tremendously with some accompanying pain as expected. By 9:00pm the range of motion in my left shoulder was severely restricted. I will be off to bed soon. If I have not damaged any rotator cuff muscles — I do not think that I have — I should be good to go in short order. Time will tell.

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The Streak

Today makes two hundred twenty-three days in a row with a new educational blog post! This one took about 30 minutes to prepare. With all of my upcoming free time (or not…), the plan right now is to try to break the current record streak of 480 … Good health and good internet connections and my continuing insanity willing.

The Used Gear Page

Action on the Used Gear Page recently has been fantastic. You can see all current listings here.

Canon EOS 40D/EF 28-135mm IS Zoom Lens Kit (with extras)

David Solis is offering a Canon EOS 40D/EF 28-135 mm IS USM kit with both items in excellent condition for the amazing low price of $349.00. With the camera body the sale includes the original box, the front body cap, LCD screen protectors, and one Delkin 16 GB (60 MB/s, 450x) compact flash card. With the lens the sale includes the front lens cap, the lens hood — EW-78B II — in good condition, a B+W 72mm 010 (UV) filter, a Tiffen 72mm circular polarizer filter, a Tarmac soft pouch 3-filter holder, the user manuals, the EOS Digital Solution Disk, four Canon BP-511A camera batteries, two Canon CG-580 battery chargers, the interface & video cables, a new Canon camera strap, and the BG-E2n battery grip, the 6-AA-battery magazine — BGM-E2 — as an alternative to using two camera batteries, and insured ground shipping via UPS to U.S. addresses only. Photos are available on request. Your purchase will not ship until your check clears the bank.

Please contact David via e-mail or phone at 1-(505) 699-4968 (Mountain time Zone). No text messages please.

The 40D was Denise Ippolito’s favorite camera body. She rued the day that she sold it to get the original 7D. The 40D has an excellent AF system and produces clean 10.1 megapixel files. The 28-135 was the forerunner of the two versions of the 24-105L IS zooms. I used my 28-135 for many years to create a variety of B-roll images, most notably was one of a baby Common Raven in a nest below the roadway of a bridge in Nome, AK. Several folks held my ankles as I hung over the side to get the image. This kit would make a great starter rig for photographers of any age. artie

Booking.Com

Several folks on the Spoonbill IPTs used the Booking.Com link below and got great rates and saved a handsome $25.00 in the process. If you too would like to give Booking.Com a shot, click here and to earn a $25 reward on your first booking. Thanks to the many who have already tried and used this great service.


Gear Questions and Advice

Too many folks attending BAA IPTs and dozens of folks whom I see in the field, and on BPN, are–out of ignorance–using the wrong gear especially when it comes to tripods and more especially, tripod heads… Please know that I am always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail. Those questions might deal with systems, camera bodies, accessories, and/or lens choices and decisions.

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This image was created at the Gilbert Water Ranch Riparian Preserve in Gilbert Arizona on the morning of March 9, 2018. I used the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR lens, the Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III, and the Nikon D850. ISO 800. Matrix metering +2/3 stop as framed: 1/160 sec. at f6.3 in Manual mode. Cloudy WB at 7:26am on a cloudy bright morning.

One AF point above and one to the left of the center AF point/d-9 Shutter Button AF. The selected AF point right on the base of the bird’s open bill, right on the same plane as the bird’s eye. AF Focus peaking Fine-tune +4.

Pied-billed Grebe calling

Phoenix Farewell, for now …

On my last morning in Phoenix, I went to Gilbert hoping to get some good images of Pied-billed Grebe and drake Ruddy Duck in breeding plumage. Several of the former and one of the latter had been hanging out in the same spot. One out of two ain’t bad. I love the soft light here and the soft, watercolor background offset by the sharpness of the bird’s feathers. I kept an even dozen grebe images but this one with the bird calling was my favorite by far. All of the images were created in Manual mode with the bird set against a variety of backgrounds ranging from reflected white sky to reflected dark green vegetation. The correct exposure for the bird did not change with as the bird swam in and out of the different backgrounds as the light was constant. There will be a follow-up blog post on this topic using these images.

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Great Egrets in breeding plumage are quite beautiful

Gatorland IPT #1. Sunrise: 7:25am, Sunset: 7:40pm

3 1/2 DAYs: THURS 22 March through and including the morning of SUN 25 MAR. $1599. Limit 5 photographers.

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Must purchase Gatorland Photographers Pass. Click here for details. All early entry. Late stays Friday and Saturday. Thursday late-stay is under discussion. Gatorland IPT #1 is best for killer breeding plumage Great Egrets. With chicks. Also Wood Stork and Cattle Egret. Surprisingly, there are already more than a few Snowy Egrets and Tricolored Herons in breeding plumage! Learn to get the right exposure, flight photography techniques, my secret Gatorland spots, how to see the best situations (nobody is better at that than me), and how to make great images in extremely cluttered situations.

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Tame birds in breeding plumage are great fun.

Gatorland IPT #2. Sunrise: 6:48am. Sunset: 7:58pm.

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Must purchase Gatorland Photographers Pass. Click here for details. All early entry. Late stays Friday and Saturday. Thursday late-stay is under discussion. Gatorland IPT #2 should have lots of chicks, and lots of birds in breeding plumage. We will get to photograph Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Tricolored Heron, and Wood Stork. The Cattle Egrets in full breeding plumage will be present in good numbers. Learn my Gatorland strategy, to get the right exposure, flight photography techniques, my secret Gatorland spots, how to see the best situations (nobody is better at that than me), and how to make great images in extremely cluttered situations.

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Large Tricolored Heron chicks (lower left) are to die for!

Gatorland #3. Sunrise: 6:33am. Sunset: 8:10pm.

3 1/2 DAYs: THURS 17 MAY through and including the morning of SUN 20 MAY. $1599. Limit 5 photographers.

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Must purchase Gatorland Photographers Pass. Click here for details. All early entry. Late stays Friday and Saturday. Thursday late-stay is under discussion. Gatorland IPT #3 is best for medium sized chicks of the following species: Cattle Egret, Snowy Egret, and Tricolored Heron. Head portraits of handsome fledged Great Egrets are pretty much guaranteed. Learn to get the right exposure, flight photography techniques, my secret Gatorland spots, how to see the best situations (nobody is better at that than me), and how to make great images in extremely cluttered situations.

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26 comments to Phoenix Farewell, for now … And Life Goes On.

  • avatar Jan

    Hey Artie,
    as always.. you can do the most crazy stuff and nothing will ever happen and then there is just some slippery piece of floor at home..
    Hope you get well soon, take care

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Yuppers. I was on Cayman Brac climbing the treacherous limestone cliffs — one slip and we would have been sliced up badly … You gotta love it. I will be a lot more careful for a long time.

      with love, artie

  • Hi Artie

    You are in your seventies as I am, you need to slow up a bit, just little a bit. I hoping
    you haven’t done to much damage to yourself. As you probly know I too swim most days in my local gym, I never walk in the pool area with out my flip flops on its a good safty tip.

    Best and love
    Ken
    UK

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      You are 100% correct. All this one took was one second of carelessness 🙂

      with love, artie

  • avatar Joe Subolefsky

    Hope you heal up quick Artie.

  • avatar Juan

    Just a quick note wishin you good luck at the ER.
    Stay strong!

  • Artie, Hope nothing serious found in the ER and that you recover soon.

  • avatar Matt

    At least you didn’t fall on your fingers; if you couldn’t type a daily blog post, then it would really be serious 🙂
    All kidding aside, I am sorry to hear the news. Hope you have a speedy recovery! Many thanks for all you do for us…

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks for your kind words. I was thinking the same thing 🙂

      with love,

      artie

  • avatar James Saxon

    Hope nothing is severely hurt. Good luck with xrays and diagnosis. Hope you heal soon.

  • Wishing you a Speedy Recovery.

  • avatar Frank Sheets

    Ouch, makes me shrivel. Hope nothing serious.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks. Me too. Still waiting for x-rays to be taken 🙂

      with love, artie

  • Feel better soon Mr. Morris. Your grebe shot is adorable, the soft color tones add nicely to the image.

  • avatar Walt Thomas - Tucson

    Artie, hope your arm/shoulder is not a problem and you are able to “work-out-of-it”, w/o too much discomfort.
    Had a question for you about Gilbert…is there a spot /location there that became a favorite??
    Thanks,
    Walt – Tucson

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks. With Gilbert you need to move fast as water levels often change daily. Pond 7 was great when we got there but then they flooded it. Pond 5 was good too and was still OK when I left. Pond 3 was good in early morning but only for two days … I made the grebe images at Pond 6; the channel there and the mudflats to the left were consistently good on both visits … The Water Ranch Lake is where you can bait the ducks; it is good right now for Ring-necked Ducks and Mallards but the former will be leaving soon.

      with love, artie

  • avatar Adam

    Hi Artie, I am sorry to learn about your fall. Please have it checked out; hearing a crack or pop could be indicative of a more serious injury not only ligamentous injury but possibly a fracture. Be well and recover soon.

  • Hope nothing major develops from the fall. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  • Ouch… I hope you heal quickly

  • avatar David Policansky

    What a great image, Artie. Happy daylight saving time. As for crashing a plane, having done so myself I can confirm that several things have to go wrong, but far fewer than a dozen. I’d say three or four. Same with wrecking one’s shoulder. At our age, we are getting easier to break. I hope you heal quickly.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      My first thought on the way down was “Uh oh. I’m 71 years old.”

      thanks with love, artie