Practiced a long time on flowers. They're stationary and pretty easy, but I deleted all those. Then went to odes to try my luck. They're not plentiful, but I managed to locate a few. By lowering the ISO way down to 250 (on all these ode shots) I was able to get this one without blowing it out, and still have a decent shutter speed (1/750), without doing anything to the exposure compensation. (Fstop/8 on all these photos) That makes it easier for me to switch between birds and insects if I don't have to change multiple settings. Have lost many a shot that way.
|Mating Eastern Amberwings|
Change of subject, please!
I save emails and notes from visitors who tell me how they enjoyed the oasis during their visit. I have hundreds. Those messages and the generous donations really inspire me to hang in there. Wanted to share excerpts from some of them with you.
Thanks so much for allowing us up to your quiet, off the beaten path oasis. Your directions were spot on and easy to follow.
Your house was the only place we saw Lucifers on our trip. You work very hard and your yard and road show it. It was an adventure to come out to the mountains, away from parks and people. Your house is unique and very appropriate to the setting.
This afternoon was such an absolutely wonderful time!!! I could have spent hours talking and hanging out!
Just wanted to tell you how much [xxxx] and I enjoyed our visit to CMO, and how glad we are that you were there when we visited, as your presence really made the place come alive for us! We very much enjoyed visiting with you, and seeing the house, and talking about how CMO came to be, and listening to bird calls, and … well … everything! Thank you! I am looking forward to coming back out there and visiting again sometime next year!
[xxxx] said that you and your place made her trip.
You have been so hospitable over the years to all the experts and all the novices that love Big Bend. We have not crossed paths in a few years and hope that can happen in the next year as well. We are so thankful for what you do and hope you can stay in good health as you provide whatever is needed for your flock
Visited your Oasis yesterday late afternoon, had superb views of a male Lucifer Hummingbird both at feeders & sat on bushes - stunning! So many thanks. Found last mile drive a bit hairy - not use to such roads in UK.
Wow! Thanks so much for allowing us this experience and for providing such wonderful habitat for the birds. We spent more than 2 hours there. Our top priority was to see a Lucifer's Hummer, a bird we've never seen, and we hadn't been there more than a minute before there it was! We spent most of our time under the tin roof, and there were Lucifers there most of the time. One time I was standing up, and a Lucifers settled onto the feeder hanging from the roof. I could have touched it! We saw both males and females.
We loved your place. [xxxx] says it was her favorite stop on the trip.
I wanted to thank you for letting us visit your oasis this past week. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed being there and was very impressed with all of the birds. It was definitely a high point of the trip.
We had a spectacular visit to CMO this morning.
I wanted to write to thank you so much for allowing my fiance and I to visit your beautiful oasis ..... This was such an amazing experience and the definite highlight of our trip out west.
. Great place! About as off the beaten
path as anyplace I've visited in the past decade.