New lens trip


I traded in a 100-400mm version 1 lens for a version 2 of the L series Canon lens this summer.  I had bought the lens used, and after a few years, sent it for cleaning and a new adjusting ring.  It needed calibrating and cleaning again.  I decided if I was going to spend that kind of money, I was going to get a new one for my birthday.  It came in the night before the Helen Keller Festival started.  Then came twelve days of the W C Handy Festival, so I’m just now getting to play with it.

I heard that there were six juvenile White Ibis in Leighton on Marthlar Lane, and headed out this morning.   First stop was the Alabama Birding Trails site on Fennel Lane where I found over 100 Great White Egrets, and a few ducks and a Great Blue Heron.  Next it was to Marthlar Lane.  The water from February’s heavy rain was almost dried up.  The young White Ibis were still there, far north of their range.   I didn’t see any adults, just around a couple hundred Great White Egrets.

Afterwards it was on to the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art for the last day of the members show.  I had photos of the Colbert County Courthouse at sunset, and an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.  The courthouse print was sold.  Thanks to whomever purchased it. I hope you get a lot of enjoyment out of it. As I left I noticed a Gulf Fritillary in the flower bed.  Last week, I photographed Pipevine Swallowtail, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Hummingbird moth and Buckeye on the lantana around Claunch’s Restaurant sign  I also found Pipevine and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail  in the garden area created by the Balch’s of Master Gardner Club at Helen Keller’s Birthplace Ivy Green.

I think I’m going to enjoy my new lens.




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