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Old 04-22-2009, 09:53 PM
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Had a vacation day on Monday and went to the Wild Bird Sanctuary. They deal mostly with raptors; taking in injured and rescued eagles, owls, hawks, etc. They'll rehab the ones they can and release them; the ones that can't be released are permanent guests. It's a pretty cool place and operates totally on donations.

This is Patriot, one of the permanent guests. It's hard to take a bad picture of such a majestic bird.


This is Jake, a Great Horned Owl. He was watching a turkey vulture circle above him.


Another view of Jake:


Oliver, an African Eagle Owl. It's the largest species of owl and can take down a roe deer (which are about 2 feet tall). He was also more interested in the turkey vulture.


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Old 04-22-2009, 10:08 PM
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Some random pics...

This is the John Busch mansion in Washington, Missouri, (circa 1890s, Second Empire style of architecture). He was the older brother of Adolphus Busch of Anheuser-Busch fame. It's purported to be haunted...


I'm on a photography forum and there's usually an informal monthly challenge. The winner of the monthly challenge picks the next month's subject. It's fun to do and sometimes a little nerve-wracking, (trying to come up with 20 to 30 photos on a specific subject).

Last month's challenge was illustrating photography basics. This was one of my examples of contrast.


This one was for leading lines.


Depth of field. Found a spring peeper! Love to hear these little guys.
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:17 PM
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This was for Unexpected Angles. I'm just glad Sparky didn't drool on the lens.


Last one from the monthly challenge. We had to illustrate a quote from Shakespeare. I just bought a new bicycle (the first in over thirty years) but I'd still rather be riding a horse through the Nature Reserve - if only it was allowed. (They don't even allow dogs on leash.)
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Old 04-23-2009, 12:42 PM
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i always love your photos, that first shot is unbelievable.
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Old 04-23-2009, 12:54 PM
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You don't post near enough!!! You always have such great photos...
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Old 04-23-2009, 12:55 PM
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Thanks! And to think Ben Franklin wanted the turkey for our nation's symbol (he thought eagles had low moral character...)
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Old 04-23-2009, 01:10 PM
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Really awesome pictures! I love the mansion and the horse in the barn
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Old 04-23-2009, 11:44 PM
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Gorgeous!! Post some more.
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Old 04-24-2009, 02:45 AM
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I am always excited when i see you have posted photographs becuase i so enjoy your work. Top of the line...ALways!

Where is the bird sanctuary? I would love to see.
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Old 04-24-2009, 05:35 AM
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Thank you!
Smkie: The Wild Bird Sanctuary is near St. Louis, MO, just down the road from the Wolf sanctuary.
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