Muddy Waters on a Random Friday


This is a perfect example of how not to take a close up photo of an egret stretching his wings.  I was SO MAD when I uploaded this at home.  ARGHHH, it was so  close to being a super shot for me.  I don't know what I am doing wrong.  I want to blame my camera, but I can't.  I need photography classes.  

I wasn't going to tell this story, but in the hopes that it will make someone feel better today I will. I have a new car with a push button start.  Last week at the doctor's office, I stepped out of my car and pushed the button lock on the door.  One hour later, I walked back to my car, and the engine was running, with radio blasting.  Yes, indeed, I left my car running the entire time I was in the doctor's office.  This event tops my current memory problem of cleaning out the cat's litter box and not going back to take the scoop out of the litter or put the lid back in place til hours later. Katie, being...well...Katie...enjoys pooping on top of the scoop on the days that I do this.  I suppose I should thank her for not making me actually scoop through the litter for it. 

Random duh - I don't know why I keep buying the 8 packs of yogurt.  I only want one, and then the other 7 stare at me every time I open the fridge door.  Eventually, I will throw them out.  

This stove  One word.  Want. 

My husband's  dog  ate my grape and blueberry (4 yrs old!  I can't EVEN!) plants.  So, my beautiful grape arbors are going to be cucumber arbors, and Rocky has been warned.  (Like that is going to solve the problem.  Made me feel better, anyway. ) 


shared randomly with Tanya  and Nancy, and also with Saturday's CrittersThe Bird D'Pot ,  Weekend Reflections  & SOOC Sunday

51 comments:

  1. ha, i always want to blame my camera too but i know it's always due to me not knowing what i am doing...one day i will take a photography class just so i know what all those little buttons do :) oh gosh, glad you didn't run out of gas while you were in the dr's office! i just got a new vehicle last month too and i was at kroger about a week after i got it and i parked in the less crowded area..when i came out to get in i noticed a man standing behind my vehicle...i was wondering what he was doing there and started clicking my button to unlock the door, walked up to the passenger door to put my bags in and the door wouldn't open, tried the button again and the door, still wouldn't open when it hit me that it wasn't my vehicle, it was the man standing there! i was so emabarrassed and he just laughed and said "i was hoping you could get in because i am locked out" ...at least he was nice about it!...sorry about your grape and blueberry plants, i hope rocky learned his lesson haha...thank you for linking terri and have a great weekend!

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  2. I really like the blue heron shot! Sorry to hear about your grape and blueberry plants. That would upset me too. I hope things get better for you over the weekend.

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  3. I've got news for you sister, you aren't the only one who need photography lessons.

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  4. What a great egret. Sorry about the photo.....that happens to me. Congrats on the new car. Yikes on leaving it running. More and more, I do weird things. At least, I am not alone! I would love that stove - oh it would be fun to plan a new kitchen around that!
    Rocky sure is a cutie. He sounds like Theo - we are not able to do much with him as for as obedience. Sorry about the loss of your plants. That's sad.

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  5. Sorry about the heron shot - but even though fuzzy, it's still a great shot.
    Don't beat yourself up about the car or the cat litter, I know from experience that it gets worse.
    Yeah, that yogurt in the fridge - that stare - I have that a lot.
    I hope you get your new stove!
    Rocky did that? Was he mad at you?
    Have a good week!

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  6. thank you thank you thank you, i smiled all the way through. i even went over and browsed the stove and looked at Random Rascal Rocky.. he MIGHT grow out of it, Max did, but Baby did not. she killed my firecracker bush and all my elephant ears.. the biggest smile of all is the forgetting stuff stories. i am driving myself crazy doing stuff like that. this morning we got up at 4 and while bob got his coffee i put a small pot of water on stove to hang over the steam and open my head up...allergy stuff... i came to bed with my coffee and when i smelled HOT i ran to the kitchen and turned off the empty pot... there is more but will spare you the rest. thanks for a happy post, or at least it made ME happy

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  7. Oh, my goodness....you do make me feel I am not alone. I don't have the push-button start or am sure I would have a similar tale. As to that stove...if I was rich enough to remodel my kitchen, I would have a stove that like the one you love, and I would want one of those big old metal sinks. You know the sink and cabinet all in one....and I would have free standing Hoosier cabinets. That is my dream world.

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  8. :) That is hilarious! I did that as well with the push button car. It's so quiet! I came back to the car and realized that I left it on. It was a tad embarrassing but I'm glad I'm not the only one who has done that. I think it's just getting older:) Funny stuff! Have a fun weekend and eat that yogurt. Don't let it go to waste:)

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  9. It's a pretty picture anyway. :-). Oh my goodness! That's the exact reason why I told my husband I can't get a push button start car. I live in fear I'll push the alarm button already. Ha! I would love that stove too. Pretty. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  10. It's a good thing no one stole your car! I've seen that stove on Pinterest. It is definitely a stove to drool over! :)

    Have a great weekend, Terri!

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  11. Oh gosh! Sounds like some of my days! I LOVE the stove! Could I have one too? :) The doggy is cute as can be!

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  12. Isn't that stove something?! Wow! Perfect for a farmhouse. Hang in there .... your photography will come. I think the great blue is one of my favorite birds ... after the brown pelican!

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  13. That's a bit too much excitement....leaving your car running and the dog eating grape and blueberry plants! As for the blue heron, I've been successful only twice to capture images, from a distance. Your camera just wasn't "locked" on focus. If you use auto focus like I do, you might switch to manual...also, as I have done lately. Better luck next time!

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  14. Oh Terri, I'm sorry your beautiful photo was blurry. I have no suggestions as that would happen to me too. Settings, tripod, whatever, could make a difference. Oh my, I kind of smiled at your car running for an hour story. But...maddening...Yes! Gas isn't cheap. And the dog eating the grape and plants? A cucumber arbour sounds super and let's hope Rocky doesn't like the taste of cucumbers! You've had a rough few days! I hope the weekend is perfect.

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  15. I think it's an interesting shot, even if it is a bit out of focus, which can probably be cleared electronically. Happy Weekend.

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  16. A dog eating plants can be bad, I would hate to loose them that old.I always like the herons, they are an amazing bird. I have seen 3 nesting sites this last week.

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  17. Sometimes I think in our excitement to get a good photo we get "camera shake" but I understand how frustrating it is when you want a great photo and get less than you expected upon uploading it.

    I so relate to your story about the car. I did that once and didn't even have a push button start. I was in such a hurry when I got out of the car and the first thing I did was locked the door and then realized the engine was running and the radio was playing. I was across the street from the Police Station and they wouldn't do a thing to help me, said I'd have to call a locksmith. I just called my dad instead for the spare set of keys.
    Had a laugh about your warning the dog...they never listen you know!

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  18. Shots like this happen to everybody. I don't know how many times I thought I had a good photo(s) only to find out they were blurry. The Great Blue Heron is one of my favorites and I've had plenty of bad shots of them.

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    1. Thank you Brian- that makes me feel better. Your photos are always awesome- I hope some day I can take shots like you do.

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  19. Gorgeous Stove. I'm lovin' the pupster . . . your cat is smart AND good to you . . (right ON the scoop? seems that takes some real skill) . . You share the best adventures - now I don't feel so alone. Happy Week to YOU!!!

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  20. thanks for the smiles - at your expense. :)

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  21. Oh, my! on the car. We have the keyless car, also. This week on our local news was a story about a woman that did the exact same thing, but it happened in her garage. After several hours, one of her children woke up with a terrible headache,,,, throwing up sick. Her hubs heard the car and it was the beginning of carbon monoxide coming into the house. Just one more thing to worry about! Be careful!!
    I LOVE the picture of the stove!!

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  22. That blue was really was posing for you and it is still an enjoyable shot.
    Be very careful with those push button cars. Recently a family was killed that way for the car was left running in the garage.
    I'm curious. Did you see the dog eat the plants or is he taking the rap for some other creature?

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    1. He dug up the blueberry plants, and totally ate them. The grape bushes were eaten. But he left the stumps for me. Dingie dog. He can't have a bed because he ate that too.

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  23. Toooo familiar.
    I also need to take photography classes.
    And wish that our cats would use the scoop. Sadly if I haven't put the lid back on their kitty litter trays they use it. Sigh.

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  24. It's still a great photo...like it's had an effect on it that makes it very artsy! But oh, I better not get a car with a button. I just had this discussion with my husband. I don't want to learn something new! I may have to eat my words though! lol Hugs, Diane

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  25. Never mind, better next time. Muddy Waters was a great blues man.

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  26. fabulous photo find and I feel your frustration at not getting a clear shot.....I always set my camera to "Action" when I take pics of birds or animals or use the multiple shot mode....one is surely going to come out perfect! One Hopes!

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  27. My motto is: It's always the camera's fault. I've done the key thing, too - left it on a whole morning when I was skiing. I'd rather nobody but you knows. Your husband's dog is in the doghouse I guess (in more ways than one)!

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  28. What an amazing, magical photo! I like it as it is. Wow.

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  29. I hate when that perfect shot is not what I expected when I see it on the computer. I just saw something on the news about how dangerous push start cars are because of that very issue.

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  30. I feel you frustration on the shot. It's been so long for me, I think I've forgotten everything I was "trying" to learn. Let us know if that warning works for Rocky!

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  31. Even the pros mess up with their photos. I always take more than one shot. Forget about photography classes for now. Save yourself some money and get Bryan Peterson's book Understanding Exposure. It will be the only only photography book you will ever need.

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  32. The camera sometimes chooses a focal point other than what we'd like. And then, it might pick a shutter speed that is too slow to capture the action. These are reasons why I don't use auto modes, but you pretty well need a more advanced camera to do this.

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  33. Hello, cool shot of the Heron! They are always nice to see. I am surprised your dog ate your plants. I would not want one of those push button starters on my car. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

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  34. I still think it's a great shot of the egret stretching & of its reflection. All the buttons & settings on my camera scare me a bit.

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  35. Oh yes...LOVE the stove! Silly dog eating grape and blueberry plants! What possessed him/her? :-) I've never had a push-button car, but I suppose it would be impossible to forget where you put your keys, at least. :-)

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  36. Well let me tell you my photography is winning over my memory these days. When we start thinking we actually knew all those ancestors we research then we will be in trouble.

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  37. The spread wings of the heron are awesome - in spite of the blur. I too have thought I have a super shot only to find out there may be an intrusive litter bin or lamp post sabotaging the shot. And then there are the accidental shots - where I have thought of photographing one thing only to find something better has happened. This happened recently when I took a photo of a Pacific gull holding a fish - so I thought. But he dropped it and I captured the falling fish. I was stunned.

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  38. You set up a great shot, and added some artistic flair. I quite like it. Egrets are amazing birds, to have it reflected is doubly amazing!

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  39. Considering you were taking a tough shot, the picture is quit good.

    Is that an Egret, or a Great Blue Heron. We get lots of Herons up here. Though the main creatures now are Canada Geese.

    Blessings and Bear hugs.

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  40. I understand your disappointment about the shot of the bird, but I adore the reflection of it. That, in itself, would make a great photo.

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  41. Join the club and from reading your comments, there are also a lot of us in that club! I was just saying to a freind the other day, 'wish I could find a class that would teach me about MY camera'.I don't like thise push start cars and would not have on.

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  42. You almost got a great shot, practice makes perfect. I love the digital age!
    Oh I love that stove too. I have one in the garage and old one I am not sure it is safe to use, perhaps in a summer kitchen. Someday the kids will have to deal with it I guess.
    The dog must be a vegetarian:)

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  43. Great picture!! You got him at the right time!!

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  44. Photography can be so frustrating... I usually have some button set wrong to mess up the shot. Ow well... I think you gave it a great try!~ xo

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