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    First quarter moon, January 1, 2012

    By / January 2, 2012

    The last day of 2011 was beautiful here in south Florida. Started off cool (chilly, even), but warmed nicely throughout the day. Since it was the first Saturday after Christmas, I was out in the field on the West Palm Beach Christmas Bird Count, and the weather proved mildly conducive to the birds we were… Read more

  • End of an era

    By / December 23, 2011

    Way back in the fall of 2008, I got the nature geek’s equivalent of the Holy Grail: a digital camera with an adapter for a spotting scope. Thus began the era of digiscoping on Benweb. The camera was a Nikon Coolpix P5100, a 12-megapixel wonder with more shooting modes than anyone could possibly know what… Read more

  • Patience pays off

    By / January 22, 2010

    Well, patience pays off. Last night I got a pretty decent shot of Day 6 of this month’s lunation: And tonight, I had all but given up hope of shooting the moon after only 7 days, because of the low but very heavy cloud cover that we were experiencing all evening. But I decided to… Read more

  • January moon, day three

    By / January 18, 2010

    Today was a glorious Martin Luther King day, except for the fact that I didn’t get to celebrate it as a holiday. Instead, I was inside, chained to my desk all day. So when I got home tonight, and finally finished the last conference call of the day, I grabbed the opportunity for my “garbage… Read more

  • Saturday stroll

    By / October 25, 2008

    On the weekends I get to spend a lot more time with my son than I can during the week. There’s no rush to get out the door; no meeting to prepare for; no freeway traffic to fret about. The┬ámorning stroll can last quite a bit longer; we can take more than one, if the… Read more

  • Migration Day at Green Cay

    By / October 19, 2008

    Green Cay Nature Center hosted its second annual Migration Day on Saturday, October 18th. Despite having laryngitis last year, I was apparently popular enough as a speaker to be invited back for a second time! This time I was able to go around the boardwalk once before my talk, which was very nice. It gave… Read more

  • Just past full

    By / October 16, 2008

    Last night, I actually had a moment or two after putting the boy to bed. So I went outside and fiddled around a bit more with my digiscoping setup. I took about a dozen shots of the full moon (actually, about 28 hours past full) in a rather stiff breeze. One shot, of the entire… Read more

  • New gear, part two

    By / October 8, 2008

    Well, I finally got a chance to figure out how the threaded adapter works to mate my new digicam to my trusty Televue-60 spotting scope. Here’s how it works: First, as I did in part one, unscrew the thread cover from the camera. Then attach the camera adapter to the camera. Now, in part two,… Read more

  • New gear

    By / October 3, 2008

    The birthday wish list of a naturalist is pretty simple: books and gear. Gear and books. Maybe some new gear and some old books? How about some new gear and some new books? While I didn’t get that shiny iPhone everyone seems to want (there’s always next year!), I got something that should turn out… Read more

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