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  1. My bad thing today was rather fun in a way. I take a crosstown bus to some of my cat-sitting. It stops right in front of my building but on these weekends the block is closed off for outdoor dining. I made a point of finishing with cats in time to get the last bus before the street would close. It came very late but I expected to be able to get off at my stop. We hadn't gone more than a block when the street ahead of us was unexpectedly blocked off and the driver had to turn north. I heard her speaking on her phone trying to get instructions. The West Village is a very difficult area to navigate in a big bus. The streets are very narrow and there are often delivery vans double parked. It sometimes amazes me that the drivers manage to get through on the regular route. So she was checking out the streets as we went to see if she could make the turns. She was quite possibly new on the route. I have sometimes had to help drivers navigate because they have been put on the route without ever having traveled it. I was the only one on the bus and I had an idea what she could do but it was hard to communicate because they are protecting the drivers from the virus by having a plastic divider blocking the front section and riders get on and off at the back door. It is free. If I could have been next to her talking to her I might have helped but she was wandering on her own (in a giant bus) on our tiny streets. She headed back south and I expected her to turn where she could have been back at the terminal but she may not even have recognized the street if she is new to the route. She was passing it by so I had her let me off and she went downtown on her own. I wonder where she is now? On the way home I saw that the street that was blocked had a lot of fire trucks on it. I don't think it was a big fire. Nothing on the news. So that was my adventure for the day.



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  2. 8 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

    Congratulations, Paulette. Yours is by far superior to the rest. This image should be an earner for you far ahead. Have you ever counted up what it has earned for you?


    About $225 gross. My leaping polar bear is probably more. The combination of an animal people love with the newsworthiness makes it sell, I think. The articles it appears in are usually depressing. All my polar bears were doing just fine with good ice for hunting but that is not the story anyone wants to tell.



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  3. I am back to doing quite a lot of cat-sitting these days... usually about 4 visits a day walking around the Village to the apartments owned by the cats. Today we have a big storm coming with tornado warnings (not usual here). One of my visits would have had to be in the late afternoon or evening and by then we were supposed to be having deluges. The woman who is owned by the cats wanting the late day visit contacted me last night to say that if I left extra food in the morning the cats would be fine without an evening visit. I have worked for her since she "was a sprout" (her words). She was not yet married and has moved to two different and increasingly large and luxurious apartments since I started. Her oldest child is in college now. So we are dear, old friends by now though only in contact about the cats (about seven cats on from the original three). I also had a couple of other visits this morning and ran into some rain and wind gusts but am safely home now that the storm is picking up. So nice when your old friends take care of you.



  4. On the Twitter feed Alamy has suggested we try to fill the 300+ needs they have for animals and wildlife. I had already checked the one that I have but I noticed a couple that don't look too hard for some of you....  "feral cat in Australia" (assuming it is just a domestic cat living in the wild) . There are just 37 already on Alamy. The other one is "pigeons in an allotment". Just 14 already on Alamy.  Who knows if it is worth your time but maybe you have something.



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  5. 4 hours ago, The Blinking Eye said:


    Check out this double sling outfit for the "camera over each shoulder crowd"~!!! https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/759985-REG/OP_TECH_USA_6501082_Double_Sling_Black.html?ap=y&smp=y


    Cotton Carrier has a lot of solutions similar to this one... https://www.cottoncarrier.com/pages/slingbelt. I've used one that holds one camera on the hip. This was on wildlife trips. I don't like to change lenses and I could be using my 80-400 on a tripod and have my 18-300 on my other camera on my hip. I have teeny shoulders and big hips so it worked for me to not have something hanging on my shoulder.





  6. 10 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

    Spectacular, Chris! What I wouldn’t give just to see them let alone capture them on camera so well. Good on you.  That would have been a thrill for me, too. Trouble is, I’d have been shaking with excitement so much I’d have messed up the shots. I do that if I come across something on my bucket list unexpectedly.

    i planted two crabapple trees once in the hopes of attracting Cedar Waxwings.  I waited 8 years, then one day pulling into my driveway after shopping, there they were, a flock of them accompanied by a flock of American robins. They were stripping the red crabapples off the tree, it was winter.

    I had to pull into the garage, get my Nikon, mount my 80-400 lens, put the camera on a monopod and sneak out to the garage door and take my shots. I must I’ve taken 80 or so, only a few useable because even with a monopod, I was shaking so hard and my finger jerked on the button. In fact, I was shaking so hard that just getting my lens mounted took forever.


    The only one fit for upload.


    A robin, same shoot



    That's a red, red robin. What was he saying to you?



  7. 2 hours ago, gvallee said:


    That's Brazil for you, the country of adventures.

    Oh yes the Transpantaneira. Last time we went, we went through a bridge with our car rental. It just collapsed underneath us. Luckily, the last car of the day came and helped us fishing out the rotten planks fallen into the swamp. We had planned to go all the way over the 88 bridges but we turned round. Until midnight, we were rebuilding bridges in front of us in the dark. I had a head torch. I could see hundred of caiman eyes below. What a relief it was when we reached a lodge.


    Oh boy.. One guy in our group had been there ten years before and he said we were getting a much better road. The bridges seemed sturdy, at least, but you do feel quite cut off from the rest of the world. If we had to give up in our progress it would have been a long time waiting for help. I hope your upcoming trip to "nowhere" goes smoothly.



  8. 3 hours ago, gvallee said:


    You're doing well with your Pantanal pictures Paulette. Good on you. Well deserved. 

    If I remember you went during the wet season. I see that you still managed to get sunny days. Good light.


    We were there the end of August-- beginning of September so it was dry season but, even so, we had a helluva trip in our bus along the Transpantaneira after a rainstorm. That mud is beyond slippery and we kept slithering sideways. For a while the owner of the lodge was following and helping us but he finally had to go back. I don't know if you ever traveled that way but there is bridge after bridge after bridge and you have to speed up getting to them to go up onto the wood. At one point there was a big drop-off and Joe VanOs had us get out of the bus. He said to bring our passports. The poor bus driver couldn't get off and, thank heavens, he made it and we got back on. A two hour trip took us nine hours. Most of the time there was no cell signal but we finally were able to reach a lodge along the way and they prepared us some lunch. I know this is mild compared to some of your trips. I went with photosafaris.com and we were well taken care of but it is a company of photographers so they want you to get the shots. I never went on the really difficult trips. I'm old and have never been much of an athlete. PhysEd was my least favorite class in school though I did enjoy hiking in my early teen years. The animals are what drew me to the wild places. I have many fabulous memories and acquired a lifetime friend. She and I were traveling alone to the Masai Mara and they put us together as roommates. We laughed always during any troubles.



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