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About waltonksm

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    Presently in an Eskimo village about 500 miles due west of Anchorage, AK
  • Interests
    Wildlife, photography, my environment. I love taking photos of birds. And when I can afford to travel (less frequently the past many years) I love taking photos of what I am seeing as I travel. I love the four corners area of the US, and also the area along the Pacific Coast Highway.

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    Nikon D500
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    500mm F4 P lens

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  1. waltonksm

    Siberian Yarrow with a difference

    OK, How about this one?
  2. Siberian Yarrow at St. Mary's, Alaska. The bumblebee is an extra treat. These were taken with an EM1 Mark II with an Olympus 60mm F2.8 macro lens. My reflection is visible in one of the bumblebee's eyes. I am standing next to a pickup truck that is also visible to the left of my reflection, in some images.
  3. This flower just showed up this past Friday. It is fairly widely distributed. I think the shape and coloring is absolutely beautiful. It is the "county flower" of Cumberland, England, and is on the county flag. There appear to be slight regional variations of this flower. These two were only a little over 1" across. I used the 12-50mm Macro Olympus lens on an EM1 Mark II. I suppose it is almost trite to comment this way, but some flowers really have an almost magical appearance. These two can keep me mesmerized for quite a long spell. They were all around our office building at St. Mary's, Alaska.
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    Set aside your photographers discipline....

    The same as Armando, had you not mentioned it I would not have noticed the "stretch," on all but one of them. I like the photos.
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    How to move a crane

    They did more than a year of wind monitoring at a couple of sites about 300 feet higher in elevation than the village. I am just about willing to bet that if there were no MASSIVE incentives from the government, that these would not be built. I have no idea of the costs. I do not know what it takes to turn. A bit later I will have a photo of the turbine/generator unit. It is huge. They are claiming that this can handle the load of three small villages, simultaneously. I am about 95% certain that this is just the eyewash they used in their application for some of the funding. Fifteen years ago we (our small village) would draw about 550KW during the work/school week, at minus 20F, with a little wind. When the school kitchen cranked up for lunch the numbers would really rise. The other two villages are larger than ours. I have trouble believing the loads have all dropped in the last 15 years. Two other, almost unrelated points: The views that are clearly from a higher point are taken from my "porch." This is part of the wonderful view that I have. As long as I avoid a couple of rotten spots in the floor, it is a great observation deck. Secondly, most of these photos were taken with the Em1 Mark II. The largest view of the images on Flickr (almost 3500 x 5000 resolution) have virtually no noise, and are still quite sharp. The more I use this camera, the more I like it. There is little to complain about with these. The resolution looks great!
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    How to move a crane

    I have spent a lot of time around earth moving equipment, but very little time around cranes. It seems that technology has changed quite a bit, too, since I worked around a mechanical "monster." I have a few photos of a crane that has disassembled itself, and is ready to go for a ride. This was the best show in town for a few days. We have never had a crane so large show up at our dock. This is rated as a 250 ton capacity crane. When they finish putting in the extra boom segments, it will be able to work at a height of 200 feet. The first photo shows it moving the three blades for the wind turbine it will assemble over the next two months. For those of you who have my problem doing math in your head, that is a maximum load of 500,000 pounds (about 227,000 kilos.) These are the 3 three turbine blades. And this is the main truck they use for hauling heavy loads. The maximum rated capacity is right at 250,000 pounds. It has 8 wheel drive, and the rear wheels can also be steered to help out on sharp turns. This is the rig, with the blades loaded. It seats six, and I found a company that will do a custom camping/travel RV for only $290,000. It is a bargain, as it includes the cost of the vehicle. The rig is military surplus, and was referred to as a "tank hauler." Here it is with the boom extensions all removed, and the truck is headed to the work site with the end segment. Here it is with the whole track assembly removed. This involves releasing a couple of hydraulic fittings, and two massive hydraulic pins that hold the assembly to the frame. Just about loaded.... And away it goes........
  7. waltonksm

    Cloudberries and more

    Thanks Dallas. They said it was out of stock, but they would get back to me soon.
  8. waltonksm

    Cloudberries and more

    Nope. I was not using the flash, but the lighting was a bit "challenging." I will take another look at them and see what I can do; or maybe even go back and get the same shots again.
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    Cloudberries and more

    We have had a lot of rain lately, so we took advantage of a brief break in the weather to check on the growth of some of our local plants. These are called salmonberries by locals. They are, in fact, cloudberries. I do not really care for the taste, and they are loaded with seeds. It appears we will have a very good crop of them this year. The one below will probably open in a day or so. These are all using the EM1 mark II with a 60mm F2.8 Olympus macro lens. Below is a Tufted Fleabane. I really wonder at the names of many plants, and how they came by them.
  10. waltonksm

    Bounced Emails

    I know, I should NOT feel this way, but somehow I feel a bit better when I learn that others must also put up with stupid, bureaucratic crap. You made my day a bit brighter! And here I thought I was the only one.
  11. waltonksm

    More nature? Or more gear? 60mm F2.8 Olympus

    What a wonderful image! I took the gamble and ordered the MKII a few days ago.... and have been worried about my decision since then. You have certainly reduced my anxiety level. It is supposed to arrive today. Thank you very much.
  12. waltonksm

    More Tundra Flowers

    A week ago my favorite would have been the 30mm Olympus macro lens. But after a few outings with this 60mm F2.8 lens, the 30mm lens has been dropped a few ranks in my list. This 60mm is really nice. But I am still amazed at the depth of field and the "crispness" of the images. It still seems as if the camera is doing all the work, I am just along to press the shutter release. I still have not decided what role the 12-50mm macro will play. I have not included it in my bag for quite a while.
  13. waltonksm

    More Tundra Flowers

    I am enjoying these macro lenses, and the beautiful job they do with tundra flora. This is another perspective on Labrador Tea. I think this is much better done than some of my earlier efforts. This is a "new" flower (for me.) It is a Tall Jacob's Ladder. This one was in strong sunlight, but with a very dark area in shadows behind the flower: Another, less dramatic view of the Tall Jacob's Ladder: And this is a northern goldenrod: And a different perspective:
  14. waltonksm

    More nature? Or more gear? 60mm F2.8 Olympus

    By "faster" I assume that you are referring to focusing? I hope so. Can you track flying birds with it? Have you compared the tracking with your Nikon?
  15. waltonksm

    More nature? Or more gear? 60mm F2.8 Olympus

    Amazon.com just dropped the price for the body to $1499 USD. That may be tough to resist.

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