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9 Months in Japan!

I made this recording of the Cat Steven's song, Father and Son, on my Yamaha P-515. This has always been my favorite of his songs. I love the melody and I love the lyrics! These photos were all taken with my new Canon RF 100-500 lens. I am particularly pleased with these photos as the conditions were pretty tough. When I started photographing early in the morning, it was in the high 30's, with winds ranging from 10-15 mph. Chilly!  I thought it would be fun and interesting to do a review of my first nine months in Japan. This is going to double as my email message that I will send to folks in my data base. GREETINGS! A special greeting to the North Eugene tennis players and their coaches as they embark on the spring season. I wish I could be there to cheer you on! Another special greeting to the staff at Willamalane. I hope your tennis programs are going well! A third greeting to current and retired staff at North Eugene High School. I miss all of you! Lastly, to everyone else,

Birds, Birds, and More Birds!

I just made this new recording of Moon River on my Yamaha P 515. I hope you enjoy it! For the last three years or so, I have been using the Canon R5 mirror-less camera with the 800 lens. While that has been a wonderful combination, it has not been ideal for small bird photography. With that in mind, I was fortunate to be able to purchase the Canon 100-500 RF lens. I had previously purchased the 2X RF extender. That extender doubles the longest focal distance from 500 to 1000.   I put this combination to the test last week. I first went to a small park that is a two minute walk from our house. That is where I photographed the small yellow birds that are appropriately called the Japanese White Eye.    I then went to the Tama Cemetery, which is also where I was able to photograph the other birds. That location is also very close to our house.   The other change I made was to follow the advice of an experienced bird photographer. I set up two "pre-sets,"  one of which is for eye