Friday, March 26, 2010

But you gotta have friends.....

"I get by with a little help from my friends..."
~Joe Cocker

"Friends are God's way of apologizing for our families."

I've always been grateful for the friends of high quality I have picked up over the years. My best friend, who I somehow get to see about twice a year, knows everything there is to know about me and she still loves me.
My friends of the Flock are the newest addition to my stable of blessings. From right up the road to all over the country, I can count on help when I need it, and they know that they can get the same from me.
As I said in this post, I am effectively camera-less. When Mary heard of this, she made the hugely generous gesture of offering her spare camera for me to borrow until I could get a replacement.

I was floored. We nature lovers/birders know how much our cameras mean to us, so this was a big deal.

It arrived today, and since it arrived in the afternoon, I didn't have a lot of time to going birding or anything. So I took random photos of random things, you know...just to kick the tires so to speak:

Hazard light button (macro from about a centimeter away):
Hazard light button

A dumpster at the United Dairy Farmers from really far away..the zoom on this thing is FABULOUS, and when it comes to nature photography (and dumpster photography for that matter) zoom is very important:

Magnolia bud that somehow avoided freezing last night (macro):
Magnolia bud

Hooper (from about 25 feet away):
Hooper in yer face

And also at the UDF, Kathi striking a pose:
KatDoc strikes a pose

There are lots and lots of little functions to learn...and I can't wait to master them all.
Tomorrow I'm taking it to RAPTOR to see how it makes my birds look!


KGMom said...

Yay, Susan.
Yay, Mary.

That is a true friend. BTW, it looks like a few bits of Mary's awesome camera skills get packed in with the camera.

Love the magnolia bud shot, and Hooper is a handsome pup!

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

You've got to love Mary.
The Flock is a great bunch-

BTW- Kathi sure strikes a saucy pose!

Murr Brewster said...

Soon as I saw the title of this post, I knowed what it was about. Woo woo Mary!

NCmountainwoman said...

I just knew Mary was that sort of person! So glad you have a camera to use until you replace yours.

Mel said...

Mary rocks!!!

NatureWoman said...

Sweet photos, Susan!! Mary is the best!!!!

Mary said...

YOU ARE WELCOME, SUSAN! I've only used the camera once last year in West Va. Gina used it at an NFL game and got some great zoomed-in shots of the Phila Eagles that she had enlarged and framed for Billy.

That macro function is great! I can't get over Hooper's eyes...

Hi Kathi!

Enjoy, sweetie!

Love ya,

Beth said...

Great pictures (love the shots of Hooper and Kathi). That Mary is something else, isn't she? What a generous soul. And who doesn't love someone who loves someone who loves the Eagles! :)

Dave said...

Yeah Y'all!

Anonymous said...

Only a child could attribute "I get by with a little help from my friends" to Joe Crocker. This is classic Beatles.

Susan Gets Native said...

Wow. Thanks so much for your snippy tone, but I prefer Joe's version.

dguzman said...

Oh, Susan... You and I are both cursed with camera-breaking fever. I'm just glad my break was only the LCD screen; I can still look through the eye-viewer thingie and take pics.

So glad Mary helped you out! And I love Hooper's eyes too! They're even better in person.