Syd the Cockatoo Pics

By: GardenGrrl , 8:25 AM GMT on June 18, 2011

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Okay, so I have this great new camera, a Fuji HS20 bridge camera and it is too bleeping hot to go outside and take pictures.

This is June and already we have had multiple days over 100f. Except for the grinding call of the cicadas, nothing is moving outside to shoot pictures of any ways.

Roxie Hollywood my Corgi doesn't even want to go outside. She is usually the star of my photo shoots so today Syd gets top billing just to even things out a bit.

Here is Syd after his shower.





Now he inspects the towel. Hmmmm, that's not a used one is it!?? he communicates via raised crest.



Of course not Syd, now get in...Bwaahahaha
Time to make a birdie burrito.



Good bird, now just burrow in a bit farther so we can dry you off.



Okay that may be a bit too far, but an animated pile of towel on the bathroom floor sure is funny.



Are you finished burrowing? Guess it's time for the air dry next.



Spread the wings for take-off. Be sure to fling water on the the mirrors while you flap.

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42. plapman
11:05 PM GMT on July 05, 2011
Good Afternoon.
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41. juslivn
10:47 PM GMT on July 04, 2011
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40. Ylee
7:03 PM GMT on July 04, 2011
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39. calpoppy
6:52 PM GMT on July 03, 2011
A very happy 4th of July to you, GG!!! Are you taking your new camera out to the firework shows? I always have loved those shots. We are getting your Texas heat, not pleasant :( It isn't effecting our new crop of Orioles as they are all over the feeders, falling off, fighting with each other and making quite a bit of noise. I will have to spray down the chicken coop with water later, it gives them some relief. Maybe I will spray me too!
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38. Proserpina
12:08 PM GMT on July 03, 2011
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37. sandiquiz
9:52 AM GMT on July 03, 2011


Thank you so much for your kind birthday wishes yesterday.
I had a lovely day with my family. Today I will celebrate with friends and neighbours.

Hope you are well and ready for your July 4th celebrations. Or do you have to work :(
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36. Proserpina
3:41 PM GMT on July 01, 2011
Hot July brings cooling showers,
Apricots and gillyflowers.
- Sara Coleridge, Pretty Lessons in Verse

GREETINGS FROM PROS, HAPPY AND HEALTHY MONTH OF JULY.
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35. plapman
11:35 AM GMT on July 01, 2011
Good Morning GardGrrl. The shotgun idea would be great. I'll have to set up a watch station at my basement window with a pellet gun. A shot to the butt would sure deter the yard thieves and they wouldn't know where it came from. lol
Enjoy your day.
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34. GardenGrrl
9:52 AM GMT on July 01, 2011
Good Morning All,
Somehow took a nap and slept most of the night. Now it's time to water the yard before the sun gets up and go back to sleep.
Will be back this evening to actually be a good blog hostess.
Thanks for coming by and hope you have a steller day!
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33. sandiquiz
9:03 AM GMT on July 01, 2011


Morning to you - White Rabbits, white rabbits, white rabbits and a very happy first day of July to you :) Wishing you a happy and weather safe month.
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32. sp34n119w
11:51 PM GMT on June 29, 2011
gg – I came by to admire Syd again and to see how your weather is – hot, I see. Surprise ;)
Oh, I keep forgetting to tell you how much I like the turtle picture. It went straight into my faves.
But that moon pic is awesome! I wonder what the ISS would look like on an early evening flyover … hmmm … ;)
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31. plapman
10:51 AM GMT on June 29, 2011
Good Morning GardenGrrl.
We're finally getting some warm dry weather.
Enjoy your day.
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30. shoreacres
5:00 AM GMT on June 29, 2011
GG ~ I was so glad to see the Rose of Sharon you posted. I've seen that flower around for years and never knew what it was. I always thought it was holly-hockish, but I knew that wasn't right. And it was almost hibiscus, but not at all the same as the usual landscape sorts. Glad to have that sorted out.

I caught your note about your eyes. After 14 months of eye drops, I'm in pretty good shape. I was supposed to get back in to the eye doctor in June, but other things got in the way. I guess July will have to do. I can't read very well with my left eye (uncorrected) and I sure couldn't drive with only my left, but so far so good. I can live with the minimal cataract as long as the glaucoma's under control. But I do need to get it checked again and your comment was a good reminder.

I just can't get enough of those pics of Syd. What a fine boy he is!
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29. juslivn
10:32 PM GMT on June 28, 2011
Hi GG, wonderful photos! Love the edit on the moon and of course your character Syd. He is sooooo pretty! Hope you are well and get out of your horrid heat and drought soon.
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28. BriarCraft
10:20 PM GMT on June 28, 2011
Wow! Syd is precious. And precocious. You tell such a fun story with your sequence and captions. And I don't think you could get any better with that moon shot. It's like you were using a telescope. Picnik looks like it might be useful even for an old point-and-shooter like me. I'm going to have to check it out when I get the time.

As I recall, you shared a wonderful story about pixies and fairies and such last winter. With your creativity and writing skills and now your photography, you've really got to put them together. I can barely imagine what fun stuff you'd come up with if you tried.
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27. sandiquiz
9:10 AM GMT on June 27, 2011
Here am I moaning about the heat and you are already mid 80's and it is still before 6 am!

Hope you have some form of air- con, especially if you are on nights and need to sleep through the day :(

Have a good week... if you can :)
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26. Proserpina
9:42 PM GMT on June 26, 2011
Syd is a fun loving bird! The photos are outstanding and they tell a humorous story. Really enjoyed reading about and meeting Syd.

Sorry about the heat, and summer has only just started! Ugh!

I came to say hello and wish you a very nice evening. And to thank you for the gorgeous flower photos you posted. I used to have the Rose of Sharon at my other house. In fact I had a whole row of them along the fence. The Rose of Sharon seeds itself rather frequently and without any effort, so as the seeds sprouted I would replant them along the fence. Anyways, I do like the Rose of Sharon shrubs. I have not been to my blog lately and do not remember exactly what other flowers you posted but I do remember that I enjoy looking at them. Aren't wild flowers beautiful and abundant in some areas (depending on the variety of wildflowers). I love the Ca poppies, the Texas Blue Bonnets, the VA Bluebells (Mertensia), etc.
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25. LowerCal
6:59 PM GMT on June 26, 2011
I wish you continued success in your next quest.

I took a tour through Picnik and found it to be an *excellent* quick and easy-to-use tool for the most commonly desired photo editing functions. I'll add mine to the high recommendations of it for that purpose. I think the only reason I wasn't put off by the GNU Image Manipulation Program's vast range of choices was that I focused on learning one task at a time, e.g., resizing, creating an animated GIF, etc.
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24. plapman
10:54 AM GMT on June 26, 2011
Good Morning GardenGrrl.
I used to do the manuual backup thing too but it seems it was always low on my prioroty listntil my hard drive crashed and I lost everything. Since then I've always had 2 drives and an automated backup program that does the backup in the wee hours of the morning while the computer is not in use.
Talking about the wee hours of the morning, I think your in the same time zone as me Central, your sure up early to post at 9am Grenich time.
I tried to stay up till dark last night to get some photo's of the Queens's butter flies, but gave in around (;30.I did get a couple at dusk which I'll have to post when I get my camera downloaded.
Enjoy your day.
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23. GardenGrrl
9:24 AM GMT on June 26, 2011
Hi Plapman, you know, in all the time I've had a digital camera I have never caught a picture of a Bluejay. They never hold still long enough to focus.

Hi LowerCal, Thanks :-) I have reached my photography Holy Grail; one good picture of the Moon with my point-n-shoot. Now I will of course have to set a new goal.

Hi Sandi, I think I started looking for Picnik because you and Shore had mentioned it in a previous blogs. It is a nice little program. Especially for my favorite price; Free.
Of course, once I master that I'll probably start looking at Corel or GNU just because.
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22. sandiquiz
9:04 PM GMT on June 25, 2011
I love the cropped version, shows so much detail :)

I was sure I dropped by last night with my suggestion of Picnik, perhaps I got sidetracked or WU had a blackhole last evening .... I use it all the time, find it much easier than any of the more "semi-professional editing programs
Glad you found it easy too.

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21. LowerCal
8:11 PM GMT on June 25, 2011
Ahh, now that image is exquisite! Nice work with the camera and photo editor and a clear understanding of the *essentials* of night photography. ;^)
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20. plapman
12:52 PM GMT on June 25, 2011
Good morning Garden Grrl.
Enjoy your day and snap more photos. I haven't seen my blue jay lately, he must have moved on to greener Pasteur's.It's too bad I didn't get a shot of him while he was here.
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19. GardenGrrl
9:40 AM GMT on June 25, 2011
Hi Plapman, Now I guess I'll start checking their web site for specials.

Hi Calpoppy, Looking at the photos you post I don't think you have much further to learn about your camera. Those are some crisp clear shots. The only thing with night photography is you need a tripod and to set you camera at the 2sec auto snap.
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18. GardenGrrl
9:33 AM GMT on June 25, 2011
Hi LowerCal, checked out the GNU. Oofda! That looks like a site for people who have engineering degrees.
It did , however, prompt me to wander around and find something a bit more pedestrian.
Here is my edit via Picnik.

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17. LowerCal
9:28 PM GMT on June 24, 2011
GG, great photo! I digitally enlarged that image and it looks even better with more detail apparent.

I use the free GNU Image Manipulation Program (the "G" is silent). It's very versatile and powerful (and easy to crop without enlarging). There is a plethora of tutorials online. Sorry I can't recommend any of the tutorials above the others. If how to do something is not obvious and intuitive I just Google the specific task when I want to do something new.
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16. calpoppy
5:03 PM GMT on June 24, 2011
How nice for you to get rain! Glad your temps dropped too. Summer is here now, it just jumped from the 60's to the high 90's, skipping all the more pleasant temps
In between.
I hope you have some fun weekend plans. I like that moon shot. Night photography is on my list to do, but I am still trying to get some photography skills down. :)
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15. plapman
12:23 PM GMT on June 24, 2011
Good Morning GardenGrrl.
Another great moonshot!
You'll have to get yourself a good photo editer for cropping and other effects. I use Paint Shop Pro from Corel which I think is as good as the more expensive Photoshop . it's too bad I didn't know you needed one sooner. Corel had the lastest version on sale at thier site for only $39.95 cad until May 31st with all kinds of extras thrown into the deal. Even at the regular price of $99 CAD it's a good deal. The camera should have come with some basic editing software that will let you crop the image and remove redeye.
I glad your enjoying the new camera and keep the photos coming.
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14. GardenGrrl
9:46 AM GMT on June 24, 2011
Good Morning All!
We have had rain, glorious rain. The plants are much happier.

Hi Plapman, Ouch. Iodine, a tender spot and being told to get back to work. Those were the days huh?

Hi Sandi, Yes it is officially summer. We have have managed not to break 100f this week but I still don't feel like spending much time outside. It's the nieces birthday so we will be doing something with her.

Hi Rebel, good to see you. Your not in any of those flooded areas in Canada are you?

Hi LowerCal, that camera sounds really fun. In about three years when it's past the beta production I will most likely have to get one of those too. Check out this moon photo I took this morning using the "night tripod" setting.

I need to learn how to crop these without digitally enlarging the image.

Hi Skypony, Syd says thanks. He is very proud of himself. One of his favorite phrases is "Hi, I'm the Cockatooey"

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13. sandiquiz
8:11 AM GMT on June 23, 2011
Welcome to Thursday and the end of your week?

Hope you have chance to get out this weekend and not have to revert to DVD's and watermelon:)
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12. Skyepony (Mod)
4:51 AM GMT on June 23, 2011
Nice bird!
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11. LowerCal
11:33 PM GMT on June 22, 2011
GG, it hasn't taken long for the pix with your new cam to start looking fine. :^]

I've been following your bridge camera experience with great interest. I've been wanting something more capable than the simple point-and-shoot. I stumbled across a new class of camera today. I'll leave a link here because the graphical demonstration of it is just so cool!

Groundbreaking camera lets you shoot now, focus later | SmartPlanet
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10. rebel13
3:15 PM GMT on June 21, 2011
Happy summer G-girl. Fine looking bird.
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9. sandiquiz
7:27 AM GMT on June 21, 2011


Hope the week is going well - Happy Mid-Summer to you :)
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8. plapman
11:00 AM GMT on June 19, 2011
Good Morning GardenGrrl.
Syd doesn't look too happy about his shower.
I've got a scar from a disk grinder too. When I was young I worked in a factory that produced street light poles. My job was to gring off any rough spots on the weld where the metal joined. The grinder caught on the weld and bouced into my torso just below the ribs.What was more painful was the fix the company had. They poured iodine over the wound, wrapped it with a bandage and sent me back to work.
I have retired my table saw and offered my router to the son-in-law.
Enjoy your day.
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7. GardenGrrl
8:55 AM GMT on June 19, 2011
Hi, can you believe our shaded porch thermometers both read 106f! Far across the horizon a storm system could be seen but it dissipated upon meeting the urban heat dome of the metroplex.

Hi Unclemush, Syd says; "HI-iiii" too.

Hi Sandi, Yes it was a day of power lounging although I probably should have layed off the potato chips.

Hi Aquak, Thanks. I had cropped that shot so it framed better but that shrunk the pixel count so made them all smaller. There has to be a way to crop shots without loosing clarity.

Hi PLapman, Roxie did get to spend a few hours at Petsmart getting the doggie spa thing of bath, nails, brush etc. Am thinking if it stays hot might have to send her to indoor doggie camp to run off all her energy. Spoiled dog. I'd prefer the outdoor dog park because that's just as fun for me too but not in this heat.

Hi Calpoppy, Went to Myxr and saw the Swainsons Hawk ring tone. Boy, that one will get your attention! Then of course got lost in all the different stuff on that site.
Syd really looks cool with his head feathers all wet and sticking out. Wonder if he would be okay with using some birdie mousse;-)
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6. calpoppy
8:41 PM GMT on June 18, 2011
You can get the Swainson's Thrush ringtone on Myxer. It is free. If you have a smart phone just download their app onto your phone. I think you will like it :) they have several other birds also.

Syd is a natural model! I love his raised crest pic. You got some ugly weather already, hope it cools down for you soon.
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5. plapman
11:41 AM GMT on June 18, 2011
Good morning GardenGrrl
In the winter I always think how nice it would be to live futher south but with the summer temps your getting it makes me think maybe not. I guess the ideal sityation would be to live in something movable and follow the comfortable temps.I guess thats why the snowbirds, who can afford it, have 2 properties.
Enjoy your day and find a cool place for you and Roxie.
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4. aquak9
11:25 AM GMT on June 18, 2011
wanted to make it bigger cause it was such a pretty shot

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3. sandiquiz
11:04 AM GMT on June 18, 2011
Wonderful shots and narrative!
You could turn Syd into a children's storybook star:)

I suggest watermelon and DVD's is a very sensible way to pass the weekend.
Hope it cools off a little for you to get back to the bat-cave!
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2. unclemush
9:05 AM GMT on June 18, 2011
Hi I love your birdie! :)
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1. GardenGrrl
8:38 AM GMT on June 18, 2011
Hi All, thanks for stopping by at my last blog.

Ylee, no kidding the week flys by. It's Saturday now and I'm going to have to start getting ready for work again.

Hi Plapman, I was really tickled this camera could get a decent moonshot.

Hi Sandi, any outdoor plans have been scrathed due to extreme heat. We are going to eat watermelon and watch DVD's.

Calpoppy, Those are some great trip pic's on your blog. So, how does one get a Swainson's Thrush ring tone?
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