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February 20, 2015

I got it!

New glass

Woo-hoo it worked out this time! B&H had another one available used, so I have my 85mm f1.8 lens! Happened to glance at my email early Wednesday morning and had a notification from Canon Price Watch that one was available. I crossed my fingers that the link would take me to B&H so I could use my gift card balance toward the purchase. I got to the site and no one else had snapped it up just yet as has happened several times over the last month. I couldn’t believe how quickly it arrived – I received it early afternoon yesterday (Thursday)! I can’t wait to “play” – it is supposed to be a wonderful portrait lens (watch out my darling daughters!) and nature lens that creates gorgeously clear photos with beautiful background bokeh. Thank you B&H for super quick service, Canon Price Watch for the great notification system and Becky for telling me about this service!

I’ve been on school vacation this week and keeping myself busy with a variety of tasks, visits, shopping, exercise and the like. Snow keeps piling up outside, as I am sure you are sick of hearing about from New Englanders. Today we have the “joy” of dangerous wind chills. Current temperature is about 2 degrees outside with wind chill making it feel like -20. They are saying we are going to get another couple inches tomorrow – who can even tell the difference any more? – then rain and 40 degrees on Sunday and back down into the teens for temperatures for back to school on Monday. Sounds like a mess in the making to me!

I’ve got a few more bird photos to share. I remembered another bird feeder that I purchased last year that I thought did a better job of baffling the squirrels since it has a large “squirrel baffle” on the underside. But this morning, what did I find sitting in the feeder? Yeah, you know. But I didn’t think to grab a picture. I think the snow is so tall the squirrels are just leaping into the feeder! I did manage to get a couple shots of a Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal before all the seed quickly disappeared (have to go buy some more).


New to my feeders this year is a northern mockingbird. It seems to really enjoy the suet cake like the little downy woodpecker I showed you the other day.
northern mockingbird

I guess that’s all for now. Sarah and I will be on our way out to Worcester this afternoon to visit Meghan and go out to dinner. Need to figure out an interesting place to go. With any luck I will have not have to mention the “s” word to you again in my next blog post!


  1. Sweet lens! You’ll like it for portraits and photographing dance recitals and shows. Nice picks of the birdies. I am sharing in your sub-zero wind chills and gobs of snow since returning from Florida. At least we missed a few days of it, eh?

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — February 20, 2015 @ 9:39 am | Reply

    • Thanks Scott. Really hoping we are nearing the end of the worst of this weather.

      Comment by Karma — February 21, 2015 @ 8:01 am | Reply

  2. I am so happy for you that you got the lens! Enjoy it! I absolutely love your picture of Mr and Mrs Cardinal. We had a few this week as well and there were some at our work birdfeeder. I am interested in the picture of the Northern Mockingbird. I am wondering if that is what we have seen here at work. We also have seen an increase of Junkos. I can’t wait for the portrait pictures!
    Enjoy you afternoon with the girls and the rest of you vacation. The same weather is predicted for Cape Cod.

    Comment by trish49 — February 20, 2015 @ 12:40 pm | Reply

    • I can’t wait until there are things outside to take photos of besides the snow!! Vacation is going by so fast. Just a regular weekend left now. Good dinner with the girls last night 🙂

      Comment by Karma — February 21, 2015 @ 8:04 am | Reply

  3. Congrats on the new lens. Have fun playing with it.

    You don’t need to tell me about the s**w. I live in Maritime Canada. ’nuff said.

    Stay safe on the roads and have a lovely visit with the girls.

    Comment by sybil — February 20, 2015 @ 2:44 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Sybil. Funny how s**w has become a swear for us! I guess we should really be writing f*****g s**w, lol!!

      Comment by Karma — February 21, 2015 @ 8:06 am | Reply

  4. Lucky you with a new lens! Have fun with it. I will hope along with you that you won’t have to use the “s” word again this winter – but I suspect you will.

    Comment by Carol — February 20, 2015 @ 6:56 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Carol – and you are probably right! 😦

      Comment by Karma — February 21, 2015 @ 8:07 am | Reply

  5. Congrats on the new lens!! I can’t wait to see what you do with it. I can’t decide what kind of lens I want so I’ll just wait and see what you come up with. 🙂 Lovely birds. This weather is really something. Even I’m tired of it, and I usually like winter. I find it so hard to acclimate when the temperature goes up and down as it has this season.

    Comment by Robin — February 21, 2015 @ 5:26 pm | Reply

    • Thank you! Oh Robin, I am already thrilled with this lens and I just started playing with it! It is a beauty 🙂 Might just have to do a blog post soon with my test shots.

      Comment by Karma — February 21, 2015 @ 6:01 pm | Reply

  6. Isn’t it fun when something we really want arrives in the mail? You will have many months–perhaps years–of enjoyment out of this lens.

    Comment by Kathy — March 1, 2015 @ 4:21 pm | Reply

    • I did a little “happy dance” in my kitchen when I saw the box from B&H! 😀

      Comment by Karma — March 3, 2015 @ 9:00 pm | Reply

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