Wetland Walk

Tuesday November 28th 2017

It was a bright sunny day with the high temperature in the low to mid 60s, but it was still above normal. The TV weather report calls for a sixty degree normal high for this late November day. I took advantage of the weather with another walk at the nearby Wetlands Park. This is my third visit and I’m still exploring new areas.

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Solitary duck in one of the Wetland Park ponds.

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Mountains separating the Las Vegas Valley from Lake Mead.

Today I walked through an area that burned a little over three years ago. Unless you look closely at some of the burned tree trunks it isn’t noticeable. The wetlands that surround the burned areas are full of heavy grass and reed vegetation. There are some areas that have been cleared enough that you can see the ponds. Floating on each pond was a duck or two. As in my past visits I also so plenty of coyote scat. I didn’t see any coyotes but heard something big moving in the grass and reeds in one area. It probably wasn’t a coyote but it either didn’t know I was around or didn’t care. I hung around for a few minutes to see if anything came out of the reeds.

When I got back to the RV park after my outdoor activity for the day it was time for an early Christmas or a late Birthday. A packaged I’d ordered from Amazon arrived. As I’ve mentioned in this blog before, I haven’t been totally happy with my point and shoot camera. Last week I ordered a Sony Alpha 6000 mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses. I purchased a bundle with the camera body, two lenses, extra batteries, a quality memory card and some other stuff. The other stuff may or may not be useful, but if I bought everything separately it would be more expensive by the time I got everything I need.

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My new camera before the unboxing.

I’ve got some learning to do. I’ve used full function cameras before, but I haven’t owned one. This one has good automatic features and a whole host of adjustable features and manual modes as well. So far I’ve charged the batteries and taken a few shots inside my RV home. Over the next few days I’ll tryout more of the functions and take a few comparison pictures.

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Sony Alpha 600 with the 16-50mm lens mounted.  The  additional lens is a 55-210mm.

I don’t expect the new camera to replace my point and shoot completely. It will be another option for taking pictures and shooting video. This summer I was trading off between my cell phone camera and the Canon Point and Shoot. Going forward I expect I will be trading off between three cameras. In addition to learning to use the new camera I need to figure out which camera to use for the different situations.

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