Saturday, August 02, 2008
I Missed the Fledge
It has been a busy week. Megan and I are settling into our new house, slowly unpacking boxes. It seems like I spent way too much time trying to figure out what was wrong with our wireless network. It seemed that every time a turned off my computer, the wireless network would go down. Very strange. Megan, using her fine-tuned problem solving ability honed during her time as a PhD candidate, diagnosed and solved the problem. You see, it seems as if our cable modem was plugged in to an outlet that is controlled by a wall switch. As soon as I would shut off my computer and then flip the basement light switch, it would kill power to the cable modem. I would go upstairs and then just be baffled why the wireless network went down. Thanks to Megan, we've got things figured out and we have my PC set up in the basement (aka man-cave) while hers is way upstairs in one of the bedrooms.
And that brings us to this morning. I got out the camera like last Sunday morning, hoping to catch the morning sun lighting the wren house. The light was ideal, but the wrens didn't show. They have already fledged, and I missed it. At least I hope they fledged and nothing managed to pluck them before they were ready to fly.
As promised, I wanted to post a few closely cropped shots of the parents. Each flight they would bring back a small arthropod. Images like these make me so appreciative of digital photography. Can you imagine getting crops like these with 800 speed film? It just wouldn't happen, plus I would have been out at least $50 for processing all the images I took of the wrens. Digital photography has certainly helped me become a better naturalist. And it allows us to share so quickly what we are seeing around us. Amazing stuff.