Jump Right In

goldfinch in birdbath
Jump Right In

It looks as if all the other birds having a pool party splashed most of the water out, but there’s still enough for the goldfinch to jump in and play.

This is not from today but from around this time in 2021. I saw a goldfinch in the bare branches of the mulberry today, so intensely bright on this dark and rainy day, but I old telephoto 70-300 zoom lens decided to retire a couple of weeks ago. It wouldn’t quite click into place so it didn’t focus or meter the light. Trying to do the settings manually while holding that large and heavy lens was complicated and even then the photos weren’t what I had in mind, though some were very interesting. I could see the “bayonet” that slid into a track in the camera body and held it in place was worn smooth on the edges. I looked into a repair, but I’m considering trading in my Pentax KX for a newer model and it may be that these lenses aren’t compatible. So I ordered a very inexpensive used one to use in its place until I take my camera to be cleaned and assessed. It’s been like having one of my hands in a mitten, not being able to use that lens to get the shots that I’m visualizing.

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