Home From Vacation And Gearing Up For The House Remodel

Veronica and I just returned from our most recent adventure. We went on a 7 day Avalon Waterways Rhine River cruise followed by a Globus 7 day Germany bus tour. I will have more about that vacation along with plenty of photos as time goes by.
We are gearing up for the start of our major house remodel. This upcoming Monday our kitchen renovation will commence. We will be without a kitchen for approximately a week if not longer. Previously I had posted "before" photos. The "after" photos will show the dramatic changes that were made.
Then on October 8 we will be starting the renovation and remodel of all of our bathrooms.
This all will be followed by a complete painting of all interior surfaces, then carpet and finally the hard wood flooring will go down.
We got lucky around here with Hurricane Florence missing us for the most part but because of the possibility of the next hurricane not being a near miss, I am seriously entertaining estimates for a whole house natural gas backup generator that would automatically kick on when the electricity goes out. It should be interesting to see what the labor and installation costs will be for the unit. More on this and photos of the renovation/remodel as time goes by.....

A New Piece Of Travel Luggage

A few months ago I purchased a new camera and then a new lens to go with it. Then even more recently I bought an additional lens that would allow me to take much better low light photos. With all of this new equipment and the amount of travel that we take throughout the years, I decided to get a piece of luggage that would make it easier to carry my cameras and gear. I needed something that was relatively lightweight, water proof, something that I could carry on a plane but also something that would take a beating if I was unlucky enough to need to do a gate side check in.
What i ended up getting was a Pelican Air 1535 with padded dividers.
I was able to get everything into this piece of luggage and the dimensions fall in line with the airline size restrictions on carry on luggage.
Here are some photos of my new Pelican carry on luggage:

A Hummingbird Fiesta

We had some vicious thunderstorms roll through here early this morning. It was quite the light and sound show. Once it stopped raining the hummingbirds were out in full force darting here there and everywhere. It was like they were playing hummingbird tag. The hummingbirds even had a wasp try to get into their sweet nectar during a visit to the feeder. The battle was on between the hummingbird and the wasp. I was also lucky enough to catch 2 hummingbirds feeding and playing around at the same time. I decided to try to photograph them using my other camera that has a telephoto lens so that I could get closer. Although this lens has a 600mm equivalent reach, the camwera does not have quite as good of a focus system on it. You give a little to get a little.

An unwanted visitor decided to get some of the sweetness for itself

And before you know it the battle was on...no poachers allowed

Winner winner...sweet nectar dinner

I am going to tell Ma if you keep copying me!!

C'mon....stop it!!

Now you are just getting on my last nerve!!

Let's get ready to rumble

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