One picture of the Owl chicks today, when one luckily looked my way; I’ve seen them flapping wings too, recently, so not sure how much longer they will remain in the nest.
Our friends Pedro & Laura (and their son Christian) are visiting us and Disney World, and we joined them at Epcot today for lunch in Germany, various rides including Soarin, Test Track, and Frozen (eventually!); we stayed right through to fireworks too!
We also “flew” on Butterflies, as well as taking some photos of them:
We’ve been to (not so) nearby Legoland a few times, but not since 2012! It’s further since we moved, and the long crawl along route 27 is always a bit off-putting. But Margaret & I we drove down there today, to meet friends Pedro & Laura and their son Christian.
We did ride a couple of roller coasters, but mostly we enjoyed walking in the not-too-crowded park, including their many Lego models of parts of USA – including good copies of where we were recently!
Lego model USA:
We also took a walk around Cypress Gardens and the huge banyan tree – nice to have some cool shade for a while!
I’ve been taking quite a few pictures of the Great Horned Owl nest behind our home, but I can only do that because of the camera I own. As a comparison today, I took photos with my iPhone 7 Plus, my older high zoom Sony DSC-HX400V, and my current high zoom Nikon Coolpix P900. With each camera I took an unzoomed photo and a fully zoomed one – and I also cropped as close as possible to the nest for a closest view …
The iPhone was a 2x zoom lens, and “digital zoom” that claims as much as 10x – the horrible results are a strong indication to NEVER use that feature:
The Sony has a 60x zoom lens and takes very good photos; it’s also a lot lighter than the Nikon:
The Nikon has the highest zoom at 83x and is the camera I bought for and took to Africa for our safari last year – but at the highest zoom levels it’s hard to use without a tripod. Nevertheless if you need maximum zoom, it’s a great performer for the price! The fully cropped image still has resolution more than the normal 1500x that I use for web photos (as you see if you view the full size image):
From this comparison, it’s clear that iPhone is still useless for high zoom images, but that the Sony is generally just as good as the Nikon; if you can find the Sony, it’s a great buy!
I also set the camera to record video for a while; here’s a few minutes of “highlights” which are mostly of all three Owls not doing very much …
A final video from our room on the 26th floor of the Bellagio hotel, and a great piece to finish; although sadly the audio isn’t great as it’s from the TV (my normal trick of replacing with an owned track doesn’t work here because it’s not the same length as the one I own). On the other hand, you do get to hear the water jets …
A view of the Bellagio hotel with the Fountains show; it’s not possible to video the full fountain performance from street level, but this is still quite entertaining …