Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Swiper, no Swiping!

This is my second attempt of saying that I recently had all of my photography gear stolen from my parked and locked van.  My kids and I were at Washington Park here in Portland enjoying a beautiful Friday afternoon, along with lots of other people.  But yada, yada, yada I'm currently camera-less. The van had a broken window and some other damage which has already been fixed.  But I'm still waiting to hear from our renters insurance about the theft claims.  My Canon 7D, 100-400L and 24-105L were all taken along with my Lowepro backpack and some other odds and ends which were inside.  All told about $5,000 worth of stuff. And that isn't counting the few gigs of photos on my CF cards which never made it onto my camera yet.

I'm currently in the market for a new camera. I'm thinking of just getting a bridge camera, super-zoom point and shoot, for the time that we'll be in Europe.  Being honest with myself, that will serve me for the type of photography that I do, which is blurry bird photos for this blog. I'm pretty set on picking up a Panasonic Lumix FZ70 any day now.  And maybe I won't return it for the Canon equivalent a few days after that.

Until then, I'm not sure what else I can do with this blog. We're less than a month away from landing in Ireland.  We have a house, car and flights all sorted out. There's some spring warblers that I want to see before I leave. And I also had the chance to see 2 Sooty Grouse and a Northern Pygmy Owl last weekend, but no camera to get photos.

Until next time,



  1. But didn't you just land in Beaverton not too long ago?

    1. We were only ever here for 3 months so that my wife could get some training. Maybe we'll be back in a few years. I'll miss most of Oregon ; )

  2. Well, good luck birding any where you go! And thanks for the posts about Tualatin Hills Nature Park.