Photo-A-Day #1842

Today I went to Omega Pond and Omega Dam in East Providence. Today was the 4th annual Scoop the Herring day put on by the Ten Mile River Watershed Council. My friend Keith pulled this event together and there were a ton of volunteers. The volunteers picked up bags and bags of trash including shopping carts and a tank for a BBQ Grill. The event not only was for the day but to also build awareness for the need for fish ladders so that many species of fish, like herring, can easily come back up to the rivers to spawn.

The event was really well attended. There were a ton of people helping with all of the cleanup. We had a so many pairs of gloves, and bags and pairs of grabbers. As I walked around the train bridge and the woods I took many photos of everyone who was working to clean the area around the pond. I also got a bunch of photos of the volunteers who schooped up the herring and brought them over the dam. There was also some kayaking to be had. I put in the water with a group of people who were trying it for the first time. Omega pond is a nice place to paddle because you can go up to the Ten Mile River a ways and there are old train tracks and many bridges to explore.

Photo Information

Date Taken: Apr 24, 2010
Camera: Nikon Corporation (Aff Link)
Model: NIKON D80 (My Flickr)
ISO: 800
Exposure: 1/4000sec
Aperture: 5.6
Focal Length: 92mm
Flash Used: No
Mode: Aperture
Lens: Sigma 18-250mm

I brought my Xshot and my Xshot Kayak mount with me and took a bunch of video using it. The mount worked great but we put it too far up on the boat and that made it very hard to make adjustments. I had to scoot myself way up off my seat and forward and then stretch a ways in order to reach the wingnut to make the adjustments. Other than that it worked great.

While I was out there I brought along a snack to enjoy, some House of Jerky Beef Jerky. I tried the Natural Beef Jerky flavor. It was very tasty. And beef jerky is a great snack to have with you while kayaking. Light, flavorful and also easy to carry flat.

I had a great day out on the water. Paddling was so much fun and I used my PhotoTrackr mini to record the trip. I was also using Everytrail on my phone but for some reason the trip recorded but didn’t save. I would have liked to have seen the difference between the two services. I don’t think that my camera and my phototrackr were synched properly before I went on my trip. I have to remember to do that next time. Don’t forget that I am giving away 4 PhotoTrackr Minis on April 30th. There is still time to enter the contest.

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21 Responses to “Scoop the Herring Day”

  1. Deborah says:

    What a fun and rewarding thing to participate in! I bet it was a blast.

    • Drew says:

      Deborah,
      It was fun to be there, I didn’t help out so much as document what happened. Very much an observer on this one.

      • Keith says:

        You did help, I didn’t get alot of time with you but YOU are a help, everyone adds to the event by being there, and it warms my heart to see you

        • Drew says:

          Thanks Keith,

          I didn’t do any of the heavy lifting, although I did paddle with some novice paddlers and was ready to help them if they got into trouble. So I get I did. Wish I had a little more time to hang with you, we’ll have to paddle again soon. Do you know where I could get my hands on a double boat and a child’s life jacket for Eva?

  2. Andy says:

    Nice job on the picture today. Interesting perspective and well composed.

    The guy in the rain coat kind of looks like a jawa from Star Wars or some kind of hobbit type character
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    • Drew says:

      Andy,
      Thank you. I took a ton of photos but this one really stuck with me. I think it is the color and the motion that I liked.

  3. I can see that you use Nikon. Im about to go buy a camera and Im having a hard time choosing between canon and Nikon. I like the canon 500D – european name. Is Canon a good choice?

    • Drew says:

      Hi Christian,

      I do use Nikon for my DSLR. I have a Canon Point and shoot. For me it is all about the Nikon for my DSLR. However, I know that many people fall into one camp or the other. My whole family is made up of Nikon users. We have a D40, D70 and D80 in the mix. I am not familiar with the Canon 500D however you could try and compare the features of the cameras that you would like to use by going to http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sidebyside.asp

  4. Thanks for the link to dpreview. Just what i was looking for. The canon 500D looks good compared to a lot of the other models in its priceclass.

    Thanks Drew.
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  5. william says:

    Scoop the Herring sounds like the Grundeon Run in San Diego
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  6. Well,I have finished my “Journey of Exploration” for today.

    I would like to thank you for providing a well run interconnected online world.
    All the sites I was able to find on your Facebook page have been explored.
    I must say your online world is a great model for this online student to follow.
    This comment was connected to my main blog so my picture would appear.
    Thanks again for a good learning experience.
    You can be sure I’ll be around your site more now that I know I can learn much about the online world through your example.

    Have a great day
    Bill
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    • Drew says:

      Bill,

      Glad that I could help introduce you to my online world. Feel free to return anytime. I appreciate the great comment too.

  7. Jill says:

    Awesome. I love hearing about the cleanup too and that so many people participated. What a great, positive energy. We pulled a shopping cart out of our little pond recently too – crazy.
    .-= Look at what Jill wrote blog ..Anxiety and Pregnancy – A Success Story =-.

  8. I bought the canon Eos 500d. Such a good camera. Thanks again for the help. Now i just have to learn to take pictures without having the auto-funktion turned on:)
    .-= Look at what christian@rengøringstips wrote blog ..Rengøring af termokande =-.

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