Water Swept Grasses

Figure 1: Water swept grasses.  Click to enlarge.

The Pentax has seen better days.  The mirrorbox has been torqued such that focus is difficult, but once in a while I still manage to get a shot with it.  The focus issue is more difficult at infinity focus rather than closer … and the shot in figure 1 was the latter.  It’s an area where (not very long ago) – a swift current rushed through the grasses, leaving an almost surreal sculpting of the top of the grass.  It looks like a scene out of one of my old 3D viewer slide machine slides – with leprechauns  just off to the side of the photo no doubt!  Click it to enlarge it – it’s an interesting natural bit of mother-earth art IMO.

For those wanting a direct link to my smugmug nature collection, here it is (just click picture):

Walking Rhythms

Every year I experience the same seasonal rhythms of walking.  I’m so used to walking at a level just above the friction point (where it starts to become more work than walk) – that I forget to notice how fast I’m going.  I take in the scenery, engage in my inner and outer thought processes, and don’t pay much attention to the engine gauges.  The engine is usually silent.

But at the change of seasons, I notice that my speed changes.  I don’t consciously walk any faster when fall comes around, but my body goes faster.  I have so consistently trained it to walk at the friction point, that it does so without any help.  I notice I get home for lunch sooner, and I more quickly get to the local convenience store that I use as psychological motivation (soda, sweets, etc) – so as to take walks on days I otherwise might skip.

In the summer, the opposite thing happens.  As the temperature rises, the inner automatic engine governor cuts back the throttle, and the speed goes down.  Once again, I take no part in the decision, because I’m just along for the ride.

Speaking of lunch, my internal calorie meter on some days might look like the graphic shown above, if not for that  convenient little store at the end of my walking itinerary.

Buggy for Bees

Figure 1 : Bee shot taken with K5, Pentax 50mm /f1.4 vintage lens

Recently I started to take macro tube shots of bees in my area.  This is quite an addicting facet of photography, I must say.  So far I’ve managed to shoot a few semi-interesting shots.  The picture in figure 1 is one of my favorites thus far (clicking on the photo will show it enlarged on smugmug).

The Amazing Mr. Mouse

This story is one I’ve been meaning to write for a long time, but other things have been serious distractions from writing, especially in the recent past. Sometimes, ya gotta do what you want to do, in the present, because tomorrows have the habit of being used for other things.

This story is quite a few years old, but it’s one that makes me rethink the nature of nature, and of our animal friends.  “Friends” is a conventional word that often doesn’t really apply to both parties in man – to – animal relationships.  It’s most often the human who’s the fickle friend.

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Potato Onion Fry

Figure 1: Potato Onion Fry, tasty!

So, I had some potatoes and onions fresh from my daughter’s organic farm.  I wasn’t sure what to do with them so I tossed them into a skillet and fried them.  The onions seem to impart their flavor to the potatos – such that it wasn’t necessary to add salt or pepper.

 

 

A White What?!

Figure 1: An Albino cucumber?

I recently had the opportunity to try this new (for me) vegetable, compliments of my daughter’s organic farm.  Being a cucumber lover, one would think I’d have run into this little number before.

Tastey! – Especially with tomatoes, cilantro, salad dressing, and a dash of pepper.

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