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.
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).
Figure 1: Durian fruit of southeast asia: the “king” of fruits.
Recently I watched a video on Youtube that was about the Durian fruit of southeast Asia. I had done so on previous occassions, and was intrigued by the enthusiasm that Durian fruit aficionados expressed. Finally, my curiosity could be kept at bay no more – and I purchased a fruit for myself
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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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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.
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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Figure 1: Just one of those photos that needed more space
I’ve been dabbling in the realm of Photography for the past couple years, after a hiatus of about thirty-seven years. I wasn’t a very knowledgeable photographer even back then in the eighties, and have only incrementally added to my repository of things to know in this realm. Most blog sites are (well, of course they are) – meant more for blogging than for photography. So, I finally realized how tiring it is for viewers who can’t really see my photos in high detail – due to size or layout or navigation restrictions, all the while I talk or write about those photos. Subsequent to this epiphany, I set up a photo repo (on a photo site designed specifically for photos) in order to remedy that situation. Don’t get me wrong – this blogger platform is great for blogging, but for photos it works in a more ancillary mode.
Technically, I could switch to another theme more suited to the photo. But in that case I’d lose the nice textual format that is the mainstay of the blog. It’s a bit of a catch-22. Anyway …
I kept shooting my casual pics with the Canon Sureshot style of camera throughout all of those years, but such casual shooting doesn’t necessarily qualify anyone as a photographer. The whole idea behind such a consumer camera is that one can know absolutely nothing about photography and still, at least some of the time, take reasonably usable pictures.
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