pWdumaNjA-6CEEBhRoD5euxNETs When All This Actual Life Played Out: March 2011

31 March 2011

It's a bird!

31 March 2011

For Christmas, I got a new lens. Christmas night, a disc ruptured in my spine, and it's kind of played havoc with my life. So even I can forgive myself for taking 3 months to get the new lens out of the box.

I have a lot of new stuff to learn.

Milton, on the other hand, has nothing to learn. Roll in the sun, chatter at a bird (probably a phoebe. I was too busy fiddling with the camera to look).

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40, Nikkor f1.8G lens.

29 March 2011

The prospect of lavender honey

3 March 2008

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.

23 March 2011

Someone left their kite out in the rain

23 March 2011

The kids and I were en route home from school, and we saw a kite flying in the neighborhood. We speculated as to who might be flying it, and when we approached, it turned out that no one was flying it. Whether by accident or design, the string was caught up in a tree.

The skies are preparing to open once again, and so, when I went to take a photo of poor Batman, the background was all grey. As I sat with the photo editor, trying to decide whether the result was worth posting, the daughter asked, "What does 'negative' do?"

This is what "negative" does.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40, telephoto, made negative in post-production.

22 March 2011

Around the corner

Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
15 July 2008

One of the lovely things about walking the breadth and length of Hyde Park in a stupor of jet lag was the pleasure of being utterly surprised by what lay around each corner. In this case, it was Kensington Palace in the distance, and I stood here for awhile as summer clouds scudded by, enchanted by the play of light and shadow on the grass.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.

21 March 2011

Morning moon

Waning moon after the storm
21 March 2011

A very blustery storm blew in yesterday, and it continued blustering through the night, culminating in a 4 am thunderstorm. That last, of course, woke me up, and that was it for the night. When the cat and the coffeepot convinced me that I wouldn't get anymore sleep, I got up, and saw the dazzling white of the moon through the window. This is a cropped version of the original--I couldn't resist the craters--but in the original, you see the remnants of the storm, clouds like waves crashing through the sky.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40, manual setting, ambient light, telephoto.

20 March 2011

First day of spring

20 March 2011

Dawned chilly, windy and grey. We are supposed to get 2"-3" of rain. That ought to shake the cobwebs out.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40, sports setting, telephoto.

19 March 2011

Super not full moon

18 March 2011

Too overcast tonight for the super moon, though we saw it peek through the clouds once in awhile. This is one of the better photos I took last night.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40, manual settings, telephoto.

18 March 2011

For Deb

Not quite full moon not quite at perigee
18 March 2011

"I expect many fun moon shots after our 'extreme super moon' perigee!" she wrote.

But Mother Nature has other ideas. It's supposed to start raining tomorrow.

So, the camera, telephoto, tripod and I wandered out this evening. We're a day ahead, but I shot the moonrise, and the atmospherics (in several of the shots, there is a band of clouds across the moon) made the moon even more interesting. The hazy halo was really there, exacerbated by the still twilit sky.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40, manual settings, telephoto.

17 March 2011

Anywhere but here

Irvine, California
5 March 2011

I wanted to post something light and silly and jokey tonight. I have a lot of opinions about Irvine, none of them exactly positive (cue "Subdivisions"). But the crazy lights of this shopping center...I can see them from the plane at night when I land.EJJVDQVDFRRK

So, I'm holding to the thought of planes, as unlikely as that seems. 'Cause I'm ready to blow this pop stand.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40, manual settings.

11 March 2011

Perpetual motion machines

5 March 2011

I never know exactly how much bowling is accomplished.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40, sports setting. For fun. Not like I do this stuff for profit.

09 March 2011

In bloom

Purple leaf plum
9 March 2011

Somehow, I've missed the fact that it's nearly spring.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40. Which has a dirty sensor. And I'm trying to find the correct materials locally to clean it. Grr.

05 March 2011

The kind of people you'd meet in a bowling alley

Bowling alley
5 March 2011

The daughter and her friends had so much fun bowling (and eating and running screaming through the house) at the daughter's party last year that they decided to do it all again this year. The son lent his presence to the festivities, too.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40, sports setting.

01 March 2011


9 February 2011

I adopted him 11 August 2001, and the vet estimated his age to be five months. So I gave him the first of March as a birthday. It was Doodle's birthday, too, for the same reason.

Six weeks ago, it was no sure thing that he'd live to see this day, arbitrary a birth date as it is. He was still so fragile when I took this photo, brave in his orange bandage. He's since returned to his proper weight, and his many shaved bits are filling back in with tufts of fur. His behaviour has returned to normal. He gallops through the house, yelling; plays with his bag of catnip; rolls around on his back, flirting; grooms himself; plays with a fallen coffee bean. This morning, he jumped on the bed at 5:30 am, demanding breakfast, and when I pulled the pillow over my head, he stuck his head under the pillow to ask loudly what I thought I was doing.

Yes, he's a pain. He's a cat.

I'll take it.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.