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

28 April 2011

Thunderbolts and lightning


Perfectly blue sky and an elevation change
28 April 2011

A crummy cell phone camera really doesn't express the elevation change (the blue sky...well, you can work that one out yourself), but the grade is significant. And I've got a ruptured disc and partially paralyzed leg that looked at that and said, "You've got to be kidding."

(okay, there might have been an expletive in there)

I made it up the hill. But what you don't see here is the downhill run (which, long ago, I actually used to run), which has every bit as much grade. And downhill motion is what I really have difficulty with.

I tried (and failed) not to shriek out loud as pain shot down through the outside of my knee, the muscles of which are trying so hard to compensate for the inner knee muscles that aren't quite there.

But I didn't fall. I didn't need to use the cell phone for anything but its camera. An average speed of 3.5 mph is nothing to write home about, but I managed to walk 3 miles with grade for the first time since December 25, 2010.

Tech stuff: Taken with a Nokia 215i.

27 April 2011

Babies: a sure sign of spring


Praying mantis nymphs
27 April 2011

We see the egg sacs every year, but I've never actually seen the little critters emerging. They were running around all over the place like...babies. And I was close enough that a couple of them craned around to look at me.

Okay, yes, my skin was crawling slightly.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.

20 April 2011

Birds: a sure sign of spring


Hummingbird
20 April 2011

I've spent little time outside since the fiasco with my back (and it shows). Today, I finally realized that I'd never turned the fountain back on after the winter rains, and now spring is half gone. So I set the hose to refill the reservoir, and flicked the switch, and it had not been burbling away for more than 30 seconds when this hummingbird appeared, hovered patiently until it had completely refilled and then settled down to have a bath.

Less than 30 seconds.

I'm glad they appreciate it.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40, telephoto lens.

12 April 2011

On a mission


Anaheim, California
12 April 2011

She was moving fast...up on to the stage to receive her medal and then down the stairs and back to her seat at a fast clip. My battery was low, and the camera wasn't responding and she was almost out of the frame before it finally took a photo.

Her brother jumped off the same stage three years ago after undergoing $30,000 of knee reconstruction surgery.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40, telephoto lens, and edited in post-production to preserve the girl's privacy.

09 April 2011

Butterfly


Butterfly
29 October 2008

I don't remember exactly where or when I acquired this faux rustic bit of art, but it's been several years and it's held up quite well. I have a number of whimsical little oddities in the garden that I've picked up from all over, all of various recycled materials, and this is one of my favorites.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40. Yes, there will be new photos someday, but my camera sensor is evidently filthy, and I'm waiting on the cleaning supplies I ordered.

05 April 2011

Cheshire cat smile


Waxing moon
5 April 2011

When the son was young, he used to watch the old animated Disney version of Alice in Wonderland.

(Oh, John, I can still hear you tell your story of Alice and the cottage. And the misplaced shrubbery. I hope someone, sometime had the foresight to videotape you...)

The Cheshire Cat would, of course, appear and disappear at will, sometimes just leaving his smile hanging the night. The son did not fail to take note.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40, telephoto lens.

04 April 2011

Tiny town


Bergen, Norway
20 July 2008

From the hill, the town looked like a miniature.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40.

02 April 2011

Where the fun just never ends


Wisdom teeth
2 April 2011

Mine came out years ago, but the lucky son had his out yesterday. Let me stress that he's been badgering me to have them removed, and it was good to do now because they're still small, so removal was pretty simple.

Yes. Those are small.

Tech stuff: Taken with my Nikon D40, Nikkor f1.8G lens. Y'know, I didn't actually plan for this to be the year of bits of our persons getting immortalized in photos. test