Saturday, December 1, 2007

Poinsettia


Last year's poinsettia after a summer outdoors.

f/l: 28mm; exp.: f/3.5, 1/60s; NEF file processed with Capture NX 1.3

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Yes, Really...



So we were walking back down Broadway toward Times Square and I happened to look up while standing at 54th. There it was: Senor Wences Way. They really named a section of street in New York for a man who made a living talking to his own hand. It's a good gig if you can get it, I guess.

'Sallright.

Friday, November 16, 2007

November Clouds



Shot with the Canon 20D, scaled to size with The Gimp

Shooting Canons

Michael Yon has a dispatch up in which he discusses his Canon Mark II 1DS. The body alone cost more than 7 of our 20D.

Nikon fans may be more interested in part I, in which he talked a little about his Nikon D70 in a warzone.

While you are there, check out the story the New York Times/Washington Post/LA Times/Chicago Tribune will never print: Come Home, in which the Church of St. John's in Baghdad is re-opened, with the help of the Christians' Muslim neighbors.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Taking Flight


f/l: 135mm, exp: f/6.3 - 1/650s, NEF file processed with Capture NX


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Sunday, November 11, 2007

51 years

The time elapsed since the last time the University of Illinois has beaten a #1 ranked opponent.

8 minutes, 9 seconds: the amount of time at the end of the game that the Illini held onto the football.

Congratulations to Isaiah "Juice" Williams and the rest of the Fighting Illini on a spectacular game in Columbus yesterday.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Sunset on Egg Harbor

Sunset, Egg Harbor, Wisconsin

Lull-Abi Inn, Egg Harbor, Wisconsin

f/l: 112mm (eq.); exposure: 1/160s, f/8, ISO 200; RAW file processed by the GIMP 2.2

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Condolences

Condolences to Chris Muir and family on the passing of his sister from cancer. Requiescat In Pace

More here.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Migrating through

Migrating through

Monarch refueling at the buddleia

f/l: 82mm (macro); exposure: f/6.3, 1/160s, ISO 200; NEF file processed with Capture NX

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Autumn

Red Maple

Red maple in Autumn

f/l: 82mm (macro); exposure: 1/320s, f/6, ISO 200; NEF file processed with Capture NX

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Sunday, September 9, 2007

Katie

Katie

Our visitor, Katie beagle

f/l: 82mm (macro); exposure: 1/60s, f/6, ISO 200; NEF file processed with Capture NX

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Painted Lady


Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

f/l: 72mm, exposure: 1/200s, f/5.6, NEF file processed with Capture NX

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

The Lovely Missus Goes 5-for-5

The Montgomery County Maryland Agricultural Fair finished this past Saturday. I am very pleased to announce that My Lovely Bride won a ribbon in each of the 5 categories she entered.



This was the first fair she ever entered anything and is already plotting her strategy for next year.

The Lovely Missus Goes 5-for-5

The Montgomery County Maryland Agricultural Fair finished this past Saturday. I am very pleased to announce that My Lovely Bride won a ribbon in each of the 5 baked goods categories she entered. Yes, yes I am a very lucky guy.



This was the first fair she ever entered anything and is already plotting her strategy for next year.

Mouse on the Sofa, Enjoying the Sunny Spot



Taken by the Lovely Misses with the Canon 20D.
Scaled and touched up with The Gimp.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Around the buddleia

Hummingbird clearwing

Hummingbird clearwing (Hemaris thysbe)

fl: 82mm (macro); exp.: 1/1000s, f/6, ISO 200; NEF file processed with the Gimp 2.2



Monarch

This Monarch is a little tattered but still taking care of business...


fl: 82mm (macro); exp.: 1/640s, f/6, ISO 200; NEF image processed with the Gimp 2.2

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Sunday, August 5, 2007

Surveilling the domain

© 2007

fl:70mm; exp: f/4.5, 1/200s, ISO 200; NEF image processed with the Gimp 2.2

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Foo Foo has a snack

little bunny Foo Foo © 2007

fl: 70mm; exp: f/4.5, 1/100s, ISO 200; NEF image processed with the Gimp 2.2

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Saturday, August 4, 2007

Mouse, July 7, 2007

New living room grouping with Isobell



Our other cat, Isobell, has adopted the center cushion on the new sofa as her own. Go ahead, try to sit there. I dare you.

Update: Now with Contrast!

Mouse One Month Ago and Today

Taken about a month ago. The fur was just starting to cover over where they had shaved her.


Taken today. Her fur is starting to fill in nicely.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Mouse


This is Mouse, our 10-and-a-half year old chocolate mitted ragdoll. She was diagnosed with a sarcoma that developed at the site of her rabies vaccination. We don't know how long she has left, but so far she's been doing pretty well.

(Canon 20D, cropped and scaled with The GIMP)

UPDATE: Well, it's almost 4 months since the initial post, and now just over 2 months since we went through with the surgery to amputate her cancerous right rear leg. It was disarticulated at the hip and she hasn't had any trouble... well if you don't count the 'bed sore' on her OTHER side. That still has about a 0.5 cm x 0.5 cm piece of scab + matted fur that is tenaciously hanging on.

Mouse gets around in fine tripod fashion: front left, front right, hop. Her back left leg is now--more or less--her back center leg, but it works better than it sounds.

The cancer was stage 3, so there is still work for the folks at the VCA Referral Clinic: every 6 months we need to take her in for a chest x-ray to see if anything has spread to her lungs. Thus far her incision line is clean, and that is very good news. At the rate her tumor was growing it would be positively ginormous by now. Similarly, there have been no signs of breathing difficulties.

After a heart-to-heart with her, My Lovely Wife announced that there was an agreement in principle for 10 more years. Let's hope.

just spiffing up a bit

I'm still playing with the font.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Behold the rudbeckias

Exposure: 40mm, f/4.5, 1/50s, ISO 200; NEF file processed with the GIMP

There is a purple coneflower peaking 'round the back. Can you see it?

Monday, July 30, 2007

Thoughts On Crusader Lutheran Chuch....

...as filtered through the mind's eye of one of those Old School Lutheran Church ladies.

"Crusader? Uff! What sort of name is that? Oh, Shepherd of the Hills, or Shepherd of the Prairie or Shepherd of the Valley: those are good names! Even Trinity or Prince of Peace! But what kind of hotdish can you expect to get at Crusader Lutheran Church anyway? Uff da!

UPDATE: My dear wife says I forgot "Good Shepherd". And so I did.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Riviera BallroomLake Geneva

Riviera Ballroom, Lake Geneva © 2007

Shutter: 1/1000s, f/16; FL: 22mm; NEF file processed with the GIMP 2.2

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Popeye'sLake Geneva

Popeye's, Lake Geneva ©2007

Shutter: 1/1000s, f/16; FL: 22mm; NEF file processed with the GIMP 2.2

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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Palm with rain drops

©2007

Nikon D70, FL: 82mm, Shutter: 1/40s, f/6; Processed with the GIMP 2.2

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Robin at the bath

©2007

Nikon D70, FL:180mm, Shutter: 1/500s-f/5.6, Processed with the GIMP 2.2
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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Red Azalea


A friend of ours, a Maryland native, said that no self-respecting Marylander has a yard without an azalea. Well, after a year in the house, we are finally self-respecting.
Canon D20, scaled with The Gimp

First Rose of 2007


photo credit: The Lovely Mrs. with the Canon D20; scaled with The Gimp

Lucky kid...

Kyle meets Paul

Kyle and Paul Konerko, May 12, 2007.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Monday, April 23, 2007

One of Last December's Pansies Returns for Spring



Outside Stately Larson Manor, the bed of pansies we planted last November or early December have come back up this spring. Here's one of them, up close and personal.

It's odd that "pansy" has become a pejorative term. These are pretty tough little flowers to make it well into winter and still have enough oomph to return in the spring.

Taken with the Canon D20. Bandwidth-saving crop done with the GIMP

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Dolomite FormationCave Point County Park

© 2007

Formation, normally submerged, offshore from Cave Point County Park near Bailey's Harbor.
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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Old Rail CarStumphouse Mtn, SC

Old Rail Car at tunnel entrance, Stumphouse Mtn, SC©2007

Detail of an old rail car at the entrance to the Stumphouse Mountain tunnel, South Carolina.

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Sunday, March 4, 2007

Sunday, February 11, 2007