Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sky Watch - Three views

October 22  Sky over mountain 

October 25 Sky over old building

October 26 Lonely contrail

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Header Challenge - No fear

I recently had several encounters with deer who showed no fear of my presence. These three were walking down the road near the county recycling center when I dropped off some stuff earlier this month. As I snapped a few shots, they seem curious, then turned and walked into the woods. My header was taken a last week, as a pair of deer (second one is out of view to the left) checked out our yard from the field.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Header Challenge - Who done it?

Who done penned our National Anthem?

Francis Scott Key, a native of Frederick County, Maryland and a lawyer wrote the poem during the bombardment of Baltimore during the War of 1812. He was on a mission to secure the release of prisoners being held by the British and was himself held by the British until after the battle. His grave is in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in the City of Frederick.
Below are two more "solved" who done it mysteries
Who done crashed into our lamp post?
The wicked witch of the west when frightened
by the ghost hiding in our rhododendron.
 Who done make the dust cloud over the field?
 The farmer with his soybean harvester.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Our World - Still blooming

 All taken on October 17

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sky Watch - From our yard

 Cloud shadows
 Morning fog
 A patch of blue
Sunny clouds

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Header Challenge - Fill flash

Back in August, I saw these water droplets on the lily pads and wanted to make them sparkle. So I turned on the flash. My header is the result. Below is an image that shows the available light on that overcast afternoon.

Here is the center of the header cropped to show the sparkle. (Note on this post no image enhancements were made.)


Here is a real practical use for fill flash,
when  the main subject is in the shadows.

And finally flash used on an late afternoon shot.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Our World - Clearing skies

We had a lot of gray and wet skies recently. The tropical storm stalled and dropped a lot of water, causing minor flooding and traffic delays.
 Over 4 inches by Saturday

Clearing on Monday

Friday, October 11, 2013

Sky Watch - Last weekend

Saturday afternoon
Sunday sunrise

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Header Challenge - Macro

I do not have a true macro lens, but my 55 mm focuses about 6 inches from the subject and cropping yields good close-ups. The item in my header fits the item below to make a common kitchen accessory. Recognize it?

An acorn cap  on the driveway

Apples - about to become apple sauce
The item is the top knob on the paper towel holder.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sky Watch - Ford Tri-Motor

We live about 4 miles from the Frederick airport, so it is not unusual to hear planes flying low overhead. But on September 20 as I was working in the yard I heard a strange engine sound. My first thought was "That's an old one" and this is what I saw heading for the airport.   
This 1929 Ford Tri-Motor aircraft belongs to the Experimental Aircraft Association. They were offering rides that weekend on this old plane and I saw the plane about every hour as it toured the Frederick County country side.

And this Ford Model T came to lend
morale support to its flying cousin.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Header Challenge - It's in the computer


I have been putting stuff into computers since 1962. At first it was code and data (remember punched cards?) to solve problems. Then came code related to satellite communications. Along the way lots of words went into the computer to report on progress to propose how to accomplish some task. And certainly lots of numbers to estimate and/or record costs. These days it is mostly images from my camera that go into my computer.

First a look inside Marianne's computer: some wires, electronics and expansion slots. And below more wires and an internal cooling fan.

Lots of my previous headers are in my computer.

Just a few of the images taken last month.