Thursday, March 25, 2010

Seems Easy

"And I know it seems easy," said Piglet to himself, "but it isn't every one who could do it."

A House Is Built at Pooh Corner for Eeyore
The House at Pooh Corner
A. A. Milne


Saturday, March 06, 2010

Along the River

Saturday mornings we go to the farmers market. This morning I decided to walk and meet Shelley there so I could take some pictures along the way.

The ducks (Common Goldeneye, I think) were silently patrolling the river.

The rising sun on the steam from buildings across the river almost looked like flames.

And the geese were just waking up and pulling their heads out from under their wings.

Along the River

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Sunset on the Rails

Usually it's the sunrise I catch, but the other day when I came out of our building I could see the sun was just setting. I had to jog to get out to where there was a view. The railroad tracks provided some interesting foreground. Gotta love those prairie skies.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Videos of Peru Insects

Some videos from our Peru trip. I'm afraid my video skills are not that great but they still give a different perspective than still photographs. If you've got a fast internet connection you can watch them larger and higher resolution on YouTube. (click on YouTube on the bottom right of the video)

These Bullet ants were about 2cm (3/4") long and their bite sounds nasty - one of the reasons you don't want to just grab a branch or sit on a log.

It was amazing to see the processions of Leaf cutter ants.

The ants were in the Tambopata rain forest near Puerto Maldonado.

Dung (or Scarab) beetles. These were in the Colca Canyon. Notice how the female just goes along for ride.

Some of this was taken with the Canon SD700IS point-and-shoot and some of it with the Pentax K7. The Pentax is definitely better quality but it can't auto-focus while taking video which is why you'll notice the focus problems. I used iMovie to process them.